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February 4th, 2016

PETA Suffers Second Lawsuit Dismissal in a Week

For the second time in a week, the litigious animal rights activists at PETA have had a specious lawsuit tossed out of court . . . → Read More: PETA Suffers Second Lawsuit Dismissal in a Week

February 4th, 2016

Slip-and-Fall Lawyers’ Baseball Tickets Trip up Florida Judge

Just when you thought self-serving plaintiffs’ lawyers couldn’t sink Florida’s civil justice system any further into the swamp of unethical behavior that makes it a regular Judicial Hellhole, at least one Florida judge has joined their drive to the darkest depths . . . → Read More: Slip-and-Fall Lawyers’ Baseball Tickets Trip up Florida Judge

February 3rd, 2016

‘Sore Loser’ Trump’s Latest Lawsuit Threat Defies Claim He’ll ‘Make America Great Again’

The American Tort Reform Association today criticized GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump after he threatened during a radio interview to sue rival Sen. Ted Cruz over allegedly untrue comments made by Cruz and his campaign staff, which Trump says cost him a first-place finish in Monday’s Iowa Caucuses . . . → Read More: ‘Sore Loser’ Trump’s Latest Lawsuit Threat Defies Claim He’ll ‘Make America Great Again’

February 2nd, 2016

Atlantic County Continues Climb out of Judicial Hellhole

As a former Judicial Hellhole, Atlantic County, New Jersey continues to show improvement with Judge Nelson Johnson presiding evenhandedly over the county’s mass tort docket . . . → Read More: Atlantic County Continues Climb out of Judicial Hellhole

January 29th, 2016

Stephen Diaco, a Florida Attorney Implicated in a DUI Setup, has been Permanently Disbarred

Stephen Diaco, one of three Tampa, FL attorneys involved in a DUI setup of an opposing counsel, has been permanently disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court. Diaco had previously sought review of a lower court’s recommendation of permanent disbarment but withdrew his request. . . . → Read More: Stephen Diaco, a Florida Attorney Implicated in a DUI Setup, has been Permanently Disbarred

January 28th, 2016

Will New Defense Strategy Spurred by Recent SCOTUS Decision Succeed in Limiting Class Actions?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, wherein the majority held that a defendant’s mere offer to pay an individual plaintiff’s full claim for damages is not enough to prevent that plaintiff from leading a class-action, appears to be having an immediate impact on litigation strategy . . . → Read More: Will New Defense Strategy Spurred by Recent SCOTUS Decision Succeed in Limiting Class Actions?

January 28th, 2016

For Now, Federal Judge Keeps Steve Mostyn from Making a Mesh of Regulatory Authority

Medical device maker Boston Scientific Corp. this week successfully blocked — at least for the time being — a proposed class action that alleges it had smuggled cheap counterfeit material to use in its pelvic mesh products . . . → Read More: For Now, Federal Judge Keeps Steve Mostyn from Making a Mesh of Regulatory Authority

January 26th, 2016

Another Asbestos Defendant Seeks to Join RICO Litigation Against Plaintiffs’ Firms Accused of Fraud

Asbestos defendant John Crane Inc. this week filed motions in federal district court seeking to intervene in the Garlock Sealing Technologies-led fraud litigation against two plaintiffs’ law firms, Dallas-based Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett and the Shein Law Center of Philadelphia . . . → Read More: Another Asbestos Defendant Seeks to Join RICO Litigation Against Plaintiffs’ Firms Accused of Fraud

January 26th, 2016

Honda’s Efforts to Make Nice with Environmentalists Result in Class Action

In an effort to appeal to “green” car buyers and radical environmentalists within regulatory agencies, Honda switched from wrapping some of its cars’ wiring in slow-to-degrade plastics to a soy-based casing. That’s right, Honda had begun to wrap its wires in tofu . . . → Read More: Honda’s Efforts to Make Nice with Environmentalists Result in Class Action

January 25th, 2016

SCOTUS Rules Class Actions Can Survive Defendants’ Offers to Individual Plaintiffs

On January 21 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that an offer of full payment for an individual claim, prior to the deadline for filing a motion for class certification, does not end the claim or prevent class certification . . . → Read More: SCOTUS Rules Class Actions Can Survive Defendants’ Offers to Individual Plaintiffs

