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Finally: A Plaintiffs' Lawyer Who Stopped at Nothing Pays the Price

July 20, 2018

A New York appeals court has turned what could be the last page on a twisted tale of manipulation, bribery, back-room dealing and bombast that is sure to go down in legal history. Last week, the court suspended the law license of plaintiffs' bar crusader Steven Donziger until further notice.

  1. In the News Today - July 20, 2018

    July 20, 2018 | News

    "Finally: A Plaintiffs' Lawyer Who Stopped at Nothing Pays the Price;" Arkansas Lawmaker Says Retirement Fund Leader Should Resign... Read More

  2. Judge Dismisses New York City's Lawsuit Against Major Energy Companies

    July 20, 2018 | News

    A federal judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit filed by New York City against major energy companies over the potential effects of climate change, the New York Times reports.... Read More

  3. Finally: A Plaintiffs' Lawyer Who Stopped at Nothing Pays the Price

    July 20, 2018 | Blogs

    A New York appeals court has turned what could be the last page on a twisted tale of manipulation, bribery, back-room dealing and bombast that is sure to go down in legal history. Last week, the court suspended the law license of plaintiffs' bar crusader Steven Donziger until further notice.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - July 19, 2018

    July 19, 2018 | News

    "Education, Education, Education": How Florida's Insurers Plan to Tackle the AOB Issue; "Keep Politics Out of the Boardroom"... Read More

  5. Lawsuit Lending Again Rears Its Ugly Head, This Time for Injured Football Players

    July 19, 2018 | Blogs

    Look no further than the National Football League (NFL) concussion settlement as an example, where lawyers, plaintiffs, and the court are engaged in a legal battle that has nothing to do with the settlement's purpose.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - July 18, 2018

    July 18, 2018 | News

    Federal Grand Jury Adds 23rd Charge to West Virginia Supreme Court Justice's Indictment; Companies in Lead Paint Litigation Ask SCOTUS to Review Judgment... Read More

  7. Arkansas Legislators Grill Teachers' Pension Leader Over Securities Lawsuit

    July 18, 2018 | News

    Lawmakers in Arkansas questioned the executive director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (ATRS) during a hearing yesterday over the fund's involvement in the controversial $300 million State Street Corp. securities lawsuit in Massachusetts, Legal Newsline reports.... Read More

  8. No Good Deal Goes Un-litigated

    July 18, 2018 | Blogs

    Want to sign a merger deal? You'll probably need to fight a lawsuit before the ink is dry, and it won't be cheap.... Read More

  9. In the News Today - July 17, 2018

    July 17, 2018 | News

    Defense Attorney Says SCOTUS Decision on Personal Jurisdiction in Class Actions is "Inevitable;" Illinois Appellate Judge Reverses Lower Court Decision on Personal Jurisdiction in Asbestos Case... Read More

  10. Oklahoma Attorney General Warns Oklahoma City Council Against Filing Its Own Opioid Lawsuit

    July 17, 2018 | News

    Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said the Oklahoma City Council "should consider calling a timeout" on its negotiations to opt out of the state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers to file one of its own, The Oklahoman reports.... Read More

  11. In the News Today - July 16, 2018

    July 16, 2018 | News

    J&J Hit With $4.7 Billion Jury Verdict in Baby Powder Suit; "From Policy to Payday"... Read More

  1. In the News Today - July 20, 2018

    July 20, 2018 | News

    "Finally: A Plaintiffs' Lawyer Who Stopped at Nothing Pays the Price;" Arkansas Lawmaker Says Retirement Fund Leader Should Resign... Read More

  2. Judge Dismisses New York City's Lawsuit Against Major Energy Companies

    July 20, 2018 | News

    A federal judge in New York dismissed a lawsuit filed by New York City against major energy companies over the potential effects of climate change, the New York Times reports.... Read More

  3. In the News Today - July 19, 2018

    July 19, 2018 | News

    "Education, Education, Education": How Florida's Insurers Plan to Tackle the AOB Issue; "Keep Politics Out of the Boardroom"... Read More

  4. In the News Today - July 18, 2018

    July 18, 2018 | News

    Federal Grand Jury Adds 23rd Charge to West Virginia Supreme Court Justice's Indictment; Companies in Lead Paint Litigation Ask SCOTUS to Review Judgment... Read More

