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Southeast Texas Record, February 21, 2018

HOUSTON – Joining a nationwide trend, Texas municipals have begun suing the makers of opioids in recent months, alleging drug manufactures knew of the dangers but placed profits above the public good.

And while no one is really debating that opioid addiction isn’t real or a problem, at least one group is questioning how enriching trial lawyers will cure the epidemic.

Legal Newsline, February 20, 2018

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is unashamedly up-front about what he wants to see happen to the fossil fuel industry.

Southeast Texas Record, February 13, 2018

Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking an appellate court to reverse a lower court that refused to unseal testimony given by renowned plaintiff’s attorney Russell Budd on the “Terrell memo.”

Real Clear Markets, February 8, 2018

Like former high school football stars in middle age, plaintiffs’ attorneys, who make their money by taking a percentage of the damage awards to clients, have been trying to relive their glory days of tobacco settlements. Back in the 1990s, five Texas lawyers earned $3.3 billion, a firm in Tampa scored $3.4 billion and a Mississippi attorney made an estimated $1.6 billion.

The lawyers’ playbook: team up with state attorneys general (AGs) to sue businesses.

KXAN, February 10, 2018

More than 20 years after a deposition at the center of an asbestos lawsuit was sealed, a Dallas lawyer is still fighting to learn just what those documents contain.

AMA Wire, January 26, 2018

New research details how the threat of medical liability litigation hovers over physicians like a cloud and imposes rising costs on the nation’s health system., February 6, 2018

Reid Martin recently convinced a state jury to hit an East Texas hospital with a $43 million verdict and a rare gross negligence finding. And he did it with testimony from the hospital’s own doctors.

Forbes, February 7, 2018

The City of Oakland – one of eight California governments going big-game hunting by suing the energy industry over climate change – will pay private lawyers almost one-quarter of any recovery and says it does not have to disclose any communication with the firm it hired.

Institute for Legal Reform, January 30, 2018

At a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last fall, John Beisner, a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, said the asbestos litigation system “suffers from the abuse inherent to its lack of oversight.” The problem lies in the opaque nature of asbestos litigation proceedings.

The News Star, January 30, 2018

Exxon Mobil's top executive announced this week the company will invest more than $50 billion along the Gulf Coast and in other U.S. operations, but it's unclear whether Exxon will funnel any of that capital to Louisiana.

Legal Newsline, January 31, 2018

A woman who couldn't follow directions to "STOP" receiving text messages shouldn't be allowed to sue over them, a group representing the interests of credit and collections professionals says.

Institute for Legal Reform, January 30, 2018

Last week, a New Jersey judge “squeezed out” lawsuits in multidistrict litigation alleging that Tropicana falsely represented its orange juice as “all-natural.” The orange juice pun might be silly, but food litigation continues to serve a serious portion of stress and confusion—costing businesses time and money.

The New York Times, January 28, 2018

Accusations of sexual harassment have felled dozens of executives, but in one quiet corner of the financial world, the #MeToo movement looks like a golden opportunity.

Southeast Texas Record, January 31, 2018

From the east coast to the west, local governments seeking billions in damages have filed suit against big oil companies, alleging the fossil fuel industry was aware of their role in triggering climate change but opted to place profits above the environment.

Reuters, January 18, 2018

Technology has made a brave new world of the class action claims process, helping plaintiffs’ lawyers and claims administrators locate and notify more class members than they ever could with the old blunderbuss methods of mailing out postcards or running ads in widely circulated magazines. That’s a fantastic development. But it’s not risk-free.

The Wall Street Journal, January 24, 2018

A California court case could turn every cup of coffee here into a jolt of reality on the risks of cancer.

Legal Newsline, January 23, 2018

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Jan. 16 that he is urging a California federal court to reject what he says is an imbalanced class action softball bats settlement.

Legal Newsline, January 23, 2018

On Jan. 10, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city recently filed suit against the five largest investor-owned fossil fuel companies, namely BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell. The money from the lawsuit will be earmarked to protect the city from the effects of global warming.

Axios, January 22, 2018

New York City and several California municipalities are suing big oil companies, alleging they concealed what they knew about climate change and are liable for billions of dollars of damage caused by rising global temperatures.

Forbes, January 17, 2018

The last of a Polish immigrant's 31 Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits, which paid out more than $800,000, has settled, but the need to reform telemarketing regulation continues, a privacy and securities class actions defense lawyer says.

Law360, January 11, 2018

Two Honda owners have objected in Florida federal court to the proposed $605 million settlement the automaker reached to exit multidistrict litigation over defective Takata air bags, arguing in part that the 30 percent sought by class counsel is too high.

Southeast Texas Record, January 11, 2018

Over the past several years, Edinburg attorney Kent Livesay has experienced his own share of legal troubles, from being fingered in a barratry lawsuit to being suspended for misconduct.

More recently, the Commission for Lawyer Discipline, an arm of the State Bar of Texas, hit Livesay with a suspension for barratry, commonly referred to as ambulance chasing.

The Wall Street Journal, January 10, 2018

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday his administration had filed a lawsuit against five major oil companies and was pushing New York City pension funds to divest from fossil fuel, both part of an effort to fight climate change.

New York Post, January 8, 2018

Starbucks has won the dismissal of a US lawsuit accusing the coffee chain of overcharging customers by underfilling lattes and mochas to reduce milk costs.

New York Post, January 6, 2018

Mad because there’s too much empty space in that bottle of Advil? Sue them!

Is there more than just vitamins in your Vitamin Water? Drag ‘em to the courthouse!

Actually — someone probably has sued that big company that committed a petty wrong against you, without you knowing it. New York lawyers rake in millions by suing on behalf of people who have no idea their interests are represented in court.

CNBC, January 4, 2018

Jewelry store Claire's said Thursday that lab results certified its products as asbestos-free, following allegations of the toxic substance in its products last month.

Southeast Texas Record, January 3, 2018

The Wikipedia page for the “Terrell memo,” the infamous cheat sheet revealing how Baron & Budd asbestos clients were coached up before depositions, is no longer up.

Institute for Legal Reform, December 21, 2017

A lawsuit claiming that Jelly Belly “deceived” a woman about the sugar in its Sport Beans product – despite a clear content label on its packaging – tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) list of the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2017.

The National Law Review, December 21, 2017

There is something magical about shopping during the holidays. Those who favor the bustle of malls will enjoy elaborate window displays and the familiar sights and sounds of the season. And those who favor shopping while snug in their beds will use websites and apps to have gifts wrapped and shipped to their homes or convenient brick-and-mortar locations.

But lurking among those happy holiday shoppers is a small but growing number of professional plaintiffs with visions of dollar signs dancing in their heads. Hunting for lawsuits rather than bargains, they will concoct claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) by enrolling in text message programs and then purporting to revoke that consent in ways that are deliberately designed to evade systems that recognize and register legitimate attempts to opt out. In doing so, these modern day Grinches threaten not only the retailers who are exposed to potentially massive aggregate liability, but also the consumers who have come to rely on their text message programs for information about sales, promotions, and other benefits.

New York Post, December 16, 2017

Wonder why New York pays through the nose for everything from health care to construction projects to auto insurance — and taxes? A new report from the Empire Center has a one-word answer: lawsuits.