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ILR's TCPA Reform Efforts, New Video, Highlighted

October 30, 2014 | InsideARM.com highlights ILR's recent "Faces of Lawsuit Abuse" video about a recent TPCA litigation against the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers.

In The News Today - October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014 | In addition to "90 percent of asbestos cases in Madison County" being filed for out of state residents, defense attorneys say one way to shrink what has become a "national asbestos docket would be to reduce the number of cases set for trial during each trial week."

ILR's TCPA Reform Efforts, New Video, Highlighted

October 30, 2014 | Insights

InsideARM.com highlights ILR's recent "Faces of Lawsuit Abuse" video about a recent TPCA litigation against the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. Read More »

In The News Today - October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014 | Insights

In addition to "90 percent of asbestos cases in Madison County" being filed for out of state residents, defense attorneys say one way to shrink what has become a "national asbestos docket would be to reduce the number of cases set for trial during each trial week." Read More »

Tags: Discovery, Asbestos, Illinois

WSJ: Asbestos Fraud Sunshine

October 29, 2014 | Insights

In an editorial titled, "Asbestos Fraud Sunshine," the Wall Street Journal today highlights federal bankruptcy Judge George Hodges' "bold step against asbestos litigation fraud," namely his decision to unseal the evidence in the high-profile Garlock asbestos case. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Class Actions

Lawsuit Abuse? There's an App for That

Author: Harold Kim | October 29, 2014 | Insights

"Block Calls Get Cash"-an Android app being marketed by Lemberg Law, a self-described consumer protection law firm. The firm says the app can help those who download it determine whether they have a claim under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), in which case they could win up to $1,500 per robodial or debt collection call. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Lawsuit Abuse Impact

More Questionable Gulf Oil Spill Claims; Cost Overruns on Settlement Audit

October 28, 2014 | Insights

Two news stories today highlight the efforts to reasonably contain the growing costs associated with the Gulf Oil Spill settlement claims. Read More »

In The News Today - October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014 | Insights

Citing the U.S. Constitution's due process clause and stating that punitive damages in the case "should be roughly 25 times the amount of compensatory damages and no more," U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty "slashed" a $9 billion punitive damages award against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. over the diabetes drug Actos to $36.8 million." Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Pennsylvania

Texas Legal Reforms to Play a Part in 'Ebola Lawsuits'?

October 27, 2014 | Insights

The Associated Press today writes about expected litigation from the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who was initially misdiagnosed but then passed away from Ebola after returning from West Africa. Read More »

Tags: Medical Liability, Texas

In The News Today - October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014 | Insights

A recent class action lawsuit against Red Bull "illustrates a new trend about which consumer product businesses need to be aware." Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, State Attorneys General

The Enforcement Prism: Principled Prosecution or Profiteering?

October 24, 2014 | Video

This panel explores the mosaic of serial enforcement by federal and state regulatory agencies, state attorneys general, and the plaintiffs' bar; the growth in civil penalties; regulation through litigation; and how to achieve the appropriate enforcement balance. Watch »

The Two-Way Mirror: Political Landscape and 2014 Elections Outlook

October 24, 2014 | Video

Insights on the current political landscape, mood of the electorate, and outlook on the 2014 elections. Watch »

ILR's TCPA Reform Efforts, New Video, Highlighted

October 30, 2014 | Insights

InsideARM.com highlights ILR's recent "Faces of Lawsuit Abuse" video about a recent TPCA litigation against the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers. Read More »

In The News Today - October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014 | Insights

In addition to "90 percent of asbestos cases in Madison County" being filed for out of state residents, defense attorneys say one way to shrink what has become a "national asbestos docket would be to reduce the number of cases set for trial during each trial week." Read More »

Tags: Discovery, Asbestos, Illinois

WSJ: Asbestos Fraud Sunshine

October 29, 2014 | Insights

In an editorial titled, "Asbestos Fraud Sunshine," the Wall Street Journal today highlights federal bankruptcy Judge George Hodges' "bold step against asbestos litigation fraud," namely his decision to unseal the evidence in the high-profile Garlock asbestos case. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Class Actions

Lawsuit Abuse? There's an App for That

Author: Harold Kim | October 29, 2014 | Insights

"Block Calls Get Cash"-an Android app being marketed by Lemberg Law, a self-described consumer protection law firm. The firm says the app can help those who download it determine whether they have a claim under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), in which case they could win up to $1,500 per robodial or debt collection call. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Lawsuit Abuse Impact

More Questionable Gulf Oil Spill Claims; Cost Overruns on Settlement Audit

October 28, 2014 | Insights

Two news stories today highlight the efforts to reasonably contain the growing costs associated with the Gulf Oil Spill settlement claims. Read More »

In The News Today - October 28, 2014

October 28, 2014 | Insights

Citing the U.S. Constitution's due process clause and stating that punitive damages in the case "should be roughly 25 times the amount of compensatory damages and no more," U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty "slashed" a $9 billion punitive damages award against Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. over the diabetes drug Actos to $36.8 million." Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Pennsylvania

Texas Legal Reforms to Play a Part in 'Ebola Lawsuits'?

