The hopes of people involved in hundreds of lawsuits against General Motors Co. over a defective ignition switch were dealt a setback Thursday when a federal judge advised a group of lawyers to drop the first such suit amid revelations about alleged fraud involving the plaintiff.
Nearly two years after their Hidalgo County home was damaged by a hailstorm, Armando and Aurora Martinez turned to the Mostyn Law Firm in Houston and sued their insurance provider, State Farm Lloyds, alleging breach of contract.
On January 8th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act. It’s an important step toward stopping pervasive fraud in the secretive asbestos trust system, which currently holds about $30 billion in assets.
Some may dismiss it as merely a symbolic gesture, but symbolic gestures can be powerful. They're often prerequisites for subsequent, substantial change. Without those seemingly futile efforts, no genuine reform would follow.
As it apparently seeks to boost the political prospects of candidates calling for drastic new regulations of prescription-drug pricing, the dishonesty of the Health and Human Services Department in reporting “public list prices” instead of negotiated prices that were actually paid by insurers, taxpayers and consumers appears to be modeled on a tactic long used by parasitic personal-injury lawyers (“Drug Spending Dementia,” Review & Outlook, Dec. 24).
Legislation the House is expected to take up this week would make it virtually impossible to get judges to certify class-action lawsuits, according to the bill's critics. Its supporters, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, say it would merely foil suits that benefit no one but lawyers.
A major Hillary Clinton donor and trial lawyer is seeking to serve as his own co-attorney in a sweeping Deepwater Horizon fraud case, but federal prosecutors are fighting the proposal and claiming it would confuse jurors and muddy the trial.
If you think you aren’t paying for years of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s (legal) corruption, think again. For decades, Silver carried water for the trial lawyers in Albany, and even when he’s in prison, we’ll all still be stuck with the bill.
A tort reform group has christened the nation’s leading venue for patent litigation, the Eastern District of Texas, and Hidalgo County, home to more than 10,000 hailstorm lawsuits, as “judicial hellholes.”
Several groups, including the world's largest business federation, recently filed amicus briefs in two actions pending before the Texas Supreme Court, arguing trial lawyers are abusing discovery to force insurers to settle even frivolous lawsuits.