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In The News Today - August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 | Some Lawyer Ads Can Scare You To Death: Larry Elkin of Palisades Hudson Financial Group penned a blog about the adverse effects of trial lawyer advertising, saying "advertising-induced fear may lead" consumers to stop taking their medication without consulting a doctor. In his blog, he cites polling data and public comments from ILR in support of trial lawyer advertising regulation.

What Impact Will SCOTUS Ruling Have on Philadelphia Out-of-State Plaintiffs?

August 18, 2017 | Of the 3,884 prescription drug lawsuits filed in Philadelphia filed between January and the end of May in 2017, 94 percent of plaintiffs live outside of Philadelphia. The U.S. Supreme Court's Bristol Myers-Squibb ruling puts their future in question, writes Legal Newsline in Forbes.

In The News Today - August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 | News and Blog

Some Lawyer Ads Can Scare You To Death: Larry Elkin of Palisades Hudson Financial Group penned a blog about the adverse effects of trial lawyer advertising, saying "advertising-induced fear may lead" consumers to stop taking their medication without consulting a doctor. In his blog, he cites polling data and public comments from ILR in support of trial lawyer advertising regulation. Read More »

What Impact Will SCOTUS Ruling Have on Philadelphia Out-of-State Plaintiffs?

August 18, 2017 | News and Blog

Of the 3,884 prescription drug lawsuits filed in Philadelphia filed between January and the end of May in 2017, 94 percent of plaintiffs live outside of Philadelphia. The U.S. Supreme Court's Bristol Myers-Squibb ruling puts their future in question, writes Legal Newsline in Forbes. Read More »

In the News Today - August 17, 2017

August 17, 2017 | News and Blog

UK Litigation Funder Woodsford Puts $20M Toward Lewis Baach: Litigation funding firm Woodsford Litigation Funding, which opened its first U.S. office less than a month ago, announced a $20 million investment deal with Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss. A joint statement said that the agreement allows Lewis Baach to use the funds in any jurisdiction. Read More »

Inconsistent Data Breach Rulings Raises Chances of SCOTUS Consideration

August 17, 2017 | News and Blog

Circuit courts appear to be split on whether the fear of damage from a potential data breach gives plaintiffs standing to bring a putative class action lawsuit. Experts say this raises the chances the U.S. Supreme Court would consider the issue, writes Business Insurance. Read More »

In the News Today - August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Oral arguments will be heard next week in an appeal of a three-year-old decision that found lead paint in homes to be a "public nuisance." Ten California cities and counties sued three paint manufacturers in 2013. A Santa Clara Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in 2014. Read More »

Spokeo Lawsuit Revived By 9th Circ.

August 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Fifteen months after the U.S. Supreme Court asked it to further examine whether the plaintiff suffered "concrete and particularized" injury, the 9th Circuit ruled unanimously for Thomas Robins in his online data suit against Spokeo, Inc., Reuters reports. Read More »

In The News Today - August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017 | News and Blog

The U.S. Department of Labor told a Minnesota federal court that it submitted proposed amendments to three exemptions to the Office of Management and Budget. Among these amendments is an "extension of transition period and delay of applicability dates" that will push implementation back from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019. The final rule was released in April 2016. Read More »

7th Circ. Halves Attys' Fees In Sears Washer Class Action

August 15, 2017 | News and Blog

The Seventh Circuit drastically cut the award to six law firms that worked on a class action against Sears and Whirlpool over malfunctioning washing machines, according to Law360. The judge said the fees needed to be closer to the amount awarded to the class. Read More »

In the News Today - August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017 | News and Blog

Republicans for Richard Cordray: The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board published their view on the Congressional Review Act that would repeal the CFPB's anti-arbitration rule. The editorial singled out the Trump administration for not firing CFPB Director Cordray, as well as Republican Senators like Lindsey Graham as major roadblocks holding up the legislation. Read More »

Yates Memo Altered Cos.' Response To Probes, Panelists Say

August 14, 2017 | News and Blog

A panel at the American Bar Association's annual meeting said former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates' instruction to pursue individual actors has had a greater effect on the companies being probed, rather than the officials conducting the investigation. Read More »

