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May 13th, 2020

“Show Me Your Lawsuit” State Passes Significant Reform Bill to Curb Lawsuit Abuse

The Missouri legislature gave its stamp of approval to S.B. 591, sponsored by Sen. Bill White, amending the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) and the standards by which punitive damages are awarded. The bill passed the Missouri House of Representatives on May 12th by a 98-51 vote. It passed the Senate on a 21-9 vote . . . → Read More: “Show Me Your Lawsuit” State Passes Significant Reform Bill to Curb Lawsuit Abuse

January 17th, 2020

Philadelphia Judge Slashes $8 Billion Risperdal Verdict

ATRA is encouraged by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Kenneth Powell’s decision to slash the $8 billion punitive damages verdict against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a single-plaintiff Risperdal case. The outsized verdict and the court’s underlying decisions were a main driver behind the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas being named . . . → Read More: Philadelphia Judge Slashes $8 Billion Risperdal Verdict

April 6th, 2016

Twice in March, Florida’s Plaintiff-Friendly High Court Erodes ‘Engle’ Compromises

Twice last month the plaintiff-friendly Florida Supreme Court gave personal injury lawyers new incentives to keep the state’s tobacco litigation chain smokin’ . . . → Read More: Twice in March, Florida’s Plaintiff-Friendly High Court Erodes ‘Engle’ Compromises

February 22nd, 2012

Ohio Supreme Court Upholds 2005 Tort Reform Statute

A recent 5-2 decision by the Ohio Supreme Court upheld the mandatory bifurcation provision of the punitive damages statute adopted in 2005 . . . → Read More: Ohio Supreme Court Upholds 2005 Tort Reform Statute

August 19th, 2011

Punitive Damages Ruling All But Guarantees California Will Repeat As a ‘Judicial Hellhole’

Brushing aside precedents from both the U.S. Supreme Court and its own state supreme court, a California appeals court has affirmed a trial court’s punitive damages award that is 16 times larger than the compensatory damages awarded in a tobacco case . . . → Read More: Punitive Damages Ruling All But Guarantees California Will Repeat As a ‘Judicial Hellhole’