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Southeast Texas Record, May 26, 2015

A bill seeking to restrain fraud in asbestos litigation has passed both houses of the Texas Legislature.

Business Wire, May 22, 2015

WASHINGTON--()--Harold Kim, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement about the Texas legislature’s passage of a bill to curb “double dip” claims against asbestos bankruptcy trusts and in the tort system, and urging Governor Greg Abbott to sign HB 1492 into law:

Deer Park Broadcaster, May 22, 2015

This year, the literal storms sweeping across our state and the figurative storms in the Capitol are more closely related than usual. As destructive spring hail pummels Texas from Amarillo to Port Arthur, state legislators in Austin are advancing bills that seek to protect homeowners’ access to affordable insurance that allows them to rebuild after these storms.

Washington Examiner, May 15, 2015

May 15, 2015

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Legislation designed to promote transparency in asbestos litigation passed the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Houston Chronicle, May 15, 2015

By Richard W. Weekley, co-founder and CEO of Texans for Lawsuit Reform

When we began fighting lawsuit abuse in Texas 22 years ago, we had no idea how long the battle would take. We have won some great tort reform victories that have strengthened the Texas economy and helped make the Texas civil justice system a model for the nation. But today, we are seeing a new wave of ambulance-chasing personal injury trial lawyers - storm chasers - who must be stopped.

May 14, 2015

May 14, 2015

Washington, D.C.— The House Judiciary Committee today approved lawsuit abuse legislation authored by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) by a vote of 19-13. Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) joined Smith in praising passage of the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (LARA), which will reduce frivolous lawsuits in the United States. The bills go further to imposes mandatory sanctions on attorneys who file baseless lawsuits in federal courts.


Lexology, May 1, 2015

On Wednesday, as expected and predicted, SCOTUS granted certiorari in Spokeo v. Robins case. This case was the subject of our previous discussion in the February 20 post “Robins v. Spokeo Inc: the Light at the End of the Tunnel for Rule 23 Privacy Class Actions...or the Headlights of an Oncoming Train.” As we noted there, this case has enormous significance in both data breach litigation and in class action litigation generally.

The Southern Illinoisan, May 3, 2015

Few of the tourists who drive old Route 66 through this rural Illinois town are aware of its true economic engine: a booming business in asbestos lawsuits that attracts law firms from across the country.

JD Supra, May 4, 2015

Texas is the latest state to consider legislation aimed at increasing transparency between the civil tort and asbestos bankruptcy trust systems.