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April 21st, 2016

New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer Candidly Promotes ‘Forum Shopping’ in Website Video

Those who tend to be put off by personal injury lawyers might find much to dislike about New Orleans-based auto-accident specialist Greg DiLeo, but no one can fault him for a lack of candor when it comes to the “forum shopping” made easy by Louisiana’s lax venue laws . . . → Read More: New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyer Candidly Promotes ‘Forum Shopping’ in Website Video

May 5th, 2014

CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ Scrutinizes Shysters’ Fraudulent Claims Made on BP Oil Spill Fund

CBS’s “60 Minutes” last evening served to further expose the inbred fraud of Gulf Coast shysters as they parasitically seek to suck free money out of BP in the wake of the 2010 oil spill off the coast of Louisiana . . . → Read More: CBS’s ’60 Minutes’ Scrutinizes Shysters’ Fraudulent Claims Made on BP Oil Spill Fund

April 8th, 2014

Shocking $9 Billion Punitive Damages Verdict in Louisiana Will Likely be Reduced

On Tuesday, April 8, a federal jury in Louisiana ordered Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly Co. to pay $9 billion in punitive damages in a case involving the diabetes drug, Actos, after Takeda failed to protect documents that may have supported the plaintiff’s case . . . → Read More: Shocking $9 Billion Punitive Damages Verdict in Louisiana Will Likely be Reduced

March 18th, 2014

Survey Says 7 in 10 Louisiana Voters Support Lawsuit Reform Legislation

As national news coverage of BP’s effort to do the right thing by promptly compensating those hurt by the 2010 Gulf oil spill continues to expose the incestuous and shameless nature of the civil justice system in the nation’s #2 Judicial Hellhole, 7 in 10 recently surveyed Louisiana voters express support for tort reform legislation . . . → Read More: Survey Says 7 in 10 Louisiana Voters Support Lawsuit Reform Legislation

February 27th, 2014

A Little Good News: 11 Louisiana Parish Lawsuits Dismissed

The Times-Picayune reports reports that the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s dismissal of lawsuits filed by 11 Louisiana parishes based on state law, ruling that the claims against BP were preempted by federal law . . . → Read More: A Little Good News: 11 Louisiana Parish Lawsuits Dismissed

December 18th, 2013

BP Keeps up Fight against Personal Injury Lawyers’ Fraudulent Claims in #2 Ranked ‘Judicial Hellhole’

BP has filed a lawsuit against San Antonio-based tort kingpin Mikal Watts, accusing him of fraudulently ginning up more than 40,000 “phantom” claims on one of the compensation funds BP established to mitigate damages from the 2010 Gulf oil spill . . . → Read More: BP Keeps up Fight against Personal Injury Lawyers’ Fraudulent Claims in #2 Ranked ‘Judicial Hellhole’

May 21st, 2013

ATRA Ally Calls out Louisiana Attorney General for Pay-to-Play ‘Buddy Sytem’

An investigative report by a New Orleans television station has turned up the heat on Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and his so-called “Buddy System,” wherein his big campaign contributors not so coincidentally get the lion’s share of no-bid contracts for litigation work on behalf of the state . . . → Read More: ATRA Ally Calls out Louisiana Attorney General for Pay-to-Play ‘Buddy Sytem’

February 15th, 2013

Breaking Bad on the Bayou: Supreme Court and Attorney General Giving Louisiana a Bad Name

Despite ongoing legislative reform efforts, Louisiana seems headed for a Judicial Hellholes ranking this year thanks to a recently horrendous state supreme court decision and a continuing pay-to-play shakedown racket known as the “Buddy System” . . . → Read More: Breaking Bad on the Bayou: Supreme Court and Attorney General Giving Louisiana a Bad Name

November 15th, 2012

ATRA ‘Disappointed’ by Jindal’s Endorsement of Hughes for High Court

The American Tort Reform Association is voicing its disappointment with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent endorsement of the “trial lawyers’ candidate” in an upcoming runoff election for a seat on the state’s supreme court . . . → Read More: ATRA ‘Disappointed’ by Jindal’s Endorsement of Hughes for High Court

September 26th, 2012

Louisiana Appeals Court Upholds Another Pay-to-Play Verdict, AG’s Political Patrons Get Richer

A Louisiana appeals court has upheld a $258 million jury verdict reached in a 2010 pharmaceutical case and criticized in that year’s Judicial Hellholes report for its “disproportionate enormity” . . . → Read More: Louisiana Appeals Court Upholds Another Pay-to-Play Verdict, AG’s Political Patrons Get Richer

June 12th, 2012

Gov. Jindal Signs ‘Legacy Lawsuit’ Reform into Law

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today signed into law a compromise “legacy lawsuit” reform package sent to him by the legislature last week . . . → Read More: Gov. Jindal Signs ‘Legacy Lawsuit’ Reform into Law

