Liability Shield in Congress – ATRA Urges Quick Action

ATRA supports the SAFE TO WORK Act as part of the Senate’s HEALS Act legislative package for coronavirus relief.

COVID-19 Business Interruption Litigation Surges

COVID-19 business interruption lawsuits surge – ATRA warns the civil justice system doesn’t exist to perform the functions of legislators, regulators or public health experts.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson Signs Landmark Civil Justice Reform Bill Into Law

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed S.B. 591 to amend Missouri’s consumer protection act and the state’s punitive damages system.

Federal Judge Takes Stand Against Junk Science in California

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.”

COVID-19 Liability Protection & ATRA Priority Bill Signed By Gov. Kim Reynolds

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.

Pennsylvania Needs a Smart Re-Start with Liability Protections

ATRA urges the Pennsylvania legislature to enact liability protections for critical industries like healthcare providers, PPE manufacturers and small businesses.

Louisiana Scores Second Shot at Civil Justice Reforms

ATRA encourages the Louisiana State Senate to pass and Gov. John Bel Edwards to sign H.B. 57 to help reduce auto insurance rates.

Healthcare Workers Still In Need of Liability Protection

ATRA voices its support for H.R. 7059, the Coronavirus Provider Protection Act.

ATRA Files Comments with EPA, Questions Credibility of Asbestos Risk Assessment Coalition

ATRA joined others in voicing objection to the EPA’s inclusion of certain experts in its evaluation of asbestos risk.

9th Circuit Fails to Rein In Expansion of Public Nuisance Law

ATRA states its disappointment in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that certain public nuisance climate lawsuits can proceed in state court.

Consumer Protection Reform Bill Passed by Missouri Legislature

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 Urges Senate to Pursue Employer Liability Protections

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.

ATRA Encouraged by West Virginia Senate Focus on Employer Liability

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 […]

ATRA Encouraged by Sen. McConnell’s Focus on Liability

Senate Majority Leader Prioritizes Employer Liability Protection Shield

Lawsuits Look to Place Blame on Industry

New trend shows companies sued for everything from coronavirus to climate change

Employer Liability Protection Crucial to Re-Open the Economy

President Trump is considering employers’ liability concerns surrounding the planned re-opening of U.S. businesses in the wake of COVID-19.

6th Circuit Finds Multidistrict Litigation Must Comply with Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Statement from the American Tort Reform Association applauding a writ of mandamus issued by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Legislation Best Suited to Address COVID-19 Liability

Executive orders may provide relief but likely face future court challenges

ATRA Supports Sen. Sasse Liability Shield

ATRA details its support of inclusion of the Facilitating Innovation to Fight Coronavirus Act in the fourth coronavirus stimulus package.

Covid Class Actions Surge – 90% Receive No Benefit

As trial lawyers begin to capitalize on the coronavirus pandemic by filing class action lawsuits alleging consumer fraud, a new report reveals that more than 90% of class members in consumer fraud cases receive no benefit whatsoever from this type of litigation.

Good Samaritan Provision for Healthcare Workers Supported by ATRA

ATRA supports inclusion of Good Samaritan provision in the coronavirus stimulus relief package.

Lessening Liability Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Supported by ATRA

-UPDATE- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. MEDIA STATEMENT Last night, the U.S. House […]

Florida Lawyers Dump $13 Million Into TV Ads

Florida Lawyers Dump $13 Million Into TV Ads New report shines a light on the 113,000 local ads from 2019’s third quarter; $71 million spent on national ads JANUARY 28, […]

Georgia Lawyers Dump $10 Million Into TV Ads

Georgia Lawyers Dump $10 Million Into TV Ads New report shines a light on the 100,000+ local ads from 2019’s third quarter; $71 million spent on national ads JANUARY 28, […]

West Virginia Lawyers Dump $1.5 Million Into TV Ads

West Virginia Lawyers Dump $1.5 Million Into TV Ads New report shines a light on the nearly 40,000 local ads from 2019’s third quarter; $71 million spent on national ads […]

