ALI’s restatement of the law of ‘consumer contracts’ the latest in a surge of advocacy by the Institute
SCOTUS Denies Cert in Missouri Talc Case
By denying cert, the Supreme Court is failing to deliver on its promise of equal justice under the law
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not review a landmark talcum powder case which resulted in a multi-billion-dollar verdict out of Missouri.
“We are disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court denied cert in Ingham v. Johnson & Johnson,” American Tort Reform Association President Tiger Joyce said. “Missouri’s courts improperly allowed the joinder of 22 plaintiffs, each with different medical backgrounds and outcomes, into one case. The Supreme Court should have reviewed this case to provide clearer guidance to lower courts regarding joining such dissimilar claims.”
ATRA filed an amicus brief in April, calling on the Supreme Court to ensure that the rights of all civil defendants to due process under the Constitution are protected against improper “joinder” or joining together of multiple parties in one lawsuit.
“By denying cert, the Supreme Court is failing to deliver on its promise of equal justice under the law,” Joyce said. “The fact that the Court declined to accept the case is not the end of this matter. The onus is now on state legislatures around the country to enact essential civil justice reforms to ensure the protection of defendants’ due process rights.”
The case against Johnson & Johnson was originally decided in the City of St. Louis and the original $4.69 billion verdict is the largest talc-related verdict in history. An appellate court reduced the award to $2.1 billion but the Missouri Supreme Court refused to review the case.
The City of St. Louis is ranked No. 7 on the American Tort Reform Foundation’s Judicial Hellholes® list.
“St. Louis judges’ loose application of venue rules encourages out-of-state plaintiffs to flock there,” Joyce said. “Missouri’s legislature must prioritize civil justice reform to prevent these continuing abuses in their court systems. Several important reform bills died in this year’s legislative session – it is essential that these bills are reconsidered in 2022.”
This op-ed was originally published by Law360. Once considered a scholarly organization that was safely above the fray in broader policy disputes, the American Law Institute has become an advocacy group, […]
According to recent reports, three state attorneys general will leave the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Ad Law Access reported this week that the Attorneys General of Missouri, Montana, […]
The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) today released a report documenting how the American Law Institute (ALI) has evolved into a “stealth” legal advocacy organization that is promulgating views well […]
Maryland candidate for state attorney general, Jim Shalleck (R), pledged to prioritize transparency and open accountability in office, the American Tort Reform Association announced today. Shalleck, who most recently served […]
Idaho candidate for state attorney general, Arthur Macomber (R), pledged to prioritize transparency and open accountability in office, the American Tort Reform Association announced today. Macomber embraced good-government principles by […]