In the News Today - January 31, 2017

January 31, 2017 | News and Blog

Lisa Rickard, President of ILR, submitted a Letter to the Editor at the Hartford Business Journal relating to a recent article on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. "Consumers do not benefit from TCPA lawsuits, nor do small Connecticut firms. It's the plaintiffs' lawyers, who rake in millions of dollars in settlement fees in class-action cases." Read More »

Mississippi Legislature Makes Move to Rein in Attorney General's Excessive Hiring of Trial Lawyers

January 30, 2017 | News and Blog

With the Mississippi House passage of HB 555, the state has taken a bold step in providing much needed oversight for the hiring of outside counsel by the state attorney general. Read More »

In the News Today - January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017 | News and Blog

The Mississippi House passed a bill this week that would require the attorney general to receive permission from a three-member board consisting of the state governor, the lieutenant governor, and the secretary of state, before hiring outside counsel to pursue litigation. Read More »

Federal Gov't Ban On Nursing Home Arbitration Blocked

November 08, 2016 | News and Blog

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills of Mississippi temporarily blocked enforcement of the federal government's pending ban on arbitration in cases involving nursing homes, signaling serious doubts about the government's authority. Read More »

In the News Today - November 4, 2016

November 04, 2016 | News and Blog

Paul Newton Jr, a Mississippi attorney, filed a suit against Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen after he claims to have choked on a piece of chicken when the fast-food restaurant failed to provide him a knife in the drive-thru. Newton has recently decided not to pursue the matter citing "extreme comments" directed at his family. Read More »

Outgoing Louisiana AG's 'Buddy System' Highlighted

December 02, 2015 | News and Blog

The Louisiana Watchdog highlights outgoing Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's questionable use of outside private contingency counsel to sue companies on behalf of the state. Specifically, the report highlights Caldwell's use of private law firms in the Gulf oil spill litigation. Read More »

In the News Today - November 5, 2015

November 05, 2015 | News and Blog

Oil Spill Fraud Defendant Was Also Convicted in Fen-Phen Fraud Case: A sixth defendant in a $2.3 billion Gulf oil spill fraud case in Mississippi was also convicted ten years ago "for providing false names for claims against the manufacturer of the diet drug Fen-Phen." That defendant, Gregory Warren, was arraigned this week on charges related to the ongoing fallout from the indictment of well-known plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts. Watts was recently indicted in Mississippi "on 95 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud, identity theft and aggravated identity theft," arising out of the oil spill settlement litigation. (Biloxi Sun-Herald) Read More »

In the News Today - October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015 | News and Blog

Transocean Ltd., the offshore drilling rig involved in the 2010 Gulf oil spill, has reached a settlement that has led to the dismissal of federal lawsuits filed by Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas agains the company. Alabama reportedly will receive $20 million from the settlement; Louisiana will get $4 million; Texas, $2 million; Florida, $5 million. Mississippi's amount has not yet been released. (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

Survey: Mississippi Lawsuit Climate Makes Big Gains

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

State's Rank Jumps Five Slots; Now at an All-Time High Read More »