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September 18th, 2014

Washington State’s High Court Upholds Traditional Interpretation of Worker’s Comp Law

With a 5-4 decision today, the Washington Supreme Court narrowly but laudably preserved the integrity of the workers’ compensation system by resisting an asbestos plaintiff’s attempt to alter longstanding interpretation of relevant state law . . . → Read More: Washington State’s High Court Upholds Traditional Interpretation of Worker’s Comp Law

September 17th, 2014

Three Cheers for NYC Judge Who Dismissed Bogus Heating Oil Lawsuit — for the Second Time

In a rare “Point of Light” in New York, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich has dismissed a commercial class action flimsily based on a claim of “theoretical defect” in heating oil . . . → Read More: Three Cheers for NYC Judge Who Dismissed Bogus Heating Oil Lawsuit — for the Second Time

September 10th, 2014

Latest ‘Show Me the Lawsuits’ Decision by Missouri High Court Ignores SCOTUS on Punitive Damages

In the latest of several troubling decisions by the Missouri Supreme Court in recent years, it yesterday ignored both the will of “Show Me State” voters, as expressed through their elected representatives, and U.S. Supreme Court precedent on punitive damages . . . → Read More: Latest ‘Show Me the Lawsuits’ Decision by Missouri High Court Ignores SCOTUS on Punitive Damages

September 4th, 2014

ATRA Brief Urges SCOTUS to Hear BP’s Appeal of Class Action Issues Stemming from 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

The American Tort Reform Association today filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), urging the high court to hear BP’s appeal of critical class action issues stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill . . . → Read More: ATRA Brief Urges SCOTUS to Hear BP’s Appeal of Class Action Issues Stemming from 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

September 3rd, 2014

BP Motion Seeks Removal of Administrator Juneau

Alleging that the attorney appointed to administer compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf oil spill has conflicts of interests, allowed corruption of the claims process, and has otherwise mismanaged the multibillion-dollar compensation fund it established, energy giant BP yesterday filed a motion in federal court seeking his removal . . . → Read More: BP Motion Seeks Removal of Administrator Juneau

August 18th, 2014

ATRA Disappointed Again by Alabama High Court’s Unprecedented ‘Innovator Liability’ Decision

As the Supreme Court of Alabama on Friday reaffirmed its earlier, first-and-only-in-the-nation state high court embrace of an expansive theory of civil liability known as “innovator liability,” the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) condemned the 6-3 decision, saying “the court majority denies the broader and dangerous implications of this decision, but it’s as disappointing as the first” . . . → Read More: ATRA Disappointed Again by Alabama High Court’s Unprecedented ‘Innovator Liability’ Decision

July 21st, 2014

Florida Jury Delivers Plainly Unconstitutional Punitive Damages Award in Cigarette Case

With emotional incitement of juries, the personal injury bar continues to draw furiously on the dwindling butt of tobacco litigation in Florida, where a preposterous and plainly unconstitutional punitive damages award of $23.6 billion — that’s billion with a “b” –was rendered July 18 . . . → Read More: Florida Jury Delivers Plainly Unconstitutional Punitive Damages Award in Cigarette Case

July 2nd, 2014

Minnesota Supreme Court Checks Expansion of Consumer Fraud Liability

Minnesota’s Supreme Court has laudably resisted the temptation — succumbed to by many other high courts — to expand liability under the state’s consumer protection statute with an appropriately straightforward interpretation of the law . . . → Read More: Minnesota Supreme Court Checks Expansion of Consumer Fraud Liability

June 24th, 2014

California Supreme Court Properly Refuses to Expand Liability of Commercial Property Owners

The California Supreme Court has appropriately held that a business does not owe a duty to its customers to obtain and make available an automated external defibrillator (AED) for use in a medical emergency . . . → Read More: California Supreme Court Properly Refuses to Expand Liability of Commercial Property Owners

June 23rd, 2014

West Virginia’s Clownish High Court Allows Phantom Damages

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, arguably the most arbitrary and capricious — to say nothing of ridiculous — state high court in the nation has done it again… . . . → Read More: West Virginia’s Clownish High Court Allows Phantom Damages

