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April 9th, 2014

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

April 8th, 2014

NYC Asbestos Ruling Favors Personal Injury Lawyers over Those Who’ll Become Sick in Future

At the behest of powerful personal injury law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, New York Supreme Court Justice Sherry Klein Heitler Tuesday reintroduced punitive damages to New York City’s asbestos litigation (NYCAL) with an order that will enrich those lawyers at the expense of the many who will develop asbestos-related illnesses in the future . . . → Read More: NYC Asbestos Ruling Favors Personal Injury Lawyers over Those Who’ll Become Sick in Future

April 8th, 2014

Shocking $9 Billion Punitive Damages Verdict in Louisiana Will Likely be Reduced

On Tuesday, April 8, a federal jury in Louisiana ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly Co. to pay $9 billion in punitive damages in a case involving the diabetes drug, Actos, after Takeda failed to protect documents that may have supported the plaintiff’s case . . . → Read More: Shocking $9 Billion Punitive Damages Verdict in Louisiana Will Likely be Reduced

April 4th, 2014

Rock-Climbing Plaintiff, Lawyer Asking To Be ‘Stoned’ By ‘Sue’ York City Taxpayers

A shamelessly foolish rock-climber and his disgraceful attorney are suing New York City taxpayers for the city’s failure to post a “No Climbing” sign near a rock sculpture and thus simultaneously tempting those who’ll foot the bill to stone them . . . → Read More: Rock-Climbing Plaintiff, Lawyer Asking To Be ‘Stoned’ By ‘Sue’ York City Taxpayers

March 27th, 2014

Wisconsin’s Gov. Walker Signs Asbestos Trust Fund Transparency Bill into Law

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker earlier today signed into law AB 19, asbestos trust fund transparency legislation . . . → Read More: Wisconsin’s Gov. Walker Signs Asbestos Trust Fund Transparency Bill into Law

March 24th, 2014

Five Florida Justices: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Legislatures’

By striking down a 2003 statutory limit on awards for pain and suffering in lawsuits against health care providers, a five justices of the Florida Supreme Court earlier this month arrogantly and dangersouly disregarded the will of more than 2.5 million Florida voters. . . . → Read More: Five Florida Justices: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Legislatures’

March 21st, 2014

Another State High Court Slaps Down AG’s ‘Off-Label’ Lawsuit against Maker of ‘Miracle’ Drug

The Arkansas Supreme Court this week unanimously reversed a lower court’s $1.2 billion verdict won previously in an off-labeling lawsuit waged by the state’s attorney general against the maker of widely used and effective antipsychotic medication . . . → Read More: Another State High Court Slaps Down AG’s ‘Off-Label’ Lawsuit against Maker of ‘Miracle’ Drug

March 18th, 2014

Survey Says 7 in 10 Louisiana Voters Support Lawsuit Reform Legislation

As national news coverage of BP’s effort to do the right thing by promptly compensating those hurt by the 2010 Gulf oil spill continues to expose the incestuous and shameless nature of the civil justice system in the nation’s #2 Judicial Hellhole, 7 in 10 recently surveyed Louisiana voters express support for tort reform legislation . . . → Read More: Survey Says 7 in 10 Louisiana Voters Support Lawsuit Reform Legislation

March 6th, 2014

Baltimore Judge Rejects Mass Consolidation of Asbestos Lawsuits

A Baltimore judge has soundly rejected a proposal by the law firm of Peter Angelos to consolidate approximately 13,000 asbestos-related lawsuits involving different products, exposures, and illnesses, along with scores of defendants . . . → Read More: Baltimore Judge Rejects Mass Consolidation of Asbestos Lawsuits

March 4th, 2014

Chevron Wins RICO Case against Conniving Tort Kingpin

New York federal District Judge Lewis Kaplan today issued his long awaited verdict in Chevron v. Donziger and, as expected, it is an encouraging win for the energy giant and a crushing loss for a once high-flying, if conniving, tort kingpin . . . → Read More: Chevron Wins RICO Case against Conniving Tort Kingpin

