Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed S.B. 591 to amend Missouri’s consumer protection act and the state’s punitive damages system.
Bloomberg and Biden’s social solution? Sue.
ATRA Public Affairs Manager Bailey N. Griffith writes about a call for more litigation from Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden.
In one of the Democratic Party’s recent debates, former Vice President Joe Biden raised the trial lawyers’ rally cry: Sue ’em! Societal woes got you down? Don’t worry — there’s a lawsuit for that! Opioid crisis? Sue. Climate change? Sue. Teen vaping? Sue.
Never mind that there are state and federal agencies appropriately addressing each of these issues. Never mind that opioid deaths are down 4.1% thanks to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s opioid production reduction and the Justice Department’s prosecution of negligent doctors and pharmacists. Never mind that U.S. emissions of key pollutants are decreasing, in some cases as much as 23%. Never mind that adult smokers for the first time have access to a safer alternative to tobacco. Facts just don’t make the same flashy social statement that suing evil industry makes though.
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 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.
ATRA voices its support for H.R. 7059, the Coronavirus Provider Protection Act.
ATRA joined others in voicing objection to the EPA’s inclusion of certain experts in its evaluation of asbestos risk.
Judges across the country have now determined that climate lawsuits against oil and gas companies belong in state courts, writes Jennifer Hijazi of E&E News.
ATRA states its disappointment in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that certain public nuisance climate lawsuits can proceed in state court.
Business leaders and tort reform advocates have welcomed changes that will limit punitive damage awards in Missouri, John Lewis of the St. Louis Record writes.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has an opportunity to redirect policy and push back on activist attorneys’ attempts to improperly expand public nuisance law. With Covid-19 public nuisance lawsuits coming, Tiger Joyce, president of the American Tort Reform Association, discusses the importance of the climate change lawsuit.