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DoJ Announces Record $24.7 Billion Settlement Haul in 2014

November 20, 2014 | U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that the U.S. Department of Justice secured a record $24.7 billion in settlements from corporations in 2014.

In The News Today - November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 | House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) told an audience at the the U.S. Chamber's Global IP Summit that he is working with incoming Senate leadership "to see patent legislation signed into law in the near future."

DoJ Announces Record $24.7 Billion Settlement Haul in 2014

November 20, 2014 | Insights

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that the U.S. Department of Justice secured a record $24.7 billion in settlements from corporations in 2014. Read More »

In The News Today - November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 | Insights

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) told an audience at the the U.S. Chamber's Global IP Summit that he is working with incoming Senate leadership "to see patent legislation signed into law in the near future." Read More »

U.S. Chamber Files Amicus in Chobani Case; Seeks to Prevent 'Shakedown' Food-Label Lawsuits

November 19, 2014 | Insights

The National Law Journal today highlights the U.S. Chamber's intervention "in the appeal of a class action in hopes of stemming food-labeling cases in California." Read More »

In The News Today - November 19, 2014

November 19, 2014 | Insights

BP is taking its case to oust Gulf Oil Spill Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau over conflict of interest claims to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, after having its initial efforts rejected by a U.S. District Judge. Read More »

Chicago Tribune Cites ILR, Illinois' 'Lawsuit Climate' Ranking

November 18, 2014 | Insights

Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has announced his willingness to consider an increase in the minimum wage in exchange for reforms to the state's workers' compensation and "tort system." Read More »

Tags: State Tort Reform, Illinois

In The News Today - November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014 | Insights

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs has ruled that "entities that fund litigation in exchange for a piece of any recovery (i.e., third-party litigation financers, lawsuit lenders and litigation funders) are providing loans" and must comply with state law governing loans. Read More »

Tags: Third Party Litigation Funding, Class Actions, South Carolina

In The News Today - November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014 | Insights

In his nationally syndicated column, the Palm Beach Post's Frank Cerabino analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court's consideration of a case in which the feds are using the Sarbanes-Oxley law to prosecute a Florida fisherman accused of throwing three undersized fish overboard to avoid a citation. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Class Actions, Florida

Rickard: Delaware Flirts With Encouraging Shareholder Lawsuits

Author: Lisa. A. Rickard | November 15, 2014 | Insights

ILR President Lisa A. Rickard penned an op-ed in this weekend's Wall Street Journal about the Delaware's recent attempt to "prohibit corporations from protecting themselves against predatory lawsuits." Read More »

Tags: Securities Litigation Reform, Delaware

Appeals Court Deems Dentist's One-Page Fax A TCPA Violation

November 14, 2014 | Insights

A federal appeals court has charged Atlanta dentist, John G. Sarris, D.D.S, with a violation of the TCPA after sending a one-page "unsolicited fax advertisement" to the Palm Beach Golf Center-Boca in Florida. Read More »

In The News Today - November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014 | Insights

A Florida federal jury ruled this week that Boston Scientific Corp. must pay $26.7 million to four women who were allegedly injured by a "defective pelvic mesh implant." Read More »

Tags: Florida

ILR's Lisa Rickard Quoted in Story Examining Impact of CSX Settlement

November 13, 2014 | Insights

In a Huffington Post story examining the impact of CSX's successful use of the federal RICO statute against asbestos plaintiffs' attorneys and a physician, Sara Warner quotes ILR President Lisa A. Rickard on the impact. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos

DoJ Announces Record $24.7 Billion Settlement Haul in 2014

November 20, 2014 | Insights

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that the U.S. Department of Justice secured a record $24.7 billion in settlements from corporations in 2014. Read More »

In The News Today - November 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 | Insights

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) told an audience at the the U.S. Chamber's Global IP Summit that he is working with incoming Senate leadership "to see patent legislation signed into law in the near future." Read More »

U.S. Chamber Files Amicus in Chobani Case; Seeks to Prevent 'Shakedown' Food-Label Lawsuits

November 19, 2014 | Insights

The National Law Journal today highlights the U.S. Chamber's intervention "in the appeal of a class action in hopes of stemming food-labeling cases in California." Read More »

In The News Today - November 19, 2014

November 19, 2014 | Insights

BP is taking its case to oust Gulf Oil Spill Claims Administrator Patrick Juneau over conflict of interest claims to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, after having its initial efforts rejected by a U.S. District Judge. Read More »

Chicago Tribune Cites ILR, Illinois' 'Lawsuit Climate' Ranking

November 18, 2014 | Insights

Illinois Governor-elect Bruce Rauner has announced his willingness to consider an increase in the minimum wage in exchange for reforms to the state's workers' compensation and "tort system." Read More »

Tags: State Tort Reform, Illinois

In The News Today - November 18, 2014

November 18, 2014 | Insights

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs has ruled that "entities that fund litigation in exchange for a piece of any recovery (i.e., third-party litigation financers, lawsuit lenders and litigation funders) are providing loans" and must comply with state law governing loans. Read More »

Tags: Third Party Litigation Funding, Class Actions, South Carolina

In The News Today - November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014 | Insights

In his nationally syndicated column, the Palm Beach Post's Frank Cerabino analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court's consideration of a case in which the feds are using the Sarbanes-Oxley law to prosecute a Florida fisherman accused of throwing three undersized fish overboard to avoid a citation. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Class Actions, Florida

Rickard: Delaware Flirts With Encouraging Shareholder Lawsuits

Author: Lisa. A. Rickard | November 15, 2014 | Insights

ILR President Lisa A. Rickard penned an op-ed in this weekend's Wall Street Journal about the Delaware's recent attempt to "prohibit corporations from protecting themselves against predatory lawsuits." Read More »

Tags: Securities Litigation Reform, Delaware

Appeals Court Deems Dentist's One-Page Fax A TCPA Violation

November 14, 2014 | Insights

A federal appeals court has charged Atlanta dentist, John G. Sarris, D.D.S, with a violation of the TCPA after sending a one-page "unsolicited fax advertisement" to the Palm Beach Golf Center-Boca in Florida. Read More »

In The News Today - November 14, 2014

November 14, 2014 | Insights

A Florida federal jury ruled this week that Boston Scientific Corp. must pay $26.7 million to four women who were allegedly injured by a "defective pelvic mesh implant." Read More »

Tags: Florida

ILR's Lisa Rickard Quoted in Story Examining Impact of CSX Settlement

November 13, 2014 | Insights

In a Huffington Post story examining the impact of CSX's successful use of the federal RICO statute against asbestos plaintiffs' attorneys and a physician, Sara Warner quotes ILR President Lisa A. Rickard on the impact. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos

U.S. Chamber Applauds CSX RICO Case Victory Over Fraud and Abuse in Asbestos Litigation

Author: Justin Hakes | November 07, 2014 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the settlement of a RICO lawsuit against several asbestos attorneys and a radiologist by CSX Transportation for fabricating and litigating fraudulent asbestos claims against the company. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, Legal Ethics

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 »

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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