History Main / AmbulanceChaser

16th Sep '17 5:12:00 AM Doug86
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* In ''WesternAnimation/SylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'', there was an episode featuring a Swedish lawyer named Pjerry Nelson, who was voted as most likely to become an ambulance chaser.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/SylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSylvesterAndTweetyMysteries'', there was an episode featuring a Swedish lawyer named Pjerry Nelson, who was voted as most likely to become an ambulance chaser.
12th Sep '17 1:27:31 AM Medinoc
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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. If he's losing, expect lots and lots of motions and requests that serve no real purpose other than to cause you to waste so much time responding to all of them that you'll gladly move to settle just to get him off your ass. If he wants to settle, he'll sue everyone with even the slightest connection to the defendant in order to drag them in and put as much pressure as possible on the main target. Persistent and extreme incivility marks virtually every interaction with him; god help anyone stuck in a deposition with him, as he is the kind of person who will scream at, verbally abuse, and quite possibly physically threaten everyone on the other side in order to show them just how much he means business. If they advertise on daytime television and highway billboards, you're probably looking at one, ''especially'' if they operate out of a location in a strip mall on the edge of town.

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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you.you (and that he gets his cut). If he's losing, expect lots and lots of motions and requests that serve no real purpose other than to cause you to waste so much time responding to all of them that you'll gladly move to settle just to get him off your ass. If he wants to settle, he'll sue everyone with even the slightest connection to the defendant in order to drag them in and put as much pressure as possible on the main target. Persistent and extreme incivility marks virtually every interaction with him; god help anyone stuck in a deposition with him, as he is the kind of person who will scream at, verbally abuse, and quite possibly physically threaten everyone on the other side in order to show them just how much he means business. If they advertise on daytime television and highway billboards, you're probably looking at one, ''especially'' if they operate out of a location in a strip mall on the edge of town.
22nd Aug '17 8:36:39 AM HasturHasturHastur
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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. If he's losing, expect lots and lots of motions and requests that serve no real purpose other than to cause you to waste so much time responding to all of them that you'll gladly move to settle just to get him off your ass. Persistent and extreme incivility marks virtually every interaction with him. If they advertise on daytime television and highway billboards, you're probably looking at one, ''especially'' if they operate out of a location in a strip mall on the edge of town.

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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. If he's losing, expect lots and lots of motions and requests that serve no real purpose other than to cause you to waste so much time responding to all of them that you'll gladly move to settle just to get him off your ass. If he wants to settle, he'll sue everyone with even the slightest connection to the defendant in order to drag them in and put as much pressure as possible on the main target. Persistent and extreme incivility marks virtually every interaction with him.him; god help anyone stuck in a deposition with him, as he is the kind of person who will scream at, verbally abuse, and quite possibly physically threaten everyone on the other side in order to show them just how much he means business. If they advertise on daytime television and highway billboards, you're probably looking at one, ''especially'' if they operate out of a location in a strip mall on the edge of town.
26th Jul '17 5:53:48 PM thatother1dude
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* There is Joe Addler from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', who has ads on TV about lawsuits concerning whiplash damage, and taking on frivolous sexual harrasment cases. In one episode, when asked if he had ever been jailed for contempt of court, he answers that "he believes that was among the charges, yes."
** There is in fact a lawyer in texas called Jim Adler who has advertisements on television, make of this what you will.

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* There is Joe Addler from ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', who has ads on TV about lawsuits concerning whiplash damage, and taking on frivolous sexual harrasment cases. In one episode, when asked if he had ever been jailed for contempt of court, he answers that "he believes he "believe[s] that was among the charges, yes."
** There is in fact a lawyer in texas called Jim Adler who has advertisements on television, make of this what you will.
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26th Jul '17 5:51:22 PM thatother1dude
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--->'''Homer''': All you can eat ... Ha!
--->'''Hutz''': Mr. Simpson, this is the most blatant case of fraudulent advertising since my suit against the film ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''.
--->'''Homer''': So, do you think I have a case?
--->'''Hutz''': I don't use the word "hero" very often, but you ... are the greatest hero ... in American history.

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--->'''Homer''': -->'''Homer''': All you can eat ... Ha!
--->'''Hutz''':
Ha!\\
'''Hutz''':
Mr. Simpson, this is the most blatant case of fraudulent advertising since my suit against the film ''Film/TheNeverendingStory''.
--->'''Homer''':
''Film/TheNeverendingStory''.\\
'''Homer''':
So, do you think I have a case?
--->'''Hutz''':
case?\\
'''Hutz''':
I don't use the word "hero" very often, but you ... are the greatest hero ... in American history.



