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January 31st, 2014

California Appellate Court Erodes ‘Preemption’ Defense for Medical Device Makers

On January 27, 2014, the California Second Appellate District Court held that a negligence claim against a medical-device manufacturer that was based on state law duties that paralleled requirements under federal law was not preempted. . . . → Read More: California Appellate Court Erodes ‘Preemption’ Defense for Medical Device Makers

October 7th, 2013

California Takes Rare Step to Rein in Personal Injury Lawyers

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law this past weekend a reform that will serve to rein in an element of California’s infamously shameless personal injury bar that had been using a well-intentioned health and environmental initiative to extort money from small business owners . . . → Read More: California Takes Rare Step to Rein in Personal Injury Lawyers

October 3rd, 2013

L.A. Jury Tells Parasitic Jackson Clan to ‘Beat It’

To its credit, a Los Angeles civil jury yesterday unanimously found for the defense in a much watched lawsuit by the mother of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson . . . → Read More: L.A. Jury Tells Parasitic Jackson Clan to ‘Beat It’

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

May 14th, 2013

#1 Hellhole Ranks as ‘Worst State for Business’

A newly released annual survey of the nation’s CEOs confirms that California, currently ranked as the #1 Judicial Hellhole, not coincidentally ranks as the worst state in which to do business, as well . . . → Read More: #1 Hellhole Ranks as ‘Worst State for Business’

March 29th, 2013

Ninth Circuit Sanctions Plaintiffs’ Attorney for Vexatious M&A Litigation

In recent years, it has become routine for plaintiffs’ law firms to announce investigations of mergers or acquisitions within hours of such an announcement. Lawsuits challenging such deals are filed, on average, within two weeks. Two recent developments may damper the plaintiffs’ bar’s enthusiasm for such lawsuits. . . . → Read More: Ninth Circuit Sanctions Plaintiffs’ Attorney for Vexatious M&A Litigation

March 13th, 2013

Plaintiff-Friendly Federal Court in Northern California Now Derisively Known as the ‘Food Court’

California’s leading journal for legal news has published a worthwhile story about the growing wave of preposterous consumer class actions that target the packaging and marketing of various food and beverage products, and which have found a welcoming embrace in the arms of judges comprising the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California . . . → Read More: Plaintiff-Friendly Federal Court in Northern California Now Derisively Known as the ‘Food Court’

February 27th, 2013

‘No-Class’ Class Action Demands Bigger Bud Buzz

The federal District Court for the Northern District of California, known increasingly for its plaintiff-friendly embrace of preposterous food and beverage consumer class actions, is where apparently alcohol-obsessed litigants have filed a new, multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch, alleging that the actual alcohol content of various beers is marginally lower than labels indicate . . . → Read More: ‘No-Class’ Class Action Demands Bigger Bud Buzz

November 7th, 2012

WV Voters Finally Cast Out AG McGraw, and Other Good & Bad Election News from Judicial Hellholes

Voters in perennial judicial hellhole West Virginia have finally had enough of long-serving anti-business Attorney General Darrell McGraw. Californians rejected trial lawyer-written, lawsuit-promoting Proposition 37. And Madison County, Illinois voters incredibly retained shamed pay-to-play Judge Barbara Crowder who fomrerly oversaw the small rural county’s crooked and largest-in-the-nation asbestos docket . . . → Read More: WV Voters Finally Cast Out AG McGraw, and Other Good & Bad Election News from Judicial Hellholes

October 4th, 2012

Wheelchair Lawyer Alleged to Be Pervert and Fraud

In what might best be described as a what-goes-around-comes-around lawsuit, four female former employees of an infamous California wheelchair lawyer allege that he is guilty of sexual harassment, employment discrimination and fraud . . . → Read More: Wheelchair Lawyer Alleged to Be Pervert and Fraud

September 20th, 2012

ATRA applauds Governor Brown for Signing ADA Reform Legislation

On September 19, 2012, Governor Brown of California signed S.B. 1186 into law. This ADA reform legislation looks to better protect small businesses from frivolous ADA lawsuit abuse. . . . → Read More: ATRA applauds Governor Brown for Signing ADA Reform Legislation

September 13th, 2012

California Wheelchair Hustler Disbarred

One of California’s most notorious “frequent filers” of ginned up disability-access lawsuits has finally been disbarred . . . → Read More: California Wheelchair Hustler Disbarred

August 20th, 2012

Tobacco Trial Lawyers Look for Next Payday, Set Eyes on Food Industry

With the record Tobacco Settlement in the books, opportunistic plaintiffs’ attorneys are now looking for their next big payday and it seems they have their target set on food manufacturers. More than a dozen lawyers who took on the tobacco companies have filed 25 cases aginst industry players like ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, Heinz, General Mills and Chobani. . . . → Read More: Tobacco Trial Lawyers Look for Next Payday, Set Eyes on Food Industry

August 17th, 2012

By Backing Arbitration Clause, California High Court Strikes Blow for Common Sense

Striking a blow for common sense and contractual arbitration clauses, the California Supreme Court has ruled that a homeowners association must take its allegations of contruction defects against the developer to an arbitrator . . . → Read More: By Backing Arbitration Clause, California High Court Strikes Blow for Common Sense

July 27th, 2012

Two Lying and/or Dimwitted Consumers Lead Latest Preposterous Class Action in California

Two women who are either lying, dimwitted or both, claim in the latest preposterous consumer class action in California that they’ve been misled by the brand name and promotional labeling of a popular granola bar . . . → Read More: Two Lying and/or Dimwitted Consumers Lead Latest Preposterous Class Action in California

July 10th, 2012

Overtime and the Overly Litigious

This week, a wave of frivolous employment wage disputes has swept across the country. In just the last year roughly 7,000 lawsuits have been filed in federal court. Lawsuits alleging wage and hour violations have risen 400 percent over the last 11 years. . . . → Read More: Overtime and the Overly Litigious

July 3rd, 2012

Controlled by Personal Injury Bar, Cal Lawmakers Move ‘Phantom’ Bill to Overturn High Court

California lawmakers beholden to the personal injury bar have moved a bill “through the Senate as virtually an empty shell to be filled in later with language that would completely or partially overturn a 2011 state Supreme Court decision” . . . → Read More: Controlled by Personal Injury Bar, Cal Lawmakers Move ‘Phantom’ Bill to Overturn High Court

June 25th, 2012

California Mom ‘n Pops Still Getting Rolled by ADA Racketeers, but Some Protection May Be Coming

California Small business owners are continuing to feel as though they have a target on their back when it comes to ADA litigation, but relief could be in sight. . . . → Read More: California Mom ‘n Pops Still Getting Rolled by ADA Racketeers, but Some Protection May Be Coming

June 6th, 2012

Judge Stands against Lazy Cashiers and Their Opportunistic Lawyers’ ‘Right to Sit’ Lawsuit

On June 1, 2012, a California Judge stood up to parasitic trial lawyers and ruled that CVS does not have to provide chairs for its cashiers. The decision ended a ridiculous class action lawsuit filed in 2009 by Nykeya Kilby, a former lazy CVS cashier in Chula Vista, California. . . . → Read More: Judge Stands against Lazy Cashiers and Their Opportunistic Lawyers’ ‘Right to Sit’ Lawsuit

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