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January 19th, 2018

Garden State’s New Governor Faces Bellwether Choice on ‘Pay Equity’ Legislation

New Jersey, already ranked 6th among the nation’s worst Judicial Hellholes, has a newly inaugurated governor who’s wasted no time signaling his intention to expand growth-stifling civil liability still further . . . → Read More: Garden State’s New Governor Faces Bellwether Choice on ‘Pay Equity’ Legislation

January 10th, 2018

ATRA Backs Bill Reforming Missouri Law on Venue & Joinder

A representative of the American Tort Reform Association today testified before Missouri’s Senate Government Reform Committee in support of newlyMissouri Show Me Your Lawsuits State proposed legislation aiming to make the Show Me Your Lawsuits State less welcoming to out-of-state plaintiffs looking to sue out-of-state defendants over alleged out-of-state injuries in plaintiff-friendly St. Louis, one of the nation’s worst Judicial Hellholes . . . → Read More: ATRA Backs Bill Reforming Missouri Law on Venue & Joinder

December 4th, 2017

High Court’s Contempt for Lawmakers’ Authority, Lawsuit Rackets Place Florida atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its 2017-2018 Judicial Hellholes® report today, naming courts in Florida, California, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois and Louisiana among the nation’s “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation. . . . → Read More: High Court’s Contempt for Lawmakers’ Authority, Lawsuit Rackets Place Florida atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

December 4th, 2017

ATRA Calls out Sen. Graham’s $500 Million Tax-Break for Trial Lawyers in Ninth Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 4, 2017 – The American Tort Reform Association today questioned South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham’s thus far effort to strip from tax legislation a provision that would end a significant tax break for wealthy personal injury lawyers pursuing class actions and other potentially lucrative lawsuits on a contingency-fee basis in courts within the U.S. Ninth Circuit . . . → Read More: ATRA Calls out Sen. Graham’s $500 Million Tax-Break for Trial Lawyers in Ninth Circuit

November 5th, 2017

Mark Fiore’s Cartoon for KQED Captures Madness of California Wildfires Litigation

This spot-on political cartoon says it all. But those who want more details about the wildfire of lawsuits in Northern California can read our October 30 post, “Cant Sue God or Nature, So Disaster-Chasing Personal Injury Lawyers Go after Utilities” . . . → Read More: Mark Fiore’s Cartoon for KQED Captures Madness of California Wildfires Litigation

November 2nd, 2017

Another Asbestos Bankruptcy

As deception and outright fraud persist as tactics of that element of the plaintiffs’ bar which continues to enrich itself through asbestos litigation, and as the U.S. Senate dithers over much needed legislation that would bring more transparency to asbestos claims, yet another company has been driven into bankruptcy — at the expense of employees, pensioners and creditors . . . → Read More: Another Asbestos Bankruptcy

October 31st, 2017

Cordray’s Veto Letter to Trump a ‘Last-Gasp’ Effort to Save Possible Gubernatorial Campaign

Noting that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray has “sloppily revealed the falsity of long-running arguments against arbitration clauses in financial services contracts,” the American Tort Reform Association today called a newly reported letter from Cordray to President Trump “a desperate attempt to win back plaintiffs’ bar support for his possible gubernatorial run in Ohio” . . . → Read More: Cordray’s Veto Letter to Trump a ‘Last-Gasp’ Effort to Save Possible Gubernatorial Campaign

October 30th, 2017

Can’t Sue God or Nature, So Disaster-Chasing Personal Injury Lawyers Go after Utilities

Parasitic personal injury lawyers have drummed up class actions in the wake of both natural and manmade disasters before, but it’s tough to recall when they’ve been quicker on the opportunistic draw than they’ve been in suing utilities in the Judicial Hellholes states of California and Florida in the wake of recent wildfires and a hurricane . . . → Read More: Can’t Sue God or Nature, So Disaster-Chasing Personal Injury Lawyers Go after Utilities

October 24th, 2017

Another Scientifically Groundless Talc Verdict Falls, This Time in Los Angeles

Just three days after a Missouri appeals court vacated the first of four monstrous, if scientifically groundless verdicts won since 2015 in St. Louis by plaintiffs alleging their use of talcum powder caused ovarian cancer, a trial judge in Los Angles last Friday reversed a $417 million plaintiff’s verdict in a comparable case . . . → Read More: Another Scientifically Groundless Talc Verdict Falls, This Time in Los Angeles

October 24th, 2017

Two Florida Firms’ Fraudulent Tobacco Claims Draw Nearly $9.2 Million in Sanctions

With at least six Florida personal injury lawyers now facing unrelated criminal charges for defrauding auto insurers and the Sunshine State already in the running for this year’s #1 ranking among the nation’s Judicial Hellholes, a panel of four federal judges last week imposed nearly $9.2 million in sanctions on two Jacksonville-based plaintiffs’ firms for their shameless pursuit of more than 1,200 “frivolous and factually baseless lawsuits” against tobacco defendants . . . → Read More: Two Florida Firms’ Fraudulent Tobacco Claims Draw Nearly $9.2 Million in Sanctions

