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Plaintiffs in J&J talc cases hit with major setback; Mo. business leader says attitudes changing for better

W.J. Kennedy Jun. 21, 2017, 8:57am

ST. LOUIS - Legal experts following the Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits in St. Louis say that even in the face of Monday’s declared mistrial of one of the cases on jurisdictional grounds, many of the hundreds of other cases will drag on “because so much money is involved.”

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

Taryn Phaneuf Mar. 15, 2017, 9:43am

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.

‘Show Me Your Lawsuit State’ tops ATRA’s Judicial Hellholes list

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Dec. 16, 2016, 7:12am

The Metro-East St. Louis region joined the ranks yet again as this year’s worst jurisdictions, with St. Louis topping the American Tort Reform Association’s Judicial Hellholes list and Madison and St. Clair Counties ranking sixth in the nation. ATRA, however, praised Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs’ recent revised case management order governing the Madison County asbestos docket.

House subcommittee to address bill seeking to curtail ADA lawsuits brought by serial litigators

Vimbai Chikomo May 19, 2016, 12:43pm

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch executive director Travis Akin said that if these lawsuits really were about making businesses comply with ADA standards, then why wouldn’t the aggrieved person simply ask business owners to make the necessary changes before filing a lawsuit?

ATRA: Madison County #5 'Judicial Hellhole' in country; Report cites asbestos 'rocket docket' and billion dollar tobacco case

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Dec. 17, 2015, 11:12am

Madison County was once again named to the American Tort Reform Association’s “Top Five Judicial Hellholes” in the country - thanks in large part to what the group calls an asbestos “rocket docket.”