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Australian Litigation Funder Expands to Texas as Industry Faces 'Increased Scrutiny' from Courts

February 22, 2017 | Australia-based third party litigation funder Bentham IMF is expanding to Texas, and has hired Eric Chenoweth, a commercial and intellectual property litigator at Yetter Coleman, to lead its Houston office.

In the News Today - February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017 | Opposition by the U.S. Chamber and the Florida Justice Reform Institute was noted in a story about the Florida House Judiciary Committee's vote to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would "limit Florida appellate judges to two consecutive terms in office."

The Food Court: Trends in Food and Beverage Class Action Litigation

Author: Cary Silverman and James Muehlberger, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | February 24, 2017 | Research

This paper examines the emerging litigation trends in the food and beverage industry and makes concrete recommendations for reforms, outlining the role that the courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies all have in restoring common sense to food class action litigation. Read More »

Australian Litigation Funder Expands to Texas as Industry Faces 'Increased Scrutiny' from Courts

February 22, 2017 | News and Blog

Australia-based third party litigation funder Bentham IMF is expanding to Texas, and has hired Eric Chenoweth, a commercial and intellectual property litigator at Yetter Coleman, to lead its Houston office. Read More »

In the News Today - February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017 | News and Blog

Opposition by the U.S. Chamber and the Florida Justice Reform Institute was noted in a story about the Florida House Judiciary Committee's vote to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would "limit Florida appellate judges to two consecutive terms in office." Read More »

Plaintiffs' Bar 'Salivating' at Fmr. AG Lynch's Rule Doubling False Claims Act Penalties

February 21, 2017 | News and Blog

Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a final rule before leaving office that would "effectively double penalties under the False Claims Act," reports the Washington Free Beacon's Joe Schoffstall. Read More »

In the News Today - February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017 | News and Blog

The Florida Supreme Court's penchant for overturning the legislature's legal reforms was cited as a big reason for Florida's paltry 44th lawsuit climate in 2015. Well, the court has done it again - opting (in a 4-2 ruling) to overturn the Florida legislature's 2013 law that adopted the strict "Daubert" expert evidence standards in the state's courts. Read More »

FL Supreme Court Opts to Overturn Legislature, Weaken Expert Evidence Standards

February 17, 2017 | News and Blog

When Florida's paltry 44th lawsuit climate ranking was announced in 2015, Florida Chamber President Mark Wilson said the state's Supreme Court's penchant for overturning the legislature's legal reforms were a big reason why. Read More »

U.S. House Panel Approves Asbestos "Double-Dipping" Reform Bill

February 17, 2017 | News and Blog

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has approved the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency, or FACT Act, of 2017 by a vote of 19-11. The bill targets the country's current asbestos injury compensation system writes Forbes/Legal Newsline. Read More »

In the News Today - February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017 | News and Blog

Lawyers, not consumers, are the main beneficiaries of class actions today. Take, for example, a class action lawsuit against a beverage company for allegedly implying that a product called "vitaminwater" was healthy. Read More »

House Bill Would Make Life Much, Much Harder for Class-Action Lawyers

February 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Dan Fisher, senior editor at Forbes, writes on the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (FICALA) which passed the House Judiciary Committee last night. The bill will eliminate "most of the tactics plaintiff lawyers use to extract large fees for themselves while delivering little or nothing to their clients." Read More »

In the News Today - February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017 | News and Blog

The current asbestos system is plagued by rampant fraud and abuse by plaintiffs' lawyers; this abuse harms both alleged victims and the economy. Thankfully, Congress is taking action to address this by advancing the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act, which passed out of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. The bill, among other provisions, aims to shine a light on these trusts so that compensation goes to legitimate victims. Read More »

Australian Litigation Funder Expands to Texas as Industry Faces 'Increased Scrutiny' from Courts

February 22, 2017 | News and Blog

Australia-based third party litigation funder Bentham IMF is expanding to Texas, and has hired Eric Chenoweth, a commercial and intellectual property litigator at Yetter Coleman, to lead its Houston office. Read More »

In the News Today - February 22, 2017

February 22, 2017 | News and Blog

Opposition by the U.S. Chamber and the Florida Justice Reform Institute was noted in a story about the Florida House Judiciary Committee's vote to advance a proposed constitutional amendment that would "limit Florida appellate judges to two consecutive terms in office." Read More »

Plaintiffs' Bar 'Salivating' at Fmr. AG Lynch's Rule Doubling False Claims Act Penalties

February 21, 2017 | News and Blog

Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed a final rule before leaving office that would "effectively double penalties under the False Claims Act," reports the Washington Free Beacon's Joe Schoffstall. Read More »

In the News Today - February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017 | News and Blog

The Florida Supreme Court's penchant for overturning the legislature's legal reforms was cited as a big reason for Florida's paltry 44th lawsuit climate in 2015. Well, the court has done it again - opting (in a 4-2 ruling) to overturn the Florida legislature's 2013 law that adopted the strict "Daubert" expert evidence standards in the state's courts. Read More »

FL Supreme Court Opts to Overturn Legislature, Weaken Expert Evidence Standards

February 17, 2017 | News and Blog

When Florida's paltry 44th lawsuit climate ranking was announced in 2015, Florida Chamber President Mark Wilson said the state's Supreme Court's penchant for overturning the legislature's legal reforms were a big reason why. Read More »

