In courtrooms across the country, profit-motivated plaintiffs’ lawyers are shopping legal theories seeking the most sympathetic ear by pursuing litigation against manufacturers who make the products on which American consumers depend.
Since its inception in 2002, the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF)’s Judicial Hellholes report has identified and documented the worst abuses within the civil justice system, focusing primarily on those jurisdictions where courts have been radically unfair and out of balance.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers in California and other western states can thank Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, for preserving – at least for now – their right to claim tax deductions for their upfront costs in contingency fee cases.
For years, patent assertion entities have filed patent lawsuits against retailers in federal court in Texas. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC may give retailers the ability to insist they defend such lawsuits on their home turf.
Governor Greg Abbott today announced his intention to appoint Jimmy Blacklock to the Texas Supreme Court upon Justice Willett’s confirmation to the 5th Circuit. During a press conference today, the Governor also expressed his support for Blacklock’s upcoming election that will take place in 2018.
On October 26, 2017, a judge dismissed 99 ADA lawsuits, ordered an in forma pauperis plaintiff (a person without funds to pursue the cost of a lawsuit) to pay filing fees of $38,300 and authorized the defendants to file fee and sanction motions.
The Department of Justice will no longer issue guidance documents that cement new regulatory requirements or change current law, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday at the Federalist Society National Lawyers Convention in Washington, D.C., and in a new memo.