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April 27th, 2016

Don’t Believe the Liars Who Say Asbestos Trust Fund Transparency Laws Will Hurt Sickened Claimants

A new paper by two Philadelphia defense attorneys with extensive experience in asbestos litigation thoroughly debunks six lies regularly told by plaintiffs’ lawyers and the politicians they support with respect to state and federal legislation aimed at reducing fraud on both our courts and the asbestos bankruptcy trust funds . . . → Read More: Don’t Believe the Liars Who Say Asbestos Trust Fund Transparency Laws Will Hurt Sickened Claimants

April 27th, 2016

Evidentiary Rulings Favor Plaintiffs, Lead to Half-Billion Dollar Verdict against J&J in MDL Bellwether

Plaintiff-favoring and highly prejudicial evidentiary rulings by a federal judge in Texas led last week to a nearly half-billion dollar jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics in the second bellwether case in multidistrict litigation over allegedly defective hip prosthetics . . . → Read More: Evidentiary Rulings Favor Plaintiffs, Lead to Half-Billion Dollar Verdict against J&J in MDL Bellwether

April 22nd, 2016

Federal Judge Thwarts California AG’s Efforts to Intimidate, Muzzle Speech of Free-Market Nonprofit

In the latest defeat for government officials using the awesome power of the state to suppress political speech with which they disagree, a federal judge yesterday permanently blocked California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s efforts to “out” the donors who support a free-market-minded nonprofit that has had the First Amendment audacity to weigh in on a variety of policy issues . . . → Read More: Federal Judge Thwarts California AG’s Efforts to Intimidate, Muzzle Speech of Free-Market Nonprofit

April 21st, 2016

New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer Candidly Promotes ‘Forum Shopping’ in Website Video

Those who tend to be put off by personal injury lawyers might find much to dislike about New Orleans-based auto-accident specialist Greg DiLeo, but no one can fault him for a lack of candor when it comes to the “forum shopping” made easy by Louisiana’s lax venue laws . . . → Read More: New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer Candidly Promotes ‘Forum Shopping’ in Website Video

April 18th, 2016

Federal Prosecutors Allege Silver’s Corruption of Albany Included Government Favors for Mistresses

A prosecution document unsealed last Friday purports to show that convicted former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had two extramarital affairs that further corrupted state government, one with a lobbyist who frequently represented clients interested in pending legislation and another with a woman who was hired at a succession of state jobs for which critics say she was under qualified . . . → Read More: Federal Prosecutors Allege Silver’s Corruption of Albany Included Government Favors for Mistresses

April 14th, 2016

Despite Corruption Conviction of Their Man in Albany, NY’s Unabashed Trial Lawyers Still Buying Influence

An ATRA ally, the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY), this week unveiled the latest of its annual “Power of Attorney” reports, analyzing the considerable spending of New York trial lawyers on lobbying and political campaigns . . . → Read More: Despite Corruption Conviction of Their Man in Albany, NY’s Unabashed Trial Lawyers Still Buying Influence

April 13th, 2016

Judge Koh Dismisses Another Meritless Consumer Class Action with Prejudice

Federal trial Judge Lucy H. Koh last month continued her laudable, seemingly one-judge stand against consumer class action abuse in the Northern District of California . . . → Read More: Judge Koh Dismisses Another Meritless Consumer Class Action with Prejudice

April 6th, 2016

Twice in March, Florida’s Plaintiff-Friendly High Court Erodes ‘Engle’ Compromises

Twice last month the plaintiff-friendly Florida Supreme Court gave personal injury lawyers new incentives to keep the state’s tobacco litigation chain smokin’ . . . → Read More: Twice in March, Florida’s Plaintiff-Friendly High Court Erodes ‘Engle’ Compromises

April 6th, 2016

California High Court Lets Employees Sit Down on Job, Risking Productivity & Health

California employers have taken a kick to the keister once again and will now be forced to let employees sit on theirs. (And some economists wonder why productivity growth has stalled.) . . . → Read More: California High Court Lets Employees Sit Down on Job, Risking Productivity & Health

March 31st, 2016

Now Officially Disbarred, Length of Prison Sentence Only Outstanding Question for Convicted Felon Silver

Long since deposed from his powerful position as speaker of the New York State Assembly, convicted felon Sheldon Silver was finally disbarred this week by a state appeals court . . . → Read More: Now Officially Disbarred, Length of Prison Sentence Only Outstanding Question for Convicted Felon Silver

