Support for Johnson & Johnson’s Appeal In Massive Oklahoma Opioid Judgment

ATRA files amicus brief in support of Johnson & Johnson’s decision to appeal a 2019 $465 million judgment against the company, warning against the state attorney general’s expansive use of public nuisance law.

Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week: This affects all of us

ATRA President Tiger Joyce spoke with Juliette Farley of the Southern California Record about Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week and business interruption lawsuits.

First Ga. COVID-19 Business Interruption Ruling

ATRA President Tiger Joyce spoke with Rosie Manins of the Law360 about business interruption lawsuits in the wake of COVID-19.

West Virginia AG Candidates Fail to Sign Transparency Oath

ATRA reports neither candidate for West Virginia Attorney General has signed its transparency oath, writes Chris Dickerson for the West Virginia Record.

Trial Lawyers Treat COVID-19 As Another Feather In Their Caps

ATRA President Tiger Joyce writes about trial lawyers’ latest pet project – business interruption lawsuits against insurance companies in the wake of COVID-19.

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.

Majority of US States Block Juries’ Access to True Medical Costs

ATRA President Tiger Joyce writes about the troubling new trend of medical financing in litigation for Medium.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Class-Action Conundrum

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

Protecting Our COVID-19 Protectors

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

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.

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.

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 […]

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. […]