Judicial Hellholes Abuse Nation’s Civil Justice System

Judicial Hellholes Abuse Nation’s Civil Justice System Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas tops 2019-2020 list   DECEMBER 10, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – A new report highlights the worst local courts and states […]

Philly Trial Lawyers Spend $10.9 Million on Local Ads In First Half of 2019

Have you or a loved one been hurt? Lawyers bought 73,000 local ads to get you to answer. OCTOBER 8, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – Philadelphia area viewers saw approximately 73,000 local […]

Oklahoma Lands Spot as Judicial Hellhole

The conservative stronghold loses its roots and expands liability statewide July 9, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – Today, the American Tort Reform Association made a midyear addition to its annual “Judicial Hellholes” […]

Report Exposes Private Interest Groups Paying Government Staffers

Michael Bloomberg’s State Energy & Environmental Impact Center and U.S. Climate Alliance Pay Salaries of Embedded Staffers to Push Their Agendas MAY 29, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – Today, the American Tort […]

Report Exposes Greed of Louisiana Trial Lawyers

Lawyers spend $15.6 million soliciting their services and alarming citizens MAY 23, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – Today, the American Tort Reform Association released its first report on trial lawyer advertising in […]

Texas Trial Lawyers Spend $16.4 Million in Major Media Markets

132,000 ads aired in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio & Houston April 17, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – The American Tort Reform Association released its latest study on trial lawyer advertising, which […]

Kentucky Trial Lawyers Spend $7.2 Million in Major Media Markets

APRIL 9, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – Today, the American Tort Reform Association released a study showing spending on TV ads by trial lawyers in Kentucky’s largest media markets. If it feels […]

Report: $23.3 Million Spent by Trial Lawyers on Advertising in Texas TV Markets

March 21, 2019 (WASHINGTON) — Today, the American Tort Reform Association released a study showing spending on TV ads by trial lawyers in Texas’s largest media markets. “Don’t settle for quick cash! Call […]

New Report: Trial Lawyers Spend Millions on TV Ads in West Virginia

New Report: Trial Lawyers Spend Millions on TV Ads in West Virginia S.B. 66 to address deceptive lawsuit advertising practices   FEB. 25, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – Today, the American Tort […]

New Report Sheds Light on Lawsuit Trends

Jan. 15, 2019 (WASHINGTON) — A new report released by the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) reveals the rapid growth of large firms representing state and municipal governments in cases involving opioids and […]

Study: $226 Million Spent by Trial Lawyers on Advertising in Quarter 3 of 2018

Jan. 10, 2019 (WASHINGTON) – Today, the American Tort Reform Association released a study showing spending in top media markets for TV ads from trial lawyers. “Have you been hurt? Call the number […]

Supreme Court’s Adoption of Novel Theories of Liability, Abusive ‘No-Injury’ Litigation, Place California atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

Supreme Court’s Adoption of Novel Theories of Liability, Abusive ‘No-Injury’ Litigation, Place California atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List Nine Jurisdictions, Courts, and Legislatures Named Nation’s “Most Unfair” Dec. 4, 2018 […]

New Study Further Highlights Need for Reform: Study estimates cost of US tort system at $429 billion

Oct. 31, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – A new report released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) further highlights both the overall cost and inefficiencies of the tort system […]

Economic Impact Report Analyzes Excessive Tort Costs on State Economies

Oct. 15, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – Today, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) and Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) released six economic impact studies analyzing excessive tort costs in California, Florida, […]

ATRA Applauds Alan Wilson for Signing 2018 Transparency Code Pledge

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2018 – The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) today praised South Carolina attorney general candidate Alan Wilson for embracing good-government principles by signing ATRA’s 2018 Transparency […]

ATRA Applauds Tom Leonard for Signing 2018 Transparency Code Pledge

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2018 – The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) today praised Michigan attorney general candidate Tom Leonard for embracing good-government principles by signing ATRA’s 2018 Transparency Code […]

