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February 3rd, 2016

‘Sore Loser’ Trump’s Latest Lawsuit Threat Defies Claim He’ll ‘Make America Great Again’

The American Tort Reform Association today criticized GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump after he threatened during a radio interview to sue rival Sen. Ted Cruz over allegedly untrue comments made by Cruz and his campaign staff, which Trump says cost him a first-place finish in Monday’s Iowa Caucuses . . . → Read More: ‘Sore Loser’ Trump’s Latest Lawsuit Threat Defies Claim He’ll ‘Make America Great Again’

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

July 10th, 2013

California’s Dangerous Litigation Leads to Multi-Billion Dollar Tort Tax

More bad news this week for residents of California, America’s reigning #1 Judicial Hellhole, in the form of another troubling account of the impact that the state’s runaway litigation has on citizens’ wallets and pocketbooks . . . → Read More: California’s Dangerous Litigation Leads to Multi-Billion Dollar Tort Tax

June 11th, 2013

ATRA Ally’s WSJ Letter Critical of New Jersey Trial Lawyer Bill

A letter to the editor published in today’s Wall Street Journal highlights problems with a pending bill that would effectively eliminate the statute of limitations for sexual abuse lawsuits in New Jersey. . . . → Read More: ATRA Ally’s WSJ Letter Critical of New Jersey Trial Lawyer Bill

April 11th, 2013

WSJ Spotlights Asbestos Shenanigans in Judicial Hellhole

Picking up where the latest Judicial Hellholes report left off, the Wall Street Journal this week editorialized about the consolidation game that asbestos kingpin Peter Angelos is trying to play in Baltimore . . . → Read More: WSJ Spotlights Asbestos Shenanigans in Judicial Hellhole

April 2nd, 2013

Punishing Lawyers, Plaintiffs and Witnesses Who Conspire and Lie to Defraud Our Courts

It’s long overdue, but a nascent movement to hold accountable and punish those who pursue fraudulent lawsuits at the expense of taxpayers, consumers and jobseekers may finally be materializing . . . → Read More: Punishing Lawyers, Plaintiffs and Witnesses Who Conspire and Lie to Defraud Our Courts

March 28th, 2013

Good News on Class Actions, Hoping for More

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday delivered good news for those of us nauseated by self-serving promulgators of meritless class actions, and the high court is considering whether to hear still another important appeal that could further rein in class action abuse . . . → Read More: Good News on Class Actions, Hoping for More

March 22nd, 2013

Yet Another Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Sanctioned for Greed

The Kentucky Supreme Court has disbarred legendary Ohio plaintiffs’ attorney Stanley Chesley, the latest in a long line of his kind who’ve been undone by greed . . . → Read More: Yet Another Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Sanctioned for Greed

March 14th, 2013

Wall Street Journal Adds to Criticism of Alabama High Court’s ‘Innovator Liability’ Decision

Urging justices of Alabama’s Supreme Court to reconsider their January decision that absurdly held a brand-name drug maker liable for the allegedly negative side effects of a generic drug made by a competitor, the Wall Street Journal today adds to the criticism of Wyeth v. Weeks . . . → Read More: Wall Street Journal Adds to Criticism of Alabama High Court’s ‘Innovator Liability’ Decision

January 30th, 2013

ATRA Ally in NY Authors Insightful Wall Street Journal Letter

ATRA’s chief ally in the Judicial Hellhole known as New York is the author of an insightful letter to the editor in today’s Wall Street Journal . . . → Read More: ATRA Ally in NY Authors Insightful Wall Street Journal Letter

December 12th, 2012

Ohio Lawmakers Pass First of Its Kind Asbestos Transparency Legislation

As noted in the soon-to-be-released Judicial Hellholes 2012/2013 report, Ohio lawmakers have passed a first of its kind tort reform bill that aims to prevent asbestos plaintiffs from “double dipping” – filing claims with asbestos bankruptcy trust funds while also pursuing separate lawsuits. . . . → Read More: Ohio Lawmakers Pass First of Its Kind Asbestos Transparency Legislation