"It"s Time for the Asbestos Trusts to Do What's Right"

August 10, 2017 | News and Blog

Asbestos litigation, the longest-running mass tort in U.S. history, is well into its fourth decade, and shows no signs of abating soon, writes The Hill. Asbestos litigation bankrupted most of the main producers and manufacturers of the "magic mineral," leading to the creation of special asbestos trusts to pay people injured by asbestos products. From 2006 through 2012, these asbestos trusts paid more than $15 billion settlements. Read More »

In The News Today - August 18, 2017

August 18, 2017 | News and Blog

Some Lawyer Ads Can Scare You To Death: Larry Elkin of Palisades Hudson Financial Group penned a blog about the adverse effects of trial lawyer advertising, saying "advertising-induced fear may lead" consumers to stop taking their medication without consulting a doctor. In his blog, he cites polling data and public comments from ILR in support of trial lawyer advertising regulation. Read More »

What Impact Will SCOTUS Ruling Have on Philadelphia Out-of-State Plaintiffs?

August 18, 2017 | News and Blog

Of the 3,884 prescription drug lawsuits filed in Philadelphia filed between January and the end of May in 2017, 94 percent of plaintiffs live outside of Philadelphia. The U.S. Supreme Court's Bristol Myers-Squibb ruling puts their future in question, writes Legal Newsline in Forbes. Read More »

In the News Today - August 17, 2017

August 17, 2017 | News and Blog

UK Litigation Funder Woodsford Puts $20M Toward Lewis Baach: Litigation funding firm Woodsford Litigation Funding, which opened its first U.S. office less than a month ago, announced a $20 million investment deal with Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss. A joint statement said that the agreement allows Lewis Baach to use the funds in any jurisdiction. Read More »

Inconsistent Data Breach Rulings Raises Chances of SCOTUS Consideration

August 17, 2017 | News and Blog

Circuit courts appear to be split on whether the fear of damage from a potential data breach gives plaintiffs standing to bring a putative class action lawsuit. Experts say this raises the chances the U.S. Supreme Court would consider the issue, writes Business Insurance. Read More »

In the News Today - August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Oral arguments will be heard next week in an appeal of a three-year-old decision that found lead paint in homes to be a "public nuisance." Ten California cities and counties sued three paint manufacturers in 2013. A Santa Clara Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in 2014. Read More »

Spokeo Lawsuit Revived By 9th Circ.

August 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Fifteen months after the U.S. Supreme Court asked it to further examine whether the plaintiff suffered "concrete and particularized" injury, the 9th Circuit ruled unanimously for Thomas Robins in his online data suit against Spokeo, Inc., Reuters reports. Read More »

In The News Today - August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017 | News and Blog

The U.S. Department of Labor told a Minnesota federal court that it submitted proposed amendments to three exemptions to the Office of Management and Budget. Among these amendments is an "extension of transition period and delay of applicability dates" that will push implementation back from January 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019. The final rule was released in April 2016. Read More »

7th Circ. Halves Attys' Fees In Sears Washer Class Action

August 15, 2017 | News and Blog

The Seventh Circuit drastically cut the award to six law firms that worked on a class action against Sears and Whirlpool over malfunctioning washing machines, according to Law360. The judge said the fees needed to be closer to the amount awarded to the class. Read More »

In the News Today - August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017 | News and Blog

Republicans for Richard Cordray: The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board published their view on the Congressional Review Act that would repeal the CFPB's anti-arbitration rule. The editorial singled out the Trump administration for not firing CFPB Director Cordray, as well as Republican Senators like Lindsey Graham as major roadblocks holding up the legislation. Read More »

Yates Memo Altered Cos.' Response To Probes, Panelists Say

August 14, 2017 | News and Blog

A panel at the American Bar Association's annual meeting said former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates' instruction to pursue individual actors has had a greater effect on the companies being probed, rather than the officials conducting the investigation. Read More »

"It"s Time for the Asbestos Trusts to Do What's Right"

