Pennsylvania is #37 in the 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States. Philadelphia was found to be one of the cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environment in the country.

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In the News Today - June 7, 2017

June 07, 2017 | News and Blog

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Justice Department will no longer set aside money from fraud settlements to give to community groups and nonprofits. In the past, this practice was harshly criticized as it was "essentially handing out money to political allies without going through Congress." Read More »

In the News Today - May 11, 2017

May 11, 2017 | News and Blog

The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee has approved a measure to ask voters whether the state constitution should be amended to get rid of direct election of statewide judges. Instead, potential judges would be vetted by a special commission. The governor would then nominate his choice of judge from that commission's list of qualified candidates. 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 »

Asbestos Trust Transparency Reform - It's Working in Ohio; It Will Work in Pennsylvania

May 04, 2017 | News and Blog

Four years ago, Ohio became the first state in the nation to reform its asbestos trust laws to prevent plaintiffs' lawyers' gaming the system by bringing transparency and fairness to the process of filing claims against the trusts. Read More »

GM Sues Asbestos Trusts in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New York

March 07, 2017 | News and Blog

General Motors (GM) filed suits on Monday against asbestos trusts in three separate states seeking recovery of trust money paid to the estate of an employee who also received payments from the automaker to settle asbestos exposure claims. Read More »

In the News Today - March 3, 2017

March 03, 2017 | News and Blog

Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform (PCCJR) President Curt Schroder, writes on the "great cause for concern" within Pennsylvania's civil justice system. Noting that Pennsylvania ranked 37th in the nation on the 2015 Harris poll and that "on the court docket in Philadelphia, nearly half of the plaintiffs are out-of-state litigation tourists," Schroder concludes that "the legal liability climates of most other states are more favorable to economic growth" than in Pennsylvania. 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 »

In the News Today - February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 | News and Blog

On Tuesday of this week, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) introduced legislation that would dismantlement the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Read More »

In the News Today - November 3, 2016

November 03, 2016 | News and Blog

More than 240 businesses have been sued in federal court since the start of 2015, concerning allegedly inaccessible websites for the blind. Of those, approximately 40 "nearly identical cases" have been brought in front of federal judge Arthur Schwab by Pittsburgh firm Carlson Lynch Sweet Kilpela & Carpenter. Read More »

In the News Today - October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016 | News and Blog

Kathleen Kane, the former attorney general for Pennsylvania, was sentenced yesterday to 10 to 23 months in prison after being convicted on "nine counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice, for leaking grand jury documents to a local newspaper." Read More »

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