** All of the above notwithstanding, Hutz was also capable of grabbing the SmartBall whenever an episode's plot required it. In ''New Kid On The Block'', Hutz '''won''' the lawsuit Homer filed against the Frying Dutchman restaurant, in part by being lucky enough to have a jury full of fat people and in part by putting Marge on the stand and pointing out that the lengths they went to to find another all-you-can eat fish restaurant were not those of a man who'd had "all he could eat." In ''Flaming Moe's'', Homer tries to sue Moe for stealing a drink recipe that Moe stole from him, but Hutz DidDoTheResearch in this episode and points out that you can't copyright a drink:
-->'''Lionel Hutz''': Hey, how about that? I just looked something up! Those books behind me just don't make the office look good, they're full of interesting legal tidbits just like this!!!
** Hutz doesn't seem to understand conflict of interest either. He agreed to represent people in a lawsuit against the producers of a local version of Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire for not having roles despite Hutz himself playing Mitch.

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** All of the above notwithstanding, Hutz was also capable of grabbing the SmartBall whenever an episode's plot required it. In ''New "New Kid On The Block'', Block", Hutz '''won''' the lawsuit Homer filed against the Frying Dutchman restaurant, in part by being lucky enough to have a jury full of fat people and in part by putting Marge on the stand and pointing out that the lengths they went to to find another all-you-can eat fish restaurant were not those of a man who'd had "all he could eat." In ''Flaming Moe's'', "Flaming Moe's", Homer tries to sue Moe for stealing a drink recipe that Moe stole from him, but Hutz DidDoTheResearch in this episode actually bothers to do some research and points out that you can't copyright a drink:
-->'''Lionel Hutz''': Hey, how about that? I just looked something up! Those books behind me just don't make the office look good, they're full of interesting legal tidbits just like this!!!
this!
** Hutz doesn't seem to understand conflict of interest either. He agreed to represent people in a lawsuit against the producers of a local version of Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' for not having roles despite Hutz himself playing Mitch.
2nd Jul '17 7:22:56 AM HasturHasturHastur
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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. If he's losing, expect lots and lots of motions and requests that serve no real purpose other than to cause you to waste so much time responding to all of them that you'll gladly move to settle just to get him off your ass. If they advertise on daytime television and highway billboards, you're probably looking at one, ''especially'' if they operate out of a location in a strip mall on the edge of town.

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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. If he's losing, expect lots and lots of motions and requests that serve no real purpose other than to cause you to waste so much time responding to all of them that you'll gladly move to settle just to get him off your ass. Persistent and extreme incivility marks virtually every interaction with him. If they advertise on daytime television and highway billboards, you're probably looking at one, ''especially'' if they operate out of a location in a strip mall on the edge of town.
10th May '17 6:04:11 AM ClatoLawa
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** In his first appearance, during his meeting with the Simpsons in his office, he hears an ambulance go by and starts to leave, before suppressing the urge and resuming his talk with Homer.
** In the episode "[[InWhichATropeIsDescribed Bart Gets Hit by a Car]]", Homer saw Hutz been chasing the ambulance Bart was taken away in.
** He also ran out of Bart's hospital room when he saw paramedics pushing a gurney and chases after it.
--->'''Lionel Hutz:''' Lionel Hutz Attorney at Law!... Is that a broken neck?... great!

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** In It's particularly on display in his first appearance, during his meeting with the Simpsons in his office, he hears an ambulance go by and starts to leave, before suppressing the urge and resuming his talk with Homer.
** In the episode
episode, "[[InWhichATropeIsDescribed Bart Gets Hit by a Car]]", Homer saw Hutz been chasing the ambulance Bart was taken away in.
** He also ran out of
Car]]". When he shows up beside Bart's hospital room when bed, Homer mentions that he saw Hutz literally chasing Bart's ambulance. After they initially decline his offer, he leaves the room and immediately goes after some paramedics pushing a gurney and chases after it.
--->'''Lionel Hutz:''' Lionel
gurney. "Lionel Hutz Attorney at Law!... Is that a broken neck?... great! great!" And later, when Homer visits him in his office, he hears an ambulance go by and starts to leave, before suppressing the urge and resuming his talk with Homer.



** Hutz doesn't seem to understand conflict of interest either. He agreed to represent people in a lawsuit against the producers of a local version of Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire for not having roles despite Hutz himself having a role.

