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Institute for Legal Reform, February 27, 2015

This morning, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing commemorating the tenth anniversary of the passage of the Class Action Fairness Act. This measure, largely known by its acronym, CAFA, does not make for easy reading—civil procedure rarely does. But behind the dense language were far-reaching reforms meant to curb a very real problem—abusive class action lawsuits filed in trial lawyer-friendly state courts. 

The West Virginia Record, January 27, 2015

CHARLESTON – As a small business owner, I pay close attention to the costs associated with running my business.

Buffalo News, February 21, 2015

News that former speaker of the Assembly Sheldon Silver has been indicted by a federal grand jury on corruption and conspiracy charges has spurred a renewed sense of optimism for supporters of common-sense lawsuit reform.

Washington Examiner, February 25, 2015

When federal authorities arrested Sheldon Silver in January, journalists covering the story focused mainly on the bribery and public corruption charges against the former New York Assembly Speaker and the Empire State's second-most powerful Democrat.

Legal Newsline, February 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – During its effort to prove asbestos plaintiffs attorneys had been gaming the system to earn higher verdicts and settlements, Garlock Sealing Technologies introduced evidence of three Philadelphia settlements it claimed were inflated.

Wall Street Journal, February 17, 2015

The fallout continues from what is arguably the greatest legal fraud in history—the case against Chevron for allegedly polluting the Ecuador jungle. On Monday Chevron announced it has reached a settlement with James Russell DeLeon, a leading funder of the fraudulent lawsuit.

Legal Newsline, February 23, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The asbestos plaintiffs firms with the highest settlement averages in claims against Garlock Sealing Technologies achieved that by engaging in discovery abuse in the post-bankruptcy era of the litigation, a law professor told a bankruptcy court during the company’s proceeding.

SE Texas Record, February 18, 2015

Plaintiffs who file automobile collision lawsuits in Texas can now be painted with contributory negligence assertions if the evidence shows they were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the wreck.

New York Times, February 19, 2015

A federal grand jury in Manhattan voted on Thursday to indict Sheldon Silver on the fraud and extortion charges that were the basis of his arrest last month, and led to his ouster as speaker of the State Assembly.

Institute for Legal Reform, February 10, 2015

The West Virginia Senate yesterday passed a joint and several liability bill on a vote of 24-9, and the bill was sent back to the House of Delegates to create a conference committee to reach a compromise with the House-passed version of the bill.