March 30th, 2016

Florida Needs New Class Action Forum at Miami Law Like It Needs a Category 5 Hurricane

With an apparent desire to ensure in perpetuity Florida’s status as a perennial Judicial Hellhole, three locally based class action law firms have donated $1 million to the University of Miami School of Law to fund an annual forum on complex mass torts and multidistrict litigation . . . → Read More: Florida Needs New Class Action Forum at Miami Law Like It Needs a Category 5 Hurricane

March 28th, 2016

9th Circuit Overrules Dismissal of Yogurt Labeling Case to Wait for FDA Definition of ‘Natural’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit last week overruled a lower court’s perfectly sound dismissal with prejudice of a food labeling class action against Chobani yogurt . . . → Read More: 9th Circuit Overrules Dismissal of Yogurt Labeling Case to Wait for FDA Definition of ‘Natural’

March 14th, 2016

Florida Judge Who’d Repeatedly Taken Baseball Tickets from Slip-and-Fall Lawyers Resigns

A Florida judge who had been charged with ethics violations for repeatedly seeking Major League Baseball tickets from a plaintiffs’ law firm is “Out!” . . . → Read More: Florida Judge Who’d Repeatedly Taken Baseball Tickets from Slip-and-Fall Lawyers Resigns

March 8th, 2016

Bucking National Trend, California Appeals Court Allows Discredited Asbestos Exposure Theory

Seemingly determined to keep California atop the Judicial Hellholes rankings, an appeals court there last week ignored precedent requiring trial judges to function as “gatekeepers” when it comes to the scientific validity of expert testimony and instead upheld a decision to let jurors play that critical role in their acceptance of a discredited theory of asbestos exposure . . . → Read More: Bucking National Trend, California Appeals Court Allows Discredited Asbestos Exposure Theory

March 7th, 2016

ADA Shyster Caught on Video Disciplined by Federal Judge, Not So Much by State Bar Court

A California McDonald’s franchisee last month successfully beat back a fraudulent Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) case after a security camera caught the plaintiff’s lawyer visiting the premises and collecting evidence instead of his client . . . → Read More: ADA Shyster Caught on Video Disciplined by Federal Judge, Not So Much by State Bar Court

March 4th, 2016

Lawsuit Connecting Plaintiffs’ Law Firm and Miss. AG’s Office in Kickback Scheme Ordered Unsealed

A lawsuit by a former partner alleging that a prominent Mississippi plaintiffs’ firm engaged in a kickback scheme to secure work through state Attorney General Jim Hood’s office has been ordered unsealed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. . . . → Read More: Lawsuit Connecting Plaintiffs’ Law Firm and Miss. AG’s Office in Kickback Scheme Ordered Unsealed

March 4th, 2016

‘False Claims’ Decision by Florida Appeals Court Could Be Basis for Reform in Other States

In what could serve as the basis for a reasonable reform of frequently abused False Claims Act statutes in other states, a Florida appellate court last month upheld the state attorney general’s authority to dismiss such whistleblower claims, even in cases when the state chooses not to intervene in the lawsuit . . . → Read More: ‘False Claims’ Decision by Florida Appeals Court Could Be Basis for Reform in Other States

March 3rd, 2016

ATRA Praises Longtime California Ally, John Sullivan

The American Tort Reform Association today offered condolences to the family and colleagues of a longtime tort reform ally in California, John H. Sullivan, who lost a courageous battle with cancer last week at the age of 73 . . . → Read More: ATRA Praises Longtime California Ally, John Sullivan

February 24th, 2016

South Florida Lawyer Forges Judges’ Signatures on More than 100 Structured Settlement Documents

Florida lawyer Jose Manuel Camacho is facing 14 counts of forgery for allegedly signing the names of seven different judges on more than 100 structured settlement documents . . . → Read More: South Florida Lawyer Forges Judges’ Signatures on More than 100 Structured Settlement Documents

February 23rd, 2016

Out-of-State Plaintiff Scores $72 Million Talcum Powder Verdict in Missouri

Another outlier verdict in the “Show Me Your Lawsuits State” this week serves to further Missouri’s growing reputation among the nation’s worst Judicial Hellholes . . . → Read More: Out-of-State Plaintiff Scores $72 Million Talcum Powder Verdict in Missouri