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** Hutz doesn't seem to understand conflict of interest either. He agreed to represent people in a lawsuit against the producers of a local version of Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire for not having roles despite Hutz himself having a role.playing Mitch.
9th May '17 8:23:58 PM HasturHasturHastur
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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. If he's losing, expect lots and lots of motions and requests that serve no real purpose other than to cause you to waste so much time responding to all of them that you'll gladly move to settle just to get him off your ass.

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This opportunistic and morally unscrupulous lawyer can usually be found representing the plaintiff in trumped-up [[FrivolousLawsuit junk lawsuits]] and perpetrating {{Courtroom Antic}}s. He will find the right doctors, extract the right testimony, and badger the right witnesses to make sure you're compensated for whatever it was that may or may not have actually been done to you. If he's losing, expect lots and lots of motions and requests that serve no real purpose other than to cause you to waste so much time responding to all of them that you'll gladly move to settle just to get him off your ass.
ass. If they advertise on daytime television and highway billboards, you're probably looking at one, ''especially'' if they operate out of a location in a strip mall on the edge of town.



The name originates from the cultural perception that lawyers are CorruptCorporateExecutive-like opportunistic scavengers who profit from misfortune and will take on cases regardless of merit for the sake of money. Ergo, when a lawyer sees an ambulance blazing by, he comes to the logical conclusion that someone has been injured, and therefore, requires legal representation as ''someone should always be responsible for his injury''.

Note that within the legal profession, calling someone an ambulance chaser is equivalent to calling him/her bottom-feeding scum. The "polite" term (in North America at any rate) is "plaintiff's lawyer" or "personal-injury lawyer/attorney"...but even that doesn't do much to hide the disdain of pretty much every other form of lawyer for them. Still, while they may not exactly be the most upstanding members of the legal profession, they stay around because the cases that they take, while seemingly asinine and ridiculous (and they very well may be), still have some basic legal ground, and no smart attorney is going to take a truly frivolous case. Doing so counts as barratry, and attorneys who repeatedly take ridiculous cases with no legal merit can and frequently will get disbarred. "Only paid if you win" setups also offer a strong disincentive to accepting questionable cases, as the prospect of eating the cost of an unsuccessful case is something that gives most attorneys a very good reason to make a solid inquiry into the facts of the case before choosing to pursue it. If it's either complete bullshit or has no legal backing, they ''will'' decline unless they really want to get an entry on their public disciplinary record (or they think they can quickly settle it, which often leads right back to the former).

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The name originates from the cultural perception that lawyers are CorruptCorporateExecutive-like opportunistic scavengers who profit from misfortune and will take on cases regardless of merit for the sake of money.money; if they aren't working on a contingent fee arrangement, they will be more than happy to take a case with ''just'' enough factual and legal merit in order to run up a large bill if they know that the client will pay even though they know that they probably won't be able to win or settle. Ergo, when a lawyer sees an ambulance blazing by, he comes to the logical conclusion that someone has been injured, and therefore, requires legal representation as ''someone should always be responsible for his injury''.

Note that within the legal profession, calling someone an ambulance chaser is equivalent to calling him/her bottom-feeding scum. The "polite" term (in North America at any rate) is "plaintiff's lawyer" or "personal-injury lawyer/attorney"...but even that doesn't do much to hide the disdain of pretty much every other form of lawyer for them. Still, while they may not exactly be the most upstanding members of the legal profession, they stay around because the cases that they take, while seemingly asinine and ridiculous (and they very well may be), still have some basic legal ground, and no smart attorney is going to take a truly frivolous case. Doing so counts as barratry, and attorneys who repeatedly take ridiculous cases with no legal merit can and frequently will get disbarred. "Only paid if you win" Contingent fee setups also offer a strong disincentive to accepting questionable cases, as the prospect of eating the cost of an unsuccessful case is something that gives most attorneys a very good reason to make a solid inquiry into the facts of the case before choosing to pursue it. If it's either complete bullshit or has no legal backing, they ''will'' decline unless they really want to get an entry on their public disciplinary record (or they think they can quickly settle it, which often leads right back to the former).
26th Apr '17 10:58:28 AM morane
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Note also that in several European countries which follow civil law jurisdiction rather than common law, this kind of practice is '''explicitly prohibited''': one must not gain benefit from injury and/or compensations.
8th Apr '17 4:38:07 PM CheeseDogX
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* Arnold Ripner, a recurring character on ''Series/BarneyMiller''. He's completely shameless, to the point that when Barney calls him "noble" for threatening to sue a lobotomist ''pro bono'', Ripner warns him that could be slander.
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