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Local parishes defy Louisiana governor, decline to file oil and gas lawsuits

September 23, 2016 | Despite Governor John Bel Edwards' pleas for local parishes to file lawsuits against the oil and gas industry over alleged wetlands damage, some parishes are refusing to do so, reports Houma Today.

In the News Today - September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 | The U.K.'s new collective action procedures will be tested by a $18.2 billion antitrust suit filed against MasterCard in London's competition court. The class action seeks compensation for roughly 46 million U.K. consumers who allegedly overpaid from 1992 to 2008 as a result of anti-competitive interchange fees that MasterCard imposed on credit and debit card transactions.

Local parishes defy Louisiana governor, decline to file oil and gas lawsuits

September 23, 2016 | News and Blog

Despite Governor John Bel Edwards' pleas for local parishes to file lawsuits against the oil and gas industry over alleged wetlands damage, some parishes are refusing to do so, reports Houma Today. Read More »

In the News Today - September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 | News and Blog

The U.K.'s new collective action procedures will be tested by a $18.2 billion antitrust suit filed against MasterCard in London's competition court. The class action seeks compensation for roughly 46 million U.K. consumers who allegedly overpaid from 1992 to 2008 as a result of anti-competitive interchange fees that MasterCard imposed on credit and debit card transactions. Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Fall 2016

September 22, 2016 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's latest research on over-criminalization and the challenges of business compliance, over-enforcement, third-party litigation funding in the UK, and asbestos trust claims. Read More »

In the News Today - September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016 | News and Blog

Despite mounting criticism over his hiring of political donors to serve as outside counsel to represent the state of Louisiana in lawsuits against oil and gas companies, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is "doubling down" on the lawsuits. Read More »

Too Much of a Good Thing? Lawsuit Alleges Eye Drop Dispenser is Too Big

September 21, 2016 | News and Blog

Some lawsuits just make you want to roll your eyes. Take, for instance, two different cases over eye drops. In one case, a federal class action lawsuit that has been certified against several drug companies, claiming that the dispenser on their prescription eye drop bottles is too large, causing excessive drops to roll down the plaintiffs' cheeks. Read More »

Congressmen ask CFPB to add 'Safe Harbour' provision for financial companies in final anti-arbitration rules

September 21, 2016 | News and Blog

Two members of Congress have asked the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to add a "safe harbor provision" in its final anti-arbitration rules that would allow financial companies to retain class action waivers in their arbitration clauses, reports Legal Newsline. Read More »

In the News Today - September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016 | News and Blog

The ABA Journal writes of the difficulties facing a New York law firm that has filed a $90 billion qui tam suit against four large chemical companies over allegations of failing to inform the U.S. EPA of alleged injuries caused by a common chemical. Read More »

WATCH: Deterring Fraud in the Longest Running Mass Tort in History

September 20, 2016 | News and Blog

40 years of asbestos lawsuits have bankrupted almost 100 companies, costing tens of thousands of jobs. It's the longest running mass tort in history. Read More »

In the News Today - September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016 | News and Blog

The U.S. Justice Department has notified the University of California-Berkeley that the university's online course material (much of it free) may run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read More »

Business Coalition is Calling for Reforms to the Outdated Telemarketer Act

September 20, 2016 | News and Blog

Modern technology has taken us out of the landline dark ages to the convenience of mobile phones and texting. Unfortunately, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has not made the leap, and a coalition of businesses is asking Congress to update the act's outdated language that is fueling frivolous lawsuits. Read More »

House Panel to Consider Reforms to TCPA This Week

September 19, 2016 | News and Blog

Palmetto Business Daily highlights this week's House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing to examine reforms to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Read More »

Local parishes defy Louisiana governor, decline to file oil and gas lawsuits

September 23, 2016 | News and Blog

Despite Governor John Bel Edwards' pleas for local parishes to file lawsuits against the oil and gas industry over alleged wetlands damage, some parishes are refusing to do so, reports Houma Today. Read More »

