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Bloomberg Business, October 30, 2015

BP has been complaining for a long time that many claims filed after its April 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico were phony. Now there's more evidence to back that up.

Wall Street Journal, November 1, 2015

Tort lawyers prosper by rounding up potentially injured plaintiffs in class actions, and sometimes the plaintiffs don’t even have to be injured to qualify. On Monday the Supreme Court will consider whether the trial bar can put together class actions seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages without showing that anyone was harmed.

Forbes, November 1, 2015

The writers who penned today’s New York Times Page One expose of arbitration clauses say they examined thousands of court documents and interviewed hundreds of lawyers, yet they fell for a rookie mistake:  They confused class-action plaintiffs for the real thing.

The News & Observer, November 2, 2015

ORLANDO, FLA. Television viewers in two Florida cities face more television ads by lawyers than any other TV market in the nation.

Institute for Legal Reform, November 2, 2015

The New York Times has published a two-part “special report” on what it says is an “investigation” of arbitration agreements between businesses and consumers. This so-called “investigation” presents a biased, selective, and false picture of arbitration, ignores scholarly support for arbitration and omits the reality of class actions where lawyers benefit and consumers gain little or no benefit.

ABA Journal, October 28, 2015

A handful of law firms will spend more than $10 million this year on television advertising, including a Houston law firm projected to spend $25 million, according to a new report by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

Wall Street Journal, October 27, 2015

What’s the most desirable place to live in the country? If you’re among those who get a big kick out of attorneys on television and want to live in a region where the airwaves are saturated with lawyers hawking their services, Tampa may be just the place.

Southeast Texas Record, October 26, 2015

People all over town thought Elwood P. Dowd was crazy because he claimed to have a friend named Harvey. Having a friend named Harvey is not much of a stretch, but this Harvey was a six-foot-tall invisible rabbit, and that did strain credulity. 

Institute for Legal Reform, October 27, 2015

Legal advertising and marketing communications are a multi-prong, highly sophisticated undertaking by trial lawyers that spans broadcast and digital venues. This is not a resource-starved, grassroots effort but very much a well-funded and coordinated endeavor. The plaintiffs’ firm marketing explored in this report takes advantage of a full set of network, cable, syndicated and spot television options and a full range of digital tools and systems, including Internet search and social media.

New York Times, October 27, 2015

The first battle in the legal assault on Volkswagen is unfolding as plaintiffs’ lawyers jockey over where tens of thousands of claims should be heard and which lawyers will get the biggest piece of the action.

Forbes, October 23, 2015

Does easy financing spur more litigation? It’s a big talking point for the people at the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform, and they may have their best example in pelvic mesh litigation, where hedge funds and specialized litigation finance firms have bankrolled a wave of television advertising and online marketing that has helped stimulate tens of thousands of lawsuits against Boston Scientific BSX, Johnson & Johnson JNJ  and others.

Madison Record, October 23, 2015

The first law museum in the country is open to the public.

Bloomberg Business, October 22, 2015

For all the black robes and ceremony, the American legal system often operates more like a factory assembly line than a citadel of individualized justice. Ninety-five percent of criminal prosecutions end in plea deals. Many defective-product claims settle in mass pacts that benefit attorneys more than putative victims. Now a legal dispute within a plaintiffs' law firm that organizes massive torts is threatening to pull back the curtain on the mechanics of high-volume litigation.

New York Times, October 22, 2015

The Miller quick coupler comes in a few different sizes. The one I tried out has the proportions of a laundry bin and weighs nearly 700 pounds. It allows the operators of hydraulic digging machines to switch buckets without ever leaving the cab. Two flanges rise from its sides, supplying it with the Volks­wagen-like curves that inspired its nickname, the Bug.

The National Law Review, October 20, 2015

In a unanimous decision on Friday, October 1, 2015, the Nevada Supreme Court (the Court) upheld as constitutional the state’s $350,000 statutory limitations on plaintiffs’ recovery of noneconomic damages in a medical malpractice or professional negligence suit.

Institute for Legal Reform, October 19, 2015

In an ironic twist, a newly approved method for soliciting clients could have Florida law firms facing lawsuits of their own.

Southeast Texas Record, October 16, 2015

Texas’ legal climate can be a lot like Texas weather. The calendar may say autumn, but summer heat persists. Hot, fall days often give way to bursts of cooler temperatures or afternoon storms within the same week. Just as Texas weather can defy predictions, the legal climate in our state can change course, too. And, it’s not always for the better. 

Legal Newsline, October 14, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – One of the four racketeering lawsuits against an asbestos law firm is headed to a federal appeals court.

Wall Street Journal, October 13, 2015

If you sue a company, and the company offers to settle by giving you exactly what you asked for, can you keep suing anyway? On Wednesday the Supreme Court will hear a case in which the head plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit is offered everything he wants but litigates regardless.

Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2015

The lawyers who raked in more than $200 million for MF Global’s investors are now seeking their own payday.

Ars Technica, October 9, 2015

There were 33 percent fewer patent lawsuits filed in the third quarter of 2015 than in 2014, according to data published today by LexMachina.

Southeast Texas Record, October 10, 2015

The Houston law firm AkinMears allegedly fired its business development officer in order to avoid paying him millions of dollars for the thousands of medical mesh lawsuits he acquired for the firm, according to a recent lawsuit.

Wall Street Journal, July 15, 2015

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday plans to urge the Securities and Exchange Commission to overhaul its use of its administrative judges, marking the first public call by a leading business organization for reforms to the agency’s controversial in-house tribunal.

Wall Street Journal, October 9, 2015

A Delaware judge rejected the settlement of a shareholder lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard Co., saying the welter of litigation challenging corporate mergers has become a systemic problem.

The National Law Review, October 7, 2015

The Kentucky Supreme Court has sided with the nation’s largest tort reform groups seeking to uphold a general rule that companies sued over products that meet government regulatory standards shouldn’t be subjected to punitive damages.

Southeast Texas Record, October 2, 2015

A U.S. Congressman from Texas says reform is needed to stop trial lawyers from draining billions of dollars from asbestos trust funds – money set aside for veterans, firefighters, industrial workers and other Americans suffering from an asbestos-related illness.

The Hill, October 2, 2015

Even as they lamented anemic economic growth six years into a so-called recovery, not one candidate during the first two rounds of presidential debates has said a word about the lawsuit industry’s striking success in lobbying the Obama administration for steady expansions of civil liability or the considerable toll such liability takes on investment, innovation and competitiveness.


Washington Examiner, October 6, 2015

As it happens, there is a 90-year-old federal law that governs arbitration questions precisely like this one, and it pre-empts California law. The Supreme Court made that quite clear in a 2011 ruling when it overturned another effort by California to nullify the same law (the Federal Arbitration Act) on more or less the same grounds.