CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The president of the West Virginia Association for Justice, a group made up of trial attorneys, is dismissing a recent poll from West Virginia Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.

“Every time they run a poll, they run a push poll.  They ask questions that are designed to elicit a specific answer,” said Bernie Layne with the law firm of Mani, Ellis & Layne.  “They won’t show us their poll.  They won’t show us their sample size.  They won’t tell us what they’re questions are.”

In the poll MBE Research conducted for WV CALA, 98 percent of respondents listed jobs and the economy as their top priorities and 48 percent said they did not think those issues were adequately addressed during the 2014 Regular Legislative Session.

The survey, which largely focused on West Virginia’s legal climate, also found 38 percent of those participating said they believe lawsuit reforms would have a positive impact on the state’s economy and job market, while 53 percent supported the creation of an intermediate court and 51 percent said lawsuits hurt job creation in West Virginia.

Layne said the source of the poll should be considered.  “Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse touts themselves to be a grassroots organization.  They’re not,” said Layne.

“What they are is an astroturf organization that’s comprised of corporations that include tobacco, insurance, oil and gas, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, medical associations, automobile manufacturers.”

A total of 401 interviews with West Virginia voters were conducted from March 17-18 for the WV CALA poll.  According to MBE Research, the survey has a 4.9 percent margin of error.

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Comments

  • DWM

    Every national business organization agrees that WV is anti business and a legal hellhole, but the trial attorneys in WV disagree.

    And I'm surprised by this said no one.

  • Mason County Contrarian

    CALA exposed for the charlatans they are.

  • cutty77

    Lawyers run this state and always will. Thats why we are just about last in EVERYTHING. I'd like to run a PUSH POLE,AND PUSH THERE BEHIND OUT OF WV.

  • JustaFan

    People think the economy is the most important issue? Yea,that has to be a bogus poll. I mean, it's not like we have a lot of unemployment or anything....oh, wait.

  • ViennaGuy

    “Every time they run a poll, they run a push poll. They ask questions that are designed to elicit a specific answer,” said Bernie Layne with the law firm of Mani, Ellis & Layne. “They won’t show us their poll. They won’t show us their sample size. They won’t tell us what they’re questions are.”

    Uh-huh. And the pure-as-the-wind-driven-snow trial attorneys have never done anything even remotely like this. They have always been completely honest, forthright, and unimpeachable in their intentions.

    Yeah.

    Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

  • MOCO man

    Of course........lawyers don't want to believe anything that sheds light on how dirty of a practice of being a lawyer is. It's funny they commented that the one comment they had is how the questions are designed to elicit a specific answer........isn't that how lawyers try to fill their pockets when they try to manipulate the truth and ask questions to elicit a specific answer. Lawyers have no morals...... It's just lies and distortions to make money.......some of the trash lawyers will drag into a courtroom to try and make a pile of money off of a company or business. Our judicial system is a joke. Look at the lawsuit abuse web site and see the crap that ties up our legal system........the system needs a total overhaul.......

  • MOCO man

    Of course........lawyers don't want to believe anything that sheds light on how dirty of a practice of being a lawyer is. It's funny they commented that the one comment they had is how the questions are designed to elicit a specific answer........isn't that how lawyers try to fill their pockets when they try to manipulate the truth and ask questions to elicit a specific answer. Lawyers have no morals...... It's just lies and distortions to make money.......