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June 23rd, 2014

West Virginia’s Clownish High Court Allows Phantom Damages

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, arguably the most arbitrary and capricious — to say nothing of ridiculous — state high court in the nation has done it again… . . . → Read More: West Virginia’s Clownish High Court Allows Phantom Damages

July 3rd, 2012

Controlled by Personal Injury Bar, Cal Lawmakers Move ‘Phantom’ Bill to Overturn High Court

California lawmakers beholden to the personal injury bar have moved a bill “through the Senate as virtually an empty shell to be filled in later with language that would completely or partially overturn a 2011 state Supreme Court decision” . . . → Read More: Controlled by Personal Injury Bar, Cal Lawmakers Move ‘Phantom’ Bill to Overturn High Court

March 8th, 2012

Yet Another Trial Lawyer-Enriching Decision by Wisconsin’s Supreme Court

This week, in yet another bad decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court held that the collateral source rule applies to underinsured motorists. . . . → Read More: Yet Another Trial Lawyer-Enriching Decision by Wisconsin’s Supreme Court

February 29th, 2012

Doing Trial Lawyers’ Bidding, California Lawmaker Tries to Undo High Court Ruling against ‘Phantom Damages’

ATRA’s Golden State ally, the Civil Justice Association of California, alerts us to the latest legislative skullduggery in Sacramento, where a lawmaker loyal to the state’s politically powerful personal injury bar has introduced a bill that will undo a sound state supreme court ruling last year that eliminated so-called “phantom damages” . . . → Read More: Doing Trial Lawyers’ Bidding, California Lawmaker Tries to Undo High Court Ruling against ‘Phantom Damages’

August 16th, 2011

‘Phantom Damages’ Case Pending in California Will Influence State’s ‘Hellhole’ Reputation

California’s high court is expected to render its decision soon in a key “phantom damages” case, and Sacramento Bee columnist Dan Walters succinctly asseses the importance of the pending decsion . . . → Read More: ‘Phantom Damages’ Case Pending in California Will Influence State’s ‘Hellhole’ Reputation

March 31st, 2011

Personal Injury Lawyers Prevail on ‘Phantom Damages’ in Colorado

To the credit of some Colorado lawmakers, legislation to eliminate “phantom damages” easily passed in the House, 37-27, earlier this year. But, at the expense of auto and health care insurance premium payers, trial lawyers have just managed to kill the bill in a Senate committee . . . → Read More: Personal Injury Lawyers Prevail on ‘Phantom Damages’ in Colorado

January 25th, 2011

Colorado Bill Would Eliminate Phantom Damages

Colorado legislators introduced a bill last Friday that would correct a state supreme court ruling that results in awards that significantly overcompensate plaintiffs and their attorneys in personal injury lawsuits. . . . → Read More: Colorado Bill Would Eliminate Phantom Damages