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Lawsuit Lending: South Carolina Calls It Like It Is

November 25, 2014 | A recent ruling from the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs means the Palmetto State is joining several other states by calling lawsuit loans what they are under state law: a loan subject to state consumer credit laws.

44 Data Breach Lawsuits, Multiple Government Investigations, Proving Costly to Home Depot

November 25, 2014 | Already facing investigations from several state and federal agencies, Home Depot Inc. has announced that it also faces at least 44 civil lawsuits in U.S. and Canada over the company's data breach earlier this year.

Lawsuit Lending: South Carolina Calls It Like It Is

November 25, 2014 | Insights

A recent ruling from the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs means the Palmetto State is joining several other states by calling lawsuit loans what they are under state law: a loan subject to state consumer credit laws. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Lending, South Carolina

44 Data Breach Lawsuits, Multiple Government Investigations, Proving Costly to Home Depot

November 25, 2014 | Insights

Already facing investigations from several state and federal agencies, Home Depot Inc. has announced that it also faces at least 44 civil lawsuits in U.S. and Canada over the company's data breach earlier this year. Read More »

In The News Today - November 25, 2014

November 25, 2014 | Insights

The first known federal lawsuit has been filed against Takata Corporation related to a defect in the company's airbags. Read More »

Tags: Class Actions

Author Expresses 'Anger' At Toyota Settlement Check

November 24, 2014 | Insights

Author and student Jonathan Sourber writes in the Wall Street Journal today about receiving his "Toyota Unintended Acceleration Economic Loss Settlement" check in the amount of $20.91. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Class Actions

In The News Today - November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014 | Insights

The U.S. Supreme Court has provided a "friendly ear to business concerns," especially in the area of class actions, according to National Law Journal writers Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Environmental Litigation, Class Actions, Illinois, California

Are Litigation Financiers Turning To Crowdfunding?

November 21, 2014 | Insights

BusinessWeek's Paul Barrett reports on a new litigation-finance venture, LexShares, which is a crowdfunding (i.e., offers the ability for "small-scale financiers" to invest online) website backed by Atlas Ventures. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics

In The News Today - November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014 | Insights

Arizona AG Tom Horne is suing General Motors for about $3 billion, claiming the company "sold millions of unsafe vehicles and should be forced to compensate the state over the alleged lost value of vehicles." Read More »

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 »

Lawsuit Lending: South Carolina Calls It Like It Is

November 25, 2014 | Insights

A recent ruling from the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs means the Palmetto State is joining several other states by calling lawsuit loans what they are under state law: a loan subject to state consumer credit laws. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Lending, South Carolina

44 Data Breach Lawsuits, Multiple Government Investigations, Proving Costly to Home Depot

November 25, 2014 | Insights

Already facing investigations from several state and federal agencies, Home Depot Inc. has announced that it also faces at least 44 civil lawsuits in U.S. and Canada over the company's data breach earlier this year. Read More »

In The News Today - November 25, 2014

November 25, 2014 | Insights

The first known federal lawsuit has been filed against Takata Corporation related to a defect in the company's airbags. Read More »

Tags: Class Actions

Author Expresses 'Anger' At Toyota Settlement Check

November 24, 2014 | Insights

Author and student Jonathan Sourber writes in the Wall Street Journal today about receiving his "Toyota Unintended Acceleration Economic Loss Settlement" check in the amount of $20.91. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Class Actions

In The News Today - November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014 | Insights

The U.S. Supreme Court has provided a "friendly ear to business concerns," especially in the area of class actions, according to National Law Journal writers Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, Environmental Litigation, Class Actions, Illinois, California

Are Litigation Financiers Turning To Crowdfunding?

November 21, 2014 | Insights

BusinessWeek's Paul Barrett reports on a new litigation-finance venture, LexShares, which is a crowdfunding (i.e., offers the ability for "small-scale financiers" to invest online) website backed by Atlas Ventures. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics

In The News Today - November 21, 2014

November 21, 2014 | Insights

Arizona AG Tom Horne is suing General Motors for about $3 billion, claiming the company "sold millions of unsafe vehicles and should be forced to compensate the state over the alleged lost value of vehicles." Read More »

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 »

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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