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January 26th, 2016

Another Asbestos Defendant Seeks to Join RICO Litigation Against Plaintiffs’ Firms Accused of Fraud

Asbestos defendant John Crane Inc. this week filed motions in federal district court seeking to intervene in the Garlock Sealing Technologies-led fraud litigation against two plaintiffs’ law firms, Dallas-based Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett and the Shein Law Center of Philadelphia . . . → Read More: Another Asbestos Defendant Seeks to Join RICO Litigation Against Plaintiffs’ Firms Accused of Fraud

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

January 29th, 2014

PA High Court Embraces ‘Negligent Design Defect,’ Invites New Run on Reforming Philly Courts

Perhaps inviting a new stampede of speculative and opportunistic litgation on the courts of the former #1 Judicial Hellhole, Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week ruled in Lance v. Wyeth that pharmaceutical companies can now be held liable for “negligent design defect” — a theory of liability not previously available to plaintiffs in the Keystone State . . . → Read More: PA High Court Embraces ‘Negligent Design Defect,’ Invites New Run on Reforming Philly Courts

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’

February 20th, 2013

Latest News from Philadelphia Courts Is Encouraging

Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas had 70 percent fewer mass-tort case filings in 2012 than in 2011, but out-of-state plaintiffs continued to predominate . . . → Read More: Latest News from Philadelphia Courts Is Encouraging

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 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 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

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

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 16th, 2012

Very Good News from Philly!

After being cited as the #1 Judicial Hellhole for the past two years running, Philadelphia’s top administrative judge yesterday announced sweeping rules changes that should go a long way in mitigating the Complex Litigation Center’s troublingly plaintiff-friendly reputation . . . → Read More: Very Good News from Philly!

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 24th, 2012

ATRA, Others Urge Philadelphia Courts to Eliminate Unfair Elements of Civil Litigation

ATRA has joined a number of like-minded organizations in offering comments that urge Philadelphia civil courts to end the use of unfair procedures known as “consolidation” and “reverse bifurcation” in mass tort cases . . . → Read More: ATRA, Others Urge Philadelphia Courts to Eliminate Unfair Elements of Civil Litigation

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 28th, 2011

On Pennsylvania Radio, ATRA Notes New Study on Reining #1 ‘Judicial Hellhole,’ Philadelphia

As Pennsylvania’s General Assembly considers important “venue reform” legislation (H.B. 1552), ATRA legislative director Matt Fullenbaum is voicing his support for the bill on statewide radio . . . → Read More: On Pennsylvania Radio, ATRA Notes New Study on Reining #1 ‘Judicial Hellhole,’ Philadelphia

May 11th, 2011

PA Biz Council Video Urges Enactment of Tort Reforms

As the General Assembly in Harrisburg considers a variety of civil justice reforms, the Pennsylvania Business Council has produced a persuasive YouTube video in support of those reforms . . . → Read More: PA Biz Council Video Urges Enactment of Tort Reforms