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In the News Today - December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017 | Why Companies Should Prepare for More Data Breach Lawsuits

"Shine A Light On 3rd-Party Litigation Funding"

December 12, 2017 | Referencing third party litigation funding in a Law360 op-ed, Skadden partner John Beisner said the U.S. legal system must "shed light on a practice that has largely operated under a veil of secrecy."

In the News Today - December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017 | News and Blog

Why Companies Should Prepare for More Data Breach Lawsuits Read More »

"Shine A Light On 3rd-Party Litigation Funding"

December 12, 2017 | News and Blog

Referencing third party litigation funding in a Law360 op-ed, Skadden partner John Beisner said the U.S. legal system must "shed light on a practice that has largely operated under a veil of secrecy." Read More »

In the News Today - December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017 | News and Blog

Insurance Commissioners Roll Out Model Cybersecurity Law; New York Plaintiffs' Firm Has Filed At Least 140 Website Accessibility Lawsuits since 2015 Read More »

Judge Blocks Lawsuit Lenders from NFL Settlement

December 11, 2017 | News and Blog

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said third party funders and lawsuit lenders who "failed to perform proper due diligence" are "prohibited from now reaping the benefit" of their loans, reports The Legal Intelligencer. Read More »

In the News Today - December 8, 2017

December 08, 2017 | News and Blog

Alabama SC: Settlement schedule violates due process rights, class members deserve more information Read More »

U.S.-Style "Follow-On" Securities Lawsuits on the Rise Internationally

December 08, 2017 | News and Blog

Following governmental regulatory or enforcement action with civil securities lawsuits is a well-established practice in the U.S. The Australian suit against Crown Resorts indicates the practice might be on the rise outside the U.S. as well, writes Kevin LaCroix of D&O Diary. Read More »

In the News Today - December 7, 2017

December 07, 2017 | News and Blog

7th Circ. Wary Of Reviving Barnes & Noble Breach Action; 3rd Circuit says Marathon can challenge Delaware law later Read More »

Insurers, Particularly Start-Ups, At Risk Under "Expanding TCPA Scope"

December 07, 2017 | News and Blog

Insurers, particularly start-up agencies "who need to do everything they can to attract customers," are at greater risk of being sued under the "expanding TCPA scope," writes Insurance News Net. Read More »

In the News Today - December 6, 2017

December 06, 2017 | News and Blog

UM endowment to invest in Y Combinator, litigation fund; Profs Fight For Clarity On Class Cert. In Securities Suits Read More »

Florida Court Rejects Restrictions on Assignment of Benefits

December 06, 2017 | News and Blog

Saying the issue is "best addressed by the Legislature," Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal rejected an effort that would have required assignment of benefits (AOB) to have written consent from an insurance policyholder and their mortgage lender, reports Daily Business Review. Read More »

Wisconsin Lawmakers Set Sights on a Better Lawsuit Climate

December 05, 2017 | News and Blog

Where businesses see growth, plaintiffs' lawyers see opportunity. Wisconsin must stay ahead of the curve by continuing to improve its legal climate. Read More »

In the News Today - December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017 | News and Blog

Why Companies Should Prepare for More Data Breach Lawsuits Read More »

"Shine A Light On 3rd-Party Litigation Funding"

December 12, 2017 | News and Blog

Referencing third party litigation funding in a Law360 op-ed, Skadden partner John Beisner said the U.S. legal system must "shed light on a practice that has largely operated under a veil of secrecy." Read More »

In the News Today - December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017 | News and Blog

Insurance Commissioners Roll Out Model Cybersecurity Law; New York Plaintiffs' Firm Has Filed At Least 140 Website Accessibility Lawsuits since 2015 Read More »

Judge Blocks Lawsuit Lenders from NFL Settlement

December 11, 2017 | News and Blog

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said third party funders and lawsuit lenders who "failed to perform proper due diligence" are "prohibited from now reaping the benefit" of their loans, reports The Legal Intelligencer. Read More »

In the News Today - December 8, 2017

December 08, 2017 | News and Blog

Alabama SC: Settlement schedule violates due process rights, class members deserve more information Read More »

U.S.-Style "Follow-On" Securities Lawsuits on the Rise Internationally

December 08, 2017 | News and Blog

Following governmental regulatory or enforcement action with civil securities lawsuits is a well-established practice in the U.S. The Australian suit against Crown Resorts indicates the practice might be on the rise outside the U.S. as well, writes Kevin LaCroix of D&O Diary. Read More »

In the News Today - December 7, 2017

December 07, 2017 | News and Blog

7th Circ. Wary Of Reviving Barnes & Noble Breach Action; 3rd Circuit says Marathon can challenge Delaware law later Read More »

Insurers, Particularly Start-Ups, At Risk Under "Expanding TCPA Scope"

December 07, 2017 | News and Blog

Insurers, particularly start-up agencies "who need to do everything they can to attract customers," are at greater risk of being sued under the "expanding TCPA scope," writes Insurance News Net. Read More »

In the News Today - December 6, 2017

December 06, 2017 | News and Blog

UM endowment to invest in Y Combinator, litigation fund; Profs Fight For Clarity On Class Cert. In Securities Suits Read More »

Florida Court Rejects Restrictions on Assignment of Benefits

December 06, 2017 | News and Blog

Saying the issue is "best addressed by the Legislature," Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal rejected an effort that would have required assignment of benefits (AOB) to have written consent from an insurance policyholder and their mortgage lender, reports Daily Business Review. Read More »

Wisconsin Lawmakers Set Sights on a Better Lawsuit Climate

December 05, 2017 | News and Blog

Where businesses see growth, plaintiffs' lawyers see opportunity. Wisconsin must stay ahead of the curve by continuing to improve its legal climate. Read More »