February 27th, 2014

A Little Good News: 11 Louisiana Parish Lawsuits Dismissed

The Times-Picayune reports reports that the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s dismissal of lawsuits filed by 11 Louisiana parishes based on state law, ruling that the claims against BP were preempted by federal law . . . → Read More: A Little Good News: 11 Louisiana Parish Lawsuits Dismissed

February 25th, 2014

Kraft Foods Asks 4th Circuit to Uphold Dismissal of Nuisance ‘Spam’ Lawsuit

Kraft Foods, Inc. earlier this week urged the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to uphold a lower court’s dismissal of a ridiculous “$600 million spam e-mail lawsuit” orignially filed by two self-spamming brothers whose business model revolves around such trumped up litigation . . . → Read More: Kraft Foods Asks 4th Circuit to Uphold Dismissal of Nuisance ‘Spam’ Lawsuit

February 20th, 2014

Florida Nursing Home Bill Advances

A Florida Senate bill aimed at keeping passive nursing home investors out of the cross-hairs of personal inuury lawyers has passed out of committee on an 8-1 bipartisan vote this week . . . → Read More: Florida Nursing Home Bill Advances

February 19th, 2014

ATRA Renews Criticism of New Hampshire’s ‘No-Injury’ Lawsuit against Energy Company

ATRA spokesman Darren McKinney appeared on WKBK-Radio’s Dan Mitchell Show this week to renew his organization’s criticism of New Hampshire’s “meritless, no-injury” lawsuit against ExxonMobil for alleged groundwater contamination from leaky gas station storage tanks . . . → Read More: ATRA Renews Criticism of New Hampshire’s ‘No-Injury’ Lawsuit against Energy Company

February 11th, 2014

Turning up the Heat on Asbestos Racketeers

As the push continues to expose and punish that lowly element of the plaintiffs’ bar that lies, cheats and manipulates civil courts and abestos trust funds to maximize their profits, ethics and justice be damned, ATRA offers up links to both a recent editorial and a Pennsylvania television interview that help make the tort reformers’ case . . . → Read More: Turning up the Heat on Asbestos Racketeers

February 10th, 2014

Food Suits with a Prop 65 Twist Likely to Keep California atop Judicial Hellholes Rankings

In an apparent bid to make sure California remains as the #1-ranked Judicial Hellhole for an unprecedented third year in a row, food suit shysters there have watsed no time in getting 2014 off to a familiar start, filing two meritless class actions in federal court . . . → Read More: Food Suits with a Prop 65 Twist Likely to Keep California atop Judicial Hellholes Rankings

January 31st, 2014

Another State AG’s Pay-to-Play Racket Takes a Hit

A Nevada judge this week ordered state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to pay the legal and discovery costs of a mortgage processing provider she and a private-sector class-action law firm from Washington, D.C., had unsuccessfully sued for fraud . . . → Read More: Another State AG’s Pay-to-Play Racket Takes a Hit

January 31st, 2014

California Appellate Court Erodes ‘Preemption’ Defense for Medical Device Makers

On January 27, 2014, the California Second Appellate District Court held that a negligence claim against a medical-device manufacturer that was based on state law duties that paralleled requirements under federal law was not preempted. . . . → Read More: California Appellate Court Erodes ‘Preemption’ Defense for Medical Device Makers

January 30th, 2014

Louisiana’s ‘Buddy Sytem’ Suffers a Loss: State High Court Overturns $331M Judgment

Louisiana’s Supreme Court this week landed a solid blow against the state’s notorious “Buddy System,” wherein state Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell hires his friends among the personal injury bar to sue deep-pocket corporate defendants on behalf of the state so they can collect big fees and, in turn, generously contribute to his next political campaign. . . . → Read More: Louisiana’s ‘Buddy Sytem’ Suffers a Loss: State High Court Overturns $331M Judgment

January 29th, 2014

PA High Court Embraces ‘Negligent Design Deffect,’ Invites New Run on Reforming Philly Courts

Perhaps inviting a new stampede of speculative and opportunistic litgation on the courts of the former #1 Judicial Hellhole, Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week ruled in Lance v. Wyeth that pharmaceutical companies can now be held liable for “negligent design defect” — a theory of liability not previously available to plaintiffs in the Keystone State . . . → Read More: PA High Court Embraces ‘Negligent Design Deffect,’ Invites New Run on Reforming Philly Courts