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February 11th, 2017

ATRA Letter in Post-Dispatch Pushes Back against Lying Lawyer

In attacking ATRA’s annually well-documented “Judicial Hellholes” report, which recently ranked St. Louis as the nation’s least fair civil court jurisdiction and criticized what we believe are scientifically groundless verdicts against makers of talcum powder, local personal injury lawyer Roger Denton claimed to have no involvement in litigation against one of those makers. But documents ATRA provided to the Post-Dispatch caught him in a lie . . . → Read More: ATRA Letter in Post-Dispatch Pushes Back against Lying Lawyer

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

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

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’

March 24th, 2014

Five Florida Justices: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Legislatures’

By striking down a 2003 statutory limit on awards for pain and suffering in lawsuits against health care providers, a five justices of the Florida Supreme Court earlier this month arrogantly and dangersouly disregarded the will of more than 2.5 million Florida voters. . . . → Read More: Five Florida Justices: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Legislatures’

March 4th, 2014

Chevron Wins RICO Case against Conniving Tort Kingpin

New York federal District Judge Lewis Kaplan today issued his long awaited verdict in Chevron v. Donziger and, as expected, it is an encouraging win for the energy giant and a crushing loss for a once high-flying, if conniving, tort kingpin . . . → Read More: Chevron Wins RICO Case against Conniving Tort Kingpin

February 19th, 2014

ATRA Renews Criticism of New Hampshire’s ‘No-Injury’ Lawsuit against Energy Company

ATRA spokesman Darren McKinney appeared on WKBK-Radio’s Dan Mitchell Show this week to renew his organization’s criticism of New Hampshire’s “meritless, no-injury” lawsuit against ExxonMobil for alleged groundwater contamination from leaky gas station storage tanks . . . → Read More: ATRA Renews Criticism of New Hampshire’s ‘No-Injury’ Lawsuit against Energy Company

April 18th, 2013

Is Trial Lawyer Lobbying Group Sharing D.C. Office Space with Bus-Advertising Slip-and-Fall Specialists?

A spokesman for the American Tort Reform Association today pointed out the fact that the national trial lawyers association and a personal-injury law firm known for aggressive advertising are both listing the same Washington, D.C., office address as theirs . . . → Read More: Is Trial Lawyer Lobbying Group Sharing D.C. Office Space with Bus-Advertising Slip-and-Fall Specialists?

April 2nd, 2013

ATRA Mixes It up with Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Over ‘Constitutionality’ of Statutory Liability Limits

ATRA considers a recent ABA Journal story about constitutional challenges to statutory liability limits to be “largely fair,” but believes “it’s slightly weighted toward the view of plaintiffs’ lawyers and could lead a general reader to incorrect assumptions . . . → Read More: ATRA Mixes It up with Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Over ‘Constitutionality’ of Statutory Liability Limits

March 22nd, 2013

Yet Another Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Sanctioned for Greed

The Kentucky Supreme Court has disbarred legendary Ohio plaintiffs’ attorney Stanley Chesley, the latest in a long line of his kind who’ve been undone by greed . . . → Read More: Yet Another Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Sanctioned for Greed

January 30th, 2013

ATRA Ally in NY Authors Insightful Wall Street Journal Letter

ATRA’s chief ally in the Judicial Hellhole known as New York is the author of an insightful letter to the editor in today’s Wall Street Journal . . . → Read More: ATRA Ally in NY Authors Insightful Wall Street Journal Letter

October 2nd, 2012

Reforms Drive Down Mass Tort Filings in Philadelphia

Even though some personal injury lawyers still deny that Philadelphia was a judicial hellhole in the first place, much-needed reforms imposed earlier this year by the chief administrative judge seem to have dramatically halted the explosive growth in recent years of new mass tort filings there . . . → Read More: Reforms Drive Down Mass Tort Filings in Philadelphia

August 2nd, 2012

ATRA Questions NSO Musician’s Lawsuit against Airlines

Citing a report yesterday by the Blog of LegalTimes (BLT), the American Tort Reform Association today questioned the “shameless” slip-and-fall lawsuit that a National Symphony Orchestra musician has filed against two airlines . . . → Read More: ATRA Questions NSO Musician’s Lawsuit against Airlines

July 31st, 2012

As Gas-Can Maker Shuts Doors, ATRA Letter Urges Candidates to Address Litigation’s Toll on Economy

After being sued into bankruptcy by opportunistic personal injury lawyers, an Oklahoma small business shut it doors today, leaving 117 employees without jobs . . . → Read More: As Gas-Can Maker Shuts Doors, ATRA Letter Urges Candidates to Address Litigation’s Toll on Economy