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March 11th, 2015

Louisiana’s Corrupting ‘Buddy System’ Seemingly Back in Business, Despite Recent Reform

ATRA’s allies at Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch report that, “Despite fierce criticism from lawmakers and legal reform groups in recent years,” state Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell has revived his infamous “Buddy System,” continuing “his questionable practice of hiring outside attorneys to pursue litigation on behalf of the state” and giving much of this potentially lucrative business to “law firms and lawyers that have donated tens of thousands of dollars to his political campaign[s]” . . . → Read More: Louisiana’s Corrupting ‘Buddy System’ Seemingly Back in Business, Despite Recent Reform

March 9th, 2015

Charleston Daily Mail Lauds Tort Reform Inspired by a Notorious High Court Decision

An editorial in Charleston, West Virginia’s leading newspaper offers kudos to lawmakers and the governor for enactment of a tort reform law that effectively overturns a notoriously bad state high court decision that a dissenting justice said explains why the state is known as a Judicial Hellhole . . . → Read More: Charleston Daily Mail Lauds Tort Reform Inspired by a Notorious High Court Decision

March 2nd, 2015

ATRA’s New ‘Asbestos Litigation Watch’ Website Will Help Make Case for Reform

Citing recent events that have further exposed the “corruption and outright fraud that have long been endemic to asbestos litigation,” the American Tort Reform Association today launched a new website that “will document the overwhelming case for substantive reforms” . . . → Read More: ATRA’s New ‘Asbestos Litigation Watch’ Website Will Help Make Case for Reform

February 23rd, 2015

Southern Illinois Federal Court Shines Brightly in Dismissing Defendants from Non-Illinois Asbestos Exposure Claim

On February 17th and 19th, Judge Staci M. Yandle for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois granted seven motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction for defendants involved in a large multi-defendant asbestos case. In each claim, the plaintiff, a former Navy worker, fell far short of alleging sufficient contacts by the defendants to the state of Illinois to satisfy constitutional due process requirements. . . . → Read More: Southern Illinois Federal Court Shines Brightly in Dismissing Defendants from Non-Illinois Asbestos Exposure Claim

February 20th, 2015

Out-of-State Mass Tort Plaintiffs Again Flocking to Philadelphia, a Two-Time #1 Judicial Hellhole

As reported by the Pennsylvania Record, mass tort filings jumped 150 percent last year in Philadelphia’s Complex Litigation Center (CLC), America’s #1 Judicial Hellhole in 2010 and 2011 . . . → Read More: Out-of-State Mass Tort Plaintiffs Again Flocking to Philadelphia, a Two-Time #1 Judicial Hellhole

February 10th, 2015

Is Heat Brought by Former Speaker Silver’s Indictment Making NYCAL Judges Think Twice?

As discomfiting attention from federal prosecutors and the media rains down on asbestos judges comprising the nation’s #1 Judicial Hellhole, a runaway verdict to the tune of $190 million has now been dramatically reduced . . . → Read More: Is Heat Brought by Former Speaker Silver’s Indictment Making NYCAL Judges Think Twice?

February 5th, 2015

Good News from Pennsylvania High Court: Statute of Repose Applies to Asbestos Claims

In deciding not to hear a plaintiff’s appeal, Pennsylvania’s high court has upheld application the state’s 12-year statute of repose to asbestos claims . . . → Read More: Good News from Pennsylvania High Court: Statute of Repose Applies to Asbestos Claims

January 22nd, 2015

ATRA Calls Corruption Arrest of NY Speaker Sheldon Silver a ‘Turning Point’

A spokesman for the American Tort Reform Association today called this morning’s arrest and filing of federal corruption charges against New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver a “turning point” in the effort to combat abuses in the nation’s #1 judicial hellhole . . . → Read More: ATRA Calls Corruption Arrest of NY Speaker Sheldon Silver a ‘Turning Point’

