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.

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.

Carmichael says legislation to protect essential businesses, workers being drafted

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.

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

Like Virus Itself, Future of Malpractice Liability Is Uncharted

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.

Lawsuits Loom Over COVID-19 Exposure As Businesses Reopen Around the U.S.

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.

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.

Class-Action Conundrum

ATRA President Tiger Joyce writes about COVID-19 liability concerns and class action lawsuit abuse.

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.

Protecting Our COVID-19 Protectors

ATRA President Tiger Joyce writes about COVID-19 liability concerns in Inside Sources.

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.

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.

Good Samaritan Provision for Healthcare Workers Supported by ATRA

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

Medical malpractice carriers giving, getting leeway in face of COVID-19 pandemic

Medical malpractice insurers have responded with flexibility as their clients deal with liability concerns produced by the COVID-19 pandemic, writes Tom Jacobs for S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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 […]

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.

Philly can become less anti-business by looking at the courts

By Tiger Joyce and Curt Schroder (Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform)   Mayor Jim Kenney touted the importance of fostering a pro-business climate in Philadelphia during his Feb. 11 […]

Report: Excessive lawsuit costs subtract almost $2 billion and 20,000 jobs from Louisiana’s economy

Groups calling for an overhaul of Louisiana’s legal system say “excessive” litigation costs subtract $1.9 billion from the state’s annual economic output, leading to the loss of 19,794 jobs and […]

ATRA says attorneys spent $1.5 million on TV ads in West Virginia in three months

The American Tort Reform Association has released a report showing that attorneys spent $1.5 million from July through September on television advertisements in West Virginia.   ATRA found that viewers […]

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 […]

Top 10 ‘Judicial Hellholes’ for 2020 Named by Tort Reform Group

It’s out: the annual report by tort reform advocates of what they say are the nation’s worst local courts and states that are abusing the civil justice system.   The […]

Tiger Joyce on Talk With Audrey – Judicial Hellholes

American Tort Reform Association President Sherman “Tiger” Joyce on Talk With Audrey discussing the 2019-2020 Judicial Hellholes.

Georgia Legislature must address tort reform

Georgia has earned a new distinction, and it’s not a good one. For the first time, our state is listed among the nation’s “Judicial Hellholes” by the American Tort Reform […]

Nationwide concerns cannot be solved in local courts

By Tiger Joyce   Vaping, climate change, and opioids might seem disconnected, but they have more in common than one might think. They’re each significant public challenges that state and […]

Tiger Joyce on Good Day Tulsa – Judicial Hellholes

American Tort Reform Association President Sherman “Tiger” Joyce on Good Day Tulsa discussing Oklahoma’s No. 8 ranking among the 2019-2020 Judicial Hellholes.

Tiger Joyce on ConnTV – Judicial Hellholes 2019-2020

American Tort Reform Association President Sherman “Tiger” Joyce on Conn TV discussing the 2019-2020 Judicial Hellholes.

Letters: Louisiana among the worst in lawsuit abuses against business

Louisiana unfortunately is a perpetual fixture on the American Tort Reform Foundation’s “Judicial Hellholes” list, which identifies those states with civil justice systems that allow lawsuit abuse to flourish. As […]

Ron DeSantis praised for improving legal environment

After a decade on the list, Florida has slipped out of the top-10 in the American Tort Reform Association’s annual “Judicial Hellholes” list. The Florida Justice Reform Institute attributes the […]

New York state is still a top ‘judicial hellhole,’ report finds

New York State is holding steady as the nation’s third worst “judicial hellhole,” according to a new watchdog report. The Big Apple’s rotten rank stems from serial plaintiffs and lawyers […]

Philadelphia Court Tops ‘Judicial Hellholes’ List

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where a jury awarded an $8 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson, took the No. 1 spot in the annual “Judicial Hellholes” report.   […]

Louisiana labeled ‘Judicial Hellhole’ for 7th year

The American Tort Reform Association has once again labeled Louisiana as a “Judicial Hellhole” this year, ranking the state at No. 4. Louisiana has been included in the rankings for […]

St. Clair, Madison counties remain in the top ten for the worst ‘judicial hellholes’

The American Tort Reform Association has once again ranked St. Clair and Madison counties among the country’s worst “judicial hellholes” — jurisdictions, courts and legislatures the lobbying group considers unfair. […]

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 Celebrates Geneva Carney’s 25th Anniversary

We at ATRA want to celebrate our colleague Geneva Carney’s 25th anniversary as a member of the team.  Geneva joined our staff on July 6, 1993.  Now, as the organization’s […]

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 […]