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REPORT: Political Contributors to Louisiana AG Have Billed Taxpayers Over $13.2 Million in Oil Spill-Related Legal Fees

April 24, 2015 | Insights

Law firms that made political contributions to Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell have billed taxpayers more than $13.2 million in legal fees in the five years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, State Attorneys General, Louisiana

In the News Today - April 24, 2015

April 24, 2015 | Insights

Manhattan prosecutors ratcheted up their corruption charges against former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in a new filing on Thursday, saying he accepted money from law firms for which he performed no legal work by way of an intermediary investment account. (Law360) Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Legal Ethics, Illinois, New York

In the News Today - April 20, 2015

April 20, 2015 | Insights

An editorial in The Wall Street Journal considers whether the arrest of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will expose the "rotten links between politicians and trial lawyers" in the state's courts, particularly the Consolidated Asbestos Litigation docket. (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Class Actions, Legal Ethics, New York

In the News Today - April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015 | Insights

Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, has faced a deluge of criticism from the federal judiciary of late for his borderline tactics, most recently from Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan who condemned Bharara for orchestrating a "media blitz" in the days following Sheldon Silver's indictment on corruption charges. (New York Times) Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Lending, Legal Ethics, New York, West Virginia

Judge: Failure to Probe Silver-Connected Court Would be "Judicial Malpractice"

April 10, 2015 | Insights

Justice Peter Moulton, Manhattan's new chief civil judge, said it would be "judicial malpractice" if he failed to investigate the court that may have facilitated the fast-tracking of asbestos cases brought by Sheldon Silver-linked law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Class Actions, Legal Ethics, New York

In the News Today - April 8, 2015

April 08, 2015 | Insights

On claims that the New York Consolidated Asbestos Litigation docket, or NYCAL, facilitated the fast-tracking of asbestos cases brought by law firms implicated in the Sheldon Silver scandal, Judge Peter Moulton will hold a town hall meeting tomorrow to examine the court's processes. (Forbes) Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, New York

In the News Today - April 3, 2015

April 03, 2015 | Insights

An op-ed in The Wall Street Journal today examines how "recent events have raised serious questions about personal-injury law firms' aggressive recruitment of asbestos clients and the legitimacy of the claims they file." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Class Actions, Asbestos

Defense Lawyers Call for Stay on Asbestos Cases Influenced by Sheldon Silver Scandal

April 03, 2015 | Insights

A group of 45 law firms in the coordinated asbestos docket in New York City submitted a 14-page letter to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Peter Moulton arguing the court's rules unfairly advantage big plaintiffs' firms like Weitz & Luxenberg, the firm connected to former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver's corruption charges. The lawyers have requested a 60-day hold on some pending asbestos cases. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, New York

In the News Today - April 2, 2015

April 02, 2015 | Insights

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has done an about-face on his 2010 statement that "private attorneys would not represent the State in litigation against BP," and has appointed two Alabama firms to sue the company on behalf of the state. (Legal Newsline) Read More »

Tags: State Attorneys General, Legal Ethics, Class Actions, Asbestos, New York, Alabama

Hollywood Needs to Turn the Chevron-Donziger Case Into a Movie

April 01, 2015 | Insights

The closer you look at plaintiff's lawyer Stephen Donziger and Ecuador's multiyear legal fight against Chevron, the more it looks like the makings of a Hollywood movie. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics

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