January 25th, 2016

Goya Strikes Back at ‘Serial’ Plaintiff in California Food Fight

In litigation first reported here two years ago, defendant Goya Foods is fighting back against a serial plaintiff and her bogus, no-injury claim that seeks to exploit California’s Prop 65 labeling requirements . . . → Read More: Goya Strikes Back at ‘Serial’ Plaintiff in California Food Fight

January 22nd, 2016

Los Angeles Taxpayers Victimized by Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

California continues to earn its ranking as the nation’s #1 Judicial Hellhole as Los Angele County’s litigation expenses ballooned 24% in FY 2014-2015 . . . → Read More: Los Angeles Taxpayers Victimized by Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

January 21st, 2016

NJ Appellate Court Rightly Overturns $2 Million Auto Accident Verdict, ATRA Urges Fraud Investigation

A three-judge appellate panel in New Jersey yesterday laudably overturned a $2 million auto accident verdict in Middlesex County that defied common sense and should raise suspicions among state insurance authorities . . . → Read More: NJ Appellate Court Rightly Overturns $2 Million Auto Accident Verdict, ATRA Urges Fraud Investigation

January 20th, 2016

Cook County Judge Moves to Undo Clerk’s Plaintiff-Favoring Corruption

A Cook County Circuit Court judge has vacated a $25 million settlement hurriedly reached with the defendants’ insurer after the plaintiff’s lawyer had been tipped off about a jury note that suggested things weren’t going his way . . . → Read More: Cook County Judge Moves to Undo Clerk’s Plaintiff-Favoring Corruption

January 19th, 2016

Florida Supreme Court Disbars Three Attorneys Who Set DUI Trap for Opposing Counsel

The Florida Supreme Court late last week unanimously disbarred three Tampa attorneys found by a lower court to have conspired to gain an advantage in a multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuit by ensnaring opposing counsel in a DUI honeypot trap . . . → Read More: Florida Supreme Court Disbars Three Attorneys Who Set DUI Trap for Opposing Counsel

January 15th, 2016

Sen. Schmitt again Expected to Sully Missouri’s Reputation as the ‘Show Me Your Lawsuits State’

The American Tort Reform Association today criticized Missouri State Senator Eric Schmitt’s continuing opposition to reform legislation aimed at reasonably limiting civil liability and thereby reducing the volume of meritless litigation that is costly to consumers and taxpayers and otherwise contributes to the state’s growing reputation as a “judicial hellhole” . . . → Read More: Sen. Schmitt again Expected to Sully Missouri’s Reputation as the ‘Show Me Your Lawsuits State’

January 14th, 2016

Failing First Big Test of 2016, NYCAL Judge Ignores First Amendment, Continues Favoritism for Plaintiffs

Defendants’ hopes that a new judge installed last year to head New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) would reject the brazenly plaintiff-favoring bias of his predecessor have suddenly faded with a denial earlier this week of their motion to quash a plaintiffs’ subpoena aimed at shredding the First Amendment and distracting from inconvenient empirical data . . . → Read More: Failing First Big Test of 2016, NYCAL Judge Ignores First Amendment, Continues Favoritism for Plaintiffs

January 14th, 2016

Federal Judge Sanctions Two Parasitic Plaintiffs’ Lawyers for ‘See What Sticks’ Approach to Litigation

In an encouraging close to 2015, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann sanctioned two Pennsylvania plaintiffs’ lawyers for their stubborn pursuit of largely meritless, “see-what-sticks” litigation . . . → Read More: Federal Judge Sanctions Two Parasitic Plaintiffs’ Lawyers for ‘See What Sticks’ Approach to Litigation

December 16th, 2015

California Tops Latest List Of ‘Judicial Hellholes’

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 17, 2014 – The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its annual Judicial Hellholes® report today, naming courts in California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas and Virginia among the nation’s “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation. . . . → Read More: California Tops Latest List Of ‘Judicial Hellholes’

October 23rd, 2015

‘Footlong’ Settlement: Lawyers Feed, Consumers Fast

As is almost always the case with contrived consumer class actions, lawyers who served up the now infamous Subway “footlong” litigation are poised to feed on more than a half-million dollars in fees while their putative clients go hungry . . . → Read More: ‘Footlong’ Settlement: Lawyers Feed, Consumers Fast