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February 6th, 2012

New Data Add to ‘Hellholes’ Case Against Philadelphia’s ‘Complex Litigation Center’

Nearly 7 in 10 lawsuits Filed in Philadelphia’s plaintiff-friendly Complex Litigation Center have no connection to the city or to Pennsylvania, more broadly . . . → Read More: New Data Add to ‘Hellholes’ Case Against Philadelphia’s ‘Complex Litigation Center’

January 25th, 2012

West Virginia Asbestos Shakedowns May Hit New High (or Low)

Eight new asbestos lawsuits filed in Kanawha County each name 190 defendants in what may be an all time high (or low, depending on one’s point of view), even in one of the more scandalous Judicial Hellholes, West Virginia . . . → Read More: West Virginia Asbestos Shakedowns May Hit New High (or Low)

January 24th, 2012

ATRA, Others Urge Philadelphia Courts to Eliminate Unfair Elements of Civil Litigation

ATRA has joined a number of like-minded organizations in offering comments that urge Philadelphia civil courts to end the use of unfair procedures known as “consolidation” and “reverse bifurcation” in mass tort cases . . . → Read More: ATRA, Others Urge Philadelphia Courts to Eliminate Unfair Elements of Civil Litigation

January 20th, 2012

Record Asbestos Verdict in Mississippi Thrown Out

The $322 million verdict in a Mississippi case that would have been “as funny as ‘My Cousin Vinny’ if it weren’t for [the] terribly negative impact on the Magnolia State’s efforts to compete in attracting businesses and jobs” has been thrown out. . . . → Read More: Record Asbestos Verdict in Mississippi Thrown Out

January 19th, 2012

Madison County Judge Removed from Asbestos Docket

Just before the latest Judicial Hellholes® report was released last December 15, Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder was barred by Chief Judge Ann Callis from presiding over the the nation’s largest asbestos docket in the wake of a campaign contributions scandal.

. . . → Read More: Madison County Judge Removed from Asbestos Docket

July 15th, 2011

State High Court Puts Mississippi’s ‘Automatic Hellhole’ Case on Hold

Mississippi’s Supreme Court has ordered a stop to all proceedings in an asbestos case that resulted in a record $322 million verdict last May. . . . → Read More: State High Court Puts Mississippi’s ‘Automatic Hellhole’ Case on Hold

April 12th, 2011

ATRA Again Urges Stiff Discipline for Two Asbestos Fraud Lawyers in Mississippi

To the Mississippi Bar’s credit, it has leveled a serious disciplinary complaint against two personal injury lawyers found liable last year for civil fraud in connection with asbestos lawsuits. Now, as a special tribunal prepares to hear their defense, ATRA renews its call for stiff discipline. . . . → Read More: ATRA Again Urges Stiff Discipline for Two Asbestos Fraud Lawyers in Mississippi

March 18th, 2011

McLean County Poised To Become Illinois’ Latest ‘Judicial Hellhole’

The biased handling of a pernicious new wave of asbestos lawsuits has McLean County poised to join Illinois’ notorious list of Judicial Hellholes . . . → Read More: McLean County Poised To Become Illinois’ Latest ‘Judicial Hellhole’

December 22nd, 2010

Reforms Sought in Madison County

“Seven businesses that constantly defend asbestos suits in Madison County have urged Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder to curtail the county’s role as a litigation magnet,” according to The Madison Record today.

Though the judiciary deserves credit for significantly improving the county’s civil justice system since Madison County, Illinois was named the report’s first #1 Judicial . . . → Read More: Reforms Sought in Madison County