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The Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2017

The right to a jury trial is a pillar of America’s justice system, enshrined in the Constitution from a tradition dating back more than 1,000 years.

The problem these days is making sure jurors stay awake.

The Hill, December 10, 2017

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.

The Hill, December 6, 2017

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. 

Litigation Finance Journal, December 5, 2017

California trial lawyers might have Senator Lindsey Graham to thank for their right to claim tax deductions on upfront costs in contingency fee cases.

Southeast Texas Record, December 5, 2017

On Dec. 5, ATRA released its latest “Judicial Hellholes Report,” – a ranking of states and venues that the group sees as the nation’s most unfair handlers of civil litigation.

Reuters, December 4, 2017

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.

Southeast Texas Record, November 30, 2017

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.

Texans for Greg Abbott, November 27, 2017

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.

Global Hospitality Group, November 20, 2017

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.

CBS News, November 17, 2017

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.

Reuters, November 20, 2017

The $1 billion settlement of traumatic brain injury claims by retired NFL players is shaping up to be an important test of judicial power to regulate contracts between plaintiffs in multidistrict litigation and outside legal funders.

The Hill, November 13, 2017

Congress has recently taken up the issue of frivolous litigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under this landmark legislation, owners of public accommodations are required to ensure that hotels, restaurants shopping malls and other places of business are accessible to the disabled. 

Legal Newsline, November 15, 2017

Former students still saddled with college loans were urged by lawyers and debt-relief companies to stop making payments because filing a lawsuit was an easier way to get out of debt, according to racketeering allegations against two law firms.

Bloomberg Businessweek, November 16, 2017

The Army Corps of Engineers sent water cascading into West Houston’s Energy Corridor to avoid a catastrophic reservoir failure during Hurricane Harvey. Now a web of lawsuits could change how the government handles extreme weather.

Fox & Hounds, November 7, 2017

If you receive a notice about the availability of millions of dollars, it’s probably an overseas scam artist or trial lawyer dangling a class action settlement. Pick your poison, as both are likely to cost you money rather than increase the size of your bank account. The main difference? Scam artists steal your money upfront, whereas trial lawyers take it from you in the form of higher consumer prices to finance their luxury lifestyles. Don’t despair, help is on the way. H.R. 985, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation (FICALA) by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, seeks to level the playing field for people with legitimate claims, ensuring they are properly compensated before the lawyers.

Legal Newsline, November 3, 2017

A Tennessee man, described as a professional plaintiff and sleuth with three cell phones, is allowed to continue one of his many lawsuits after faking interest in a free home security system to identify whom he wanted to sue for calling him about it.

Legal Newsline, November 3, 2017

Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit brought over Subway’s “footlong” sandwiches have decided to abandon efforts to pursue the litigation.

Legal Newsline, November 4, 2017

Koch Industries has put a division of its Georgia-Pacific unit in Chapter 11 bankruptcy after failing to stem a rising tide of lawsuits by mesothelioma victims who attribute their disease to asbestos-containing drywall compound.

The Press Democrat, November 4, 2017

With nearly the intensity of a fast-burning wildfire, lawyers from across the country have swept into Santa Rosa in search of clients who suffered losses in the recent blazes and want to sue PG&E, seeking billions of dollars in potential damages.

Dallas Morning News, November 1, 2017

For more than 30 years as a Realtor, Tom Grisak from Allen had a spotless record with his clients. He knew of no major complaints against him.

Until there was one.

An anonymous online post accused him of being too harsh when talking to a potential client after he didn't win a house listing. He says it's not true.

The Waco Tribune-Herald, October 31, 2107

McLennan County’s rate of prescription opioid distribution is higher than state and national averages, a fact that helped prompt county commissioners to file a lawsuit Tuesday against the country’s largest opioid manufacturers and wholesale distributors., October 31, 2017

Lawyers from 25 firms, most of which based in Texas, will pack a Houston courtroom on Nov. 1 as they vie to lead involuntary condemnation litigation filed on behalf of individuals and businesses dealing with the aftermath of flooding that occurred after water was released from two reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey.

Legal Newsline, October 27, 2017

A consumer has filed a class action lawsuit against Coca-Cola, alleging that Diet Coke is misleadingly marketed as a weight-loss beverage, Diet Dr. Pepper, alleging that the beverage's manufacturer has engaged in false advertisement and unjust enrichment, and PepsiCo over its marketing of Diet Pepsi.

The Hill, October 28, 2017

President Trump has now declared the nation’s opioid crisis a “public health emergency.” This important step follows the recommendation by a White House commission, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, to “act boldly,” to stem the crisis.  

Crain's New York Business, October 29, 2017

Before opening Union Square Café in 1985, Danny Meyer planned to attend law school. Instead, he decided to skip the entrance exam and pursue a career in hospitality. Thirty years later, his empire boasts the Shake Shack burger chain as well as some of the finest restaurants in New York City.

But now Meyer, like many successful entrepreneurs, has been dogged by litigation. This month he was named in a lawsuit by diner Timothy Brown that might be among the most absurd in history., October 27, 2017

For a man who considers himself  “the most avid social-media judge in America”, Don Willett’s monthlong silence on Twitter is almost deafening.

The Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2017

Amid Republican disagreements over health and tax reform, 50 GOP Senators united Tuesday to overturn the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration rule. This is a victory for the economy and Mitch McConnell’s leadership.

Legal Newsline, October 26, 2017

A California judge last week reversed an award of more than $400 million to a woman who claims Johnson & Johnson’s talc powder caused her ovarian cancer.

Legal Newsline, October 26, 2017

According to a leading defense attorney in the field, the current class action lawsuit system is clouding a key issue.

Southeast Texas Record, October 23, 2017

A non-Texas company may seek out and do business with Texas companies and pay Texas taxes but that isn't enough for that company to fall under the jurisdiction of Texas courts, according to a recent opinion from a state appeals court.