June 8th, 2012

Wall Street Journal Spotlights Need for ‘Legacy Lawsuit’ Reform in Louisiana

The Wall Street Journal today editorializes about the economic drag that so-called “legacy lawsuits” have imposed on Louisiana’s economy in recent years while also impeding overall national energy production . . . → Read More: Wall Street Journal Spotlights Need for ‘Legacy Lawsuit’ Reform in Louisiana

June 4th, 2012

Much Needed Legacy Lawsuit Reform Headed to Louisiana Governor for Approval

On Thursday, May 28th, the Louisiana House and Senate unanimously passed two partner bills that tackle the contentious legacy lawsuit issue. Governor Bobby Jindal is expected to sign the legislation this week. . . . → Read More: Much Needed Legacy Lawsuit Reform Headed to Louisiana Governor for Approval

June 1st, 2012

Diabetes Drug Maker Fights Pay-to-Play in Once-and-Future Judicial Hellhole

Standing up to Louisiana’s attorney general and his personal injury lawyer pals, the maker of a widely prescribed treatment for Type 2 diabetes yesterday sought to end what it calls an unlawful fee arrangement in connection with the AG’s multibillion-dollar lawsuit against it.

GlaxoSmitAG CaldwellhKline LLC (GSK) makes Avandia, the diabetes drug that Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell (R) last year alleged in a lawsuit was illegally sold, priced, marketed and promoted, all at the expense of diabetes patients and taxpayers who foot the bill for the state’s Medicaid program.  Curiously, the state agency that runs the Medicaid program, the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), did not join Caldwell’s lawsuit.  In fact, DHH has long classified Avandia as a “preferred” drug that physicians are free to prescribe at their discretion, with the understanding that there are always risks of side-effects when prescribing complex drugs for profoundly ill patients. Continue reading Diabetes Drug Maker Fights Pay-to-Play in Once-and-Future Judicial Hellhole

May 18th, 2012

ATRA Questions Jindal’s Ties to Trial Bar

Reacting to recent endorsements of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as a possible vice presidential running-mate for Mitt Romney, ATRA director of communications Darren McKinney suggested, in a Daily Caller column published yesterday, that Jindal’s longstanding ties to the personal injury bar may pose an insurmountable hurdle if the governor wants to pursue politics on the national stage . . . → Read More: ATRA Questions Jindal’s Ties to Trial Bar

May 16th, 2012

The Time is Now for Louisiana Legislators to Take a Stand against Legacy Lawsuit Abuse

The end of the Louisiana state legislative session is fast approaching. Legislators will adjourn on June 4, 2012, and with only a few weeks left in the session, one cannot help but wonder- how much longer before leaders take action to protect the state from costly legacy lawsuit abuse. . . . → Read More: The Time is Now for Louisiana Legislators to Take a Stand against Legacy Lawsuit Abuse

April 20th, 2012

Louisiana Lawmakers Take up ‘Legacy’ Lawsuits, But Gov. Jindal’s Trial Bar Ties May Stymie Reform

Both the energy companies targeted by “legacy” lawsuits and the lawyers and landowners who profit from them believe that Louisiana lawmakers will have to compromise if they’re to craft meaningful reform legislation. But neither side expects much leadership from Gov. Bobby Jindal (R). . . . → Read More: Louisiana Lawmakers Take up ‘Legacy’ Lawsuits, But Gov. Jindal’s Trial Bar Ties May Stymie Reform

April 3rd, 2012

Louisiana Supreme Court Joins Growing Number of State High Courts Upholding Limits on Medical Liability Damages

Louisiana has joined the growing majority of states whose high courts have upheld statutory limits on medical liability damages awarded by juries. These limits provide greater protection for doctors, which decrease the likelihood of doctors fleeing the state, thereby, increasing patients’ access to health care and increasing the standard of care which is available. . . . → Read More: Louisiana Supreme Court Joins Growing Number of State High Courts Upholding Limits on Medical Liability Damages

March 27th, 2012

Civil Justice Reform Package Making It’s Way through the Louisiana Legislature

As the spring session heats up, the Louisiana legislature has the opportunity to adopt civil justice reform measures that would drastically change the way latent disease claims are handled in court. . . . → Read More: Civil Justice Reform Package Making It’s Way through the Louisiana Legislature

February 29th, 2012

New Study Boosts Case Against Louisiana’s ‘Legacy’ Lawsuits

A newly released LSU study quantifies the considerable toll that so-called “legacy” lawsuits are taking on Louisiana’s economy generally, and its conventional oil and gas industry in particular . . . → Read More: New Study Boosts Case Against Louisiana’s ‘Legacy’ Lawsuits