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ATRA Releases Judicial Hellholes 2005

(Courtesy ATRA) The fourth annual "Judicial Hellholes®" report, a ranking of the worst courts in the United States, was released earlier this week by the American Tort Reform Association.


The overwhelming majority of state courts dispense justice in a fair and impartial manner. By way of contrast, Judicial Hellholes are a few, but powerful, courts that have a disproportionately harmful impact on civil litigation. Litigation tourists, who neither lived nor were injured in these jurisdictions, are guided by their personal injury lawyers who seek out these places because they know they will produce a positive outcome, an excessive verdict or settlement, a favorable precedent, or both. This is venue shopping run wild.


"It is possible to quench the fires in Judicial Hellholes with the help of judges, legislators, the electorate and the media," said Sherman Joyce, President of the American Tort Reform Association (ATRA). "By shining the spotlight on the abuses in these jurisdictions, Judicial Hellholes can become fair courts.”


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Bush Deputy Chief of Staff Tapped to Lead

Florida Justice Reform Institute

William Large selected by FJRI’s board of directors to lead charge toward common sense justice reforms

Sept. 7, 2005  Tallahassee, FL. – The Florida Justice Reform Institute (FJRI) will continue its aggressive pursuit of judicial fairness and balance under the leadership of its newly selected president, William Large, former deputy chief of staff to Gov. Jeb Bush.


FJRI is Florida’s leading organization committed to meaningful and long-term legal reforms that will benefit all Floridians. The organization will benefit from Large’s extensive experience in legal reform issues.


Large assumed his new position at FJRI on Monday, Sept. 12. Before becoming a deputy chief of staff, Large served as one of Bush’s chief counselors as lawmakers negotiated reforms of the state’s medical malpractice laws. As the Department of Health’s general counsel from March 2000 until June 2004 and director of the Governor’s Task Force on Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance, Large played a vital role in ensuring the Governor’s medical malpractice reform initiatives were approved by the Florida Legislature.        Read Full Story


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Barney T. Bishop, III, President, Associated Industries of Florida shares his thoughts on the role of Florida's diverse business community in creating comprehensive tort reform.

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Mark Wilson, now President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, talks with us about the many faceted fight for civil justice reform in Florida, and shares his insight on the failures and successes of the 2005 legislative session.

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Letters to the Florida State Senate and The Florida House of Representatives

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