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Reuters, June 20, 2016

(Reuters) - A federal judge said two Starbucks customers may pursue a lawsuit accusing the coffee chain of cheating patrons by underfilling lattes.

Louisiana Record, June 18, 2016

BATON ROUGE – One of the state's main sources of private sector jobs and revenue is under legal attack that some have deemed unnecessary.

Texas Lawyer, June 17, 2016

In a case that may be a replay of one of the most notorious tort cases in American history, a Houston attorney recently filed a case against Starbucks alleging that she was seriously burned by hot coffee that was served to her from a drive-thru window.

Wall Street Journal, June 17, 2016

A seedy side of American law is the widespread collusion between the plaintiffs bar and government prosecutors, who trade contingency-fee lawsuits for campaign contributions. Now the contingency-fee arrangements are getting a legal challenge in Texas, where a citizen says they are unconstitutional.

Washington Post, June 15, 2016

The response from the media to Gawker’s declaring bankruptcy after losing a lawsuit to professional wrestler Hulk Hogan funded by tech billionaire Peter Thiel has been slightly fractured, in large part because no one is saying two magic words: tort reform.

Southeast Texas Record, June 14, 2016

AUSTIN—An expansion by W. W. Grainger Inc. in San Antonio that will bring approximately 200 jobs to the city is the latest example of businesses across a wide range of industries that are moving to or expanding in Texas, a trend that’s partly due to the state’s favorable legal, regulatory and tax climates, according to the state’s economic development chief.

Legal Newsline, June 13, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – A Los Angeles-based attorney who focuses on mass tort litigation and consumer class actions in connection with food, supplements and other consumer packaged goods said a lawsuit filed in May against Utz Quality Foods Inc. is one of numerous actions of its kind that are “unjustified.”

Lexology, June 13, 2016

We are often asked what we see as the most promising avenues for class action defense arising from the Supreme Court’s Spokeo decision. Our answer is that even if courts, post-Spokeo, give Congress wide latitude to define a compensable “injury,” courts should not certify classes that include people who did not suffer that injury. As an example, just because Congress can determine that the annoyance of receiving an unwanted phone call can entitle the recipient to a statutory penalty, someone who wasn’t home to hear the phone ring shouldn’t be included in a class., June 10, 2016

Let's get one thing straight: The threat of legal action is clearly a concern for Illinois businesses.

UPROXX, June 6, 2016

If you thought the Texas man suing a restaurant for running out of soup constituted a frivolous lawsuit, then you would be right. But, here’s another one, which has just been resolved after six-and-a-half years in various Indiana-based courts. A man sued another man for $30,000, after buying a used printer from him for $40 off of Craigslist. Because of a quirk in Indiana law, the litigation over this case went on for years, at great distress for the defendant.

timesunion, June 8, 2016

In 2014, the New York City resident and performer was sued for being too old and too unattractive by the band’s co-creator, Charles Bonafonte. The two-year battle cost McLafferty over $10,000, and she wants to make sure no one else has to deal with a similarly frivolous lawsuit., June 7, 2016

Disciplinary prosecutors in Washington, D.C. contend that Pearson presented arguments unsupported by facts or the law, delayed court proceedings and interfered with the administration of justice. Pearson denies violating attorney conduct rules, describing the ethics case as a “slap stick, ludicrous and nightmarish reality.”

Forbes, June 6, 2016

A company that frequently finds itself targeted by asbestos attorneys is taking the reins on racketeering claims that allege those lawyers manipulated the system to unfairly drive up the costs of settlements and verdicts.

Bloomberg Law, June 6, 2016

By now, the world knows that professional wrestler Hulk Hogan’s $140 million judgment against internet gossip website Gawker was financed by $10 million from Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel.

Southeast Texas Record, June 6, 2016

WASHINGTON – The money that can be made in representing asbestos-related and mesothelioma cases is attracting less-than-ethical attorneys out to ensnare less-than-wary-litigants, a spokesman for a tort reform advocacy group said in a recent interview.

Albany Business Review, June 6, 2016

The majority of New Yorkers support making changes to the state's civil lawsuit rules, though few reported paying close attention to the issue.

Wall Street Journal, June 5, 2016

A Silicon Valley billionaire’s decade-long mission to drive a snarky website out of business has the media up in arms: What happens to freedom of the press if wealthy people can fund lawsuits to bankrupt media outlets they don’t like?

The Hill, June 3, 2016

Buried within the law's now-infamous 2,700-plus pages, and mostly unnoticed by consumers, is theMedicare Shared Savings Program. Along with it, the birth of a new health care delivery system, the Accountable Care Organization(ACO). 

Norcal Record, June 2, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline) - A San Francisco-based litigation funding company is a type of business that operates in the shadows, according to a legal expert, and now that the Securities Exchange Commission is going after Prometheus Law on charges of defrauding investors, other third-party litigation funders may find themselves subject to greater oversight.

Southeast Texas Record, June 1, 2016

Houston attorney “Hurricane” Steve Mostyn has answered a legal malpractice lawsuit against him, seeking sanctions and calling the action “groundless” and “brought for the purpose of harassment.”

Hazard-Herald, May 31, 2016

They say an opportunity missed is an opportunity lost. Such is the case in Kentucky as yet another legislative session has passed without any meaningful reforms to our state’s legal system.

Bloomberg, May 31, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear State Farm Fire and Casualty Co.’s bid to overturn a finding that the insurance company fraudulently overbilled the government for damage from Hurricane Katrina.

New York Times, May 27, 2016

Thanks to Hulk Hogan and the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, Americans are learning about the growing trend of investing in other peoples’ lawsuits.

NBC News, May 29, 2016

Along with the lurid details and a Silicon Valley soap-opera twist, the Gawker vs. Hulk Hogan invasion-of-privacy lawsuit brought to light a less salacious but equally controversial practice: third-party litigation funding.

Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2016

The litigation-funding industry has been gaining prominence in the U.S. for years, with sophisticated investors increasingly taking a stake in commercial lawsuits. But the revelation that Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel backed Hulk Hogan’s invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media is rekindling a debate about the need for transparency in such arrangements.

Reuters, May 24, 2016

(Reuters) – On Monday, Harris County Judge Jeff Shadwick of Houston agreed to stay most discovery in a Vietnamese seafood industry worker’s fraud and conspiracy case against two noted Texas plaintiffs’ lawyers, Robert Hilliard of Hilliard Munoz Gonzales and John Cracken of the Cracken Law Firm.

Madison - St. Clair Record, May 25, 2016

Chief Executive Magazine just came out with a report ranking Illinois the third worst state in the nation for business. One CEO remarked, “Illinois continues to tax heavily and politicians continue to destroy opportunities for employees and businesses. It’s a terrible combination, which leads to the exodus we see in both families and businesses.”

Marketplace, May 26, 2016

We learned this week about the unusual backstory to former wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against the gossip site Gawker for posting sex tapes of him. Peter Thiel, the billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur, helped to finance the suit, which resulted in a jury award to Hogan of $140 million.

Southeast Texas Record, May 19, 2016

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA), who is sponsoring the ACCESS (ADA Compliance for Customer Entry to Stores and Services) Act, will testify before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitution and Civil Justice today on behalf of the bill he says will help stop plaintiffs’ lawyers from “trying to enrich themselves on the backs of the disabled.”

Southeast Texas Record, May 20, 2016

HOUSTON - When Enron filed for bankruptcy, the troubled energy firm, like many major Texas companies before and after, opted for an east coast venue, rather than litigate in a Houston federal courtroom only a few blocks away.