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October 12th, 2016

With ‘Epidemic’ of Multiple-Defendant Claims, Madison County Remains the Nation’s Leader in New Asbestos Cases

Perennial Judicial Hellhole Madison County, Illinois is not ready to give up its dubious distinction as the top asbestos litigation destination anytime soon. According to a recent midyear report and earlier annual report by KCIC Consulting, Madison County’s asbestos filings increased by 5% from 2014 to 2015 and continued to increase during the first half of 2016. The riverside county of fewer than 270,000 people was home to 29% of the nation’s asbestos filings in the first half of 2016 – up from 25% of the nation’s asbestos filings in 2015. Now, the county sits atop the ranking with more than twice as many filings as second place Baltimore City. . . . → Read More: With ‘Epidemic’ of Multiple-Defendant Claims, Madison County Remains the Nation’s Leader in New Asbestos Cases

June 30th, 2016

Two Terrible Asbestos Decisions by New York’s High Court Uphold NYCAL’s ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Reputation

As expected, New York’s highest court Tuesday upheld two plaintiff-favoring trial court decisions from the New York City Asbestos Litigation court, better known as NYCAL, assuring that the jurisdiction will again be ranked among Judicial Hellholes when ATRA issues its annual report this coming December . . . → Read More: Two Terrible Asbestos Decisions by New York’s High Court Uphold NYCAL’s ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Reputation

March 8th, 2016

Bucking National Trend, California Appeals Court Allows Discredited Asbestos Exposure Theory

Seemingly determined to keep California atop the Judicial Hellholes rankings, an appeals court there last week ignored precedent requiring trial judges to function as “gatekeepers” when it comes to the scientific validity of expert testimony and instead upheld a decision to let jurors play that critical role in their acceptance of a discredited theory of asbestos exposure . . . → Read More: Bucking National Trend, California Appeals Court Allows Discredited Asbestos Exposure Theory

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

June 18th, 2015

Courts Increasingly Skeptical of Speculative Asbestos Claims

As the pool of potential claimants who’ve truly been sickened by exposure to asbestos dwindles, along with the pool of still solvent defendant companies, personal injury lawyers have filed increasingly speculative lawsuits. But many judges, to their credit, are holding the line against such claims . . . → Read More: Courts Increasingly Skeptical of Speculative Asbestos Claims

February 23rd, 2015

Southern Illinois Federal Court Shines Brightly in Dismissing Defendants from Non-Illinois Asbestos Exposure Claim

On February 17th and 19th, Judge Staci M. Yandle for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois granted seven motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction for defendants involved in a large multi-defendant asbestos case. In each claim, the plaintiff, a former Navy worker, fell far short of alleging sufficient contacts by the defendants to the state of Illinois to satisfy constitutional due process requirements. . . . → Read More: Southern Illinois Federal Court Shines Brightly in Dismissing Defendants from Non-Illinois Asbestos Exposure Claim

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’

November 6th, 2014

Asbestos Fraudsters Will Pay $7.3 Million to Settle CSX Transportation’s RICO Case against Them

ATRA Cites Settlement, Coming Garlock Revelations in Urging New Congress, State Legislatures to Pass Asbestos Claims Transparency Laws . . . → Read More: Asbestos Fraudsters Will Pay $7.3 Million to Settle CSX Transportation’s RICO Case against Them

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

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 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

March 6th, 2014

Baltimore Judge Rejects Mass Consolidation of Asbestos Lawsuits

A Baltimore judge has soundly rejected a proposal by the law firm of Peter Angelos to consolidate approximately 13,000 asbestos-related lawsuits involving different products, exposures, and illnesses, along with scores of defendants . . . → Read More: Baltimore Judge Rejects Mass Consolidation of Asbestos Lawsuits

October 17th, 2013

Using RICO to Punish, Deter Plaintiffs’ Lawyer-Driven Fraud on Our Courts

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this morning published American Tort Reform Association president Tiger Joyce’s op-ed, holding up the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act as a means to discourage plaintiffs’ lawyers from promulgating fraudulent lawsuits . . . → Read More: Using RICO to Punish, Deter Plaintiffs’ Lawyer-Driven Fraud on Our Courts

April 11th, 2013

WSJ Spotlights Asbestos Shenanigans in Judicial Hellhole

Picking up where the latest Judicial Hellholes report left off, the Wall Street Journal this week editorialized about the consolidation game that asbestos kingpin Peter Angelos is trying to play in Baltimore . . . → Read More: WSJ Spotlights Asbestos Shenanigans in Judicial Hellhole