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Institute for Legal Reform, August 13, 2015

Benjamin Franklin once said that guests and fish begin to smell after three days. Well the Madison County Courts must be gracious hosts, as on the asbestos docket for trial earlier this week were 272 cases filed by plaintiffs from out-of-town. And these types of cases aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Forbes, August 10, 2015

When people consider what’s good about the American economy—what works and what we ought to be proud of—our record of entrepreneurship and inventiveness must near the top of the list. For all of our problems, America’s economic system continues to be an engine of new ideas and innovation. Sadly, this traditional strength is threatened by what must surely be one of our economy’s most profound weaknesses: our litigation system and the explosion of frivolous lawsuits.

Southeast Texas Record, August 11, 2015

Last year, in an issue of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, retired Delaware Judge Peggy Ableman recalled a case in which a Florida firm recommended by Brent “Double Dip” Coon represented clients seeking damages from an asbestos company, even though Coon had already made claims for them against several bankruptcy trusts. She called the case “a quintessential example of the abusive practices” common in asbestos litigation.

Washington Examiner, August 11, 2015

In the 15 years that the American Tort Reform Foundation has published its annual Judicial Hellholes report, spotlighting some of the least fair civil court jurisdictions in the country, Virginia's courts have rarely been mentioned. The state's historic willingness to promote business and thus boost economic growth and job creation has generally worked to contain certain trial lawyers and judges who would rather promote lawsuit abuse.

Insurance Journal, August 10, 2015

The rise of rampant claims litigation against property insurers following hailstorms in Texas has created a “cottage industry” that not only threatens the financial health of the state’s property insurers, it puts insurance consumers at risk as well, says a Dallas-based attorney familiar with the situation.

Media Post, August 7, 2015

An analysis of cost-per-click (CPC) search engine keywords shows that the Top 10 most expensive keywords during the first half of 2015 were all related to "medical issues, lawsuits or insurance settlements."

Reuters, August 4, 2015

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday rejected Ecuador's challenge to a $96 million international arbitration award in favor of energy giant Chevron Corp, marking the latest twist in a decades-long dispute over the development of oil fields in the South American country.

The Advertiser, July 31, 2015

The rulings have officially been passed down regarding just how much BP will pay as a result of the Macondo spill of 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. BP will pay out around $18.7 billion to the federal government, the State of Louisiana as well as four other Gulf states. Included in the Louisiana payout will be several southern parishes that were directly affected by the accident.

Wall Street Journal, August 2, 2015

Dole Food Co. has its pick of ports along the East Coast to drop off its bananas and pineapples from Costa Rica and Honduras. But since the 1980s, Wilmington, Del., has been a regular unloading point. In 2001, Dole went a step further, moving its legal home to Delaware from Hawaii.

R Street, July 31, 2015

Last weekend, I managed to talk my wife into seeing Ant-Man, Marvel’s latest superhero movie. Not exactly at the top of anyone’s superhero pantheon, to the extent the character of Ant-Man has penetrated public consciousness at all, it’s as a punchline. The film makes a virtue of this, treating the superhero genre with a healthy serving of humor.

Cook County Record, July 31, 2015

A Chicago personal injury lawyer specializing in litigation involving motor vehicle accidents will need to answer allegations he violated federal privacy laws in allegedly using personal information on police traffic accident reports to solicit potential new clients, after a federal judge declined to dismiss a class action lawsuit against him over the alleged business practices.

Southeast Texas Record, July 30, 2015

New Mexico businesses may be on the verge of seeing one form of commercial piracy go away, a plague that can seriously damage any business’ ability to survive. 

Southeast Texas Record, July 24, 2015

Tens of thousands asbestos cases are coming off the books in the state of Texas, dismissed for lack of medical proof.

Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2015

A legal victory for J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. stung Appaloosa Management LP and other hedge-fund firms last week, the latest in a streak of soured Wall Street bets on litigation outcomes.

