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In the News Today - February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018 | Fears of More N.J. Plaintiffs Spur Biz Push for Legal Fixes; SCOTUS Likely Won't Review 'Case-Killer' TCPA Decision

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Could Lead to More Class Actions

February 23, 2018 | The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled this week that out-of-state residents can sue Pennsylvania businesses under the state's consumer protection statute, Law360 reports.

In the News Today - February 23, 2018

February 23, 2018 | News and Blog

Fears of More N.J. Plaintiffs Spur Biz Push for Legal Fixes; SCOTUS Likely Won't Review 'Case-Killer' TCPA Decision Read More »

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling Could Lead to More Class Actions

February 23, 2018 | News and Blog

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled this week that out-of-state residents can sue Pennsylvania businesses under the state's consumer protection statute, Law360 reports. Read More »

In the News Today - February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018 | News and Blog

PIP Car Insurance, Built to Curb Lawsuits, Spurs Record Pile Instead; Supreme Court Declines to Broaden Whistleblower Protections Read More »

DOJ: Class Action Settlement "Not Appropriate," Should Be Rejected

February 22, 2018 | News and Blog

Lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice told a New Jersey judge that a class action settlement before her is "not appropriate" and should be rejected, National Law Journal reports. Read More »

In the News Today - February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018 | News and Blog

SCOTUS Won't Review CareFirst Data Breach Standing Row; SCOTUS Won't Review CareFirst Data Breach Standing Row Read More »

N.Y. Lawsuit: "Ancient Grains" Snack Misleading, Also Contains Modern Grains

February 21, 2018 | News and Blog

A New York plaintiff has filed a $5 million lawsuit alleging the labeling of "Ancient Grain Twists" is misleading since the product also includes modern products, Law360 reports. Read More »

In the News Today - February 20, 2018

February 20, 2018 | News and Blog

AOB Lawsuits Top Insurance Litigation in 2017; NYU Professor: ‘I Certainly Believe' Calif. Cities Will Lose Their Lawsuits Read More »

California Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Landmark Lead Paint Ruling

February 20, 2018 | News and Blog

The California Supreme Court last week declined to hear an appeal of a landmark ruling that held paint manufactures liable for lead paint removal, The Recorder reports. Read More »

In the News Today - February 16, 2018

February 16, 2018 | News and Blog

House Passes Bill to Curb ADA Lawsuit Abuse; West Virginia Senate Passes Intermediate Court Bill Read More »

DOJ Says it Will Intervene in More Egregious Class Action Settlements

February 16, 2018 | News and Blog

Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand said yesterday that the Department of Justice will review more class action settlements and take action when it finds a settlement that "isn't fair or reasonable," National Law Journal reports. Read More »

Justice Advances in the Mountain State

February 15, 2018 | News and Blog

West Virginia is currently one of only nine states without an intermediate court of appeals (ICA), leaving the five justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals with no filter between them and the 800+ cases that pour in annually from the state's 55 circuit courts. Read More »

After 12 Years of "Chasing" Former AIG CEO, NY AG Settles Case for “Legal Equivalent of a Lousy T-shirt

December 31, 1969 | News and Blog

In 2005, former state AG Eliot Spitzer started the civil fraud case against former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg as part of "his revenge campaign against Mr. Greenberg for daring to criticize his prosecutions against business," writes the Wall Street Journal. After 12 years of legal battles, Greenberg finally reached a $9 million settlement with current NY AG Eric Schneiderman. Read More »

In the News Today - January 12, 2017

December 31, 1969 | News and Blog

In recent years, Texas-based firm Baron & Budd has spent $50,000 "in support of mostly Democratic state attorney general candidates in several states, including Washington." Washington AG Bob Ferguson "received $1,800 in 2012 and $1,000 in 2016" and he has now hired Baron & Budd "on a contingency fee basis." Read More »

Angling for a White House Job? Probably Best Not to Talk About it

December 31, 1969 | News and Blog

The Washington Post reports that Lisa Blue Baron, a prominent Dallas plaintiffs' attorney, told a conference room full of people she was "so excited about" the opportunity to pursue her "dream job" as a member of Hillary Clinton's team working to vet federal judges. Read More »

X Ante: Television & Online Litigation Claim Solicitation, Recent Trends

Author: X Ante | December 31, 1969 | News and Blog

Data from X Ante presented at ILR's recent Legal Reform Summit on the recent trends in television & online litigation claim solicitation. Read More »

ILR's 'Faces of Lawsuit Abuse' Campaign Cited in 'Monkey Selfie' Brief Before Ninth Circuit

December 31, 1969 | News and Blog

Last year, the infamous "Monkey Selfie" lawsuit was dubbed the Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of 2015 by ILR's Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign. Read More »

In the News Today - June 22, 2016

December 31, 1969 | News and Blog

Between July 2014 and September 2015, a single Chicago attorney filed more than 500 Illinois False Claims Act suits in Cook County Circuit Court against out-of-state liquor sellers, 201 of which were dismissed by a judge. Read More »

WSJ Editorial Rips CFPB for Misreporting Arbitration Study

December 31, 1969 | News and Blog

The Wall Street Journal rips the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for misreporting the results of the agency's own study in its bid to outlaw consumer arbitration. Read More »

Putting an End to Federal Settlement ‘Slush Funds’

December 31, 1969 | News and Blog

As federal enforcers have logged increasingly large settlements during the past several years, a growing spotlight has been shone on what happens with settlement money. As it turns out, some of these enforcers are using settlements to fund groups whose activities further the policy (or in some instances, the personal) goals of agency officials. Read More »

Madison County's Share of Non-Local Asbestos Lawsuits Grows

December 31, 1969 | News and Blog

In Madison County (IL) courts, the more things change, the more they . . . get worse? That's the only plausible conclusion from a recent Madison-St. Clair Record analysis of asbestos cases in the notorious legal jurisdiction. Read More »

Tennessee Joins Ranks of States with Law to Fight Asbestos Fraud

Author: Harold Kim, Executive Vice President U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform | December 31, 1969 | News and Blog

Last week, Tennessee joined a growing number of states that have passed laws to combat asbestos fraud. Tennessee's new law aimed at stopping plaintiffs' lawyer ‘double dipping' - seeking money from multiple asbestos trusts in addition to bringing a lawsuit, all on behalf of the same individual - is a significant step toward fighting asbestos lawsuit abuse. Read More »

State Allies Series: Q&A with the Institute for Advancement of the American Legal System

December 31, 1969 | News and Blog

Colorado has it all, from skiing in Aspen to hiking in the Garden of the Gods. Here to make sure that state and federal civil justice systems also have it all is the University of Denver-based Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS). The organization is a national, nonpartisan research center dedicated to facilitating continuous improvement and advancing excellence in the American legal system. Read More »

Lawsuit Claiming Consumer was "Deceived" About Sugar in Jelly Beans Named Most Ridiculous of 2017

December 21, 2017 | Press Release

Annual List of Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits Released Today 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 »

West Virginia's Climb: Lawsuit Climate Progress in the Mountain State and the Path Ahead

January 10, 2018 | Research

West Virginia has begun shedding its reputation for having one of the worst civil justice systems in the nation. The state's lawsuit climate ranked dead last or second to last in surveys of business executives and attorneys conducted eleven times over the past fifteen years--until 2017. This report explores the beginning of the state's encouraging transformation and highlights areas where it may continue this progress. 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 »

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