The Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA), of which DDIFO is a founding member, has been working hard over the past several years to get Congress to stop the proliferation of so-called drive-by lawsuits. Well, its hard work is finally starting to show some results as this week the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a public hearing on legislation (S.237) to deter what the committee is calling Lawsuit Abuse of American Small Business (aka, drive-by lawsuits). Chaired by Senator Chuck Grassley (R – IA), the committee took testimony Wednesday from a host of business interests (including the NFIB and the US Chamber) who urged the committee to pass Grassley’s Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act which would deter harmful, abusive and frivolous litigation initiated solely to pursue financial settlements. In opening comments, Grassley said he was hearing about “small businesses across the country, and in my home state of Iowa, getting hit with frivolous demand letters and lawsuits. Given the costs of litigation, the mere threat of a lawsuit—even one unsupported by the facts— can force a small business owner to open his or her pocket book to quickly settle a claim. Often, this does little to solve any alleged injuries. But conveniently, it puts money in the lawyers’ pockets.” Drive-by lawsuits has been a priority talking point for CFA visits with Congress for the past several years.