  5. Arkansas Legislators Grill Teachers' Pension Leader Over Securities Lawsuit

    July 18, 2018 | News

    Lawmakers in Arkansas questioned the executive director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (ATRS) during a hearing yesterday over the fund's involvement in the controversial $300 million State Street Corp. securities lawsuit in Massachusetts, Legal Newsline reports.... Read More

  6. In the News Today - July 17, 2018

    July 17, 2018 | News

    Defense Attorney Says SCOTUS Decision on Personal Jurisdiction in Class Actions is "Inevitable;" Illinois Appellate Judge Reverses Lower Court Decision on Personal Jurisdiction in Asbestos Case... Read More

  7. Oklahoma Attorney General Warns Oklahoma City Council Against Filing Its Own Opioid Lawsuit

    July 17, 2018 | News

    Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said the Oklahoma City Council "should consider calling a timeout" on its negotiations to opt out of the state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers to file one of its own, The Oklahoman reports.... Read More

  8. In the News Today - July 16, 2018

    July 16, 2018 | News

    J&J Hit With $4.7 Billion Jury Verdict in Baby Powder Suit; "From Policy to Payday"... Read More

  9. Arkansas Lawmakers To Probe Pension Fund's Role in Securities Class Action

    July 16, 2018 | News

    Arkansas lawmakers will hold a hearing to discuss the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System's (ATRS) involvement in securities class action lawsuits after a federal judge in Massachusetts raised questions about the system's relationships with lawyers, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.... Read More

  10. In the News Today - July 13, 2018

    July 13, 2018 | News

    "Chevron's Longtime Nemesis Hits the End of the Road"... Read More

  11. Benczkowski Confirmation Signals DOJ's Continued Movement Towards "Fairness and the Rule of Law"

    July 13, 2018 | News

    Though all eyes are on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation process, Wednesday's confirmation of Brian Benczkowski as the new assistant attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) criminal division is "a big deal in its own right," according to an op-ed in the Washington Examiner.... Read More

  1. Finally: A Plaintiffs' Lawyer Who Stopped at Nothing Pays the Price

    July 20, 2018 | Blogs

    A New York appeals court has turned what could be the last page on a twisted tale of manipulation, bribery, back-room dealing and bombast that is sure to go down in legal history. Last week, the court suspended the law license of plaintiffs' bar crusader Steven Donziger until further notice.... Read More

  2. Lawsuit Lending Again Rears Its Ugly Head, This Time for Injured Football Players

    July 19, 2018 | Blogs

    Look no further than the National Football League (NFL) concussion settlement as an example, where lawyers, plaintiffs, and the court are engaged in a legal battle that has nothing to do with the settlement's purpose.... Read More

  3. No Good Deal Goes Un-litigated

    July 18, 2018 | Blogs

    Want to sign a merger deal? You'll probably need to fight a lawsuit before the ink is dry, and it won't be cheap.... Read More

  4. California Legislature Refuses to Rein in Misleading Drug Lawsuit Ads

    July 12, 2018 | Blogs

    California plaintiffs' lawyers came out in force last week to stop a bill that would make deceptive drug lawsuit advertising by lawyers a violation of the state's major consumer protection law. The bill was unanimously passed by the California Assembly in May, but a hearing scheduled before the state Senate Judiciary Committee for July 3 was abruptly cancelled after the politically-powerful group, Consumer Attorneys of California, voiced its opposition. ... Read More

  5. Securities Class Action Lawsuits Remain Near 2017 Record High

    July 12, 2018 | Blogs

    The chances of a company being sued in a securities class action lawsuit are higher now than at any time in the 20 years since Congress passed the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA), which rewrote the rules for modern securities fraud litigation in 1995. ... Read More

  6. Senate Must Confirm Brian Benczkowski Today

    July 11, 2018 | Blogs

    Today the U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote on confirming Brian Benczkowski to this key post, which will allow DOJ to continue on its path of reining in over-enforcement against American companies. ... Read More

  7. California Coffee Kills

    July 03, 2018 | Blogs

    Or at least, that's what the state's Proposition 65 law might lead you to believe.... Read More

  8. Justice Dept. Can Spur Investment in Compliance by Giving Companies Credit

    June 15, 2018 | Blogs

    The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has placed a welcome focus lately on enlisting businesses as partners instead of adversaries in the fight against corporate wrongdoing. One way to strengthen this partnership is to offer concrete incentives for companies to make an up-front investment in ethics and compliance programs designed to detect and prevent violations in the first place.... Read More

