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April 18th, 2017

California High Court again Defies SCOTUS, Expands Civil Liability, Enriches Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

Continuing its well established trend of expanding civil liability while disregarding U.S. Supreme Court precedent, the California Supreme Court did it again last week with its plaintiff-favoring decision in McGill v. Citibank, N.A. . . . → Read More: California High Court again Defies SCOTUS, Expands Civil Liability, Enriches Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

March 31st, 2017

Federal Judge Sprays a Little Pesticide on Garden State’s Parasitic Plaintiffs

Like aphids ravaging backyard tomato plants, parasitic plaintiffs’ lawyers and their clients have for years been ravaging businesses in the Garden State with shameless abuse of the Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA). But a federal judge in Trenton laudably sprayed a little pesticide on their racket earlier this week . . . → Read More: Federal Judge Sprays a Little Pesticide on Garden State’s Parasitic Plaintiffs

March 30th, 2017

Justice Blitzed, Sacked by Conscienceless Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Handling NFL Concussion Litigation

Not that anyone should be surprised but, despite all their early talk about nobly pursuing justice for the injured, that blitz of plaintiffs’ lawyers who rushed to represent clients in the NFL’s concussion litigation have sacked common decency as they greedily look to clip one another and blindside former players and their families, according to ESPN . . . → Read More: Justice Blitzed, Sacked by Conscienceless Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Handling NFL Concussion Litigation

March 24th, 2017

Ad Campaign in Missouri Advocates Tort Reform, Notes Influence of ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report

Missouri Rising, a pro-business advocacy group helping to push needed civil justice reforms through the Show Me Your Lawsuits State’s legislature, began airing television ads this month which note the fact that ATRA’s latest Judicial Hellholes report named St. Louis as the nation’s #1 hellhole . . . → Read More: Ad Campaign in Missouri Advocates Tort Reform, Notes Influence of ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report

March 9th, 2017

Missouri, Oregon High Courts Clarify ‘Personal Jurisdiction,’ SCOTUS Poised to Hear Similar Cases

As both state and federal courts in recent years have created confusion by ruling differently on questions of personal jurisdiction (whether a state’s courts should have jurisdiction over cases involving various out-of-state elements), high courts in Missouri and Oregon last week hewed closer to longstanding tradition and appropriately ruled that claims alleging out-of-state injuries against out-of-state defendants doing little business there should be brought elsewhere . . . → Read More: Missouri, Oregon High Courts Clarify ‘Personal Jurisdiction,’ SCOTUS Poised to Hear Similar Cases

March 7th, 2017

Seventh Circuit Vacates Certification, Orders ‘Empty Suit’ Class Action Dismissed with Prejudice

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit yesterday vacated certification and directed the trial court to dismiss with prejudice the latest “empty suit” class action wherein class members suffered no real injury and wasted precious court resources merely to register their dissatisfaction with a product . . . → Read More: Seventh Circuit Vacates Certification, Orders ‘Empty Suit’ Class Action Dismissed with Prejudice

March 3rd, 2017

Louisiana Litigation Seeking to Bilk Energy Companies Suffers Set-Back at Fifth Circuit

In a major development in the civil litigation targeting energy producers in Louisiana over their alleged damaging of the receding coastline there, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today unanimously affirmed the dismissal of the very first such lawsuit — wholly concocted by plaintiffs’ lawyers — filed on behalf of the Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) . . . → Read More: Louisiana Litigation Seeking to Bilk Energy Companies Suffers Set-Back at Fifth Circuit

February 17th, 2017

Florida High Court’s Plaintiff-Favoring Majority again Disregards Lawmakers, Embraces Junk Science

The Florida Supreme Court’s plaintiff-favoring majority yesterday maintained its reputation for wholly disregarding the authority of duly elected state lawmakers with a 4-2 decision, refusing to adopt a 2013 reform law that raised the Sunshine State’s standard for expert testimony to that of all federal courts and 39 other state court systems . . . → Read More: Florida High Court’s Plaintiff-Favoring Majority again Disregards Lawmakers, Embraces Junk Science

February 16th, 2017

Bogus Wheelchair Access Lawsuits Spreading across Southwest, Targeting Small Businesses

News 7 Denver reporter Ryan Luby this week documented the spread of bogus wheelchair-access lawsuits, driven by parasitic personal injury lawyers, across the nation’s Southwest and the impact those suits are having on hardworking small business owners . . . → Read More: Bogus Wheelchair Access Lawsuits Spreading across Southwest, Targeting Small Businesses

February 11th, 2017

ATRA Letter in Post-Dispatch Pushes Back against Lying Lawyer

In attacking ATRA’s annually well-documented “Judicial Hellholes” report, which recently ranked St. Louis as the nation’s least fair civil court jurisdiction and criticized what we believe are scientifically groundless verdicts against makers of talcum powder, local personal injury lawyer Roger Denton claimed to have no involvement in litigation against one of those makers. But documents ATRA provided to the Post-Dispatch caught him in a lie . . . → Read More: ATRA Letter in Post-Dispatch Pushes Back against Lying Lawyer

