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Southeast Texas Record, September 10, 2015

A new survey evaluating the fairness and reasonableness of state liability systems has East Texas as the worst local jurisdiction in the U.S. 

Corpus Christi Caller Times, September 10, 2015

On the eve of the 14th anniversary of terrorist attacks Sept. 11, former New York Mayor Rudolph "Rudy" Giuliani shared his most familiar memories with Coastal Bend residents.

Southeast Texas Record, September 2, 2015

Texas and Louisiana tort reform groups are voicing concerns that Lone Star trial lawyers are seeking Bayou State clients to sue Chesapeake Energy.

New York Post, September 7, 2015

A Manhattan judge ordered an overhaul of the rules that govern asbestos-litigation cases — which have been a multimillion-dollar spigot for Assemblyman Sheldon Silver’s old law firm and many others.

Southeast Texas Record, September 4, 2015

Where most people only see ice the size of golf balls falling from the sky, trial lawyers supposedly perceive golden nuggets raining down from the heavens, initiating tens of thousands of hailstorm lawsuits in just the past few years alone. 

Madison Record, September 1, 2015

Local lawmakers are standing with tort reform group Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) to revive discussion of a sticking point in a two month old state budget impasse.

Institute for Legal Reform, August 31, 2015

Uber and Lyft have revolutionized the way people get around, making hailing and paying for a cab as easy as the push of a smart phone app. In the process, they’ve also revolutionized a way that individuals can use their own cars to make money.

The Indsider, August 31, 2015

With a budget that could reach $2 million, the newly-created Louisiana Lawsuit Fairness Committee may emerge in the coming weeks as one of the biggest players involved in this year’s state House and Senate races.

Insurance Journal, August 31, 2015

Hedge funds have been speculating on lawsuits, a new form of financial engineering that some business interests say encourages wasteful courtroom warfare. Now two top Republican senators—Chuck Grassley of Iowa and John Cornyn of Texas—have a few questions of their own.

The Hill, August 29, 2015

Class-action lawsuits are flooding the parent company of the website, with people seeking millions of dollars in damages for having been revealed to the world as having sought extra-marital affairs.

Fox & Hounds, August 28, 2015

The final weeks of the legislative session have arrived, and that means it is silly season in the State Capitol. At this time of year, trial lawyers use every trick they have to expand litigation and make sure our state’s lawsuit system continues to mainly serve the interests of lawyers rather than ordinary people.

The Hayride, August 28, 2015

Lawyers from the Lone Star State are heading to Bossier City next week looking for a goldmine of Louisiana landowners.

Wall Street Journal, August 27, 2015

The practice of advancing millions of dollars to help people and companies file lawsuits has had critics for years.

Reuters, August 26, 2015

Two business lobbying groups this week called on the Consumer Financial Protection Board to investigate the medical funding industry after a Reuters investigation revealed that private investors are funding operations for women who have sued makers of surgical implants.

Wall Street Journal, December 13, 2013

Trial lawyers market themselves as champions of the little guy against corporate America. So how's that working out for the little guy? Not so well, according to a new study by the Mayer Brown law firm for the Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, which shows that in the vast majority of class actions, the class members end up empty-handed. In two-thirds of the resolved class actions studied, the class members didn't see a penny.

Business Insider, August 26, 2015

Big consumer lawsuits are frequently a big win for lawyers but don't do much for consumers or anybody else, and a recent lawsuit that objected to the way Southwest Airlines issued its drink coupons reveals just that.

Montgomery Advertiser, August 22, 2015

Lambert’s Cafe, who proudly bills itself as the “Home of Throwed Rolls,” is being sued by a woman for severe eye, head and neck injuries resulting from one of these tossed baked goods.

Tyler Morning Telegraph, August 21, 2015

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s entire presidential campaign is “hey, look at Texas.” And that’s valid. But it’s also an opportunity to do exactly that - where did the “Texas miracle” (the sustained economic boom) come from?

Bloomberg, August 21, 2015

Litigation financing has been gaining popularity in the U.S. in recent years, and a new venture is hoping that momentum will carry over into the field of bankruptcy. Burford Capital, one of the country’s biggest providers of litigation funding, has teamed up with Chilmark Partners, a bankruptcy and restructuring firm, to create Bankruptcy Litigation Funding LLC.

Southeast Texas Record, August 21, 2015

A recent column in Forbes called our litigation system and “the explosion of frivolous lawsuits” in our country “one of our economy’s most profound weaknesses.” The piece, which urges readers to support legislation or reform that seeks to put a stop to abusive litigation, argues that the fear of litigation in our country limits freedom, economic growth, and innovation.

The Hill, August 21, 2015

Judges and lawyers from the Eastern District of Texas are battling back at legislation partially aimed at curtailing the inordinate number of patent cases argued in the region. 

Southeast Texas Record, August 20, 2015

Spring of 2015 was not kind to the Lone Star State, bringing record rainfall in some cities and pummeling others with harsh hailstorms – costly bouts of weather that resulted in the most claims in Texas Windstorm Insurance Association history. 

Legal Newsline, August 19, 2015

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - A defunct boiler manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy -- the second time in less than 30 years -- and is looking to establish a trust for the asbestos claims that have crippled it, including the 3,400 active cases it is currently facing. 

Houston Chronicle, August 14, 2015

Patent holders flooded East Texas federal courts with an unprecedented number of new infringement lawsuits during the first six months of 2015.

Legal Newsline, August 12, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Legal Newsline) – While Garlock Sealing Technologies pursues racketeering claims against four asbestos law firms in federal court, it is hoping a Kentucky appellate court reinstates another of its lawsuits alleging gamesmanship by a plaintiffs firm. 

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.