“If you have a lawyer that practiced family law for five years, and then they decide to run for judge … and the first case in front of them is a shareholder derivative suit, you can see how that may be a bit of an issue.”—San Antonio City Councilman Marc Whyte
Concerns have been raised regarding judges presiding over climate litigation in Rhode Island and Hawaii, adding further complexity to the municipal and state climate lawsuits flooding courtrooms nationwide.
Personal injury firms with expertise in asbestos and opioid litigation are now entering the realm of climate liability lawsuits, filing cases against oil and gas companies on behalf of local governments seeking massive payouts for climate change impacts.
Americans are burdened with a staggering “tort tax” of $1,300 per person due to the prevalence of lawsuit abuse in our legal system. It’s estimated the full costs of frivolous lawsuits on the U.S. economy is more than four million lost jobs, $429.35 billion in lost economic output, and more than $110 billion annually in lost federal, state and local tax revenue.
In a significant ruling, the Delaware Supreme Court has allowed the state to sue Monsanto for its role in PCB pollution. The decision overturned a previous ruling that exempted manufacturers from liability for public nuisance.
In a case involving an 18-wheeler crash, the Texas Supreme Court deemed a $15 million non-economic damages award unjustifiable because there was no rational connection between the injuries suffered and the amount awarded. This case is a good example of why the guardrails in 2021’s House Bill 19 were necessary.