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August 16th, 2016

Pa. Attorney General Kane Found Guilty of Perjury

On Monday, August 15, Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, was convicted on nine criminal charges, including felony perjury and felony criminal conspiracy . . . → Read More: Pa. Attorney General Kane Found Guilty of Perjury

January 14th, 2016

Federal Judge Sanctions Two Parasitic Plaintiffs’ Lawyers for ‘See What Sticks’ Approach to Litigation

In an encouraging close to 2015, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann sanctioned two Pennsylvania plaintiffs’ lawyers for their stubborn pursuit of largely meritless, “see-what-sticks” litigation . . . → Read More: Federal Judge Sanctions Two Parasitic Plaintiffs’ Lawyers for ‘See What Sticks’ Approach to Litigation

October 6th, 2015

Pennsylvania’s Kane Latest State AG to Ignore Basic Principles of Law & Justice

Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s attorney general and a politician national Democrats had hoped might someday win a U.S. Senate seat, continued this month her embarrassing and desperate descent toward likely disbarment and a self-imposed political death sentence . . . → Read More: Pennsylvania’s Kane Latest State AG to Ignore Basic Principles of Law & Justice

November 6th, 2014

Asbestos Fraudsters Will Pay $7.3 Million to Settle CSX Transportation’s RICO Case against Them

ATRA Cites Settlement, Coming Garlock Revelations in Urging New Congress, State Legislatures to Pass Asbestos Claims Transparency Laws . . . → Read More: Asbestos Fraudsters Will Pay $7.3 Million to Settle CSX Transportation’s RICO Case against Them

February 11th, 2014

Turning up the Heat on Asbestos Racketeers

As the push continues to expose and punish that lowly element of the plaintiffs’ bar that lies, cheats and manipulates civil courts and abestos trust funds to maximize their profits, ethics and justice be damned, ATRA offers up links to both a recent editorial and a Pennsylvania television interview that help make the tort reformers’ case . . . → Read More: Turning up the Heat on Asbestos Racketeers

February 15th, 2013

C+ Student’s Lawsuit Earns an ‘F’

An unsuccessful former graduate student in Pennsylvania, who was apparently indulged by her professor father, has lost a $1.3 million lawsuit against Lehigh University wherein she alleged breach of contract and sexual discrimination . . . → Read More: C+ Student’s Lawsuit Earns an ‘F’

January 9th, 2013

Small Business Advocate Makes Case for Venue Reform in Pennsylvania

The National Federation of Independent Business’s executive director in Pennsylvania, Kevin Shivers, made the case for venue reform and additional progress in improving the civil justice system during a recent television appearance on Comcast’s “Newsmakers” program, now airing throughout the Keystone State . . . → Read More: Small Business Advocate Makes Case for Venue Reform in Pennsylvania

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

June 22nd, 2012

If We’re a ‘Nation of Wusses,’ Blame Rendell’s Parasitic Personal Injury Lawyer Pals

Ed Rendell’s hypocritical new book predictably ignores the major role that his parasitic personal injury lawyer pals have played in the “wussification” of America . . . → Read More: If We’re a ‘Nation of Wusses,’ Blame Rendell’s Parasitic Personal Injury Lawyer Pals

June 4th, 2012

Pennsylvania: Model for Commonsense Tort Reforms?

With its medical liability reforms last decade, enactment of the Fair Share Act last year and judicial reform of Philadelphia’s plaintiff-friendly Complex Litigation Center earlier this year, ATRA counsel Mark Behrens makes the case that Pennsylvania could become the model for commonsense state tort reforms . . . → Read More: Pennsylvania: Model for Commonsense Tort Reforms?

May 30th, 2012

Good News: PA Supreme Court Rejects the “Any Fiber” Theory of Asbestos Causation

Last week, in a 5-0 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected the theory that each and every fiber of inhaled asbestos is a substantial contributing factor to any asbestos-related disease . . . → Read More: Good News: PA Supreme Court Rejects the “Any Fiber” Theory of Asbestos Causation

May 15th, 2012

ATRA Letters Keep Heat on Lawsuit Lovers in California, Pennsylvania

Recent letters to the editor by the American Tort Reform Association have kept pressure on trial lawyer-backed opponents of tort reform, both in Sacramento, California, and Phildelphia, Pennsylvania . . . → Read More: ATRA Letters Keep Heat on Lawsuit Lovers in California, Pennsylvania

May 10th, 2012

Even in Philadelphia, ‘Progress Is Possible’

Medical liability reforms undertaken in Pennsylvania last decade have had the intended effect of reducing the number of meritless lawsuits, particularly in Philadelphia, and broader progress in other areas of tort law now seems possible, too . . . → Read More: Even in Philadelphia, ‘Progress Is Possible’

May 8th, 2012

Disgruntled Flyers Fans Take “Passion” to New Level, File Ridiculous Class Action Lawsuit against Organization

On Monday, May 6, 2012, a Jenkintown-based law firm filed a ridiculous consumer fraud class action lawsuit against Comcast Spectacor, the parent company of the Philadelphia Flyers, on behalf of all 2011-2012 full season ticket holders. . . . → Read More: Disgruntled Flyers Fans Take “Passion” to New Level, File Ridiculous Class Action Lawsuit against Organization

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

February 23rd, 2012

ATRA President Weighs in on Judicial Reforms in Philadelphia

Read ATRA president Tiger Joyce’s latest op-ed on important reform developments in Philadelphia, the #1 Judicial Hellhole . . . → Read More: ATRA President Weighs in on Judicial Reforms in Philadelphia

February 6th, 2012

New Data Add to ‘Hellholes’ Case Against Philadelphia’s ‘Complex Litigation Center’

Nearly 7 in 10 lawsuits Filed in Philadelphia’s plaintiff-friendly Complex Litigation Center have no connection to the city or to Pennsylvania, more broadly . . . → Read More: New Data Add to ‘Hellholes’ Case Against Philadelphia’s ‘Complex Litigation Center’

January 20th, 2012

Philadelphia, Worst of the ‘Judicial Hellholes,’ May Be Working to Improve Its Lousy Reputation

Deny as they might that Philadelphia’s civil courts have earned their #1-ranking among Judicial Hellholes for the last two years, it appears judges there have nonetheless undertaken some potentially meaningful reforms. . . . → Read More: Philadelphia, Worst of the ‘Judicial Hellholes,’ May Be Working to Improve Its Lousy Reputation

October 4th, 2011

Judge Let Anti-Wal*Mart Crank Sue for 2¢

A small-town judge in Western Pennsylvania let an anti-Wal*Mart crank sue the world’s largest retailer for two cents, and then awarded her $100 plus court costs. . . . → Read More: Judge Let Anti-Wal*Mart Crank Sue for 2¢

June 28th, 2011

Fresh Start for Pennsylvania Tort Reformers Starts with Enactment of ‘Fair Share Act’

Gov. Tom Corbett today signed the “Fair Share Act,” legislation that heralds a new day for a state’s often exploited and anticompetitive civil justice system . . . → Read More: Fresh Start for Pennsylvania Tort Reformers Starts with Enactment of ‘Fair Share Act’