Study: Rx Drug Lawsuit Ads Cause Spike in Reports of Patient Health Incidents, Deaths

October 25, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows that lawsuit ads targeting prescription drugs and medical devices have caused at least 61 serious medical events -- including six deaths -- an increase from previous reports. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Announces 2017 Legal Reform Award Winners

October 25, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today announced its 2017 Legal Reform Award winners at its 18th Annual Legal Reform Summit. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Senate Vote to Undo CFPB's Arbitration Rule

October 24, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today following U.S. Senate passage of H.J. Res. 111, disapproving of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) arbitration rule... Read More »

U.S. Chamber Praises House Passage of Legislation to Bar Federal Agencies from Diverting Settlement Money to Third-Parties

October 24, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), issued the following statement today following the U.S. House of Representatives vote to pass the "Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2017," (H.R. 732): ... Read More »

Survey: Georgia's Lawsuit Climate Ranking Hits All-Time Low

September 18, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its worst showing ever, Georgia's lawsuit climate ranked number 40 out of 50 in a new national survey recently released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Just five years ago, Georgia ranked number 24 in the same survey. Read More »

Survey: 85 Percent of Businesses Say State Lawsuit Climates Impact Decisions on Expansion, Growth

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - An all-time high 85 percent of senior business executives at major U.S. companies say a state's lawsuit environment is likely to impact decisions about where to locate or expand their business, according to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) new 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. Read More »

New Lawsuit Climate Survey Shows Tort Reform Working in West Virginia

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its best showing ever, West Virginia's lawsuit climate ranking improved by five places in 2017, from 50th to 45th in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Before today's release, West Virginia had never ranked higher than 49th in the 10 previous surveys spanning 15 years. Read More »

Survey: Pennsylvania's Lawsuit Climate Ranking Stuck in Nation's Bottom Tier

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pennsylvania's lawsuit climate ranked 37th out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Read More »

Survey: New Jersey's Lawsuit Climate Ranking Hits All-Time Low

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In its worst showing ever, New Jersey's lawsuit climate ranked number 41 out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). In 2006, New Jersey ranked number 25 in the same survey. Read More »

Missouri's Leaders Work to Improve Lawsuit Climate as New Survey Shows State's Ranking has Slipped

September 12, 2017 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Missouri's lawsuit climate fell to 49th out of 50 in a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). The low ranking comes at the very time that Missouri's governor and legislature have passed significant legal reforms designed to fix the problem that the survey highlights. Read More »

ILR Research Review - Fall 2017

November 30, 2017 | Research

This special double-issue of the ILR Research Review features a wealth of insight and analysis on the world's rapidly changing litigation environment. The research contained in this issue targets exploitative litigation at home and abroad, examining numerous developments ranging from hyper-aggressive trial lawyer advertising in the U.S. to the imminent expansion of class actions in Europe. Read More »

Unstable Foundation: Our Broken Class Action System and How to Fix It

October 24, 2017 | Research

Unstable Foundation examines the pervasive flaws afflicting the United States' class action system. Class actions rarely provide meaningful compensation for class members, and are poorly suited to deterring wrongful conduct. Read More »

Collective Redress Tourism: Preventing Forum Shopping in the EU

October 24, 2017 | Research

The EU is experiencing a wave of new "collective redress" or "class action" mechanisms being introduced in the Member States. However, there is little consistency across the EU regarding when or how actions may be brought, and the features Read More »

Bad for Your Health: Lawsuit Advertising Implications and Solutions

October 24, 2017 | Research

This paper documents the proliferation of alarmist, misleading ads soliciting the public to file lawsuits against prescription drug and medical device companies. The report explores how these ads exaggerate product risks, minimize benefits Read More »

Recipe for Reform: A Proposal for Improving Canadian Class Action Procedures

October 24, 2017 | Research

There are serious concerns that many aspects of and developments in the class action regimes in Canada impose unwarranted burdens on defendants and the courts, at the ultimate expense of shareholders, taxpayers and consumers. Read More »

Supporting Safeguards: EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding

September 27, 2017 | Research

As the Commission of the European Union prepares to make a significant policy decision on collective actions (known as class actions in the United States), it is important to assess how European consumers feel about the development of these mechanisms. This survey captured 6,177 consumers in six EU Member States Read More »

2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

September 12, 2017 | Research

The 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform by Harris Poll to explore how fair and reasonable the states' liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Read More »

101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems: A User's Guide to Promoting Fair and Effective Civil Justice - FIFTH EDITION 2017

September 12, 2017 | Research

A user's guide to state legal reforms, providing policymakers with a compendium of options available to foster a sound legal system and promote state economies. This resource also offers a compilation of recently-enacted legal reforms to show how legislators can move the proposals described in the guide from theory into practice. Read More »

TCPA Litigation Sprawl: A Study of the Sources and Targets of Recent TCPA Lawsuits

Author: Becca Wahlquist, Snell & Wilmer LLP | August 31, 2017 | Research

TCPA Litigation Sprawl is a macro-level analysis of Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation that reviews all TCPA federal complaints and a segment of electronically-available state complaints from a 17-month period after the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) issued its July 2015 Omnibus Declaratory Ruling. Read More »

On the Edge: New York County Asbestos Litigation at a Tipping Point

Author: James L. Stengel and C. Anne Malik, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP | August 03, 2017 | Research

This report examines the history and current state of the New York County Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) unit of New York City's state trial court. The analysis concludes that the procedural features that have driven verdicts and settlements higher than those in other jurisdictions are likely to continue under the Revised Case Management Order, absent fresh judicial interpretation and methods of implementation that correct current problems. Read More »

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