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Southeast Texas Record, December 10, 2015

Earlier this month, a Houston man sued Steve Mostyn, alleging the renowned insurance litigator inflated the price of his storm policy claim by millions and then bailed once the insurer called the bluff, possibly leaving him on the hook for the company’s million-dollar lawyer bill. 

Beaumont Enterprise, December 10, 215

Jefferson and Orange are among eight counties included in an area of the Upper Texas Gulf Coast designated "Asbestos Alley" because of higher numbers of deaths from the fire-retardant and heat-resistant fiber once widely used in heavy industry.

Institute for Legal Reform, December 8, 2015

The conviction last week of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver reveals more than just the level of corruption in the Empire State capital.

Southeast Texas Record, December 7, 2015

After Hurricane Ike ravaged his business, all Tony Nouri wanted was a fair settlement of approximately $120,000 from his insurance provider, which was only wiling to pay about a quarter of that amount. 

Legal Newsline, December 3, 2015

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiffs lawyers practicing in New York City’s controversial asbestos court are attempting to subpoena the authors of a recent study that showed trials featuring multiple plaintiffs result in larger per-claimant verdicts than individual trials. 

Huffington Post, December 2, 2015

Even before a federal jury in New York found former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty on all seven corruption charges this week, it was clear that the weeks-long trial and its sordid details of how politics really work in New York would resonate well beyond its verdicts.

Fortune, December 2, 2015

On Monday, dozens of patent plaintiffs targeted firms ranging from Apple to Airbnb, and set a one-day record with 257 new cases filed, ensuring 2015 will go down as another bumper year for patent lawyers.

City Journal, December 1, 2015

New York’s just-convicted former assembly speaker believed that the people’s money was his money.

New York Times, November 30, 2015

Sheldon Silver, who held a seemingly intractable grip on power for decades as one of the most feared politicians in New York State, was found guilty on Monday of federal corruption charges, ending a trial that was the capstone of the government’s efforts to expose the seamy culture of influence-peddling in Albany.

Wall Street Journal, November 27, 2015

A case before California’s highest court could fundamentally change the way class-action attorneys are paid—and cut lawyers’ fees in the process.

Fort Worth Star Telegram, November 25, 2015

GULFPORT, MISS. A federal judge has agreed to delay until Feb. 1 the BP fraud case against San Antonio attorney Mikal Watts and six others.

 
Wall Street Journal, November 23, 2015

Monday’s closing arguments in Sheldon Silver’s corruption trial asked jurors to weigh competing perspectives on a central matter: Were his actions a plot to exploit his public office for private gain or were they the legal, if unsavory, byproduct of New York’s citizen legislature?

Southeast Texas Record, November 20, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – A Dallas asbestos firm facing a racketeering lawsuit is attempting to turn the tables on its accuser. 

Sun Herald, November 16, 2015

GULFPORT -- San Antonio attorney Mikal Watts wants his day in court sooner rather than later in a massive BP fraud case, but at least two more of the seven defendants is asking for a delay, saying they need more time to prepare for trial.

Forbes, November 17, 2015

Howard W. Rubinstein has been disbarred once and has had his lawlicense suspended twice by the State Bar of Texas for violations including misuse of client funds. But things really fell apart when he decided to sue billionaire Manoj Bhargava’s 5-Hour Energy drink.

Forbes, November 16, 2015

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that litigation-finance contracts — non-recourse loans to consumers that are repayable only if they win their case — are indeed loans under that state’s consumer finance laws, making it harder for high-interest lawsuit lenders to operate in the state.

 
Institute for Legal Reform, November 12, 2015

This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo. The question before the Court is whether or not a statistical average can be extrapolated to a larger group of dissimilar individuals to calculate damages for all.

Institute for Legal Reform, November 13, 2015

The above quote was made famous in the 1983 comedy, Trading Places, starring Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy. In the movie, two stereotypical “fat cats”, Randolph and Mortimer Duke, play a game with the life of Aykroyd’s character (Winthorpe), while plotting to game the commodities market and make a financial killing on pork bellies and orange juice. 

Madison Record, November 11, 2015

NEW YORK CITY – John Simmons and his firm spend $15 to $20 million a year on advertising, his former chief executive testified at the criminal trial of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Nov. 10.

Philly.com November 11, 2015

If there is a corporate lawyer responsible for the mostly successful counterattack by American business against plaintiffs' class actions, it probably is Alan Kaplinsky.

Institute for Legal Reform, November 10, 2015

If you haven’t suffered any harm, can you still sue? That is the central question behind a class action lawsuit argued last week before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Madison Record, November 5, 2015

Texas attorney Mikal Watts, under indictment for fraud and identity theft in the BP oil spill litigation, may be hoping for "red and black" jurors if the case against him ends with trial rather than a plea in the Southern District of Mississippi.

 
New York Post, November 5, 2015

Bad news, Shelly Silver: The main witness against you is such a great guy that your own lawyer is praising him.

Sun Herald, November 4, 2015

GULFPORT -- A sixth defendant in a $2.3 billion BP fraud case has pleaded not guilty to charges similar to his conviction 10 years ago for providing false names for claims against the manufacturer of the diet drug Fen-Phen.

Wall Street Journal, November 2, 2015

WASHINGTION—Conservative and liberal members of the Supreme Court clashed Monday in a case examining whether an individual could sue an online information aggregator for allegedly publishing incorrect information about him.

CATO Institute, November 2, 2015

Back in 2002, Stephen Ware wrote a policy analysis for Cato entitled “Arbitration Under Assault: Trial Lawyers Lead the Charge.” That assault – endorsed by the New York Times in a two-part series that is getting some attention – depends crucially on both an attack on freedom of contract and a refusal to take seriously what consumers vote for with their marketplace choices.

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.

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