In the News Today - September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 | News and Blog

The U.K.'s new collective action procedures will be tested by a $18.2 billion antitrust suit filed against MasterCard in London's competition court. The class action seeks compensation for roughly 46 million U.K. consumers who allegedly overpaid from 1992 to 2008 as a result of anti-competitive interchange fees that MasterCard imposed on credit and debit card transactions. Read More »

In the News Today - September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016 | News and Blog

Despite mounting criticism over his hiring of political donors to serve as outside counsel to represent the state of Louisiana in lawsuits against oil and gas companies, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards is "doubling down" on the lawsuits. Read More »

Too Much of a Good Thing? Lawsuit Alleges Eye Drop Dispenser is Too Big

September 21, 2016 | News and Blog

Some lawsuits just make you want to roll your eyes. Take, for instance, two different cases over eye drops. In one case, a federal class action lawsuit that has been certified against several drug companies, claiming that the dispenser on their prescription eye drop bottles is too large, causing excessive drops to roll down the plaintiffs' cheeks. Read More »

Congressmen ask CFPB to add 'Safe Harbour' provision for financial companies in final anti-arbitration rules

September 21, 2016 | News and Blog

Two members of Congress have asked the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to add a "safe harbor provision" in its final anti-arbitration rules that would allow financial companies to retain class action waivers in their arbitration clauses, reports Legal Newsline. Read More »

In the News Today - September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016 | News and Blog

The ABA Journal writes of the difficulties facing a New York law firm that has filed a $90 billion qui tam suit against four large chemical companies over allegations of failing to inform the U.S. EPA of alleged injuries caused by a common chemical. Read More »

WATCH: Deterring Fraud in the Longest Running Mass Tort in History

September 20, 2016 | News and Blog

40 years of asbestos lawsuits have bankrupted almost 100 companies, costing tens of thousands of jobs. It's the longest running mass tort in history. Read More »

In the News Today - September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016 | News and Blog

The U.S. Justice Department has notified the University of California-Berkeley that the university's online course material (much of it free) may run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read More »

Business Coalition is Calling for Reforms to the Outdated Telemarketer Act

September 20, 2016 | News and Blog

Modern technology has taken us out of the landline dark ages to the convenience of mobile phones and texting. Unfortunately, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has not made the leap, and a coalition of businesses is asking Congress to update the act's outdated language that is fueling frivolous lawsuits. Read More »

House Panel to Consider Reforms to TCPA This Week

September 19, 2016 | News and Blog

Palmetto Business Daily highlights this week's House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing to examine reforms to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Read More »

In the News Today - September 19, 2016

September 19, 2016 | News and Blog

An article about an Arkansas legal reform ballot initiative cites the state's 41st ranking in ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey. If approved by voters, the initiative "would amend the state constitution to require the Legislature to set a cap on non-economic damages, such as damages for pain and suffering, at no less than $250,000 in a civil suit against a health-care provider." Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds House Passage of Bill to Bar Diverting Settlement Money to Third-Parties

September 07, 2016 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the U.S. House of Representatives passing the "Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016," (H.R. 5063). Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds House Judiciary Committee Efforts to Rein In Executive Overreach

July 12, 2016 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Executive Overreach Task Force hearing. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Urges Missouri Legislature to Override Vetoes of Bills Geared to Improve State's Lawsuit Climate

June 29, 2016 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's vetoes of bills to keep "junk science" out of state courts by adopting the federal standard governing expert witness testimony (SB 591) and to ensure that courts and juries properly consider accurate damage calculations (SB 847). Read More »

New Reports Highlight Problem of Over-Criminalization, Negative Impact of DOJ Yates Memo

May 26, 2016 | Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The Department of Justice's new policy of enlisting companies to conduct criminal investigations of their employees as a condition of civil settlements-the so-called Yates Memo-will have a chilling effect on the ability of companies to cooperate and comply with the government, according to a new report released today at a symposium hosted jointly by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds House Judiciary Committee Approval of Bill to Bar Diverting DOJ Settlement Money to Third-Parties

