WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2018 – In making a rare midyear addition to its annual “Judicial Hellholes” report, the American Tort Reform Foundation announced that the Twin Cities of Minnesota […]
‘Sore Loser’ Trump’s Latest Lawsuit Threat Defies Claim He’ll ‘Make America Great Again’
ATRA Says Jobseekers, Consumers Won’t Benefit from More Lawsuits
Washington, DC, February 3, 2016 — The American Tort Reform Association today criticized GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump after he threatened during a radio interview to sue rival Sen. Ted Cruz over allegedly untrue comments made by Cruz and his campaign staff, which Trump says cost him a first-place finish in Monday’s Iowa Caucuses.
“American politics has always been rough and tumble, and some liberties with the truth have been taken by all parties and virtually all candidates, at least since ratification of the First Amendment, which even Mr. Trump must know offers broad protections for political speech,” observed ATRA communications director Darren McKinney.
McKinney referenced a Monday column by the Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel, “Trump and the Obama Power Temptation,” which documented several comparable threats of litigation made by Trump earlier in the campaign. The conservative Club for Growth, a Florida businessman opposing Trump’s candidacy, a political-action committee supporting Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president, a small business selling anti-Trump chotskies, and even the Journal itself have been threatened with Trump lawsuits.
“No smart candidate wants to become known as a sore loser,” McKinney continued, “and no candidate claiming he’ll ‘make America great again’ can do so credibly if he reflexively threatens or resorts to litigation every time something doesn’t go his way.
“Overwhelming majorities of Americans are sick of lawsuits and understand that more lawsuits mean fewer jobs, less affordable and accessible healthcare, and higher consumer prices.
“Remember the ridiculous multimillion-dollar class actions attacking Subway when a few ‘Five-Dollar Footlong’ sandwiches measured only about 11.5 inches?” asked McKinney. “Well, news broke today that the price for those sandwiches is now rising to $6. Footlong lovers can thank personal injury lawyers and their sue-happy clients, with whom Mr. Trump seems to have something in common.
“Meanwhile, Mr. Trump’s litigiousness worries those of us who believe our next president, in contrast to our current president, should work to contain the plaintiffs’ bar and its economy-undermining lawsuits. We also believe that Mr. Trump’s opponents in both parties would be wise to step up with plans for reasonable civil justice reforms to help spur economic growth that’s more robust than last quarter’s 0.7%.” CONTACT: Darren McKinneydmckinney@atra.org or 202-682-0084.
News & Events
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2018 – The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) encourages Oklahoma Attorney General candidates AG Mike Hunter, Gentner Drummond, Mark Myles, and Angela Bonilla to sign ATRA’s […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 11, 2018 – The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) today praised South Carolina Attorney General candidates AG Alan Wilson and William Herlong for embracing good-government principles by […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 10, 2018 – The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) today praised Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Laura Ellsworth for embracing good-government principles by signing ATRA’s 2018 Transparency Code pledge […]
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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 29, 2018 – The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) today applauded Missouri lawmakers’ final passage of the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting (TiPAC) Act, good-government legislation that […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23, 2018– The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) today applauded Wisconsin lawmakers’ final passage of a multi-part legal reform package that includes very important reforms to the […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 22, 2018 – The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) today applauded Kentucky lawmakers’ final passage of the Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting (TiPAC) Act, good-government legislation that […]
High Court’s Contempt for Lawmakers’ Authority, Lawsuit Rackets Place Florida atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 5, 2017 – The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its 2017-2018 Judicial Hellholes® report today, naming courts in Florida, California, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 1, 2017 – This week, the Wisconsin Legislature unveiled its 2018 civil justice platform which features two of the American Tort Reform Association’s highest priorities: discovery […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., November15, 2017 – During its annual fall legislative conference in Austin, Texas last evening, the American Tort Reform Association presented Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker with its “Civil Justice […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 3, 2017 – The American Tort Reform Association is cheering a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision last Friday that reversed a record-setting $663 […]
ATRA Backs Congressman Faso’s Pro-Growth Reform Bill Aimed at New York’s Antiquated and Costly ‘Scaffold Law’
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 19, 2017 – The American Tort Reform Association today announced its support for reform legislation introduced by Congressman John Faso (R-NY) that “will allow the federal government […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 28, 2017 —The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), along with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) on Friday […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 23, 2017 – The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) today praised Virginia attorney general candidate John Adams for embracing good-government principles by signing ATRA’s 2017 Transparency Code […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 22, 2017 – Citing California’s stubborn and long criticized reluctance to adopt unambiguously the more exacting Daubert standard for expert evidence used in all federal courts and […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2017 – Acknowledging the “growing scope, seriousness and complexity of our nation’s problems with the abuse of federally approved pain medication,” the American Tort Reform Association […]
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 19, 2017 – With today’s announced decision of a third significant jurisdictional case by the U.S. Supreme Court this term, the American Tort Reform Association applauded the […]
ATRA Cheers Enactment of ‘Expert Witness’ Reform, Says Old Standard Helped Make Missouri the ‘Show Me Your Lawsuits State’
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2017 – With Gov. Eric Greitens expected to sign a key tort reform bill into law today, the American Tort Reform Association pointed again “to the […]
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