Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is ranked #38 in the 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. Philadelphia was found to be one of the cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environments in the country.

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  1. Dubious Distribution: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Assets and Compensation

    March 08, 2018 | Research

    The asbestos bankruptcy trusts, created with the goal of sustainably processing and paying valid asbestos personal injury claims, are quickly being depleted. ILR's research finds that of the 35 asbestos trusts operating as of early 2008, 21 are paying an average of 40 percent less today than in 2008, putting future compensation for asbestos victims in doubt. The paper documents the causes of this rapid depletion, including the highly significant impact of attorney contingency fees.... Read More

  2. The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts

    February 28, 2018 | Research

    The 2018 update to "Great Myths of State False Claims Acts" shows that the whistleblowers' bar is continuing to capitalize on state qui tam False Claims Acts (FCAs), harvesting windfall awards from states and the federal government. The paper also points out that the dubious benefits of implementing a state FCA turn into a clear financial net negative when states allow their FCAs to fall out of compliance with federal standards.... Read More

  3. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Could Lead to More Class Actions

    February 23, 2018 | News

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled this week that out-of-state residents can sue Pennsylvania businesses under the state's consumer protection statute, Law360 reports.... Read More

  4. "Lawsuit Abuse Threatens Manufacturing"

    February 15, 2018 | News

    In a Pittsburgh Business Times op-ed, the president of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association said the state's "trial lawyer-friendly environment allows frivolous litigation that costs all Pennsylvanians."... Read More

  5. In the News Today - September 19, 2017

    September 19, 2017 | News and Blog

    Another View: Blame courts, Legislature for Pa. failing on jobs... Read More

  6. In the News Today - August 3, 2017

    August 03, 2017 | News and Blog

    Yesterday, Philadelphia court of Common Pleas Judge Arnold New said he would weigh whether two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions limiting the ability of trial courts to retain jurisdiction over claims from out-of-state plaintiffs affect nearly 100 cases in Philadelphia's pelvic mesh mass tort program. ... Read More

  7. In the News Today - June 7, 2017

    June 07, 2017 | News and Blog

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Justice Department will no longer set aside money from fraud settlements to give to community groups and nonprofits. In the past, this practice was harshly criticized as it was "essentially handing out money to political allies without going through Congress."... Read More

  8. In the News Today - May 11, 2017

    May 11, 2017 | News and Blog

    The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee has approved a measure to ask voters whether the state constitution should be amended to get rid of direct election of statewide judges. Instead, potential judges would be vetted by a special commission. The governor would then nominate his choice of judge from that commission's list of qualified candidates. ... Read More

  9. U.S. Chamber Report: Ohio Law to Curb "Double Dip" Asbestos Claims Ensures Fairness Without Burdening Plaintiffs

    May 04, 2017 | Press Release

    A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights how Ohio's asbestos trust transparency law has been effective at discouraging fraud and abuse without compromising the interests of plaintiffs. Ohio enacted its law in 2013 to prevent plaintiffs' lawyers from gaming the asbestos litigation system by making inconsistent claims in asbestos lawsuits and before asbestos bankruptcy trusts.... Read More

  10. Asbestos Trust Transparency Reform - It's Working in Ohio; It Will Work in Pennsylvania

    May 04, 2017 | News and Blog

    Four years ago, Ohio became the first state in the nation to reform its asbestos trust laws to prevent plaintiffs' lawyers' gaming the system by bringing transparency and fairness to the process of filing claims against the trusts.... Read More