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February 16th, 2017

Bogus Wheelchair Access Lawsuits Spreading across Southwest, Targeting Small Businesses

News 7 Denver reporter Ryan Luby this week documented the spread of bogus wheelchair-access lawsuits, driven by parasitic personal injury lawyers, across the nation’s Southwest and the impact those suits are having on hardworking small business owners . . . → Read More: Bogus Wheelchair Access Lawsuits Spreading across Southwest, Targeting Small Businesses

February 1st, 2017

ATRA Lauds Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to SCOTUS

Noting Judge Neil Gorsuch’s “refreshing record of leaving lawmaking to elected lawmakers,” the American Tort Reform Association today voiced optimism about his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court and “the perspective he’ll bring in helping to make our civil justice system more predictably fair” . . . → Read More: ATRA Lauds Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to SCOTUS

December 15th, 2016

‘Junk Science,’ Outlier Verdicts Put St. Louis Atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its 2016-2017 Judicial Hellholes® report today, naming courts in Missouri, California, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, Louisiana, Virginia and Texas among the nation’s “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation . . . → Read More: ‘Junk Science,’ Outlier Verdicts Put St. Louis Atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

December 6th, 2016

New ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report Coming Next Week, Meanwhile ’60 minutes’ Exposes ‘Drive-By’ Lawsuits

Get ready for the 2016/2017 Judicial Hellholes report, with a new #1 ranked hellhole from America’s heartland.  ATRA and ATRF will rollout the report next Thursday, Dec. 15, to media across the country.  Reporters with reason to believe their respective jurisdictions are likely to be mentioned in the report are welcome to contact ATRA communications director Darren McKinney in advance to arrange a sneak peek.

Meanwhile, one of the civil justice issues afflicting a number of Judicial Hellholes jurisdictions cited in the report is abusive disability-access lawsuits brought under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state civil rights laws.  CBS’s 60 Minutes aired a segment last Sunday evening.  Reported by Anderson Cooper, it’s titled “Drive-By . . . → Read More: New ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report Coming Next Week, Meanwhile ’60 minutes’ Exposes ‘Drive-By’ Lawsuits

October 25th, 2016

Ex-Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane Sentenced to Prison

Though her lawyers had sought home confinement, Pennsylvania’s much-criticized former attorney general Kathleen Kane received a sentence of 10 to 23 months in prison yesterday following her mid-August convictions for felony perjury and assorted misdemeanors . . . → Read More: Ex-Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane Sentenced to Prison

October 4th, 2016

ATRA CALLS LOUISIANA’S LATEST PAY-TO-PLAY SCANDAL ‘BUDDY SYSTEM 2’

Edwards’ Performance Sure to Win Starring Role in Upcoming ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Report    

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 4, 2016 – The American Tort Reform Association today rolled out a mock movie poster and weighed in for the first time on what it’s calling “Buddy System 2,” Governor John Bel Edwards’ hiring of wealthy campaign donors to run potentially lucrative litigation for the state, just as the former attorney general, James “Buddy” Caldwell, had done previously.

“Shameless pay-to-play politics seems to be a recurring bipartisan tradition in Louisiana,” began ATRA president Tiger Joyce, noting the respective party affiliations of Edwards and Caldwell.

“Ignoring the message Louisiana voters sent to Mr. Caldwell . . . → Read More: ATRA CALLS LOUISIANA’S LATEST PAY-TO-PLAY SCANDAL ‘BUDDY SYSTEM 2’

September 29th, 2016

Costly New Anti-Arbitration Rule Aimed at Nursing Homes Is Administration’s Latest Gift to Trial Lawyers

Noting the extraordinary influence that wealthy plaintiffs’ lawyers have wielded throughout the executive branch during President Obama’s eight years in office, the American Tort Reform Association today called a new rule prohibiting the use of arbitration clauses in contracts between nursing homes and those they serve “the administration’s latest gift to Democrats’ most reliably generous campaign donors” . . . → Read More: Costly New Anti-Arbitration Rule Aimed at Nursing Homes Is Administration’s Latest Gift to Trial Lawyers

September 23rd, 2016

Surge in ‘Bet-the-Company’ Lawsuits Targeting Large Corporations Is Undermining the Economy

A consulting group’s annual report shows that the percentage of large corporations facing high-risk “bet-the-company” lawsuits has quadrupled in the past two years . . . → Read More: Surge in ‘Bet-the-Company’ Lawsuits Targeting Large Corporations Is Undermining the Economy

July 19th, 2016

After Criticism of ‘MDL’ Abuse, Federal Panel Last Year Denied More Consolidation Requests than It Grants

After ATRA and others criticized abuse of multidistrict litigation, the federal panel overseeing such litigation denied more requests for MDL consolidation than it granted last year — the first time that’s happened in a decade . . . → Read More: After Criticism of ‘MDL’ Abuse, Federal Panel Last Year Denied More Consolidation Requests than It Grants

May 3rd, 2016

Not Surprisingly, New Study Shows Trial Lawyers Benefit Most from ‘Empty Suit’ Class Actions

To no one’s surprise, a new study shows that, on average, personal injury lawyers who concoct and gin up what ATRA calls “empty suit” litigation walk off with nearly 40% of the money from settlements and verdicts while their clients typically get less than 9%, with the rest going to other lawyers and unrelated groups . . . → Read More: Not Surprisingly, New Study Shows Trial Lawyers Benefit Most from ‘Empty Suit’ Class Actions

March 3rd, 2016

ATRA Praises Longtime California Ally, John Sullivan

The American Tort Reform Association today offered condolences to the family and colleagues of a longtime tort reform ally in California, John H. Sullivan, who lost a courageous battle with cancer last week at the age of 73 . . . → Read More: ATRA Praises Longtime California Ally, John Sullivan

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’

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

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

September 30th, 2015

New Report Unearths ‘Trial Lawyer Underground’

Hoping to inspire Congress, 2016 presidential candidates and the media to pay closer attention to the lawsuit industry’s extraordinary access to and influence with Obama administration regulators, the American Tort Reform Association and the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform today released “The Trial Lawyer Underground: Covertly Lobbying the Executive Branch,” a report documenting a nearly seven-year expansion of civil liability at the expense of investment, innovation and economic competitiveness . . . → Read More: New Report Unearths ‘Trial Lawyer Underground’

March 19th, 2015

NYCAL Judge Heitler’s ‘March Madness’

In denying an asbestos defendant’s motion for summary judgment, notoriously plaintiff-friendly NYCAL Judge Sherry Klein Heitler succumbed to some March madness of her own, calling the motion a “drastic remedy” and relying on testimony from a witness in an unrelated case from Maryland 14 years earlier to do so. Talk about going out of your way to please the plaintiffs’ bar . . . → Read More: NYCAL Judge Heitler’s ‘March Madness’

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

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