ATRA supports the SAFE TO WORK Act as part of the Senate’s HEALS Act legislative package for coronavirus relief.
ATRA Lauds Nomination of Judge Gorsuch to SCOTUS
10th Circuit Record Shows ‘Refreshing’ Disinclination to Legislate from Bench WASHINGTON, D.C., February 1, 2017 – Noting Judge Neil Gorsuch’s “refreshing record of leaving lawmaking to elected lawmakers,” the American […]
10th Circuit Record Shows ‘Refreshing’ Disinclination to Legislate from Bench
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 1, 2017 – Noting Judge Neil Gorsuch’s “refreshing record of leaving lawmaking to elected lawmakers,” the American Tort Reform Association today voiced optimism about his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court and “the perspective he’ll bring in helping to make our civil justice system more predictably fair.”
“Judge Gorsuch’s 10-year tenure on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals indicates that he’s a highly qualified jurist with an ‘originalist’ or ‘textualist’ approach, much like that of the late Justice Antonin Scalia,” began ATRA president Tiger Joyce.
“Judge Gorsuch has written hundreds of opinions,” Joyce continued, “and virtually all of them evince a genuine fairness with concern and respect for all parties to the litigation before him. President Trump certainly deserves credit for nominating this particular judge to fill the Supreme Court’s open seat.”
Briefly turning to confirmation politics, Joyce noted a virulent hyper-partisanship that has slowed confirmation for almost all of the new administration’s nominees.
“But ATRA is hopeful that reasonableness will ultimately win the day, and that senators will confirm Judge Gorsuch fairly soon so he can hear arguments and weigh in on critical high court cases revolving around the due-process violations that result from personal injury lawyers’ forum-shopping, as well as National Labor Relations Board actions that seem to fly in the face of the frequently upheld Federal Arbitration Act.”
Joyce added that ATRA is also watching closely a case it hopes will clarify the presumptions trial courts can make when considering class action certification in anti-trust cases (International Paper), and another involving successor liability in a bankruptcy sale that could curb a strain of litigation that enriches the plaintiffs’ lawyers who drive it while offering little relief to class members (In Re Motor Liquidation).
The American Tort Reform Association, based in Washington, D.C., is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to tort and liability reform through public education and the enactment of legislation. Its members include nonprofit organizations and small and large companies, as well as trade, business and professional associations from the state and national level. The American Tort Reform Foundation is a sister organization dedicated primarily to research and public education.
ATRA President Tiger Joyce writes about the American Law Institute’s diversion from its original mission in this opinion editorial for Law360.
ATRA President says COVID-19 statutes reflect a broader perspective than lawsuit shields as they are enacted by lawmakers, not just a single governor.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed into law reforms to the state’s punitive damages system, writes John Breslin for the St. Louis Record.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed S.B. 591 to amend Missouri’s consumer protection act and the state’s punitive damages system.
Federal Judge William Shubb ruled that due to insufficient evidence, California cannot require glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup to be labeled as “known to the state of California to cause cancer.”
ATRA cited in an opinion editorial by John DeMaggio for The Hill regarding potential lawsuit abuse in the wake of COVID-19.
ATRA thanks Gov. Kim Reynolds for signing and the Iowa legislature for passing S.F. 2338, providing COVID-19 liability protections and reforming phantom damages in Iowa.
ATRA urges the Pennsylvania legislature to enact liability protections for critical industries like healthcare providers, PPE manufacturers and small businesses.
ATRA encourages the Louisiana State Senate to pass and Gov. John Bel Edwards to sign H.B. 57 to help reduce auto insurance rates.