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Department of Labor To Move Forward With Fiduciary Rule

May 23, 2017 | In an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal the Secretary of Labor, Alex Acosta, said that "the Labor Department [DOL] has concluded that it is necessary to seek additional public input on the entire Fiduciary Rule."

In the News Today - May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017 | A woman is suing Jelly Belly over its Sports Beans because "evaporated cane juice" is on the ingredients list as opposed to "sugar," which the plaintiff and her attorney argue is done "to make Sport Beans more attractive to athletes."

Department of Labor To Move Forward With Fiduciary Rule

May 23, 2017 | News and Blog

In an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal the Secretary of Labor, Alex Acosta, said that "the Labor Department [DOL] has concluded that it is necessary to seek additional public input on the entire Fiduciary Rule." Read More »

In the News Today - May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017 | News and Blog

A woman is suing Jelly Belly over its Sports Beans because "evaporated cane juice" is on the ingredients list as opposed to "sugar," which the plaintiff and her attorney argue is done "to make Sport Beans more attractive to athletes." Read More »

In the News Today - May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017 | News and Blog

On Wednesday of this week, 11 D.C. Circuit Court judges will hear arguments over the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). At the "heart of the legal dispute" is whether President Trump can fire CFPB Director, Richard Cordray, as PHH Corp, a mortgage lender, is currently challenging the constitutionality of the CFPB's structure. Read More »

Marketing New Communications Software? Get Government's Permission First.

May 22, 2017 | News and Blog

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) became law a quarter century ago, in part, to protect consumers from unwanted telemarketers. But that old law coupled with today's new technology has become a recipe for lawsuit disaster, as plaintiffs' lawyers bring high-dollar litigation against companies of all sizes for doing things such as texting their customers or communicating via a smart phone. Read More »

New Research from ILR Finds Asbestos Law in Ohio "Has Not Delayed" Justice

May 19, 2017 | News and Blog

Ohio state legislative news service, Gongwer, wrote that a new study released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), "found that law (H.B. 380, 129th General Assembly) has been effective at discouraging fraud and abuse without compromising the interests of plaintiffs." Read More »

In the News Today - May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 | News and Blog

Law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP published a class action quarterly update, stating that "Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases have continued to dominate class action filings" followed closely by cases where the plaintiffs are "alleging claims of false advertising." Read More »

Role of Litigation Funder Publicly Acknowledged in Whistle-Blower Suit

May 18, 2017 | News and Blog

Earlier this week, a federal whistle-blower lawsuit was filed in the Central District of California against Snap Inc. The case is "financed by Pravati Capital in what may be the first case where the role of a litigation funding company is acknowledged publicly," writes Bloomberg BNA. Read More »

In the News Today - May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017 | News and Blog

House Bill 1774, a piece of legislation aimed at ending abusive and frivolous hailstorm litigation, is now on its way to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk. The Institute for Legal Reform issued a statement "applauding the Texas legislature for prioritizing legal reform" and urged Gov. Abbott to sign the legislation swiftly. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Texas Legislature for Prioritizing Legal Reform; Urges Gov. Abbott to Sign Hailstorm Reform Legislation

May 17, 2017 | News and Blog

Today, the Texas Senate passed H.B. 1774 to put an end to abusive and frivolous hailstorm litigation. The bill now heads to Governor Greg Abbott's desk for his signature. Read More »

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Has "No Shortage of Challenges"

May 17, 2017 | News and Blog

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) turns 40 this year and the "ambitious" attempt to deter corruption in international business dealings is "reviled by more than a few" writes Forbes. Read More »

In the News Today - May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 | News and Blog

Senator Ross Turner introduced S. 419 to limit the type of cases in which the South Carolina attorney general or other state solicitors can hire outside attorneys, and the amount the state can pay. The bill is "aimed at curtailing the state's involvement in class action lawsuits sometimes generated outside the state." Read More »

Department of Labor To Move Forward With Fiduciary Rule

May 23, 2017 | News and Blog

In an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal the Secretary of Labor, Alex Acosta, said that "the Labor Department [DOL] has concluded that it is necessary to seek additional public input on the entire Fiduciary Rule." Read More »