October 20th, 2017

Maryland Lawmakers Should Investigate Asbestos Claims, Not Raise Taxes

Prompted by overtures from the politically powerful personal injury law firm of Peter Angelos, Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee last Tuesday conducted a “briefing” for lawmakers on what plaintiffs’ lawyers purport is a “backlog of civil asbestos cases” in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City . . . → Read More: Maryland Lawmakers Should Investigate Asbestos Claims, Not Raise Taxes

October 18th, 2017

First of Missouri’s Monster Talc Verdicts Falls on Appeal, Others Likely to Follow

A Missouri appellate court yesterday reversed and vacated a $72 million verdict that was the first of four such controversial, multimillion-dollar verdicts rendered in the City of St. Louis Circuit Court in a series of scientifically groundless lawsuits claiming that the use of talcum powder causes ovarian cancer . . . → Read More: First of Missouri’s Monster Talc Verdicts Falls on Appeal, Others Likely to Follow

October 17th, 2017

A More Nuanced Look at the Washington Post’s ‘Bizarre Opioid Story’

Barely a month after the nation’s largest trade association of personal injury lawyers conducted a “Rapid Response: Opioid Litigation Seminar,” teaching attendees how they might cash in on such litigation, the Washington Post and CBS’s 60 Minutes partnered to break Sunday’s big story that alleges the pharmaceutical industry showered members of Congress with campaign contributions in order to pass legislation, adopted unanimously in both the House and Senate and signed into law by President Obama, which effectively restrained efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to rein in illicit distribution of federally approved prescription painkillers . . . → Read More: A More Nuanced Look at the Washington Post’s ‘Bizarre Opioid Story’

October 2nd, 2017

Record-Setting But Totally Bogus FCA Verdict Reversed by Fifth Circuit

A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last Friday reversed a record-setting federal False Claims Act verdict of $663 million in a case so willfully mishandled by the trial judge that it sunk the Eastern District of Texas into the ignominious rankings of Judicial Hellholes two years ago . . . → Read More: Record-Setting But Totally Bogus FCA Verdict Reversed by Fifth Circuit

September 25th, 2017

Fraud Arrests of 5 Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Represent ‘PIP’ of the Iceberg

According to reports published last week, at least five Florida personal injury lawyers have been arrested for their alleged roles in a car accident racket known as “PIP” fraud, but we know this represents barely the tip of the PIP fraud iceberg . . . → Read More: Fraud Arrests of 5 Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Represent ‘PIP’ of the Iceberg

September 21st, 2017

Suspect in Thwarted Armed Robbery Reportedly Considering Lawsuit Against Civilian Hero

Only in hyper-litigious America would someone caught red-handed in the commission of an apparent armed robbery have the gall to consider a lawsuit against the civilian hero who courageously thwarted that robbery . . . → Read More: Suspect in Thwarted Armed Robbery Reportedly Considering Lawsuit Against Civilian Hero

August 28th, 2017

National Plaintiffs Radio

Not everyone at NPR is zealously anti-business. And not all their reporting about lawsuits targeting American businesses necessarily takes the side, implicitly or explicitly, of plaintiffs’ lawyers and their clients. But most of the public radio network’s legal reporting does, and two stories airing on the same day last week showed enough bias-by-omission to leave listeners wondering if NPR has come to stand for National Plaintiffs Radio . . . → Read More: National Plaintiffs Radio

August 22nd, 2017

ATRA Critical of Giant ‘Junk Science’ Verdict in ‘Golden State for Trial Lawyers’

Citing California’s stubborn and long criticized reluctance to adopt unambiguously the more exacting Daubert standard for expert evidence used in all federal courts and roughly 80% of state court systems, the American Tort Reform Association today pointed to “the latest giant-sized junk-science verdict” there to suggest it officially change its nickname to the “Golden State for Trial Lawyers.” . . . → Read More: ATRA Critical of Giant ‘Junk Science’ Verdict in ‘Golden State for Trial Lawyers’

June 20th, 2017

SCOTUS Decision Prompts Judge in #1 Hellhole St. Louis to Declare Mistrial in Talc Case

Responding to a defense motion that cited an important 8-1 U.S. Supreme Court decision rendered earlier in the day, a St. Louis trial judge yesterday declared a mistrial in the sixth such trial there in which plaintiffs allege, contrary to widely accepted science, that the makers of talcum powder are responsible for their ovarian cancer . . . → Read More: SCOTUS Decision Prompts Judge in #1 Hellhole St. Louis to Declare Mistrial in Talc Case

June 19th, 2017

ATRA Cheers SCOTUS Term’s Jurisdiction-Case ‘Trifecta’

With today’s announced decision of a third significant jurisdictional case by the U.S. Supreme Court this term, the American Tort Reform Association applauded the “trifecta,” calling the decisions “welcomed relief for corporate defendants targeted by personal injury lawyers, with plenty of help from plaintiff-friendly courts in California, Missouri, Montana, Texas and elsewhere . . . → Read More: ATRA Cheers SCOTUS Term’s Jurisdiction-Case ‘Trifecta’