June 9th, 2014

7th Circuit Serves Harsh Ethics Lesson on Chicago Shyster, Father-in-Law

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit tossed out a “scandalous” settlement stemming from a Pella window consumer protection class action suit that would have paid the plaintiffs’ attorneys $11 million up front, with $2 million going to the ethically-challenged lead counsel. It’s just one more example of how state Consumer Protection Acts are abused . . . → Read More: 7th Circuit Serves Harsh Ethics Lesson on Chicago Shyster, Father-in-Law

June 4th, 2014

Madison County’s New Asbestos Judge Carries on Tradition of Brazenly Favoring Plaintiffs

The latest in a long line of plaintiff-friendly asbestos judges in Madison County, Illinois, recently denied dozens of defendants’ perfectly persuasive motions for forum non conveniens in four separate cases, making it ironically clear that jurors, not judges, are asbestos defendants’ only hope for justice in this perennial Judicial Hellhole . . . → Read More: Madison County’s New Asbestos Judge Carries on Tradition of Brazenly Favoring Plaintiffs

May 28th, 2014

SCOTUS Rejects Appeal, $42 Million Verdict against Fen-Phen Shysters Stands

The U.S. Supreme Court has opted against hearing the appeal of notorious class action attorneys found liable for looting a $200 million diet drug settlement fund . . . → Read More: SCOTUS Rejects Appeal, $42 Million Verdict against Fen-Phen Shysters Stands

May 16th, 2014

Exxon Mobil Escapes Jaws of Alligator Lawsuit

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Exxon Mobil’s motion for summary judgment after the energy giant had found itself in the jaws of litigious neighbors . . . → Read More: Exxon Mobil Escapes Jaws of Alligator Lawsuit

May 15th, 2014

Remaining Defendants in RICO Suit Settle with Feld Entertainment for $15.75 Million

The remaining defendants in Feld Entertainment’s RICO lawsuit have settled for $15.75 million a case that stemmed from their original lawsuit that fraudulently accused Feld’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus of abusing its elephants. Here’s a Feld news release . . . → Read More: Remaining Defendants in RICO Suit Settle with Feld Entertainment for $15.75 Million

May 9th, 2014

Delaware Supreme Court Upholds ‘Loser Pays’ Bylaw

The Delaware Supreme Court has upheld a private company’s bylaw that shifts fees for shareholder lawsuits to the losing party . . . → Read More: Delaware Supreme Court Upholds ‘Loser Pays’ Bylaw

May 5th, 2014

CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ Scrutinizes Shysters’ Fraudulent Claims Made on BP Oil Spill Fund

CBS’s “60 Minutes” last evening served to further expose the inbred fraud of Gulf Coast shysters as they parasitically seek to suck free money out of BP in the wake of the 2010 oil spill off the coast of Louisiana . . . → Read More: CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ Scrutinizes Shysters’ Fraudulent Claims Made on BP Oil Spill Fund

April 29th, 2014

Cowardly NY Governor Admits Political Impotence, Calls Trial Lawyers ‘Most Powerful’ Force in State

After spending millions of taxpayer dollars on a delusional national advertising campaign aimed at bringing start-up businesses to a dying state controlled by personal injury lawyers (who in their right mind would bring a business to such a state?), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has now admitted that those lawyers dominate state politics and he is powerless to push through a popular reform bill that actually could boost redevelopment efforts . . . → Read More: Cowardly NY Governor Admits Political Impotence, Calls Trial Lawyers ‘Most Powerful’ Force in State

April 25th, 2014

With Minority Businesses Now Being Targeted, Too, NPR Finally Reports on ADA Lawsuit Abuse

Following ATRA’s lead in repeatedly exposing disability-access lawsuit abuse in California and elsewhere, NPR has finally joined in with an April 23 report during its “All Things Considered” program . . . → Read More: With Minority Businesses Now Being Targeted, Too, NPR Finally Reports on ADA Lawsuit Abuse

April 9th, 2014

FDA Meets Only with Personal Injury Lawyers before Proposing Costly New Generic Drug Rule

The Food and Drug Administration has quiietly proposed a new rule that will inevitably lead to higher prices for generic drugs, and it only consulted with personal injury lawyers before doing so . . . → Read More: FDA Meets Only with Personal Injury Lawyers before Proposing Costly New Generic Drug Rule