Buffalo News, July 22, 2015

(Buffalo News) Regarding the June 23 Another Voice, “Medical malpractice needs more thoughtful reform,” legislators need to act carefully in addressing laws affecting medical malpractice lawsuits. Legislative reforms must bring legitimate redress where it is needed; however, care must be taken to insure that new legislation does not decrease access to the best care in the world.

Legal Newsline, July 21, 2015

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - The maker of a popular breath mint and gum brand is being sued in federal court over allegations that the company uses a packaging that is too large for the amount of product contained inside. 

KRGV, July 17, 2015

Lawyers and insurance companies are in a head to head battle. Thousands of underpaid insurance claim payments are flooding Valley courtrooms. Some claims payments are stalled, leaving some victims penniless.

Institute for Legal Reform, July 16, 2015

This week plaintiffs’ lawyers from across the United States landed on foreign soil – Montreal, Canada, to be precise – to receive their marching orders at the American Association for Justice’s (aka the Trial Lawyers) Annual Conference. The AAJ rallied their troops for four days of galas and fun by night and strategizing and training by day on the latest money-making lawsuits.

Media Post, July 14, 2015

Siding with the online data aggregator Spokeo, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is urging the Supreme Court to rule that companies need not face federal lawsuits for purely “technical” violations of consumer protection laws.

Legal Newsline, July 7, 2015

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Last summer, Ford Motor Company accused a major New York City asbestos firm of engaging in the same type of misleading behavior that led to a landmark 2014 ruling and a handful of racketeering lawsuits, court records show.

Center for America, July 10, 2015

The finalists have been selected, and they’re wackier than ever. The Wacky Warning Labels™ Contest, which reaches tens of millions of Americans each year, entertains and alarms the nation about the lawsuit-happy culture and the lengths to which companies must go to avoid lawsuits.

Austin American Statesman, July 10, 2015

The Texas Supreme Court quietly hit a milestone this summer when it issued opinions in every argued case — clearing its docket for the first time in decades.

R Street Institute, July 2, 2015

Patent reform bills have cleared markup this session in both the Senate Judiciary Committee (S.1137, the PATENT Act) and the House Judiciary Committee (H.R.9, the Innovation Act). While there are some lingering issues left to resolve, and others that were not tackled in this reform package, chances are high both bills will come to the floor in the coming months.

Reuters, June 29, 2015

July 2014, the Chicago class action firm Anderson & Wanca moved for preliminary approval in Illinois state court of a $23 million settlement of allegations that Metropolitan Life Insurance violated the Telephone Consumer Privacy Act by sending out millions of unsolicited faxes. Five members of the class objected to the settlement. Two dropped protests on their own and the judge struck a third before granting final approval to the settlement in February 2015.

Forbes, June 29, 2015

Whether a class of plaintiffs must be “ascertainable”—i.e. capable of being feasibly identified through an objective process—continues to be one of the most contested legal issues in class-action litigation. We’ve written about ascertainability mostly in the context of food labeling lawsuits (our collection is here) but it has arisen in claims involving other consumer products. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is the latest jurisdiction to weigh in on the issue with a decision that directly addresses one of the common objections to ascertainability—that it dooms small-dollar class-action suits.

Reuters, June 26, 2015

Delaware's governor has signed into law a ban on companies adopting rules that could force investors who bring and lose certain lawsuits to pay the company's legal costs, disappointing business groups.

The Madison - St. Clair Record, June 24, 2015

While just a glimpse of asbestos trust awards and settlements was provided by a recently unsealed database, the information could prove useful to Madison County asbestos defense attorneys as they litigate and prepare settlements in the future.

Institute for Legal Reform, June 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), and William Kovacs, senior vice president for Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Chamber, issued the following statement about the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote today on several Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) proposals:

The Southeast Texas Record, June 17, 2015

Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law two tort reform measures Tuesday, ending asbestos double dipping and lawsuits brought by out-of-state plaintiffs.

Rockford Register Star, June 17, 2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s call for reasonable lawsuit reforms represents a vital step in an economic come back in Illinois.