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Monday, December 20, 2010

Philadelphia Tops ATRA's 2010 Judicial Hellholes Report

Last week, the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) announced its 2010 Judicial Hellholes Report (pdf).  From the news release:

"Traditionally, Judicial Hellholes have been considered places where civil judges systematically apply laws and court procedures in an unfair and unbalanced manner, generally against defendants in civil lawsuits," explained ATRA general counsel Victor Schwartz. "The jurisdictions we name as Judicial Hellholes each year are not the only unfair courts in the nation, but they are among the most unfair, based on our survey of litigants and considerable independent research."

Philadelphia, PA topped the list this year, followed by LA and Humboldt County, California. 

ATRA also has moved its Judicial Hellholes feature "to an an online format that will feature year-round reporting on significant civil justice developments."


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You know the credibility of the report is pretty low when a notoriously pro-defendant blog like Drug & Device law calls it unfair and inaccurate. For D&D's comment on the report, go here:

For a sarcastic reply by the PopTort blog go here:

For a serious reply by the Center for Justice and Democracy go here:

Posted by: Alberto Bernabe | Dec 21, 2010 8:18:48 AM

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