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September 21st, 2017

Suspect in Thwarted Armed Robbery Reportedly Considering Lawsuit Against Civilian Hero

Only in hyper-litigious America would someone caught red-handed in the commission of an apparent armed robbery have the gall to consider a lawsuit against the civilian hero who courageously thwarted that robbery . . . → Read More: Suspect in Thwarted Armed Robbery Reportedly Considering Lawsuit Against Civilian Hero

August 22nd, 2017

ATRA Critical of Giant ‘Junk Science’ Verdict in ‘Golden State for Trial Lawyers’

Citing California’s stubborn and long criticized reluctance to adopt unambiguously the more exacting Daubert standard for expert evidence used in all federal courts and roughly 80% of state court systems, the American Tort Reform Association today pointed to “the latest giant-sized junk-science verdict” there to suggest it officially change its nickname to the “Golden State for Trial Lawyers.” . . . → Read More: ATRA Critical of Giant ‘Junk Science’ Verdict in ‘Golden State for Trial Lawyers’

September 1st, 2016

‘Clueless’ California High Court Decision Extends Invitation to Out-of-State Plaintiffs’ Lawsuits

California, already the nation’s #1 ranked Judicial Hellhole for three years running, has, like, thrown open its doors to out-of-state plaintiffs with claims similar to California plaintiffs’ claims against national defendants, discarding due process and effectively ignoring several U.S. Supreme Court opinions . . . → Read More: ‘Clueless’ California High Court Decision Extends Invitation to Out-of-State Plaintiffs’ Lawsuits

July 19th, 2016

Federal Courts in Two Top Hellholes Issue Refreshingly Reasonable Class-Action Decisions

Federal courts in both California and New York — two perennial Judicial Hellholes — issued refreshingly reasonable decisions in two closely-watched cases last week . . . → Read More: Federal Courts in Two Top Hellholes Issue Refreshingly Reasonable Class-Action Decisions

May 11th, 2016

California Enacts Law to Protect Small Businesses from Predatory ADA Lawsuits

California, the nation’s #1 Judicial Hellhole, has taken a dutiful step forward to remedy the ADA lawsuit epidemic in the state. Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation which will curb the predatory filing of ADA lawsuits by serial plaintiffs, and reduce the burden on small businesses in the state. . . . → Read More: California Enacts Law to Protect Small Businesses from Predatory ADA Lawsuits

April 6th, 2016

California High Court Lets Employees Sit Down on Job, Risking Productivity & Health

California employers have taken a kick to the keister once again and will now be forced to let employees sit on theirs. (And some economists wonder why productivity growth has stalled.) . . . → Read More: California High Court Lets Employees Sit Down on Job, Risking Productivity & Health

March 28th, 2016

9th Circuit Overrules Dismissal of Yogurt Labeling Case to Wait for FDA Definition of ‘Natural’

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit last week overruled a lower court’s perfectly sound dismissal with prejudice of a food labeling class action against Chobani yogurt . . . → Read More: 9th Circuit Overrules Dismissal of Yogurt Labeling Case to Wait for FDA Definition of ‘Natural’

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

March 7th, 2016

ADA Shyster Caught on Video Disciplined by Federal Judge, Not So Much by State Bar Court

A California McDonald’s franchisee last month successfully beat back a fraudulent Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) case after a security camera caught the plaintiff’s lawyer visiting the premises and collecting evidence instead of his client . . . → Read More: ADA Shyster Caught on Video Disciplined by Federal Judge, Not So Much by State Bar Court

February 4th, 2016

PETA Suffers Second Lawsuit Dismissal in a Week

For the second time in a week, the litigious animal rights activists at PETA have had a specious lawsuit tossed out of court . . . → Read More: PETA Suffers Second Lawsuit Dismissal in a Week

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 15th, 2016

California High Court Leads Acceptance of Arbitration Clauses and More Reasonable Word Usage

As reported by autonews.com, a California Court of Appeal reversed its own past ruling about the validity of arbitration provisions. This course reversal follows a ruling by the California Supreme Court in a different case which found a nearly identical arbitration provision to be enforceable. . . . → Read More: California High Court Leads Acceptance of Arbitration Clauses and More Reasonable Word Usage

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

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

February 10th, 2014

Food Suits with a Prop 65 Twist Likely to Keep California atop Judicial Hellholes Rankings

In an apparent bid to make sure California remains as the #1-ranked Judicial Hellhole for an unprecedented third year in a row, food suit shysters there have watsed no time in getting 2014 off to a familiar start, filing two meritless class actions in federal court . . . → Read More: Food Suits with a Prop 65 Twist Likely to Keep California atop Judicial Hellholes Rankings

January 31st, 2014

California Appellate Court Erodes ‘Preemption’ Defense for Medical Device Makers

On January 27, 2014, the California Second Appellate District Court held that a negligence claim against a medical-device manufacturer that was based on state law duties that paralleled requirements under federal law was not preempted. . . . → Read More: California Appellate Court Erodes ‘Preemption’ Defense for Medical Device Makers

October 7th, 2013

California Takes Rare Step to Rein in Personal Injury Lawyers

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law this past weekend a reform that will serve to rein in an element of California’s infamously shameless personal injury bar that had been using a well-intentioned health and environmental initiative to extort money from small business owners . . . → Read More: California Takes Rare Step to Rein in Personal Injury Lawyers

October 3rd, 2013

L.A. Jury Tells Parasitic Jackson Clan to ‘Beat It’

To its credit, a Los Angeles civil jury yesterday unanimously found for the defense in a much watched lawsuit by the mother of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson . . . → Read More: L.A. Jury Tells Parasitic Jackson Clan to ‘Beat It’