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February 10th, 2017

House Bill Would Help Stop ‘Empty Suit Litigation™’

Though it’s still early in the new 115th Congress, a newly proposed House bill could help stop certain plaintiffs’ lawyer-driven class actions — featuring no discernible injuries — that ATRA calls “Empty Suit Litigation™” . . . → Read More: House Bill Would Help Stop ‘Empty Suit Litigation™’

May 3rd, 2016

Not Surprisingly, New Study Shows Trial Lawyers Benefit Most from ‘Empty Suit’ Class Actions

To no one’s surprise, a new study shows that, on average, personal injury lawyers who concoct and gin up what ATRA calls “empty suit” litigation walk off with nearly 40% of the money from settlements and verdicts while their clients typically get less than 9%, with the rest going to other lawyers and unrelated groups . . . → Read More: Not Surprisingly, New Study Shows Trial Lawyers Benefit Most from ‘Empty Suit’ Class Actions

February 7th, 2013

New Criticism of Horrible Alabama Supreme Court Decision

A new analysis of that horrible drugmaker liability decision by the Alabama Supreme Court last month shows that the decision is not only out of step with virtually all of American tort law, but also is predicated on unsound public policy . . . → Read More: New Criticism of Horrible Alabama Supreme Court Decision

January 8th, 2013

Case Gives SCOTUS Chance to Rein in Class-Action Extortionists in Once and Future Judicial Hellhole

Miscarriages of civil justice in plaintiff-friendly Miller County, Arkansas are nothing new (see the 2006 Judicial Hellholes report, p. 22), but now they’re the makings of an important case on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court — a case that invites the justices to rein in once and for all the class-action extortionists that continue to thrive, despite the best intentions of a 2005 federal reform law. . . . → Read More: Case Gives SCOTUS Chance to Rein in Class-Action Extortionists in Once and Future Judicial Hellhole

April 28th, 2011

ATRA General Counsel Talks up LARA on Behalf of Small Businesses

American Tort Reform Association general counsel Victor Schwartz recently discussed the virtues of the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, now pending in Congress, with the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business advocate . . . → Read More: ATRA General Counsel Talks up LARA on Behalf of Small Businesses