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  • December 11, 2018 10:10 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Vanessa Fuhrmans
    The Wall Street Journal Online; Page N/A
    December 02, 2018


    This report notes in its Management Top 250 list that the demand for workers skilled in technology indicates a high level of innovation and represents the digital transformation that is occurring throughout the economy. For example, autonomous-driving technicians are being hired not only by automakers and Silicon Valley firms, but also by insurer Allstate Corp. Burning Glass reports that during the 12 months ended in June, Allstate posted more than a dozen positions related to autonomous-vehicle technology. Allstate is working on a self-driving research project with Stanford University as well as conducting related research on its own. Howard Hayes, Allstate's senior vice president of product innovation, said that the insurer has an enormous stake in understanding the safety of self-driving cars and the financial risks associated with the technology.

    Read the Full Article Here: https://www.wsj.com/articles/tech-companies-arent-the-only-ones-competing-for-tech-workers-1543763006



  • December 11, 2018 10:08 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)
    Bryan Stole
    The (Baton Rouge, La) Advocate; Page N/A
    December 06, 2018


    Congress has punted again on overhauling the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) with another two-week extension approved December 6 as part of a broader stop-gap funding deal. This latest extension is the ninth since the NFIP's last long-term authorization expired on September 30, 2017. The two-week extension deal puts off a showdown between congressional Democrats and President Trump over funding the President's massive proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Congress now faces a new December 21 deadline to reach a deal on government funding as well as to extend the flood insurance program again. No comprehensive overhaul of the NFIP is expected anytime soon.

    Read the Full Article Here:  https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/article_35020ba2-f982-11e8-ac7c-f77accf2216f.html

  • December 11, 2018 10:06 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas has once again made the American Tort Reform Association’s annual “Judicial Hellholes” list, while the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has been placed on the watch list for prospective hellholes.

    Read the Full Article Here:  https://www.law.com/thelegalintelligencer/2018/12/04/california-tops-the-judicial-hellholes-list-again-402-31700/?kw=Philadelphia%20Still%20a%20%27Judicial%20Hellhole%2C%27%20Pa.%20Supreme%20Court%20Potentially%20Hellish%2C%20Report%20Says&et=editorial&bu=TheLegalIntelligencer&cn=20181205&src=EMC-Email&pt=BreakingNews&slreturn=20181109113822

  • December 11, 2018 10:05 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    In recent years, the Judicial Hellholes report has given Pennsylvania credit for improving its litigation environment by instituting procedural safeguards that made it less welcoming to out-of-state plaintiffs. But now, those who do business and face lawsuits in the state are concerned that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court may take a liability-expanding turn. Recent rulings also indicate that Pennsylvania’s intermediate appellate courts have swung courtroom doors open to out-of-state plaintiffs whose claims have no connection to the state. As key cases reach the state high court, it will have a choice as to whether to adhere to traditional principles of tort liability and follow statutory law, or accept the plaintiffs’ bar’s invitation to expand liability and welcome more lawsuits to Pennsylvania.

    Read the Full Article Here: https://www.judicialhellholes.org/2018-2019/watch-list/pennsylvania-supreme-court/

  • December 11, 2018 10:04 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas continues to be a national epicenter for product liability litigation. The court’s Complex Litigation Center (CLC) hosts a mass torts program that attracts drug, medical device and asbestos cases from across the county. The continued surge of new lawsuits and judges’ unabated willingness to open the court’s doors to cases from outside the city and state solidifies “The City of Unbrotherly Torts” position on this year’s list of Judicial Hellholes. In addition, both the governor and the legislature have adopted a pro-plaintiff platform signaling to courts around the state that decisions to expand liability are fully supported.

    Read Full Article Here: http://www.judicialhellholes.org/2018-2019/philadelphia-court-of-common-pleas/

  • December 11, 2018 9:47 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    The 2018 – 2019 Judicial Hellholes report shines its brightest spotlight on nine jurisdictions, courts or legislatures that have earned reputations as Judicial Hellholes. Some are known for welcoming litigation tourism or as hotbeds for asbestos litigation, and in all of them state leadership seems eager to expand civil liability.

    A recent study released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform highlights both the overall cost and inefficiencies of the tort system. The report states that the cost and compensation paid in the U.S. tort system totaled $429 billion in 2016, accounting for 2.3 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. The 2018-2019 Judicial Hellholes jurisdictions largely contributed to these costs, and on a local level, they saw job loss, personal income loss, and state revenue loss due to the excessive tort costs in the states. The data clearly demonstrate the need for a more balanced civil justice system.

    Read the entire article here: https://www.judicialhellholes.org/

  • December 11, 2018 9:46 AM | Brittany Mlynek (Administrator)

    Yet another “Judicial Hellhole” distinction will contribute to the city’s inability to attract business, said PCCJR Executive Director Curt Schroder after reading the American Tort Reform Foundation’s 2018 Judicial Hellholes report. 


    This year’s No. 6 Judicial Hellholes ranking goes to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, due in part to the excessive pharmaceutical litigation pending in the court. Not only was there a sizable increase in the number of cases filed in the court’s Complex Litigation Center but also out-of-state plaintiffs filed 84 percent of the cases. The “City of Unbrotherly Torts” attracts drug, medical device and asbestos cases from across the country.

    “After appearing on the Hellholes list last year, there is no significant improvement in Philadelphia’s position this year. If Pennsylvania truly wants to attract marquee employers, having just lost its bid for Amazon, Philadelphia needs to get off this list. Neither the city nor the state will ever catch a big-name company or significantly grow jobs until Pennsylvania improves its judicial footing and cleans up its liability climate.”

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court also reappeared on this year’s Hellholes “Watch List” out of concern the commonwealth’s highest court could be taking a liability-expanding turn. Key rulings are expected from the PA Supreme Court in 2019 that will address important questions regarding litigation and the media, the expansion of medical liability, and asbestos and other product liability cases. There are also concerns that the Pennsylvania appellate courts are hesitant to curb forum shopping. They have been slow to apply the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017 ruling, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, which instructs state courts to dismiss cases that have no connection to the state.

    “We commend ATRA for its efforts to bring the Philadelphia problem to national attention, Schroder said. “Hopefully, this type of light will bring about reforms and a chance for Philadelphia to attract business and jobs other than through litigation tourism.”

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