October 27, 2014 | Insights

The Associated Press today writes about expected litigation from the family of Thomas Eric Duncan, the man who was initially misdiagnosed but then passed away from Ebola after returning from West Africa. Read More »

Tags: Medical Liability, Texas

In The News Today - October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014 | Insights

A recent class action lawsuit against Red Bull "illustrates a new trend about which consumer product businesses need to be aware." Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, State Attorneys General

In The News Today - October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014 | Insights

An editorial piece in The Wall Street Journal describes the 2010 Gulf Coast spill as "a disaster for local businesses and the environment but also the best thing ever to happen to the trial lawyers who continue to exploit the accident for fun and profit." Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Class Actions

Paper On Government's Coercive 'Litigation Swarm' Tactics Featured in Corporate Counsel

October 23, 2014 | Insights

Corporate Counsel today featured a paper by Andy Pincus of Mayer Brown LLP detailing the "coercive power" exercised by government enforcement agencies "to impose expanded regulations with massive fines that end up harming consumers, investors and employers." Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics

In The News Today - October 23, 2014

October 23, 2014 | Insights

On a panel at the 15th Annual Legal Reform Summit held by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Allison Land, partner at Skadden Arps, commented on the emergence of fee-shifting for securities class action lawsuits, particularly in Delaware. Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Securities Litigation Reform, Delaware

Wisconsin Legislators Receive ILR's State Legislative Achievement Award

Author: Justin Hakes | October 21, 2014 | Press Release

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Mayer Brown's Pincus Receives ILR's Research & Policy Award

Author: Justin Hakes | October 21, 2014 | Press Release

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Lawyers for Civil Justice Receives ILR's Outstanding Alliance Award

Author: Justin Hakes | October 21, 2014 | Press Release

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U.S. Chamber Legal Reform Summit Highlights Explosion of Duplicative Enforcement, Calls for a Return to Principles of Justice

Author: Justin Hakes | October 21, 2014 | Press Release

New Research Examines Litigation Quagmire Facing Employers Due to 'Swarm' Enforcement Read More »

U.S. Chamber: Missouri Supreme Court Punitive Damages Ruling "Outside the Mainstream"

Author: Justin Hakes | September 15, 2014 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following comment about last week's Missouri Supreme Court ruling striking down the state's cap on punitive damages Read More »

Tags: Missouri

U.S. Chamber Denounces Alabama Supreme Court Prescription Drug Ruling

August 18, 2014 | Press Release

Harold Kim, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement about the Alabama Supreme Court's Friday ruling holding drug makers liable for products that they did not manufacture allegedly causing injuries. Read More »

Tags: Alabama

New U.S. Chamber Reports Highlight Growing Danger of Lawsuit Abuse in Latin America

August 05, 2014 | Press Release

Changes to Civil Justice Systems Threaten Balance in Rule of Law, Economic Growth Read More »

U.S. Chamber: Congressional Reform of False Claims Act Enforcement Needed

July 30, 2014 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today urging Congress to reform aspects of the False Claims Act (FCA): Read More »

Tags: False Claims Act

Unprincipled Prosecution: Abuse of Power and Profiteering in the New 'Litigation Swarm'

Author: Andrew J. Pincus, Mayer Brown LLP | October 21, 2014 | Research

This paper addresses the swarm litigation model of duplicative investigations and legal actions by government enforcement officials and the plaintiffs' bar. Corporate defendants faced with gargantuan monetary claims and the prospects of multi-year, multi-front litigation have little choice but settlement, regardless of the merits. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, State Attorneys General

The FIRREA Revival: Dredging Up Solutions to the Financial Crisis

Author: Michael Y. Scudder and Andrew M. Good, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP | October 21, 2014 | Research

This paper explores the use of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) by the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute cases arising out of the recent financial crisis, and highlights trends to watch for as DOJ expands its use of FIRREA. Read More »

Tags: False Claims Act

Perils and Pitfalls: Social Media Law and the Workplace

Author: Sara A. Begley, Joel S. Barras, Divonne Smoyer, and Amanda D. Haverstick, Reed Smith LLP | October 21, 2014 | Research