August 10, 2017 | News and Blog

Asbestos litigation, the longest-running mass tort in U.S. history, is well into its fourth decade, and shows no signs of abating soon, writes The Hill. Asbestos litigation bankrupted most of the main producers and manufacturers of the "magic mineral," leading to the creation of special asbestos trusts to pay people injured by asbestos products. From 2006 through 2012, these asbestos trusts paid more than $15 billion settlements. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Report: New York Asbestos Court's Rules Are Ripe For Exploitation By Plaintiffs' Lawyers

August 03, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows rules that recently took effect at the New York County Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL) unit are prone to exploitation by plaintiffs' lawyers and could hurt future asbestos claimants. Read More »

Survey: Rx Drug Lawsuit Ads Could Scare Millions Out Of Taking their Medications

June 22, 2017 | Press Release

One in four Americans taking certain prescribed medicines say they would stop taking them immediately-without consulting their doctor-after seeing ads promoting lawsuits against the drugs' manufacturers, according to a new national survey released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). Read More »

U.S. Chamber Report: Ohio Law to Curb "Double Dip" Asbestos Claims Ensures Fairness Without Burdening Plaintiffs

May 04, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights how Ohio's asbestos trust transparency law has been effective at discouraging fraud and abuse without compromising the interests of plaintiffs. Ohio enacted its law in 2013 to prevent plaintiffs' lawyers from gaming the asbestos litigation system by making inconsistent claims in asbestos lawsuits and before asbestos bankruptcy trusts. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Commends West Virginia Governor for Passing Legislation to Curb Frivolous Lawsuits

April 24, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today on passage of S.B. 563 to reduce frivolous lawsuits and improve the business climate in the state of West Virginia. The bill was signed by Gov. James Justice on April 24. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Commends Missouri Governor for Signing Legislation to Improve Expert Evidence Standards

March 28, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today on passage of H.B. 153 to address expert evidence standards and ensure junk science is kept out of courts in the state of Missouri. The bill was signed by Gov. Eric Greitens on March 28th. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Report: Class Action Litigation Systems in Europe Are Open to Abuse

March 21, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows collective redress litigation models, known as class actions in the U.S., are proliferating across Europe, but the systems are developing without safeguards to protect consumers and employers. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Kentucky Legislature for Continued Commitment to Legal Reform

March 20, 2017 | Press Release

Harold Kim, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today on passage of S.B. 4 addressing medical liability, and H.B. 233 addressing post-judgment interest rate reform. Both bills were signed by Gov. Matt Bevin on March 16th and will become law on June 14th. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Hails South Dakota for Joining Chorus of States, Congress in Combatting Asbestos Fraud

March 15, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, made the following statement today on South Dakota's enactment of S.B. 138. Read More »

U.S. Chamber: House-Passed Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Will Curb Plaintiffs' Lawyer Gaming of Justice System

March 10, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the passage of the "Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017" (H.R. 720) by the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Commends House Passage of Innocent Party Protection Act

March 09, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the passage of the "Innocent Party Protection Act of 2017" (H.R. 725) by the U.S. House of Representatives. 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 »

The ILR Research Review - Spring 2017

May 08, 2017 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's recent research on the latest trends in litigation and the tactics and strategies entrepreneurial plaintiffs' firms are using to expand their business models and bring more lawsuits in local, state, federal, and international courts. Read More »

Watching it Work: The Impact of Ohio's Asbestos Trust Transparency Law on Tort Litigation in the State

Author: Maryellen K. Corbett and Matthew M. Mendoza, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP | May 04, 2017 | Research

This report analyzes the impact that Ohio's 2013 asbestos trust transparency law has had on asbestos tort litigation in the state and concludes that trust transparency reforms appear to have accomplished the goal of ensuring transparency and fairness without causing delays in case resolution. Read More »

Engineered Liability: The Plaintiffs' Bar's Campaign to Expand Data Privacy and Security Litigation

Author: Divonne Smoyer and Kimberly Chow, Reed Smith LLP | April 19, 2017 | Research

As data breaches are becoming more commonplace, the plaintiffs' bar is engineer a staggering expansion of liability in the areas of privacy and data security. Class action lawyers are pursuing data privacy cases and amassing fortunes even where no one has been harmed. This paper examines the data privacy and security legal landscape, plaintiffs' bar tactics, major cases and settlements, and a suggested framework for reform. Read More »

