In the News Today - February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016 | News and Blog

What an 8-Member SCOTUS Could Mean: "A protracted period with an eight-member Supreme Court could stymie decisions on a host of issues that long have divided the remaining justices 4-4 into conservative and liberal blocs, notes the Wall Street Journal, including "efforts to rein in consumer class actions." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

ILR Applauds WV Legislature for Passing AG Sunshine Legislation

February 11, 2016 | News and Blog

"We commend the West Virginia legislature for acting to reform the practice of awarding contingency fee contracts to outside plaintiffs' lawyers," "said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a statement applauding the West Virginia House and Senate for passing attorney general sunshine legislation. Read More »

In the News Today - February 2, 2016

February 02, 2016 | News and Blog

McGraw's Entry into WV Supreme Court Race a 'Bombshell': WV MetroNews reporter Hoppy Kercheval today calls former Attorney General Darrel McGraw's entry into the state Supreme Court race "the biggest bombshell of the last minute election filings." Noting McGraw would be 92 years old by the end of his term, Kercheval says the filing "is a curious, unexpected move, but then again, the McGraws have always marched to their own beat." (WV MetroNews) Read More »

In the News Today - September 17, 2015

September 17, 2015 | News and Blog

The resignation of former New York Speaker Sheldon Silver after being indicted on "fraud and racketeering" charges related to an asbestos plaintiffs' firm, along with the troubling findings in the Garlock bankruptcy case, could provide momentum for Congress to pass the Fairness in Asbestos Claims Trust (or, FACT) ACT this month. (The Huffington Post) Read More »

ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey Garners Wide National Media Coverage

September 11, 2015 | News and Blog

Yesterday, ILR and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner sent a strong message through the news media about the need to improve the civil liability climate in Illinois and throughout the country. Our press conference to launch the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was a great success and well attended by both national and local media. Read More »

Survey: Companies Say State Lawsuit Climates More Important than Ever in Deciding Where to Grow

September 10, 2015 | Press Release

New Poll Shows Several Large States Like California and Illinois Rank Among the Worst Litigation Environments for Businesses; Delaware at Top Spot Read More »

How Will WV Supreme Court Ruling on Unclaimed Property Impact Property Rights?

August 12, 2015 | News and Blog

The Legal Intelligencer writes about the West Virginia Supreme Court's June 16th ruling in Perdue v. Nationwide Life Insurance, in which the court ruled "that the state's unclaimed-property statute trumped contract terms and regulatory law, imposing affirmative duties on insurers." Read More »

In The News Today - June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015 | News and Blog

After being signed 60 days ago by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, West Virginia's Senate Bill 411, also known as the Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Claims Transparency Act, has taken effect. Read More »