U.S. House Panel Approves Asbestos "Double-Dipping" Reform Bill

February 17, 2017 | News and Blog

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has approved the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency, or FACT Act, of 2017 by a vote of 19-11. The bill targets the country's current asbestos injury compensation system writes Forbes/Legal Newsline. Read More »

In the News Today - February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017 | News and Blog

Lawyers, not consumers, are the main beneficiaries of class actions today. Take, for example, a class action lawsuit against a beverage company for allegedly implying that a product called "vitaminwater" was healthy. Read More »

House Bill Would Make Life Much, Much Harder for Class-Action Lawyers

February 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Dan Fisher, senior editor at Forbes, writes on the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (FICALA) which passed the House Judiciary Committee last night. The bill will eliminate "most of the tactics plaintiff lawyers use to extract large fees for themselves while delivering little or nothing to their clients." Read More »

In the News Today - February 16, 2017

February 16, 2017 | News and Blog

The current asbestos system is plagued by rampant fraud and abuse by plaintiffs' lawyers; this abuse harms both alleged victims and the economy. Thankfully, Congress is taking action to address this by advancing the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act, which passed out of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. The bill, among other provisions, aims to shine a light on these trusts so that compensation goes to legitimate victims. Read More »

House Judiciary Committee Votes for Sunshine, Justice in Asbestos Litigation

February 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Some may think asbestos litigation is an "old" issue that's been on the wane. But this isn't so. Asbestos litigation continues to cost a fortune thanks, in large part, to rampant fraud and abuse. The asbestos trusts alone distribute more than a billion dollars each year. Read More »

Make Class Action Lawsuits Benefit People, Not Lawyers

February 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Lawyers, not consumers, are today the main beneficiaries of class actions – a lawsuit structure that was intended to make it easier for injured consumers sharing smaller claims to seek recourse as a group. Read More »

The Food Court: Trends in Food and Beverage Class Action Litigation

Author: Cary Silverman and James Muehlberger, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | February 24, 2017 | Research

This paper examines the emerging litigation trends in the food and beverage industry and makes concrete recommendations for reforms, outlining the role that the courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies all have in restoring common sense to food class action litigation. Read More »

Covering the Contractors: The Current State of the Government Contractor Defense

Author: John B. Bellinger III, Reeves Anderson, and Sally Pei, Arnold & Porter LLP | February 06, 2017 | Research

This research examines the current state of the government contractor defense, the role of the federal government in litigation against contractors, and some of the questions that still need to be addressed by the courts. Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Winter 2016

December 28, 2016 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's latest research on the increasing use of contingency fee counsel by local governments, asbestos "double dipping," trends in trial lawyer drug and device advertising, and the public's views on data privacy liability and legal reform issues. Read More »

Disconnects & Double-Dipping: The Case for Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Transparency in Virginia

Author: Mark A. Behrens, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | December 06, 2016 | Research

This report highlights the disconnect between asbestos bankruptcy trust and asbestos personal injury lawsuit systems by examining Garlock and other cases that expose the widespread asbestos trust manipulation and specifically looks at trust claim activity in wrongful death cases in Newport News, Virginia. Read More »

Big Bucks and Local Lawyers: The Increasing Use of Contingency Fee Lawyers by Local Governments

Author: Michael Maddigan, Hogan Lovells | October 26, 2016 | Research

The increasing use of contingency fee counsel by local government entities is a disturbing trend that poses real risks to the fair and impartial administration of justice. Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Fall 2016

September 22, 2016 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's latest research on over-criminalization and the challenges of business compliance, over-enforcement, third-party litigation funding in the UK, and asbestos trust claims. Read More »

Enforcement Gone Amok: The Many Faces of Over-Enforcement in the United States

Author: John H. Beisner, Geoffrey M. Wyatt, and Jordan M. Schwartz, Skadden Arps | May 26, 2016 | Research

This paper documents compelling examples of over-enforcement abuses, and offers details of the wide-ranging and interrelated ways government enforcement actions impact American businesses. Read More »

DOJ's New Threshold for "Cooperation": Challenges Posed by the Yates Memo and USAM Revisions

Author: Matthew M. Miner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP | May 26, 2016 | Research

This paper examines the recent release of the Yates Memo, changes to the U.S. Attorneys' Manual (USAM), and the complicated landscape for business compliance and cooperation. Read More »

Before the Flood: An Outline of Oversight Options for Third Party Litigation Funding in England & Wales

Author: Ken Daly and Steven Pitt, Sidley Austin LLP | April 18, 2016 | Research

This paper examines the ethical and practical concerns that are emerging from the significant expansion of third party litigation funding (TPLF) in the UK, and underscores the need for government oversight of the practice. Read More »

Insights & Inconsistencies: Lessons from the Garlock Trust Claims

Author: James L. Stengel and C. Anne Malik, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP | February 19, 2016 | Research

This report analyzes asbestos bankruptcy trust claims forms from the recent Garlock bankruptcy to address patterns of inconsistent and fraudulent claiming from one trust to another. Read More »

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