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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

June 4th, 2012

Lead Plaintiff, Counsel in Latest California Class-Action Asking for ‘Hockey Justice’

As Judicial Hellholes reporters continue to document, the once Golden State has become a Mecca for every two-bit shyster with dreams of scoring class-action riches. The latest litigation has a fair-weather fan facing off with the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins over text messages.

According to The Consumerist.com, the supposed Pens fan, Fred Weiss, and his bottom-feeding . . . → Read More: Lead Plaintiff, Counsel in Latest California Class-Action Asking for ‘Hockey Justice’

May 8th, 2012

Disgruntled Flyers Fans Take “Passion” to New Level, File Ridiculous Class Action Lawsuit against Organization

On Monday, May 6, 2012, a Jenkintown-based law firm filed a ridiculous consumer fraud class action lawsuit against Comcast Spectacor, the parent company of the Philadelphia Flyers, on behalf of all 2011-2012 full season ticket holders. . . . → Read More: Disgruntled Flyers Fans Take “Passion” to New Level, File Ridiculous Class Action Lawsuit against Organization

April 20th, 2012

More Incompetent Parents File Another Pathetic Class Action in California

Like the pathetic excuses for parents who tried to sue McDonald’s because they apparently can’t control their 6-year-olds’ desires for Happy Meal toys, another group of incompetent parents is now suing Apple, claiming certain gaming applications, or “apps,” are “addictive” . . . → Read More: More Incompetent Parents File Another Pathetic Class Action in California

April 2nd, 2012

ATRA Brief Urges Ohio’s High Court to Follow SCOTUS Precedent on ‘Class Certification’

This past week, ATRA, in conjunction with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Alliance for Civil Justice and the US Chamber of Commerce, filed an amicus brief in the case of Cullen v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance. The Brief urges the Ohio State Supreme Court to overturn the decision of the Court of Appeals and hold that the trial court was correct to consider the factual and legal merits of the case when determining whether or not to certify the class under Rule 23. . . . → Read More: ATRA Brief Urges Ohio’s High Court to Follow SCOTUS Precedent on ‘Class Certification’

March 28th, 2012

Former Redskins Quarterback Leads Latest Class-Action Blitz against NFL

In a previous Hellholes post, Will Concussion Lawsuits Sack the NFL, we discussed the potential impact that concussion lawsuits may have on the NFL. On March 23, 2012, former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien became the lead plaintiff in the latest class-action lawsuit against the League. . . . → Read More: Former Redskins Quarterback Leads Latest Class-Action Blitz against NFL

January 31st, 2012

‘SourceWatch’ Exposed: Website Backed by Organic Food Industry Scrambles to Take down Court Documents after Being Caught in the Act

Caught in the act by Judicial Hellholes reporters late last week, WikiLeaks wannbe “SourceWatch.org” is now scambling to pull down previoulsy posted court documents, particularly the ones that suggest a direct link between it and the plaintiffs’ attorneys in a Madison County class action against the makers of a safe and widely used weed killer. . . . → Read More: ‘SourceWatch’ Exposed: Website Backed by Organic Food Industry Scrambles to Take down Court Documents after Being Caught in the Act

September 26th, 2011

Caveat Emptor, for Crying out Loud!

American Tort Reform Association communications director Darren McKinney fired up a comment to an online UPI story he sees as too sympathetic to trial lawyers and class actions . . . → Read More: Caveat Emptor, for Crying out Loud!

July 22nd, 2011

California Judges Bemoan Court Budget Cuts

A recent Los Angeles Times story reports that judges there are bemoaning sharp budget cuts. Pardon our lack empathy . . . → Read More: California Judges Bemoan Court Budget Cuts

June 20th, 2011

California Class Actions May Be Hazardous to Workers’ Health

Reacting to an Associated Press story that circulated over the weekend, the American Tort Reform Association is pointing to health research reported by NPR last week that suggests “California’s latest wave of shameless class actions might enrich lawyers while actaully endangering the health of retail employees” . . . → Read More: California Class Actions May Be Hazardous to Workers’ Health

May 6th, 2011

Four ‘Judicial Hellholes’ States Ranked as Worst for Business

No one will be surprised to learn that four states notorious for their Judicial Hellholes and Watch List jurisdictions — California, New York, Illinois and New Jersey — have been ranked by corporate CEOs as the worst in the nation for doing business . . . → Read More: Four ‘Judicial Hellholes’ States Ranked as Worst for Business

February 18th, 2011

‘Sue Jersey’ and ‘Sue York,’ Hellholes Together

As reported by the New York Daily News, a New Jersey woman who tried to perpetrate a coupon con on a department store has conspired with a personal injury lawyer relative of hers in Queens, N.Y., to gin up a class action because, she alleges, she’s owed 80 cents. . . . → Read More: ‘Sue Jersey’ and ‘Sue York,’ Hellholes Together

January 31st, 2011

Alabama’s Tort King Heads to the Border

Jere Beasley, Alabama’s infamous class-action impresario and would-be Dickie Scruggs, has headed for the border. Alleging that his own law firm’s “independent” testing indicates that Taco Bell’s beef tacos include only 35% beef, Beasley is suing the fast-food chain in – you guessed it – California, the nation’s best place to have a meritless consumer class-action certified and taken seriously by a kooky judge . . . → Read More: Alabama’s Tort King Heads to the Border

January 12th, 2011

At Least Some California Judges Get It

Judicial Hellholes® reporters stand by the decision to include California at #2 in their recent rankings of the least fair civil court jurisdictions in the nation. But they admit to missing a laudable appeals court decision there last fall when researching the latest Judicial Hellholes report and now wish to give credit where credit is due . . . → Read More: At Least Some California Judges Get It

January 12th, 2011

Canadian Personal Injury Lawyer’s Class Action Seeks Death Penalty for Moose

News of a Canadian personal injury lawyer’s class action against the province of Newfoundland, demanding that the government there step up its moose-killing efforts, invites attention . . . → Read More: Canadian Personal Injury Lawyer’s Class Action Seeks Death Penalty for Moose

January 11th, 2011

‘Dishonorable’ St. Louis Coupon Settlement Challenged

The shameless class-action coupon settlement approved by a plaintiff-friendly St. Louis judge last year and cited among Dishonorable Mentions in the latest Judicial Hellholes report is being appealed. Crusading lawyer Ted Frank, of the Center for Class Action Fairness, has filed . . . → Read More: ‘Dishonorable’ St. Louis Coupon Settlement Challenged