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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

February 12th, 2016

No-Sanctions Dismissal of Fraudulent FCA Claim Is ‘Poster Child’ for Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

A federal judge’s choice this week to toss out of court a lawyer’s plainly fraudulent and frivolous False Claims Act case without also ordering punishing monetary sanctions stands as the latest “poster child” for enactment of the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, which is now pending in Congress and would mandate sanctions for those who promulgate frivolous litigation . . . → Read More: No-Sanctions Dismissal of Fraudulent FCA Claim Is ‘Poster Child’ for Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act

June 12th, 2015

ATRA Calls Albany’s ‘Bad Faith’ Bill ‘Another Tone-Deaf Gift to Trial Lawyers’

With former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver facing federal corruption charges in connection with questionable asbestos litigation, the American Tort Reform Association today urged Albany lawmakers to “promptly kill an insurance litigation bill that would open yet another lucrative line of business for personal injury lawyers at the expense of New York consumers and jobseekers.” . . . → Read More: ATRA Calls Albany’s ‘Bad Faith’ Bill ‘Another Tone-Deaf Gift to Trial Lawyers’

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’

December 18th, 2013

New York’s High Court Properly Rejects Longtime Smokers’ Claims for ‘Medical Monitoring’

Not all news coming out of Judicial Hellholes is bad news, and a decision by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, rejecting an equitable medical monitoring claim is very good news . . . → Read More: New York’s High Court Properly Rejects Longtime Smokers’ Claims for ‘Medical Monitoring’

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’

October 3rd, 2012

New York City’s Tort Liability Soars

Led by a record 2,004 lawsuits against the police department, New York City’s tort liability for the year ending July 31 reportedly grew a whopping 28% . . . → Read More: New York City’s Tort Liability Soars

August 7th, 2012

Delusional Old Fool Sues Dancer Who Allegedly Conned Him into Buying Her a Manhattan Condo

An aging and apparently delusional Italian theater director has made the costly mistake of believing a lithe young dancer had looked past his ear and nostril hair, bad breath, and receding gums and hairline to fall in love with the virile and artistic genius (read: sugar daddy) that he has always believed himself to be . . . → Read More: Delusional Old Fool Sues Dancer Who Allegedly Conned Him into Buying Her a Manhattan Condo

July 30th, 2012

Taxpayers Bear Huge Costs Imposed by NY’s Antiquated ‘Scaffold Law’

When New York Daily News columnist Bill Hammond wrote two weeks ago that the shrinking Empire State’s taxpayers would pay hundres of millions, maybe more than a billion dollars, more to renovate the Tappan Zee Bridge than they’d have to if it weren’t for the so-called “scaffold law,” the labor unions and trial lawyers let him have it . . . → Read More: Taxpayers Bear Huge Costs Imposed by NY’s Antiquated ‘Scaffold Law’

July 10th, 2012

Overtime and the Overly Litigious

This week, a wave of frivolous employment wage disputes has swept across the country. In just the last year roughly 7,000 lawsuits have been filed in federal court. Lawsuits alleging wage and hour violations have risen 400 percent over the last 11 years. . . . → Read More: Overtime and the Overly Litigious

May 9th, 2012

With Hellholes Leading the Way, Bogus Slip-and-Fall Claims Rise Nationwide

A just-released report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that questionable slip-and-fall claims rose by 12% from 2010 through 2011, and not coincidentally many past and present Judicial Hellholes are where most of these bogus, bottom-feeding lawsuits are filed . . . → Read More: With Hellholes Leading the Way, Bogus Slip-and-Fall Claims Rise Nationwide

April 18th, 2012

Ungratefully Litigious Has-Been Howard Stern Loses Lawsuit against Sirius XM Radio

The joke was on low-brow bigmouth Howard Stern Monday when a New York judge dismissed his outrageously ungrateful lawsuit against Sirius XM Radio . . . → Read More: Ungratefully Litigious Has-Been Howard Stern Loses Lawsuit against Sirius XM Radio

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

March 27th, 2012

ATRA Calls on New York to Reevaluate Driving Skills of Elderly Plaintiff Who Walked into Wall

ATRA is calling upon New York State to order an “older driver” reevaluation for the 83-year-old plaintiff who’s filed a $1 million lawsuit against Apple after she blindly walked into a glass wall at one of its stores . . . → Read More: ATRA Calls on New York to Reevaluate Driving Skills of Elderly Plaintiff Who Walked into Wall

March 15th, 2012

Judicial Hellholes Spurring Costly Trend toward More Giant-Sized Medical Liability Awards

Judicial Hellholes California, Florida, New York and West Virginia were home to some of the most absurdly outsized (and costly to us all) medical liability verdicts since 2010. . . . → Read More: Judicial Hellholes Spurring Costly Trend toward More Giant-Sized Medical Liability Awards

March 1st, 2012

Three New York Lawyers Charged in Major Insurance Scheme

On February 29, 2012, three New York attorneys were among 36 people charged in a massive scheme to defraud insurers of more than $279 million through abuse of the state’s no-fault auto insurance law. . . . → Read More: Three New York Lawyers Charged in Major Insurance Scheme

February 28th, 2012

Food Eaters 1, Uncompetitive Organics Industry 0

Though judges in the infamous Judicial Hellhole of Madison County, Illinois have allowed supporters of the troubled organic farming industry to perpetuate a meritless class action against the makers of a safe and widely used weed killer for eight long years, a no-nonsense federal judge in New York was not as patient . . . → Read More: Food Eaters 1, Uncompetitive Organics Industry 0

February 24th, 2012

‘Sue York’ High Court Knocks ‘Scaffold Law’ Parasites down a Peg

New York’s highest court this week reasonably sided with third-party defendants that had been parasitically targeted with the state’s runaway “scaffold law” . . . → Read More: ‘Sue York’ High Court Knocks ‘Scaffold Law’ Parasites down a Peg

September 23rd, 2011

‘Sue’ York City’s Corporation Counsel Calls for Tort Reform

In a cry for help that will almost certainly be ignored by Albany lawmakers who are wholly owned by the plaintiffs’ bar, New York City corporation counsel Michael Cardozo yesterday called for tort reform . . . → Read More: ‘Sue’ York City’s Corporation Counsel Calls for Tort Reform

September 14th, 2011

New York: Good, Bad & Ugly

The latest news out of once-and-future judicial hellhole New York, aka “Sue York,” can be described as good, bad and ugly . . . → Read More: New York: Good, Bad & Ugly