ATRA Encourages Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidates to Sign 2018 Transparency Code Pledge

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2018 – The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) encourages Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and candidate Scott Wagner to sign ATRA’s 2018 Transparency Code pledge and to […]

Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week Highlights Economic Harm of Frivolous Litigation

Oct. 1, 2018 (WASHINGTON) – Today marks the start of Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week: a week dedicated to putting a spotlight on the abusive lawsuits that clog courtrooms across the […]

Study Released by American Tort Reform Association: Trial Lawyers Spent $186 Million on Advertising in Second Quarter of 2018

WASHINGTON, SEPTEMBER 24, 2018 – Today, the American Tort Reform Association released a study showing spending and top media markets for TV ads from trial lawyers. “Have you or a […]

The Twin Cities Added to ATRF’s Judicial Hellholes Watch List

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 […]

ATRA Encourages AG Candidates to Sign 2018 Transparency Code Pledge

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 […]

ATRA Applauds AG Alan Wilson and William Herlong for Signing 2018 Transparency Code Pledge

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 […]

ATRA Applauds Laura Ellsworth for Signing 2018 Transparency Code

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 […]

ATRA Statement on Recent Personal Injury Lawyers’ Briefing in the U.S. House of Representatives

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 3, 2018– All Americans should be encouraged to know that responsible authorities in Washington and around the country are determined to address the complex public health problems […]

ATRA Commends Missouri for Bipartisan Passage of ‘Transparency Bill’

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 […]

ATRA Commends Wisconsin Legislature for Passage of Comprehensive Reform Bill

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 […]

ATRA Commends Kentucky for Bipartisan Passage of ‘Transparency’ Bill

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 […]

Wisconsin Legal Reform Package Set for Hearing Today

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 4, 2018 – Today, the Wisconsin Assembly Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on AB 773, a multi-part legal reform package that includes very important reforms to […]

ATRA Critical of California High Court’s ‘Latest Gift to Plaintiffs’ Bar’

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 22, 2017 – The American Tort Reform Association is criticizing yesterday’s California Supreme Court decision to allow an “innovator liability” claim to proceed to trial as “both […]

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 […]

ATRA Endorses Wisconsin’s 2018 Civil Justice Reform Platform

  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 […]

ATRA Honors Wisconsin’s Governor Walker with ‘Civil Justice Achievement Award’

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 […]

ATRA Cheers 5th Circuit Reversal of Record-Setting FCA Verdict

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 […]

ATRA Brief Urges Mass. Supreme Judicial Court to Reject Theory of Innovator Liability

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 […]

ATRA Applauds John Adams for Signing 2017 Transparency Code Pledge

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 […]

ATRA Critical of Giant ‘Junk Science’ Verdict in ‘Golden State for Trial Lawyers’

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 […]

ATRA: ‘Follow the Trial Lawyers’’ Influence in Opioid Litigation

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 […]

ATRA Cheers SCOTUS Term’s Jurisdiction-Case ‘Trifecta’

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 Briefs Urge SCOTUS to Limit Lower Courts’ Jurisdiction

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2017 – With the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Tuesday appeals of two state supreme court decisions that dramatically expand lower courts’ personal jurisdiction over out-of-state […]

‘Pre-Judgment Interest’ Bill Would Further Advantage Trial Lawyers

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 29, 2017 – With the Florida Senate’s Rules Committee poised to take up another bill designed to advantage politically powerful personal injury lawyers in Tallahassee this afternoon, […]

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 […]

Trial Lawyers ‘Willfully Misleading’ Media, Public on Much Needed MPA Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 7, 2017 – Noting “recent media coverage influenced by trial lawyers’ willful efforts to mislead the public about an important policy debate,” the American Tort Reform Association […]

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 […]

‘Junk Science,’ Outlier Verdicts Put St. Louis Atop Latest ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

The American Tort Reform Foundation issued its 2016-2017 Judicial Hellholes® report, naming courts in Missouri, California, New York, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois, Louisiana, Virginia and Texas among the nation’s “most […]