tort reform

Government, Business, Safety

Plaintiff Attorneys Often Use 'Reptile Theory' to Win Nuclear Trucking Jury Verdicts, Experts Say

Courtroom scene In trucking accident lawsuits, plaintiff attorneys use the tactic to turn attention away from the incident, and focus instead on a carrier’s safety practices and policies. (Pattanaphong Khuankaew/Getty Images)

In trucking accident lawsuits, the "reptile theory" is a method plaintiff lawyers have deployed in pursuit of so-called “nuclear” jury verdicts.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 19, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Trucking Targets 'Nuclear' Verdicts

Courtroom scene Plaintiffs attorneys often use emotional arguments with juries when trying to win cases against trucking companies. (Pattanaphong Khuankaew/Getty Images)

The trucking industry is making gains in its fight against the plaintiffs bar and the increasing size of jury verdicts levied against motor carriers, but those in the trenches say the battle is not over.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 16, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Breaking News

Southeastern Motor Freight Files RICO Lawsuit in La. Staged Accidents Case

Gavel Southeastern Motor Freight alleges in the lawsuit that it was defrauded by attorney D. Patrick Keating of Nugent Keating law firm, saying Keating conspired with Damian Labeaud and Mario Solomon in two June 2017 staged accidents. (Getty Images)

A New Orleans motor carrier has filed a federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act civil lawsuit against a New Orleans attorney and two convicted participants in a pair of staged accidents with tractor-trailers in 2017.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
September 1, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Ringleader Pleads Guilty in Connection With Staged La. Accidents

Gavel The accidents were staged in the New Orleans area. (Marilyn Nieves/Getty Images)

The ringleader of a New Orleans-area group that staged accidents with unsuspecting tractor-trailer drivers has pleaded guilty for his role in the conspiracy.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
August 7, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Louisiana Passes Legislation Aimed at Significant Tort Reform

Randy Guillot, John Bel Edwards, Chris Spear, Greg Morrison ATA Chairman Randy Guillot (from left), Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, ATA President Chris Spear, and Quality Transport Inc. VP Greg Morrison met in February to discuss trucking industry issues. (TT File Photo)

Louisiana lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at helping the state’s truckers fight off excessive jury verdicts in court.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
July 2, 2020
Government, Business, Safety

Nation’s Courts Feeling Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

Courtroom scene with judge, gavel and jury Chris Ryan/Getty Images

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the nation’s court systems, and for trucking, legal experts believe it could have a long-term effect on how juries view cases involving motor carriers.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
May 21, 2020

Philadelphia Tops ATRA’s Annual Listing of Worst U.S. Places to Be Sued in Court

Philadelphia has knocked New York City from the top spot on the American Tort Reform Association’s list of the worst places to be a defendant in a lawsuit.

January 3, 2011
Government, Business

S.C. Trucking Assn. May Withdraw Support on Tort Reform

The South Carolina Trucking Association said it will withdraw support of a tort reform measure it championed if lawmakers do not kill amendments that the association said have weakened the bill.

Michele Fuetsch | Staff Reporter
May 11, 2010