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December 4th, 2017

High Court’s Contempt for Lawmakers’ Authority, Lawsuit Rackets Place Florida atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

Annual Report Also Sharply Critical of Civil Courts in California, St. Louis, New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Illinois and Louisiana 

State Courts in Georgia, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia Make the ‘Watch List,’ Along with U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

‘Points of Light’ Focus on Attorneys General Cracking down on Fraudulent ‘ADA’ Lawsuits, 17 Tort Reforms In 13 States, and Sound Court Decisions in Oregon, the Fifth and Seventh Circuits, and ‘Xarelto’ MDL   

. . . → Read More: High Court’s Contempt for Lawmakers’ Authority, Lawsuit Rackets Place Florida atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

December 4th, 2017

ATRA Calls out Sen. Graham’s $500 Million Tax-Break for Trial Lawyers in Ninth Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 4, 2017 – The American Tort Reform Association today questioned South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham’s thus far effort to strip from tax legislation a provision that would end a significant tax break for wealthy personal injury lawyers pursuing class actions and other potentially lucrative lawsuits on a contingency-fee basis in courts within the U.S. Ninth Circuit . . . → Read More: ATRA Calls out Sen. Graham’s $500 Million Tax-Break for Trial Lawyers in Ninth Circuit

November 2nd, 2017

Another Asbestos Bankruptcy

As deception and outright fraud persist as tactics of that element of the plaintiffs’ bar which continues to enrich itself through asbestos litigation, and as the U.S. Senate dithers over much needed legislation that would bring more transparency to asbestos claims, yet another company has been driven into bankruptcy — at the expense of employees, pensioners and creditors . . . → Read More: Another Asbestos Bankruptcy

October 31st, 2017

Cordray’s Veto Letter to Trump a ‘Last-Gasp’ Effort to Save Possible Gubernatorial Campaign

Noting that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray has “sloppily revealed the falsity of long-running arguments against arbitration clauses in financial services contracts,” the American Tort Reform Association today called a newly reported letter from Cordray to President Trump “a desperate attempt to win back plaintiffs’ bar support for his possible gubernatorial run in Ohio” . . . → Read More: Cordray’s Veto Letter to Trump a ‘Last-Gasp’ Effort to Save Possible Gubernatorial Campaign

October 30th, 2017

Can’t Sue God or Nature, So Disaster-Chasing Personal Injury Lawyers Go after Utilities

Parasitic personal injury lawyers have drummed up class actions in the wake of both natural and manmade disasters before, but it’s tough to recall when they’ve been quicker on the opportunistic draw than they’ve been in suing utilities in the Judicial Hellholes states of California and Florida in the wake of recent wildfires and a hurricane . . . → Read More: Can’t Sue God or Nature, So Disaster-Chasing Personal Injury Lawyers Go after Utilities

October 24th, 2017

Another Scientifically Groundless Talc Verdict Falls, This Time in Los Angeles

Just three days after a Missouri appeals court vacated the first of four monstrous, if scientifically groundless verdicts won since 2015 in St. Louis by plaintiffs alleging their use of talcum powder caused ovarian cancer, a trial judge in Los Angles last Friday reversed a $417 million plaintiff’s verdict in a comparable case . . . → Read More: Another Scientifically Groundless Talc Verdict Falls, This Time in Los Angeles

October 17th, 2017

A More Nuanced Look at the Washington Post’s ‘Bizarre Opioid Story’

Barely a month after the nation’s largest trade association of personal injury lawyers conducted a “Rapid Response: Opioid Litigation Seminar,” teaching attendees how they might cash in on such litigation, the Washington Post and CBS’s 60 Minutes partnered to break Sunday’s big story that alleges the pharmaceutical industry showered members of Congress with campaign contributions in order to pass legislation, adopted unanimously in both the House and Senate and signed into law by President Obama, which effectively restrained efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to rein in illicit distribution of federally approved prescription painkillers . . . → Read More: A More Nuanced Look at the Washington Post’s ‘Bizarre Opioid Story’

August 28th, 2017

National Plaintiffs Radio

Not everyone at NPR is zealously anti-business. And not all their reporting about lawsuits targeting American businesses necessarily takes the side, implicitly or explicitly, of plaintiffs’ lawyers and their clients. But most of the public radio network’s legal reporting does, and two stories airing on the same day last week showed enough bias-by-omission to leave listeners wondering if NPR has come to stand for National Plaintiffs Radio . . . → Read More: National Plaintiffs Radio

March 31st, 2017

Federal Judge Applies a Little Pesticide to Garden State’s Parasitic Plaintiffs

Like aphids ravaging backyard tomato plants, parasitic plaintiffs’ lawyers and their clients have for years been ravaging businesses in the Garden State with shameless abuse of the Truth in Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA). But a federal judge in Trenton laudably sprayed a little pesticide on their racket earlier this week . . . → Read More: Federal Judge Applies a Little Pesticide to Garden State’s Parasitic Plaintiffs

March 30th, 2017

Justice Blitzed, Sacked by Conscienceless Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Handling NFL Concussion Litigation

Not that anyone should be surprised but, despite all their early talk about nobly pursuing justice for the injured, that blitz of plaintiffs’ lawyers who rushed to represent clients in the NFL’s concussion litigation have sacked common decency as they greedily look to clip one another and blindside former players and their families, according to ESPN . . . → Read More: Justice Blitzed, Sacked by Conscienceless Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Handling NFL Concussion Litigation

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