  9. Missouri Furthers Legal Reform Progress with Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting

    June 07, 2018 | Blogs

    In an important victory for the integrity of Missouri's civil justice system, embattled former Gov. Eric Greitens signed one of the strongest Transparency in Private Attorney Contracting (TIPAC) bills in the nation on his last day in office.... Read More

  10. ILR Recommends Class Action Reforms to the Ontario Law Commission

    June 07, 2018 | Blogs

    Twenty-six years ago, the Ontario Class Proceedings Act introduced class action litigation to Canada's most populous province. The law has gone unchanged since, but the Ontario Law Commission will soon release a report, and likely some recommendations, to the province's government to consider.... Read More

  11. Canadian Court Thwarts Enforcement of Fraudulent Judgment

    May 30, 2018 | Blogs

    A long-running litigation campaign to force Chevron USA to pay a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment, which a New York court found in 2014 to be a product of fraud and bribery, hit another roadblock last week in Canada.... Read More

  1. Chamber Warns of

    February 05, 2001 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 6, 2001 - The United States Chamber of Commerce warned lawmakers on Capitol Hill that Americans need better access to health care, not legislation that could potentially force employers to pull the plug on coverage for their workers. "Americans need more access to doctors, not lawyers," said Bruce Josten, Chamber executive vice president. "Opening the door to more health care litigation only invites more out-of-control lawsuits and staggering prices at a time of near-record health care cost inflation."... Read More

  2. Chamber Wins Free Speech Case

    November 05, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 6, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce hailed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's ruling today that Mississippi may not prevent the Chamber from airing its educational issue ads. "Justice Scalia upheld our fundamental right to free speech," said Thomas Donohue, President and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce. "These ads provide crucial information to the citizens of Mississippi on the impact of judicial elections on jobs and justice and are protected under the First Amendment."... Read More

  3. Chamber Blasts Senate Commerce Bill Criminalizing Product Liability Laws

    September 24, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 25, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce strongly opposed legislation that would add criminal penalties to product liability laws covering auto equipment and cars, in a letter sent to Senators. "Adding criminal penalties to product liability laws will not create safer products," said Bruce Josten, Chamber executive vice president. "There already are numerous ways that consumers can punish companies for defective products, both through punitive damage awards in civil cases or through criminal penalties for fraud."... Read More

  4. Chamber Applauds Milwaukee Council for Deciding Against Lead Paint Suit

    September 05, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 6, 2000 - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform applauded today's decision by the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee postponing a planned lawsuit against former manufacturers of lead pigment and lead-based paint. In a 10-7 vote, the Council members elected to postpone plans for the lawsuit, which would have claimed that lead paint manufactured decades ago had harmed city residents.... Read More

  5. Chamber Sues Milwaukee for Stonewalling Lead Paint Records Request

    August 15, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 16, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform announced today that it has filed suit against the City of Milwaukee to compel compliance with its Open Records request filed last month. The original request was to determine Milwaukee's culpability as the city considered suing former manufacturers of lead pigment and lead-based paint.... Read More

  6. Chamber Calls Florida Verdict Obscene

    July 13, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce called today's decision by a Florida jury, awarding defendants in a tobacco case $145 billion dollars in punitive damages, "an obscene symptom of a court system that is out-of-control. "Trial lawyers have subverted the legal system for their own financial gain," said Bruce Josten, Chamber Executive Vice President. "Legitimate, but politically out-of-favor businesses have been attacked by attorneys driven by the prospect of absurd punitive damage awards."... Read More

  7. Anti-Arbitration Bill Sets Dangerous Precedent, Warns U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    June 07, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8, 2000 - In testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, the United States Chamber of Commerce today criticized the Fairness and Voluntary Arbitration Act, H.R. 534, for undermining contracts and forcing businesses that have agreed to work through the arbitration process into the congested court system.... Read More

  8. Chamber Supports House Judiciary Committee Asbestos Litigation Reform Bill

    March 15, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 16, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today called the House Judiciary Committee's passage of the Fairness in Asbestos Compensation Act (H.R. 1283) an important step toward resolving billions of dollars in compensation claims. The asbestos litigation reform bill is designed to speed settlements, unclog courts and restore a measure of predictability for affected companies. The proposal establishes federal authority to speed compensation to the hundreds of thousands of people physically harmed by asbestos.... Read More

