ATRA states its disappointment in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that certain public nuisance climate lawsuits can proceed in state court.
Suits against cruise line signal start of litigation over coronavirus
Lawsuits alleging negligence by Princess Cruises for failing to warn about the possibility of contracting the coronavirus are part of what likely will be a multitude of COVID-19 related litigation, a tort reform advocate says, writes Sarah Downey for the Northern California Record.
“The cruise line lawsuits being filed are just the first in what will likely be a tidal wave of litigation in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic,” Bailey Griffith, public affairs manager for the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA), said in an email response to the Northern California Record.
“Already, we’ve seen class action lawsuits filed against manufacturers of hand sanitizer. We have two big areas of concern with regard to who trial lawyers may target next. First, the healthcare workers and hospitals who lack supplies and are working to prioritize care within an overstressed system; second, the manufacturers who are rapidly shifting their businesses to create the products needed to fight this virus. Thankfully, there are solutions to protect each of these groups through legislative action like we saw with the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or by executive order like we saw last week with Gov. Cuomo in New Yorkand now this week by Gov. Pritzker in Illinois.”
The executive orders seek to shield health care personnel from negligence litigation.
“ATRA is committed to working toward solutions with our elected leaders to ensure that frontline heroes don’t become the next target of trial lawyers who would take advantage of a public health crisis,” Griffith added.
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.
The Missouri legislature passed S.B. 591 to amend the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA) and the standards by which punitive damages are awarded.
ATRA is grateful to both President Trump’s administration and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for prioritizing liability protections for health care workers, manufacturers and business owners.
West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael says legislation is being drafted to ensure liability protections to protect small business owners and workers, especially health care workers who are protecting our state’s citizens amid the Coronavirus pandemic, writes Chris Dickerson of the West Virginia Record.
Today, West Virginia Senate President Mitch Carmichael announced he is drafting legislation which aims to protect West Virginians from liability related to the COVID-19 pandemic. ATRA supports legislative action to […]
Louisiana lawyers spend millions soliciting their services and alarming citizens.
Senate Majority Leader Prioritizes Employer Liability Protection Shield
During a pandemic, where contagious people crowd spaces shared with the uninfected or the healthy, concern over liability is heightened, writes Brandi Buchanan of Courthouse News Service.
As businesses reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, tort reformers are mobilizing to enact federal and state protections against an anticipated plethora of personal injury lawsuits, writes Amanda Bronstad of Law.com.