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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?

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 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’

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 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 3rd, 2014

BP Motion Seeks Removal of Administrator Juneau

Alleging that the attorney appointed to administer compensation claims for the 2010 Gulf oil spill has conflicts of interests, allowed corruption of the claims process, and has otherwise mismanaged the multibillion-dollar compensation fund it established, energy giant BP yesterday filed a motion in federal court seeking his removal . . . → Read More: BP Motion Seeks Removal of Administrator Juneau

August 18th, 2014

ATRA Disappointed Again by Alabama High Court’s Unprecedented ‘Innovator Liability’ Decision

As the Supreme Court of Alabama on Friday reaffirmed its earlier, first-and-only-in-the-nation state high court embrace of an expansive theory of civil liability known as “innovator liability,” the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) condemned the 6-3 decision, saying “the court majority denies the broader and dangerous implications of this decision, but it’s as disappointing as the first” . . . → Read More: ATRA Disappointed Again by Alabama High Court’s Unprecedented ‘Innovator Liability’ Decision

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’