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February 12th, 2016

No-Sanctions Dismissal of Fraudulent FCA Claim Is ‘Poster Child’ for Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

A federal judge’s choice this week to toss out of court a lawyer’s plainly fraudulent and frivolous False Claims Act case without also ordering punishing monetary sanctions stands as the latest “poster child” for enactment of the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, which is now pending in Congress and would mandate sanctions for those who promulgate frivolous litigation . . . → Read More: No-Sanctions Dismissal of Fraudulent FCA Claim Is ‘Poster Child’ for Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

February 10th, 2016

ATRA: NY Assembly’s Anti-Arbitration Bills ‘Driven by Trial Lawyers and Lopsided Media Coverage’

The American Tort Reform Association today criticized elements of the New York State Assembly for pursuing legislation that, at the behest of the politically powerful plaintiffs’ bar, would make fair, quick and relatively inexpensive dispute arbitration more costly and less accessible for consumers and businesses, contrary to federal law . . . → Read More: ATRA: NY Assembly’s Anti-Arbitration Bills ‘Driven by Trial Lawyers and Lopsided Media Coverage’

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

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

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 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

October 6th, 2015

Pennsylvania’s Kane Latest State AG to Ignore Basic Principles of Law & Justice

Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s attorney general and a politician national Democrats had hoped might someday win a U.S. Senate seat, continued this month her embarrassing and desperate descent toward likely disbarment and a self-imposed political death sentence . . . → Read More: Pennsylvania’s Kane Latest State AG to Ignore Basic Principles of Law & Justice

July 15th, 2015

NEWPORT NEWS GETS RARE MIDYEAR RANKING AMONG ‘JUDICIAL HELLHOLES’

Tort Reform Group Recommends Constructive Reforms 

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15, 2015 – In making a rare midyear adjustment to its annual “Judicial Hellholes” report, the American Tort Reform Foundation today elevated the Circuit Court for Newport News, Virginia, from the report’s less critical Watch List to the more onerous ranking as a full “ judicial hellhole.”  Newport News joins a handful of other civil court jurisdictions known as the nation’s least fair and balanced.

“Our report, released each December, has documented imbalances in Newport News asbestos litigation in the past,” began ATRF president Tiger Joyce.  “But additional research since we placed Newport News on our Watch List . . . → Read More: NEWPORT NEWS GETS RARE MIDYEAR RANKING AMONG ‘JUDICIAL HELLHOLES’

June 12th, 2015

ATRA Calls Albany’s ‘Bad Faith’ Bill ‘Another Tone-Deaf Gift to Trial Lawyers’

With former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver facing federal corruption charges in connection with questionable asbestos litigation, the American Tort Reform Association today urged Albany lawmakers to “promptly kill an insurance litigation bill that would open yet another lucrative line of business for personal injury lawyers at the expense of New York consumers and jobseekers.” . . . → Read More: ATRA Calls Albany’s ‘Bad Faith’ Bill ‘Another Tone-Deaf Gift to Trial Lawyers’

May 19th, 2015

‘Insane’ $82 Million Verdict Suggests Missouri Trial Courts Take Cues from ‘Hellhole’ of a High Court

Apparently taking cues from the Supreme Court of Missouri, currently the sixth-ranked Judicial Hellhole, a Jackson County court this month rendered what is perhaps the most absurd plaintiff’s verdict thus far in 2015 . . . → Read More: ‘Insane’ $82 Million Verdict Suggests Missouri Trial Courts Take Cues from ‘Hellhole’ of a High Court

May 19th, 2015

Indiana High Court Makes Uncharacteristic Bid for Dishonorable Mention in Next ‘Hellholes’ Report

The formerly well-regarded Indiana Supreme Court this month opted to expand significantly the “vicarious” liability of employers when employees disobey in-house policies or relevant law in pursuit of their personal interests that do not further their employers’ interests . . . → Read More: Indiana High Court Makes Uncharacteristic Bid for Dishonorable Mention in Next ‘Hellholes’ Report

May 5th, 2015

More Bad News from ‘Big Sky Country’

Continuing a troubling trend toward increasingly excessive punitive damages awards in Big Sky Country, Montana’s Supreme Court has upheld a $5 million punitive damages award in connection with an already absurdly inflated compensatory damages award of $1 million . . . → Read More: More Bad News from ‘Big Sky Country’

April 30th, 2015

Alabama Lawmakers Slap Down State’s High Court on ‘Innovator Liability’

Among many others, the Wall Street Journal today heralded Alabama lawmakers’ slap-down earlier this week of recent state supreme court decisions that embraced the both ridiculous and dangerous legal theory peddled by the plaintiffs’ bar as “innovator liability” . . . → Read More: Alabama Lawmakers Slap Down State’s High Court on ‘Innovator Liability’

April 14th, 2015

‘Litigation Imbalance’ Study Is More Bad News from Illinois, Lincoln Spinning in Grave

On the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, a civil justice watchdog group in Illinois has released its latest “Litigation Imbalance” study, the findings of which surely have the 16th president and Great Emancipator spinning in his grave . . . → Read More: ‘Litigation Imbalance’ Study Is More Bad News from Illinois, Lincoln Spinning in Grave