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New expert witness guidelines signed into law by Missouri Gov. Greitens

Laura Halleman Apr. 6, 2017, 12:04pm

Missouri has taken a step to move St. Louis off the top spot of the American Tort Reform Association's 2016 Judicial Hellholes list. Gov. Eric Greitens recently signed into law a bill that would raise the standard of expert witnesses allowed to testify in cases in the state.

Justice reform groups continue push for venue, jurisdiction bills in Missouri Legislature

Taryn Phaneuf Mar. 15, 2017, 9:41am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling regarding jurisdiction that looks like a win for the business community doesn’t negate the need for legislation reforming the way the state’s courts settle venue and joinder matters, civil justice reform advocates say.

New ATRA program to tackle ‘deep-pocket jurisprudence’

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 3, 2017, 10:09am

Victor Schwartz, general counsel for the American Tort Reform Association and an expert on tort law, argues some courts in recent years have stretched tort law to impose liability on an innocent party.

Missouri trial lawyers respond to St. Louis' 'hellhole' designation

Glenn Minnis Dec. 20, 2016, 2:19pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- The president of Missouri's plaintiffs lawyer organization says an annual report that this year singled out St. Louis as the jurisdiction most in need of legal reform is designed to scare state lawmakers.

Plaintiffs attorneys argue tort reform group’s ‘judicial hellholes’ report is ‘rigged’

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 16, 2016, 11:24am

The Circuit Court for the City of St. Louis is the nation’s No. 1 “judicial hellhole,” according to the American Tort Reform Association’s 2016-17 report, meaning it is the “most unfair” in the nation in terms of handling civil litigation.

St. Louis court tops list of ‘judicial hellholes’ by tort reform group

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 15, 2016, 8:39am

California, New York City’s asbestos court, Florida’s Supreme Court and South Florida, and New Jersey rounded out the American Tort Reform Association’s top five this year.

Groups want Third Circuit to enforce Flonase class action settlement against Louisiana AG

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 7, 2016, 2:54pm

The Washington Legal Foundation is among those calling on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to overturn a Pennsylvania federal court’s decision that, they argue, would undermine class-wide settlements by permitting plaintiff states to file copycat lawsuits despite benefiting from a settlement.

Sharp again defeats New Jersey class action over flat screens

Noell Wolfgram Evans Aug. 17, 2016, 9:21am

CAMDEN, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - Sharp Electronics, for a second time, has defeated class action claims over its flat screen televisions brought before Judge William Martini of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Spalding basketball lawsuit an example of class-action abuse, tort reform group says

Nancy Crist Jul. 12, 2016, 9:49am

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline)—A class-action lawsuit alleging the Spalding Neverflat basketball does not perform as advertised is cited by a civil justice reform organization as an example of the judicial abuse it is fighting to change.

California lawmaker to testify before House subcommittee on bill seeking to curb ADA lawsuit abuse

Vimbai Chikomo May 19, 2016, 2:05pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), who is sponsoring the ACCESS (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services) Act, is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice today on behalf of the bill he says will help stop plaintiffs’ lawyers from “trying to enrich themselves on the backs of the disabled.”

With Silver convicted, some N.Y. Dems pushing asbestos transparency bill

Jessica Karmasek Apr. 11, 2016, 7:26am

The legislation, introduced by a group of Democrats last month, is more likely to pass now that former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -- who was found guilty of corruption by a federal jury in November -- no longer is in power. Silver also worked at one of the most prominent asbestos law firms in the country, Weitz & Luxenberg PC.

Tort reform bill, passed by U.S. House, unlikely to become law

Jacob Bielanski Mar. 29, 2016, 9:15am

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2016, which passed the House along largely partisan lines in January, most likely will be blocked by the Senate. If it does pass, it almost certainly will be vetoed by President Barack Obama.

California tops list of ‘judicial hellholes’ by tort reform group

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 17, 2015, 6:29am

New York City’s asbestos court, Florida, Missouri and Illinois’ Madison County round out the American Tort Reform Association’s newest top five “most unfair.”