American Tort Reform Association

Judicial Hellholes
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

It's Called A "Hellhole." But Madison County Defense Attorneys Say Better The Devil You Know

The American Tort Reform Association calls the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville, Ill., the entrance to judicial hell. But those who work in the system aren't so sure.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon)

Every year, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) releases its annual list of so-called “judicial hellholes," a term it uses to refer to civil courts that ATRA believes are consistently unfair to corporate defendants.

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Judicial Hellholes
4:16 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

New Distinction For St. Louis: It Joins Madison County On 'Judicial Hellhole' List

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A group that lobbies to make courts friendlier to business says it’s seeing a troubling increase in the number of large product liability cases filed in the city of St. Louis.

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Malpractice reform
2:26 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Mo. Supreme Court throws out caps on medical malpractice

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Updated 4:33 p.m. with reporting by KCUR's Elana Gordon.

Missouri’s Supreme Court has effectively overturned state caps on non-economic damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice cases.  The court ruled today in favor of Deborah Watts, who filed suit against Cox Medical Centers in Springfield for injuries her son suffered at birth in 2006.

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Law
3:51 pm
Fri December 16, 2011

Ranking: Madison, St. Clair Ill. counties among "most unfair" court jurisdictions in nation

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Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky used in this report.

An annual ranking again cites Illinois as a state rife with "judicial hell holes." But a group representing trial lawyers says the listing is bunk.

The American Tort Reform Association ranks Madison, St. Clair and McLean Counties among the most unfair court jurisdictions in the nation. And Cook County's on the watch list.

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Other News
8:32 pm
Sun February 20, 2011

McCaskill unveils new Congressional reforms

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill speaks to reporters at her St. Louis office on Sunday. (Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill says Congress needs to play by the same rules as everyone else.

Speaking at her St. Louis office on Sunday, the Democratic Senator unveiled a package of reforms she says will help bring transparency and accountability to Congress.

McCaskill proposed creating an independent watchdog office to oversee Senate operations and take complaints from the public.

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