May 11, 2016 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's passage of the "Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016," (H.R. 5063). Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds House Efforts to Bar Diverting Settlement Money to Third-Party Groups

April 28, 2016 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the U.S. House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law holding a hearing on the "Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act of 2016," (H.R. 5063). Read More »

U.S. Chamber's Rickard Named to Honorary Board of Directors for The Burton Awards

April 20, 2016 | Press Release

The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) announced today that Lisa A. Rickard, president of ILR and executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will join the Honorary Board of Directors for The Burton Awards. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Signing of Utah Law to Curb Asbestos Fraud

March 31, 2016 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about Utah Governor Gary Herbert signing into law a bill to curb "double dip" claims against asbestos bankruptcy trusts and in the tort system. Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Fall 2016

September 22, 2016 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's latest research on over-criminalization and the challenges of business compliance, over-enforcement, third-party litigation funding in the UK, and asbestos trust claims. Read More »

Enforcement Gone Amok: The Many Faces of Over-Enforcement in the United States

Author: John H. Beisner, Geoffrey M. Wyatt, and Jordan M. Schwartz, Skadden Arps | May 26, 2016 | Research

This paper documents compelling examples of over-enforcement abuses, and offers details of the wide-ranging and interrelated ways government enforcement actions impact American businesses. Read More »

DOJ's New Threshold for "Cooperation": Challenges Posed by the Yates Memo and USAM Revisions

Author: Matthew M. Miner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP | May 26, 2016 | Research

This paper examines the recent release of the Yates Memo, changes to the U.S. Attorneys' Manual (USAM), and the complicated landscape for business compliance and cooperation. Read More »

Before the Flood: An Outline of Oversight Options for Third Party Litigation Funding in England & Wales

Author: Ken Daly and Steven Pitt, Sidley Austin LLP | April 18, 2016 | Research

This paper examines the ethical and practical concerns that are emerging from the significant expansion of third party litigation funding (TPLF) in the UK, and underscores the need for government oversight of the practice. Read More »

Insights & Inconsistencies: Lessons from the Garlock Trust Claims

Author: James L. Stengel and C. Anne Malik, Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP | February 19, 2016 | Research

This report analyzes asbestos bankruptcy trust claims forms from the recent Garlock bankruptcy to address patterns of inconsistent and fraudulent claiming from one trust to another. Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Winter 2015

December 22, 2015 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from the latest of ILR's research on state legal climates, data privacy, multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings, and trial lawyer marketing. Read More »

The Waiting Game: Delay and Non-Disclosure of Asbestos Trust Claims

Author: Peter Kelso and Marc Scarcella, Bates White | December 17, 2015 | Research

This paper addresses the lack of transparency in asbestos bankruptcy trust systems, and the intentional delay and suppression of trust disclosures by plaintiffs and their counsel. Read More »

Trial Lawyer Marketing: Broadcast, Search and Social Strategies

Author: Ken Goldstein, University of San Francisco and Dhavan V. Shah, Sherpa Metrix LLC | October 27, 2015 | Research

This study presents findings that highlight the highly-sophisticated and well-orchestrated marketing tactics of the plaintiffs' bar, including television advertising and the use of social media. Read More »

A Perilous Patchwork: Data Privacy and Civil Liability in the Era of the Data Breach

Author: Liisa M. Thomas, Robert H. Newman, and Alessandra Swanson, Winston & Strawn LLP | October 27, 2015 | Research

This paper provides an overview of the patchwork of civil liability that U.S. companies face over data breaches, including actions by federal regulators, state attorneys general and private plaintiffs. Read More »

MDL Proceedings: Eliminating the Chaff

Author: John H. Beisner, Jessica D. Miller, and Jordan M. Schwartz, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP | October 27, 2015 | Research

This paper suggests procedural improvements to weed out dubious and fraudulent claims in the early stages of multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings to prevent them from becoming "lawsuit magnets." Read More »

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