Torts of the Future: Addressing the Liability and Regulatory Implications of Emerging Technologies

Author: Cary Silverman, Phil Goldberg & Jonathan Wilson, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | March 29, 2017 | Research

Torts of the Future examines the emerging technology sectors of autonomous vehicles, commercial drones, private space exploration, the "sharing economy," and the Internet of Things, and assesses the existing regulatory and litigation environments and future liability trends for each. The paper also draws from experience in each area to present guiding principles for addressing the liability and regulatory implications of emerging technologies. Read More »

The Growth of Collective Redress in the EU: A Survey of Developments in 10 Member States

Author: Ken Daly, Sidley Austin LLP | March 21, 2017 | Research

This paper examines the 'state of play' of collective redress in 10 Member States in the EU and suggests minimum necessary safeguards to prevent litigation abuse taking hold in Europe. 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 »

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue on Illinois: The Lawsuit Capitol of the World

September 10, 2012 | Video

Land of Lincoln? Try Land of Lawsuits. U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue discusses a new national survey -- released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) -- which finds that Illinois' lawsuit climate is among the worst in the country at number 46. The survey respondents also named two Illinois counties as among the worst jurisdictions in the country; Cook County was named as the most unfair and unreasonable jurisdiction and Madison Country was named the sixth most unfair county. Watch »

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue on Florida's Lawsuit Climate

September 10, 2012 | Video

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue comments on a new national survey -- released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) -- which finds that Florida's lawsuit climate is among the worst in the country, coming in at number 41 out of 50. Watch »

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue on Pennsylvania's Lawsuit Climate

September 10, 2012 | Video

U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue comments on a new national survey -- released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) -- which finds that Pennsylvania's lawsuit climate is among the worst in the country at number 40, while Philadelphia's courts were mentioned as the fifth worst in the nation for legal fairness. Watch »

Who are the Faces of Lawsuit Abuse? The Blitz USA Plant in Miami, OK

September 10, 2012 | Video

Who are the faces of lawsuit abuse? They're the people who have lost their jobs because of run away lawsuits that can cripple state economies and that take a terrible toll on families. Does your state have a lawsuit abuse problem? Find out in a new study that ranks all 50 states at FacesOfLawsuitAbuse.com. Watch »

Is Lawsuit Abuse Causing Your State to Lose the Race for Jobs and Growth?

September 10, 2012 | Video

Every state is a rider in the race for jobs and economic growth. But too many states are pulling the dead-weight of lawsuit abuse, dragging down their economy and making jobs harder to find. Is lawsuit abuse slowing down your state? Find out today at InstituteforLegalReform.com. Watch »

Key Supreme Court Cases of Interest to Business

Author: Brian Quigley | December 15, 2011 | Video

What do Obamacare, preemption, and environmental regulation have in common? All are addressed in Supreme Court cases the business community should be keeping an eye on, according to former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement. Watch »

A View from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

October 26, 2011 | Video

At the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit on October 26, 2011, SEC Commissioner Troy A. Paredes shared special remarks. Watch »

The Liability Climate in the States: Costs, Reforms and the Potential Impact on Jobs with Special Remarks by Governor Robert F. McDonnell

October 26, 2011 | Video

This panel at the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit on October 26, 2011 examined the legal climate in the states, reforms and the impact on employment and business activity. It featured special remarks by Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell. Watch »

2011 Legal Reform Awards Presented at the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit

October 26, 2011 | Video

At the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit on October 26, 2011, the Annual Legal Reform Awards were presented to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (State Leadership Award), the Business Council of Alabama (Outstanding Organization Award), and John H. Beisner, Practice Co-Leader, Mass Torts/Insurance Litigation Practice Area, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Research & Policy Award). Watch »

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's Keynote Address at the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit

October 26, 2011 | Video

The Honorable Nikki Haley, Governor of South Carolina, delivered the keynote address at the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit on October 26, 2011. She was introduced by Thomas J. Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Watch »

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas J. Donohue's Remarks at the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit

October 26, 2011 | Video

At the 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit on October 26, 2011, Thomas J. Donohue, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, delivered these special remarks. He was introduced by Lisa A. Rickard, President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. Watch »

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