  9. Chamber Supports Keeping Binding Arbitration Current System Works to Settle Disputes Fairly

    February 29, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., March 1, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce called on Congress to maintain the current binding arbitration system for workplace disputes, in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.... Read More

  10. Chamber Says Product Liability Bill Restores Legal Fairness, Protects Small Business

    February 15, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 16, 2000 - Legislation passed by the House of Representatives today will reform product liability laws to protect small businesses from costly and frivolous lawsuits that could jeopardize their future, the United States Chamber of Commerce said.... Read More

  11. Chamber Advocates Expanding Health Care Coverage Instead of Expanding Liability

    February 09, 2000 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 10, 2000 - The United States Chamber of Commerce today warned Congress that American workers want and need expanded access to health care coverage and greater benefits, not expanded access to attorneys and courtrooms. "It's simple health care economics 101: lawsuits equal higher costs, which equals less coverage," said Bruce Josten, Chamber executive vice president. "Three out of four workers now receive health care coverage through their jobs, but new government mandates and expanded liability risks will make doing so increasingly cost prohibitive."... Read More

  1. A 'Fair Deal' for Consumers? An Update on EU Consumer Attitudes Towards Collective Actions and Litigation Funding

    July 11, 2018 | Research

    As the European Commission's proposal on collective actions (known as class actions in the United States) makes its way through the European Union's legislative process, it is important to assess EU consumer opinion of the proposal and the safeguards included (and not included) in the legislation. This survey captured the views of 5,097 consumers across five EU Member States.... Read More

  2. Lighting the Way: FCA Reform and Compliance Program Credit

    June 27, 2018 | Research

    This paper contends that in order to encourage companies to create and sustain a culture of consistent compliance, particularly with regard to the federal False Claims Act, the U.S. Department of Justice should formalize a policy of offering credit for companies that implement effective compliance and ethics programs.... Read More

  3. BMS Battlegrounds: Practical Advice for Litigating Personal Jurisdiction After Bristol-Myers

    June 04, 2018 | Research

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court was a clear statement that the days of blatant, unchecked plaintiff forum shopping in search of outsized verdicts are at an end. ILR's research explores this paradigm shift and provides practical advice for defendants litigating BMS in the trenches.... Read More

  4. ILR Research Review - Spring 2018

    May 31, 2018 | Research

    The Spring 2018 ILR Research Review explores a wide range of long-standing and emerging issues in legislation, regulation, and litigation, including artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, state qui tam False Claims Acts, West Virginia legal reforms, and asbestos bankruptcy trusts.... Read More

  5. Torts of the Future: Autonomous Vehicles

    May 17, 2018 | Research

    Among all emerging technologies examined in ILR's Torts of the Future research papers, autonomous vehicles (AVs) may be popping up in headlines more than any other. In order to respond to this trend in public policy and interest, and to provide a valuable tool for legislators, regulators, and businesses seeking to learn more about this topic, ILR has compiled insights from two years of research on emerging liability and regulation issues for autonomous vehicles.... Read More

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

    April 18, 2018 | Research

    The second edition of ILR's Torts of the Future research examines evolutions in regulatory and liability trends for emerging technologies including artificial intelligence, virtual reality, wearable devices, and 3D printing. The research also presents a number of updated guiding principles to inform courts, legislators, and policymakers as they seek to address privacy and safety concerns without derailing or delaying innovation.... Read More

  7. Dubious Distribution: Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Assets and Compensation

    March 08, 2018 | Research

    The asbestos bankruptcy trusts, created with the goal of sustainably processing and paying valid asbestos personal injury claims, are quickly being depleted. ILR's research finds that of the 35 asbestos trusts operating as of early 2008, 21 are paying an average of 40 percent less today than in 2008, putting future compensation for asbestos victims in doubt. The paper documents the causes of this rapid depletion, including the highly significant impact of attorney contingency fees.... Read More

  8. The Great Myths of State False Claims Acts

    February 28, 2018 | Research

    The 2018 update to "Great Myths of State False Claims Acts" shows that the whistleblowers' bar is continuing to capitalize on state qui tam False Claims Acts (FCAs), harvesting windfall awards from states and the federal government. The paper also points out that the dubious benefits of implementing a state FCA turn into a clear financial net negative when states allow their FCAs to fall out of compliance with federal standards.... Read More

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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