February 10th, 2017

House Bill Would Help Stop ‘Empty Suit Litigation™’

Though it’s still early in the new 115th Congress, a newly proposed House bill could help stop certain plaintiffs’ lawyer-driven class actions — featuring no discernible injuries — that ATRA calls “Empty Suit Litigation™” . . . → Read More: House Bill Would Help Stop ‘Empty Suit Litigation™’

February 1st, 2017

ATRA Lauds Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to SCOTUS

Noting Judge Neil Gorsuch’s “refreshing record of leaving lawmaking to elected lawmakers,” the American Tort Reform Association today voiced optimism about his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court and “the perspective he’ll bring in helping to make our civil justice system more predictably fair” . . . → Read More: ATRA Lauds Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to SCOTUS

January 30th, 2017

Refusing to Stay Groundless Talc Cases, Missouri High Court Doubles Down on Open Invitation to Out-of-State Plaintiffs

Last week the Missouri Supreme Court doubled down on a horrible, anything-goes venue decision it made last fall by refusing to stay some 1,350 cases brought predominantly on behalf of out-of-state plaintiffs in St. Louis, the nation’s #1 Judicial Hellhole, which allege that talcum powder products cause ovarian cancer . . . → Read More: Refusing to Stay Groundless Talc Cases, Missouri High Court Doubles Down on Open Invitation to Out-of-State Plaintiffs

January 24th, 2017

Philadelphia’s ‘Complex Litigation Center’ Backsliding toward Return to Judicial Hellholes List

After topping the annual Judicial Hellholes rankings in both 2010 and 2011, Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center (CLC) for mass torts undertook dramatic reforms in 2012 that significantly improved balance and fairness. But as judicial conduct there has again begun to encourage plaintiffs’ lawyers from across the country to bring their cases to Philly, the “City of Unbrotherly Torts” is backsliding toward its ignominious past . . . → Read More: Philadelphia’s ‘Complex Litigation Center’ Backsliding toward Return to Judicial Hellholes List

January 18th, 2017

Missouri’s New Governor Cites ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report in His First ‘State of the State’ Address

Missouri’s newly minted, reform-minded Governor Eric Greitens delivered his first State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature in Jefferson City yesterday, declaring his commitment to enacting critical tort reforms as a means to improving both the state’s civil justice system and its economic prospects . . . → Read More: Missouri’s New Governor Cites ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report in His First ‘State of the State’ Address

December 15th, 2016

‘Junk Science,’ Outlier Verdicts Put St. Louis Atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its 2016-2017 Judicial Hellholes® report today, naming courts in Missouri, California, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, Louisiana, Virginia and Texas among the nation’s “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation . . . → Read More: ‘Junk Science,’ Outlier Verdicts Put St. Louis Atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

December 6th, 2016

New ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report Coming Next Week, Meanwhile ’60 minutes’ Exposes ‘Drive-By’ Lawsuits

Get ready for the 2016/2017 Judicial Hellholes report, with a new #1 ranked hellhole from America’s heartland.  ATRA and ATRF will rollout the report next Thursday, Dec. 15, to media across the country.  Reporters with reason to believe their respective jurisdictions are likely to be mentioned in the report are welcome to contact ATRA communications director Darren McKinney in advance to arrange a sneak peek.

Meanwhile, one of the civil justice issues afflicting a number of Judicial Hellholes jurisdictions cited in the report is abusive disability-access lawsuits brought under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state civil rights laws.  CBS’s 60 Minutes aired a segment last Sunday evening.  Reported by Anderson Cooper, it’s titled “Drive-By . . . → Read More: New ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report Coming Next Week, Meanwhile ’60 minutes’ Exposes ‘Drive-By’ Lawsuits

November 9th, 2016

‘Lawsuit Industry’ Is Election’s ‘Biggest Loser’

Despite President-elect Donald Trump’s history of litigiousness, the American Tort Reform Association today declared the “lawsuit industry” to be “the biggest loser in last night’s historic election” . . . → Read More: ‘Lawsuit Industry’ Is Election’s ‘Biggest Loser’

October 28th, 2016

Missouri Invites Out-of-State Plaintiffs’ Claims against Out-of-State Defendants for Alleged Out-of-State Injuries

A decision last week by the Supreme Court of Missouri effectively rolls out a “Show Me Your Lawsuits State” welcome mat for lawsuits by out-of-state plaintiffs against out-of-state defendants over alleged out-of-state injuries The state’s notoriously weak venue law has long allowed plaintiffs’ lawyers to shop their cases to the friendliest courts. Now there is virtually nothing stopping plaintiff’s lawyers from picking their preferred judge and jury. . . . → Read More: Missouri Invites Out-of-State Plaintiffs’ Claims against Out-of-State Defendants for Alleged Out-of-State Injuries

October 25th, 2016

Ex-Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane Sentenced to Prison

Though her lawyers had sought home confinement, Pennsylvania’s much-criticized former attorney general Kathleen Kane received a sentence of 10 to 23 months in prison yesterday following her mid-August convictions for felony perjury and assorted misdemeanors . . . → Read More: Ex-Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane Sentenced to Prison