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October 21st, 2019

First Opioid Bellwether Trial Settles, Thousands of Cases Remain

The first bellwether trial in the opioid multi-district litigation was scheduled to begin today, October 21 in Ohio. However, prior to the start of trial, it was announced that the parties reached a $250 million settlement. The trial involved two Ohio counties – Summit and Cuyahoga Counties, which originally sought $8 billion from manufacturers, distributors . . . → Read More: First Opioid Bellwether Trial Settles, Thousands of Cases Remain

October 31st, 2014

Ohio Jury Delivers a Thriller of a Verdict in Bogus Washing Machine Mold Class Action

On Thursday, October 30th, an Ohio jury delivered a “trick” of their own to frighteningly mischievous class action plaintiffs lawyers who have been running around scaring up unfounded complaints against the washing machine manufacturer, Whirlpool Corp. After a three week trial, the jury found in favor of Whirlpool – that the company’s front loading washing machines did not suffer from a design flaw, leading to mold accumulation. . . . → Read More: Ohio Jury Delivers a Thriller of a Verdict in Bogus Washing Machine Mold Class Action

December 12th, 2012

Ohio Lawmakers Pass First of Its Kind Asbestos Transparency Legislation

As noted in the soon-to-be-released Judicial Hellholes 2012/2013 report, Ohio lawmakers have passed a first of its kind tort reform bill that aims to prevent asbestos plaintiffs from “double dipping” – filing claims with asbestos bankruptcy trust funds while also pursuing separate lawsuits. . . . → Read More: Ohio Lawmakers Pass First of Its Kind Asbestos Transparency Legislation

April 23rd, 2012

Medical Liability Reform Having Great Desired Effects in North Carolina and Ohio

Over the past few years, doctors in both North Carolina and Ohio have seen a dramatic decrease in their insurance premiums, a decline in closed medical malpractice claims, and a significant decrease in total payments for medical liability. As a result, the market for physicians has stabilized and doctors are no longer fleeing the state out of fear of skyrocketing costs of medical liability insurance premiums. This has led to better access to competent doctors for all state citizens. . . . → Read More: Medical Liability Reform Having Great Desired Effects in North Carolina and Ohio

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’