In the News Today - May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017 | News and Blog

A woman is suing Jelly Belly over its Sports Beans because "evaporated cane juice" is on the ingredients list as opposed to "sugar," which the plaintiff and her attorney argue is done "to make Sport Beans more attractive to athletes." Read More »

In the News Today - May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017 | News and Blog

On Wednesday of this week, 11 D.C. Circuit Court judges will hear arguments over the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). At the "heart of the legal dispute" is whether President Trump can fire CFPB Director, Richard Cordray, as PHH Corp, a mortgage lender, is currently challenging the constitutionality of the CFPB's structure. Read More »

Marketing New Communications Software? Get Government's Permission First.

May 22, 2017 | News and Blog

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) became law a quarter century ago, in part, to protect consumers from unwanted telemarketers. But that old law coupled with today's new technology has become a recipe for lawsuit disaster, as plaintiffs' lawyers bring high-dollar litigation against companies of all sizes for doing things such as texting their customers or communicating via a smart phone. Read More »

New Research from ILR Finds Asbestos Law in Ohio "Has Not Delayed" Justice

May 19, 2017 | News and Blog

Ohio state legislative news service, Gongwer, wrote that a new study released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), "found that law (H.B. 380, 129th General Assembly) has been effective at discouraging fraud and abuse without compromising the interests of plaintiffs." Read More »

In the News Today - May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017 | News and Blog

Law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP published a class action quarterly update, stating that "Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) cases have continued to dominate class action filings" followed closely by cases where the plaintiffs are "alleging claims of false advertising." Read More »

Role of Litigation Funder Publicly Acknowledged in Whistle-Blower Suit

May 18, 2017 | News and Blog

Earlier this week, a federal whistle-blower lawsuit was filed in the Central District of California against Snap Inc. The case is "financed by Pravati Capital in what may be the first case where the role of a litigation funding company is acknowledged publicly," writes Bloomberg BNA. Read More »

In the News Today - May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017 | News and Blog

House Bill 1774, a piece of legislation aimed at ending abusive and frivolous hailstorm litigation, is now on its way to Gov. Greg Abbott's desk. The Institute for Legal Reform issued a statement "applauding the Texas legislature for prioritizing legal reform" and urged Gov. Abbott to sign the legislation swiftly. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Texas Legislature for Prioritizing Legal Reform; Urges Gov. Abbott to Sign Hailstorm Reform Legislation

May 17, 2017 | News and Blog

Today, the Texas Senate passed H.B. 1774 to put an end to abusive and frivolous hailstorm litigation. The bill now heads to Governor Greg Abbott's desk for his signature. Read More »

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Has "No Shortage of Challenges"

May 17, 2017 | News and Blog

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) turns 40 this year and the "ambitious" attempt to deter corruption in international business dealings is "reviled by more than a few" writes Forbes. Read More »

In the News Today - May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 | News and Blog

Senator Ross Turner introduced S. 419 to limit the type of cases in which the South Carolina attorney general or other state solicitors can hire outside attorneys, and the amount the state can pay. The bill is "aimed at curtailing the state's involvement in class action lawsuits sometimes generated outside the state." Read More »

U.S. Chamber Report: Ohio Law to Curb "Double Dip" Asbestos Claims Ensures Fairness Without Burdening Plaintiffs

May 04, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) highlights how Ohio's asbestos trust transparency law has been effective at discouraging fraud and abuse without compromising the interests of plaintiffs. Ohio enacted its law in 2013 to prevent plaintiffs' lawyers from gaming the asbestos litigation system by making inconsistent claims in asbestos lawsuits and before asbestos bankruptcy trusts. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Commends West Virginia Governor for Passing Legislation to Curb Frivolous Lawsuits

April 24, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today on passage of S.B. 563 to reduce frivolous lawsuits and improve the business climate in the state of West Virginia. The bill was signed by Gov. James Justice on April 24. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Commends Missouri Governor for Signing Legislation to Improve Expert Evidence Standards

March 28, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today on passage of H.B. 153 to address expert evidence standards and ensure junk science is kept out of courts in the state of Missouri. The bill was signed by Gov. Eric Greitens on March 28th. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Report: Class Action Litigation Systems in Europe Are Open to Abuse