January 14th, 2015

Citing Latest Bombshell Allegations of Trial-Lawyer Fraud, ATRA Urges Congress, DOJ to Investigate

In light of a stunning defense motion filed today in a West Virginia federal court, alleging massive fraud on the part of plaintiffs’ lawyers in their aggressive recruitment of clients for pelvic mesh litigation, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) renewed its call on Congress, prosecutors and bar associations to investigate and prosecute those who defraud the civil justice system . . . → Read More: Citing Latest Bombshell Allegations of Trial-Lawyer Fraud, ATRA Urges Congress, DOJ to Investigate

January 13th, 2015

A Rare ‘Point of Light’ in ‘Show Me Your Lawsuits State’

Judicial Hellholes reporters have long kept an eye on St. Louis, Missouri, one of the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in the nation. So in the rare instance that a judge there is willing to take even a small stand against the reflexive expansion of civil liability, it’s worthy of kudos . . . → Read More: A Rare ‘Point of Light’ in ‘Show Me Your Lawsuits State’

January 12th, 2015

MadCo: Where 1,200 Out-of-State Lawsuits is a Dip

Madison County hosted 1,300 new asbestos lawsuit filings in 2014. Madison County’s docket has doubled in the last four years and tripled in the last seven. Nine of ten plaintiffs who file in Madison County don’t live in Illinois. And less than 1% live in Madison County. . . . → Read More: MadCo: Where 1,200 Out-of-State Lawsuits is a Dip

January 4th, 2015

Exposed But No Injury? Sue Now, Nevada.

In a New Year’s eve gift, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that plaintiffs’ lawyers can bring lawsuits seeking medical monitoring costs on behalf of people who aren’t injured. The ruling, which is contrary to the trend in state courts, will allow individuals who may never develop an illness to bring massive class actions. Unlike courts that have allowed medical monitoring claims, but placed stringent requirements on plaintiffs to avoid speculative claims, the Nevada Supreme Court “decline[d] to identify specific factors that a plaintiff must demonstrate to establish entitlement to medical monitoring as a remedy.” . . . → Read More: Exposed But No Injury? Sue Now, Nevada.

December 16th, 2014

New York City’s Asbestos Court is #1 ‘Judicial Hellhole’

The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its annual Judicial Hellholes® report today, naming courts in New York City, California, West Virginia, Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Louisiana among the nation’s “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation. . . . → Read More: New York City’s Asbestos Court is #1 ‘Judicial Hellhole’

December 14th, 2014

Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report Coming Tuesday, Dec. 16

With recently unsealed documents from the Garlock bankruptcy poised to reveal still further manipulation of evidence and even outright fraud by the asbestos litigation industry, the 2014-2015 Judicial Hellholes report shines its white hot spotlight on a number of jurisdictions with active asbestos dockets — including an all-new #1 ranked Judicial Hellhole — as well as a variety of other jurisdictions where the scales of civil justice are out of balance . . . → Read More: Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report Coming Tuesday, Dec. 16

November 6th, 2014

Asbestos Fraudsters Will Pay $7.3 Million to Settle CSX Transportation’s RICO Case against Them

ATRA Cites Settlement, Coming Garlock Revelations in Urging New Congress, State Legislatures to Pass Asbestos Claims Transparency Laws . . . → Read More: Asbestos Fraudsters Will Pay $7.3 Million to Settle CSX Transportation’s RICO Case against Them

October 31st, 2014

Ohio Jury Delivers a Thriller of a Verdict in Bogus Washing Machine Mold Class Action

On Thursday, October 30th, an Ohio jury delivered a “trick” of their own to frighteningly mischievous class action plaintiffs lawyers who have been running around scaring up unfounded complaints against the washing machine manufacturer, Whirlpool Corp. After a three week trial, the jury found in favor of Whirlpool – that the company’s front loading washing machines did not suffer from a design flaw, leading to mold accumulation. . . . → Read More: Ohio Jury Delivers a Thriller of a Verdict in Bogus Washing Machine Mold Class Action

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