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February 19th, 2016

3rd Circuit Tells Super Bowl Ticket Plaintiff ‘It’s Over’

New Jersey’s sorest loser, who asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for an en banc rehearing of his proposed class action over high-priced Super Bowl tickets, was finally sacked and put out of the game this week . . . → Read More: 3rd Circuit Tells Super Bowl Ticket Plaintiff ‘It’s Over’

February 2nd, 2016

Atlantic County Continues Climb out of Judicial Hellhole

As a former Judicial Hellhole, Atlantic County, New Jersey continues to show improvement with Judge Nelson Johnson presiding evenhandedly over the county’s mass tort docket . . . → Read More: Atlantic County Continues Climb out of Judicial Hellhole

January 21st, 2016

NJ Appellate Court Rightly Overturns $2 Million Auto Accident Verdict, ATRA Urges Fraud Investigation

A three-judge appellate panel in New Jersey yesterday laudably overturned a $2 million auto accident verdict in Middlesex County that defied common sense and should raise suspicions among state insurance authorities . . . → Read More: NJ Appellate Court Rightly Overturns $2 Million Auto Accident Verdict, ATRA Urges Fraud Investigation

June 11th, 2013

ATRA Ally’s WSJ Letter Critical of New Jersey Trial Lawyer Bill

A letter to the editor published in today’s Wall Street Journal highlights problems with a pending bill that would effectively eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse lawsuits in New Jersey. . . . → Read More: ATRA Ally’s WSJ Letter Critical of New Jersey Trial Lawyer Bill

May 14th, 2013

#1 Hellhole Ranks as ‘Worst State for Business’

A newly released annual survey of the nation’s CEOs confirms that California, currently ranked as the #1 Judicial Hellhole, not coincidentally ranks as the worst state in which to do business, as well . . . → Read More: #1 Hellhole Ranks as ‘Worst State for Business’

January 24th, 2013

Chubby Guy Sues Subway over ‘Footlong’ Sandwiches, But Not Because They Made Him Fat

The New Jersey man who has reportedly sued Subway appears in a New York Post photo to need another inch of bread like he needs a hole in the head . . . → Read More: Chubby Guy Sues Subway over ‘Footlong’ Sandwiches, But Not Because They Made Him Fat

June 25th, 2012

Who Is New Jersey’s ‘Most Detestable Woman?’ Elizabeth Lloyd or Ellen Shane?

Who is New Jersey’s most despicable woman? Is it the one suing an 11-year-old Little Leaguer for injuries allegedly sustained when his errant bullpen toss struck her in the face? Or is it the one suing local police for $5 million, even though a quick-thinking officer saved her life after she’d been taken hostage by a knife-wielding criminal? . . . → Read More: Who Is New Jersey’s ‘Most Detestable Woman?’ Elizabeth Lloyd or Ellen Shane?

June 22nd, 2012

New Jersey Woman Sues Police after Officer Saves Her Life

An astonishingly ungrateful New Jersey woman, her despicable husband and their loathsome attorney are suing the police who saved her life . . . → Read More: New Jersey Woman Sues Police after Officer Saves Her Life

May 25th, 2012

Texting Lawsuit Deleted, er, Dismissed

In a ruling that will certainly be considered among other “Points of Light” nominees when we draft this year’s upcoming Judicial Hellholes report, a Morristown, New Jersey judge today dismissed a lawsuit that sought to hold the sender of a text message liable for an accident caused by the reader of that message . . . → Read More: Texting Lawsuit Deleted, er, Dismissed

May 24th, 2012

New Jersey Facing Physician Shortage Crisis

New Jersey is treacherous ground for physicians and if legislators do not do something to fix the problem, the state will soon see a mass exodus of doctors. . . . → Read More: New Jersey Facing Physician Shortage Crisis

May 11th, 2012

New Jersey Protects ‘Good Samaritans’ Trying to Save Lives

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law a refreshingly bipartisan act by the state legislature that will protect good samaritans who use portable defibrillators to try to save the lives of sudden heart attack victims.

As reported by NJToday.net, the “law, S-852, eliminates language in state statute that requires a person using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to have received training in both CPR and the usage of the AED. The law reduces requirements that entities require CPR and AED training for all people who might use the AED to just the people most likely to use the device.”

More importantly, it “provides immunity from civil liability to any . . . → Read More: New Jersey Protects ‘Good Samaritans’ Trying to Save Lives

April 24th, 2012

Welcomed Signs of Fairness in Former ‘Judicial Hellhole’

Last week, Merck & Co. successfully defended itself against a claim involving its drug, Fosamax. This was the company’s fifth win in six such cases that have gone to trial. The cases were heard in the Atlantic County Superior Court by Judge Carol Higbee, a court that has consistently been targeted by our Judicial Hellholes report. . . . → Read More: Welcomed Signs of Fairness in Former ‘Judicial Hellhole’

April 10th, 2012

Once & Future ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Dominate New List of States with Highest Medical Lawsuit Payouts

According to 2011 data, the six states with the highest average payouts for medical liability lawsuits are all home to current or recently named Judicial Hellholes. Go figure . . . → Read More: Once & Future ‘Judicial Hellholes’ Dominate New List of States with Highest Medical Lawsuit Payouts

May 6th, 2011

Four ‘Judicial Hellholes’ States Ranked as Worst for Business

No one will be surprised to learn that four states notorious for their Judicial Hellholes and Watch List jurisdictions — California, New York, Illinois and New Jersey — have been ranked by corporate CEOs as the worst in the nation for doing business . . . → Read More: Four ‘Judicial Hellholes’ States Ranked as Worst for Business

March 31st, 2011

Q1 Updates on Once and Future ‘Judicial Hellholes’

As the first quarter of 2011 draws to a close, it’s an appropriate time to update both some bad news and good news from once and future Judicial Hellholes . . . → Read More: Q1 Updates on Once and Future ‘Judicial Hellholes’

February 18th, 2011

‘Sue Jersey’ and ‘Sue York,’ Hellholes Together

As reported by the New York Daily News, a New Jersey woman who tried to perpetrate a coupon con on a department store has conspired with a personal injury lawyer relative of hers in Queens, N.Y., to gin up a class action because, she alleges, she’s owed 80 cents. . . . → Read More: ‘Sue Jersey’ and ‘Sue York,’ Hellholes Together