August 21st, 2012

Broad Majority of Voters Supports Tort Reform, Says ‘Too Many Lawsuits’ Are Hurting Economy

As both major political parties prepare for their national conventions, the American Tort Reform Association has released a newly commissioned national survey indicating that strong majorities of registered voters across the political spectrum believe lawsuit abuse hurts economic growth, job creation and U.S. competitiveness . . . → Read More: Broad Majority of Voters Supports Tort Reform, Says ‘Too Many Lawsuits’ Are Hurting Economy

July 31st, 2012

As Gas-Can Maker Shuts Doors, ATRA Letter Urges Candidates to Address Litigation’s Toll on Economy

After being sued into bankruptcy by opportunistic personal injury lawyers, an Oklahoma small business shut it doors today, leaving 117 employees without jobs . . . → Read More: As Gas-Can Maker Shuts Doors, ATRA Letter Urges Candidates to Address Litigation’s Toll on Economy

July 23rd, 2012

The Trial Bar Burns on With a Blitz Attack

As reported this week by the Wall Street Journal, Blitz USA- the nation’s No. 1 consumer gasoline-can producer, based in Miami, Oklahoma, has filed for bankruptcy due to an abusive attack of frivolous lawsuits led by the trial bar. . . . → Read More: The Trial Bar Burns on With a Blitz Attack

June 8th, 2012

Wall Street Journal Spotlights Need for ‘Legacy Lawsuit’ Reform in Louisiana

The Wall Street Journal today editorializes about the economic drag that so-called “legacy lawsuits” have imposed on Louisiana’s economy in recent years while also impeding overall national energy production . . . → Read More: Wall Street Journal Spotlights Need for ‘Legacy Lawsuit’ Reform in Louisiana

June 5th, 2012

ATRA Keeps Heat on California Courts

ATRA keeps the heat on California’s plaintiff-friendly, anti-business courts with another letter to the editor in today’s Wall Street Journal . . . → Read More: ATRA Keeps Heat on California Courts

April 12th, 2012

As Edwards’ Trial Begins, Some in Media Portray Shameless Liar, er, Lawyer Sympathetically

As John Edwards prepares to face federal charges that he criminally violated campaign finance laws in 2008, some in the media, to whom the former trial lawyer lied repeatedly, nonetheless seem determined, incredibly enough, to potray the defendant sympathetically . . . → Read More: As Edwards’ Trial Begins, Some in Media Portray Shameless Liar, er, Lawyer Sympathetically

August 24th, 2011

Will Surging Patent Litigation Make Eastern Texas the First Federal Court District to Be Declared a ‘Judicial Hellhole’?

Echoing growing concerns voiced by the high-tech and finanacial service sectors, ATRA president Tiger Joyce’s August 24 letter to the editor in the Wall Street Journal criticizes the patent troll-friendly federal courts in the Eastern District of Texas . . . → Read More: Will Surging Patent Litigation Make Eastern Texas the First Federal Court District to Be Declared a ‘Judicial Hellhole’?

April 25th, 2011

California, #2 Judicial Hellhole, Losing Jobs to Tort-Reforming Texas

The Wall Street Journal’s John Fund offered an interesting piece of analysis this past weekend, demonstrating that California, the #2 Judicial Hellhole, is losing employers and jobs to tort-reforming Texas . . . → Read More: California, #2 Judicial Hellhole, Losing Jobs to Tort-Reforming Texas

March 24th, 2011

ATRA Renews Call for Congressional Hearings on Trial Lawyer Malfeasance

Evidence of costly trial-lawyer malfeasance has continued to mount with, among other items, the discovery in West Virginia that fraudulent chest X-rays were the catalyst for asbestos cases, runaway auto-accident fraud in South Florida and documentary film outtakes in which brazen plans to manipulate and intimidate a judge are openly discussed . . . → Read More: ATRA Renews Call for Congressional Hearings on Trial Lawyer Malfeasance