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California Tops Latest List Of ‘Judicial Hellholes’

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 17, 2014 – The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its annual Judicial Hellholes® report today, naming courts in California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas and Virginia among the nation’s “most unfair” in their handling of civil litigation.


New Report Unearths ‘Trial Lawyer Underground’

Hoping to inspire Congress, 2016 presidential candidates and the media to pay closer attention to the lawsuit industry’s extraordinary access to and influence with Obama administration regulators, the American Tort Reform Association and the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform today released “The Trial Lawyer Underground: Covertly Lobbying the Executive Branch,” a report documenting a nearly seven-year expansion of civil liability at the expense of investment, innovation and economic competitiveness


NYCAL Judge Heitler’s ‘March Madness’

In denying an asbestos defendant’s motion for summary judgment, notoriously plaintiff-friendly NYCAL Judge Sherry Klein Heitler succumbed to some March madness of her own, calling the motion a “drastic remedy” and relying on testimony from a witness in an unrelated case from Maryland 14 years earlier to do so. Talk about going out of your way to please the plaintiffs’ bar

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Latest 'Judicial Hellholes' Report Coming Tuesday, Dec. 16

With recently unsealed documents from the Garlock bankruptcy poised to reveal still further manipulation of evidence and even outright fraud by the asbestos litigation industry, the 2014-2015 Judicial Hellholes report shines its white hot spotlight on a number of jurisdictions with active asbestos dockets — including an all-new #1 ranked Judicial Hellhole — as well as a variety of other jurisdictions where the scales of civil justice are out of balance


2019 Judicial Hellhole Report

Every year we shine a light on the worst of the worst. Since its inception in 2002, the American Tort Reform Foundation’s Judicial Hellholes® program has documented in annually published reports various abuses within the civil justice system, focusing primarily on jurisdictions where courts have been radically out of balance.

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