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May 3rd, 2016

ATRA Calls Silver’s Sentence ‘Worthy of His Crimes’

The American Tort Reform Association today called the sentencing of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon SilverShel Done “substantial and worthy of his crimes, and perhaps will help deter widespread corruption in Albany and the ‘double-dipping’ fraud that asbestos plaintiffs’ lawyers regularly perpetrate in the NYCAL” . . . → Read More: ATRA Calls Silver’s Sentence ‘Worthy of His Crimes’

April 18th, 2016

Federal Prosecutors Allege Silver’s Corruption of Albany Included Government Favors for Mistresses

A prosecution document unsealed last Friday purports to show that convicted former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver had two extramarital affairs that further corrupted state government, one with a lobbyist who frequently represented clients interested in pending legislation and another with a woman who was hired at a succession of state jobs for which critics say she was under qualified . . . → Read More: Federal Prosecutors Allege Silver’s Corruption of Albany Included Government Favors for Mistresses

April 14th, 2016

Despite Corruption Conviction of Their Man in Albany, NY’s Unabashed Trial Lawyers Still Buying Influence

An ATRA ally, the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY), this week unveiled the latest of its annual “Power of Attorney” reports, analyzing the considerable spending of New York trial lawyers on lobbying and political campaigns . . . → Read More: Despite Corruption Conviction of Their Man in Albany, NY’s Unabashed Trial Lawyers Still Buying Influence

March 31st, 2016

Now Officially Disbarred, Length of Prison Sentence Only Outstanding Question for Convicted Felon Silver

Long since deposed from his powerful position as speaker of the New York State Assembly, convicted felon Sheldon Silver was finally disbarred this week by a state appeals court . . . → Read More: Now Officially Disbarred, Length of Prison Sentence Only Outstanding Question for Convicted Felon Silver

February 10th, 2016

ATRA: NY Assembly’s Anti-Arbitration Bills ‘Driven by Trial Lawyers and Lopsided Media Coverage’

The American Tort Reform Association today criticized elements of the New York State Assembly for pursuing legislation that, at the behest of the politically powerful plaintiffs’ bar, would make fair, quick and relatively inexpensive dispute arbitration more costly and less accessible for consumers and businesses, contrary to federal law . . . → Read More: ATRA: NY Assembly’s Anti-Arbitration Bills ‘Driven by Trial Lawyers and Lopsided Media Coverage’

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’

March 2nd, 2015

ATRA’s New ‘Asbestos Litigation Watch’ Website Will Help Make Case for Reform

Citing recent events that have further exposed the “corruption and outright fraud that have long been endemic to asbestos litigation,” the American Tort Reform Association today launched a new website that “will document the overwhelming case for substantive reforms” . . . → Read More: ATRA’s New ‘Asbestos Litigation Watch’ Website Will Help Make Case for Reform

February 10th, 2015

Is Heat Brought by Former Speaker Silver’s Indictment Making NYCAL Judges Think Twice?

As discomfiting attention from federal prosecutors and the media rains down on asbestos judges comprising the nation’s #1 Judicial Hellhole, a runaway verdict to the tune of $190 million has now been dramatically reduced . . . → Read More: Is Heat Brought by Former Speaker Silver’s Indictment Making NYCAL Judges Think Twice?

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’

April 29th, 2014

Cowardly NY Governor Admits Political Impotence, Calls Trial Lawyers ‘Most Powerful’ Force in State

After spending millions of taxpayer dollars on a delusional national advertising campaign aimed at bringing start-up businesses to a dying state controlled by personal injury lawyers (who in their right mind would bring a business to such a state?), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has now admitted that those lawyers dominate state politics and he is powerless to push through a popular reform bill that actually could boost redevelopment efforts . . . → Read More: Cowardly NY Governor Admits Political Impotence, Calls Trial Lawyers ‘Most Powerful’ Force in State

July 10th, 2013

NY Speaker Blocks Tort Reforms in Albany while on Payroll of Big Apple Plaintiffs’ Firm

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s 2012 income report includes some $350,000-$450,000 from Weitz & Luxenberg, a giant personal injury law firm based in New York City . . . → Read More: NY Speaker Blocks Tort Reforms in Albany while on Payroll of Big Apple Plaintiffs’ Firm

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

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

May 27th, 2011

Personal Injury Lawyers Love New York

Having defeated Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s modest medical liability reform proposals — including a $250,000 limit on noneconomic damages — earlier this year, New York’s trial lawyer-dominated legislature in Albany is now trying to take the already high-liability state’s law in the opposite direction . . . → Read More: Personal Injury Lawyers Love New York

May 25th, 2011

Kings & Queens of Slip-and-Fall Take Manhattan

For those who keep an eye on the parasitic personal injury bar, it comes as no surprise that the kings and queens of slip-and-fall will gather this July 9-13 for their annual convention in New York City, aka “Sue” York City . . . → Read More: Kings & Queens of Slip-and-Fall Take Manhattan