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The Wal-Mart litigation is another sad example of how class action lawsuits can be abused by what Richard Zitrin bluntly and appropriately calls “greedy lawyers” ["Crowd Control," Dec. 8]. The crass motivation for a piece of the pie does nothing to advance justice and only serves to lessen the potential awards that would end up going to class members, if successful. If the one featured firm has its way, it will grab 40 percent of the gross recovery. The Robin Hood personae that so many personal injury and class action lawyers drape themselves in is a thinly veiled disguise. Here, lawyers are trying to rob the victims to pay themselves, for zero work. Vioxx referrals are already setting records, as local law firms become “brokerage houses” for class counsel. Are those pumping up the numbers to fatten their own cut really performing due diligence to ensure justice for those that are truly harmed and not the legions of others, including themselves, just looking for a payout? It’s less than doubtful, and another symptom of a legal system that is infirm and lawsuits that will make us all sick in the long run. Don Wolfe San Jose Editor’s note: Don Wolfe is president of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. You can send Letters to the Editor to The Recorder, 10 United Nations Plaza, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102; by fax at ( 415) 749-5549; or electronically at [email protected]

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