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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

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More Bad Parents Suing, Blaming Others for Their Failures

The divorced parents of a 15-year-old Connecticut girl are suing a Massachusetts summer camp, alleging that nearly $700,000 worth of emotional distress was inflicted when their daughter was expelled after engaging in what the camp’s director deemed provocative sexual behavior with a fellow camper

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More ADA Madness

Michigan-based small business advocate Charles Owens’ Detroit News op-ed yesterday is a must-read for anyone concerned about the growing wave of meritless litigation stemming from the well-intentioned and largely effective Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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‘Lemon Law King’ Is Lucky Wisconsin Has No Anti-Bullying Law

In a desperate effort to marshal political forces against reform of Wisconsin’s infamously lawyer-friendly “lemon law,” self-proclaimed “Lemon Law King” Vince Megna has reportedly sent a letter to auto dealerships in the state, proclaiming they’ll become the targets of newly fashioned federal lawsuits if state law makes it harder for him to go after manufacturers

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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

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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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