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In the News Today - November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017 | Lawyer Spat Threatens Lumber Liquidators Class Action Settlement; Litigation Funding Changes Legal Landscape for Boutique and Small Firms

Fla. Gov. Moves to Disqualify State Supreme Court Justice Amid Hot Mic Controversy

November 21, 2017 | Florida Gov. Rick Scott moved to disqualify State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente in a case that will decide who has the power to appoint the next three justices, reports the Florida Record.

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 »

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 »

In the News Today - November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017 | News and Blog

Lawyer Spat Threatens Lumber Liquidators Class Action Settlement; Litigation Funding Changes Legal Landscape for Boutique and Small Firms Read More »

Fla. Gov. Moves to Disqualify State Supreme Court Justice Amid Hot Mic Controversy

November 21, 2017 | News and Blog

Florida Gov. Rick Scott moved to disqualify State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente in a case that will decide who has the power to appoint the next three justices, reports the Florida Record. Read More »

In the News Today - November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017 | News and Blog

What Went Wrong With the CFPB Read More »

DOJ Will Stop "Practice of Regulation by Guidance," AG Sessions Says

November 20, 2017 | News and Blog

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a press release the Department of Justice will stop issuing guidance documents that "have the effect of adopting new regulatory requirements or amending the law." Read More »

In the News Today - November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017 | News and Blog

U.S. Foreign Bribery Cases Fast-Tracked Due to Statute of Limitations Rule - SEC Enforcement Chief; Trump Considers Naming Mulvaney Interim CFPB Director Read More »

Johnson & Johnson Wins California Lawsuit Claiming Asbestos in Talc Caused Cancer

November 17, 2017 | News and Blog

A California jury on Thursday ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who said she developed the cancer mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the company's talc-based products including J&J's Baby Powder. Read More »

In the News Today - November 16, 2017

November 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Federal Rules Panel to Look at Third-Party Litigation Funding; California may limit liability of self-driving cars' makers Read More »

CFPB director Richard Cordray to step down at the end of November

November 16, 2017 | News and Blog

Richard Cordray, the embattled head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said Wednesday he will step down before the end of the month. Read More »

In the News Today - November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017 | News and Blog

West Virginia Senate President Seeks to Strip Supreme Court of Budget Authority; Bipartisan Bill Aims to Curb ‘Drive-by' ADA Lawsuits Read More »

DoJ Mulls Changes to Corporate Monitoring Program

November 15, 2017 | News and Blog

Government lawyers are seeking to increase transparency and expertise within the Justice Department monitoring program, which obliges certain companies to hire a third-party expert, approved by the Department, to review the target company's operations and compliance over a period of several years. Read More »

In the News Today - November 14, 2017

November 14, 2017 | News and Blog

Proposed Ohio Bill Would Shield ‘Proactive' Defendants From Data Breach Litigation 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 »

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 »

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 »

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