This paper discusses why and how the increase in workplace social media use presents U.S. employers with considerable risks. The uncertain legal environment created by the inconsistency among state privacy statutes and recent ad hoc social media rulings by the NLRB make social media a high risk area for U.S. businesses. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms

Federal Cases from Foreign Places: How the Supreme Court Has Limited Foreign Disputes From Flooding U.S. Courts

Author: George T. Conway III, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, John Bellinger, III and R. Reeves Anderson, Arnold & Porter LLP, James L. Stengel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP | October 21, 2014 | Research

This collection of essays examines the shifting legal landscape of federal claims by foreign plaintiffs in the federal courts and focuses on the most common statutes invoked by foreign plaintiffs, as well as the threshold issues of personal jurisdiction and pleading standards that govern such suits. Read More »

Tags: Foreign Judgment Enforcement, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

An Oversight Regime for Litigation Funding in Australia

September 02, 2014 | Research

This paper discusses the issues associated with third party litigation financing (TPLF) and explains why Commonwealth oversight of the industry is required. It proposes that a licencing regime applicable to TPLF funders ("litigation funders") be introduced to ensure adequate regulation of the industry. Read More »

Tags: Third Party Litigation Funding

Following Each Other's Lead: Law Reform in Latin America

August 05, 2014 | Research

Legal systems are dynamic, continually evolving, and adapting to the changing norms of society. These adaptations can be found in all areas of law, all over the world. Revisions to the law often follow regional trends. This is certainly true in Latin America. Read More »

Class Action Evolution: Improving the Litigation Climate in Brazil

Author: Fernando Dantas M. Neustein, Mattos Muriel Kestener | August 05, 2014 | Research

This paper explores the current state of class actions in Brazil and discusses proposed legislative changes before the Brazilian Senate. Read More »

Tags: International Judiciary Impact, Class Actions Around the Globe

The ILR Research Review

Author: Institute for Legal Reform | July 08, 2014 | Research

ILR is pleased to announce the release of the inaugural issue of the ILR Research Review, which offers valuable insights from our preeminent experts and specialists on key topics addressed in the latest of our innovative advocacy and economic papers. Read More »

Tags: Securities Litigation Reform, Class Actions Around the Globe, Class Actions

Ripe for Reform: Improving the Australian Class Action Regime

Author: Moira Saville and Peta Stevenson, King & Wood Mallesons | May 13, 2014 | Research

Authored by Moira Saville and Peta Stevenson of King & Wood Mallesons, this paper explores the Australian federal class action regime model. Read More »

Tags: Third Party Litigation Funding, International Judiciary Impact, Class Actions Around the Globe

As Kiobel Turns One, Its Effect Remains Unclear

May 02, 2014 | Research

Authored by John Bellinger, III and Reeves Anderson of Arnold Porter LLP, this paper takes a look back at the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's April 27, 2013 Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum decision. Read More »

Tags: Foreign Judgment Enforcement

The Enforcement Prism: Principled Prosecution or Profiteering?

October 24, 2014 | Video

This panel explores the mosaic of serial enforcement by federal and state regulatory agencies, state attorneys general, and the plaintiffs' bar; the growth in civil penalties; regulation through litigation; and how to achieve the appropriate enforcement balance. Watch »

The Two-Way Mirror: Political Landscape and 2014 Elections Outlook

October 24, 2014 | Video

Insights on the current political landscape, mood of the electorate, and outlook on the 2014 elections. Watch »

Liability Refraction: Digital Technology and Privacy

October 24, 2014 | Video

This panel will explore digital technology and privacy issues that give rise to liability, and will include a discussion of social media and employer liability; the Telephone Consumer Protection Act; and the recent EU Privacy Initiative and "The Right To Be Forgotten." Watch »

As Seen Through the Crystal Ball: The Future of Securities Class Actions

October 24, 2014 | Video

This panel addresses securities litigation post-Halliburton, offer proposed legislative reforms, discuss fee-shifting in Delaware and elsewhere, and consider the real-world effects of securities litigation on corporate governance. Watch »

Reflecting Upon The Restatements: A Discussion with the American Law Institute

October 24, 2014 | Video

This presentation reflects upon the American Law Institute and the Restatements, specifically what they are and how they are developed, which Restatements are currently under consideration by ALI, and how the business community can best engage in the process as those Restatements are formulated. Watch »

Welcoming Remarks

October 24, 2014 | Video

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A Cracked Looking Glass: Attorney Fraud and the Lack of Accountability

October 24, 2014 | Video

This panel explores attorney fraud in the Chevron case, manipulation in asbestos cases, and ramifications of a lack of accountability within the profession. Watch »

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