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Breitbart Texas, April 16, 2015

Trial lawyers trying to hold parts of the legal system hostage to make money is nothing new. It always happens the same way: a few creative lawyers figure out how to exploit legal loopholes; then abuse those loopholes to enrich themselves at others’ expense until someone stops them. 

SE Texas Record, April 13, 2015

Parents need to talk to each other, if only to stay ahead of their children.

SE Texas Record, April 9, 2015

There’s only one explanation for the recent surge in lawsuits following hailstorms in Texas – lawsuit abuse, says one state senator.

Texas Lawyer, April 9, 2015

Tort reform groups are backing a bill to reform asbestos litigation procedures, while Bryan Blevins, president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, is criticizing it for creating a mismatch between plaintiffs and defendants.

SE Texas Record, April 7, 2015

A Texas House bill seeking to restrain fraud in asbestos litigation went to committee Tuesday, prompting a state tort reform group to put out a call for support.

Madison Record, April 7, 2015

Last year, Illinois ranked first in outbound moves, according to statistics from the professional moving company, Allied Van Lines. In addition, Illinois ranked dead last in the Midwest for new payroll jobs added to the economy in 2014 while Iowa ranked 14th and Wisconsin 20th, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Forbes, April 8, 2015

New York’s special court system for hearing asbestos cases will be on trial Thursday as defense lawyers make their case for reforms in the wake of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s indictment on allegations he accepted millions of dollars in kickbacks from one of the most prominent asbestos plaintiff firms in the state.

Washington Examiner, April 6, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) – The asbestos trust claims act recently signed into law is good for business in West Virginia, according to several attorneys who played key roles in crafting the legislation.

Legal Newsline, April 1, 2015

NEW YORK CITY (Legal Newsline) – Defendants in what has been described as the most plaintiff-friendly jurisdiction in the country have asked its new judge to put a stop to things in order to amend the case management order that governs it.

Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2015

It has been more than 15 years since former Supreme Court Justice David Souter referred to asbestos litigation as an “elephantine mass,” the most massive of mass torts in America for decades. Though the U.S. epidemiological peak for mesothelioma—the incurable cancer caused by significant inhalation of asbestos fibers—came and went in the early 1990s, roughly 2,000-3,000 new claims for compensation are filed each year.

Yet recent events have raised serious questions about personal-injury law firms’ aggressive recruitment of asbestos clients and the legitimacy of the claims they file. In 2012, a jury found two Pittsburgh-based plaintiffs’ lawyers liable for fraud in a multimillion-dollar civil racketeering case brought against them by CSX Transportation. The company had alleged that the lawyers had worked with a radiologist to falsify chest X-rays to pursue asbestos-related claims against CSX. (The lawyers appealed, but then settled without admitting wrongdoing.)