ATRA Reiterates Support for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Use to Address Mass Tort Litigation, Urges Meaningful Dialogue Amid Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing
West Virginia Bill Could Empower Juries With More Relevant Evidence
Bill on seat belt admissibility heads to Governor
Today, the West Virginia House of Representatives concurred with a Senate amendment to S.B. 439 and the next step is Governor Jim Justice’s desk. The bill would allow juries to hear evidence about seat belt use in civil cases.
Wearing a seat belt is required by law in West Virginia. Whether an individual does or does not wear their seatbelt often impacts injuries sustained in the unfortunate case of a motor vehicle accident. If the bill is signed into law, juries will be fully informed when deciding important cases involving motor vehicle accidents.
The legislation is sponsored by Senators Chandler Swope, Rollan Roberts and Patricia Rucker. ATRA also recognizes the leadership by Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Trump and House Judiciary Chairman Moore Capito in helping this important piece of legislation make it to the Governor’s desk.
The lack of oversight and transparency around third-party litigation funding threatens the integrity of our legal system
Together, let’s forge a legal landscape that makes equitable access to justice a living reality for all Georgians.
This is an opportunity to reassess the practices and regulations surrounding private-attorney contracting and to enact reforms that promote fairness, transparency and value for taxpayer dollars.
Allowing the company to continue the bankruptcy process will help ensure equitable and efficient resolution in complex mass tort claims