Utah AG Candidates Vow to Prioritize Transparency by Signing Pledge

ATRA announces two Utah candidates for attorney general signing its AG transparency code pledge.

Trial Lawyers Delight at Prospect of Congress, White House Flip

A Washington controlled by Democrats would be a bonanza for the trial bar, writes W.J. Kennedy for Legal Newsline.

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.

Transparency On the Back Burner for West Virginia AG Candidates

ATRA reports West Virginia attorney general candidates’ inaction on transparency code pledge.

Judge Managing Opioid Lawsuit Under Scrutiny

ATRA President Tiger Joyce dives into controversies surrounding biases of the federal judge overseeing the nation’s opioid MDL for Inside Sources.

ALI Consumer Contract Restatement Is Biased Advocacy

ATRA President Tiger Joyce writes about the American Law Institute’s diversion from its original mission in this opinion editorial for Law360.

Injury Attys Undaunted By COVID-19 Nursing Home Immunity

ATRA President says COVID-19 statutes reflect a broader perspective than lawsuit shields as they are enacted by lawmakers, not just a single governor.

Governor signs law on punitive damages, merchandising act

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 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.”

Congress needs to pass tort reform to protect CARES Act funding

ATRA cited in an opinion editorial by John DeMaggio for The Hill regarding potential lawsuit abuse in the wake of COVID-19.

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.

Virus Liability Shields Move Ahead in Louisiana, Other States

States advance liability shields for businesses in the absence of federal liability protection, writes Chris Marr of Bloomberg Law.

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.

Climate cases keep landing in state court. Why it matters

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.

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.

In shortened session, legislators manage to pass tort reform bill, key win for businesses

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.

Climate Case Is Ninth Circuit’s Golden Opportunity on Nuisance Suits

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.

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.