THE (TRIAL LAWYER) EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
Via the Wisconsin Club for Growth:
The Doyle administration made a habit of forcing state residents to spend money rewarding his political allies like the trial lawyers. Doyle’s 2009 state budget bill piled specific auto insurance mandates on top of the proof of financial responsibility requirement that already existed in Wisconsin law.
The new Republican majorities are now advancing legislation to unravel the mandates, and if there was any doubt whom they were intended to benefit, it’s been erased.
Hupy & Abraham, a Milwaukee law firm frequently seen on TV trolling for personal injury plaintiffs, is pulling strings to slow down the repeal legislation until it can show up with a rent-a-crowd to influence the proceedings. Attorney Michael Hupy has asked State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) to help delay action until he can fill the Capitol with the bikers who are his firm’s target clientele. Hupy and Abraham is concerned enough to foot the bill, as indicated on the firm’s web site:
“How do you get 500 plus bikers to the capitol? Most will take advantage of busses [sic] that will be chartered to carry them to Madison from all corners of Wisconsin. For the southeastern area, Hupy and Abraham S.C. will provide as many busses [sic] as necessary to bring concerned bikers to the legislative center of the state. Hupy and Abraham S.C. has provided this sponsorship for the past two years…Several other Hupy and Abraham S.C. employees who ride also attend yearly, including lead investigator and ABATE founder, Tony ‘Pan’ Sanfelipo. “
Sadly, ABATE (A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments,) used to be about accepting personal responsibility and resisting government-mandated personal behavior like requiring cyclists to wear helmets. Trial lawyer money may be changing that.