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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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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

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

January 15th, 2014

SCOTUS Invites New Wave of ‘Pay-to-Play’ Lawsuits

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court yesterday overturned an appellate court decision that had been heralded as a needed check on so-called “pay-to-play” litigation . . . → Read More: SCOTUS Invites New Wave of ‘Pay-to-Play’ Lawsuits

December 18th, 2013

BP Keeps up Fight against Personal Injury Lawyers’ Fraudulent Claims in #2 Ranked ‘Judicial Hellhole’

BP has filed a lawsuit against San Antonio-based tort kingpin Mikal Watts, accusing him of fraudulently ginning up more than 40,000 “phantom” claims on one of the compensation funds BP established to mitigate damages from the 2010 Gulf oil spill . . . → Read More: BP Keeps up Fight against Personal Injury Lawyers’ Fraudulent Claims in #2 Ranked ‘Judicial Hellhole’

December 18th, 2013

New York’s High Court Properly Rejects Longtime Smokers’ Claims for ‘Medical Monitoring’

Not all news coming out of Judicial Hellholes is bad news, and a decision by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, rejecting an equitable medical monitoring claim is very good news . . . → Read More: New York’s High Court Properly Rejects Longtime Smokers’ Claims for ‘Medical Monitoring’

December 17th, 2013

California Ranks #1 in 2013/2014 ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report

The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its annual Judicial Hellholes® report today, naming civil courts in California, Louisiana, New York City, West Virginia, Southwestern Illinois’ Madison and St. Clair counties, and South Florida among the nation’s “most unfair” . . . → Read More: California Ranks #1 in 2013/2014 ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report