March 21, 2017 | Press Release

A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows collective redress litigation models, known as class actions in the U.S., are proliferating across Europe, but the systems are developing without safeguards to protect consumers and employers. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds Kentucky Legislature for Continued Commitment to Legal Reform

March 20, 2017 | Press Release

Harold Kim, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today on passage of S.B. 4 addressing medical liability, and H.B. 233 addressing post-judgment interest rate reform. Both bills were signed by Gov. Matt Bevin on March 16th and will become law on June 14th. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Hails South Dakota for Joining Chorus of States, Congress in Combatting Asbestos Fraud

March 15, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, made the following statement today on South Dakota's enactment of S.B. 138. Read More »

U.S. Chamber: House-Passed Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Will Curb Plaintiffs' Lawyer Gaming of Justice System

March 10, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the passage of the "Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017" (H.R. 720) by the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Commends House Passage of Innocent Party Protection Act

March 09, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the passage of the "Innocent Party Protection Act of 2017" (H.R. 725) by the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More »

U.S. Chamber Applauds House Passage of Class Action Litigation and Asbestos Trust Transparency Bill

March 09, 2017 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement today about the passage of the "Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2017" (H.R. 985) by the U.S. House of Representatives. Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Spring 2017

May 08, 2017 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's recent research on the latest trends in litigation and the tactics and strategies entrepreneurial plaintiffs' firms are using to expand their business models and bring more lawsuits in local, state, federal, and international courts. Read More »

Watching it Work: The Impact of Ohio's Asbestos Trust Transparency Law on Tort Litigation in the State

Author: Maryellen K. Corbett and Matthew M. Mendoza, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP | May 04, 2017 | Research

This report analyzes the impact that Ohio's 2013 asbestos trust transparency law has had on asbestos tort litigation in the state and concludes that trust transparency reforms appear to have accomplished the goal of ensuring transparency and fairness without causing delays in case resolution. Read More »

Engineered Liability: The Plaintiffs' Bar's Campaign to Expand Data Privacy and Security Litigation

Author: Divonne Smoyer and Kimberly Chow, Reed Smith LLP | April 19, 2017 | Research

As data breaches are becoming more commonplace, the plaintiffs' bar is engineer a staggering expansion of liability in the areas of privacy and data security. Class action lawyers are pursuing data privacy cases and amassing fortunes even where no one has been harmed. This paper examines the data privacy and security legal landscape, plaintiffs' bar tactics, major cases and settlements, and a suggested framework for reform. Read More »

Torts of the Future: Addressing the Liability and Regulatory Implications of Emerging Technologies

Author: Cary Silverman, Phil Goldberg & Jonathan Wilson, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | March 29, 2017 | Research

Torts of the Future examines the emerging technology sectors of autonomous vehicles, commercial drones, private space exploration, the "sharing economy," and the Internet of Things, and assesses the existing regulatory and litigation environments and future liability trends for each. The paper also draws from experience in each area to present guiding principles for addressing the liability and regulatory implications of emerging technologies. Read More »

The Growth of Collective Redress in the EU: A Survey of Developments in 10 Member States

Author: Ken Daly, Sidley Austin LLP | March 21, 2017 | Research

This paper examines the 'state of play' of collective redress in 10 Member States in the EU and suggests minimum necessary safeguards to prevent litigation abuse taking hold in Europe. Read More »

The Food Court: Trends in Food and Beverage Class Action Litigation

Author: Cary Silverman and James Muehlberger, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | February 24, 2017 | Research

This paper examines the emerging litigation trends in the food and beverage industry and makes concrete recommendations for reforms, outlining the role that the courts, legislatures, and regulatory agencies all have in restoring common sense to food class action litigation. Read More »

Covering the Contractors: The Current State of the Government Contractor Defense

Author: John B. Bellinger III, Reeves Anderson, and Sally Pei, Arnold & Porter LLP | February 06, 2017 | Research

This research examines the current state of the government contractor defense, the role of the federal government in litigation against contractors, and some of the questions that still need to be addressed by the courts. Read More »

The ILR Research Review - Winter 2016

December 28, 2016 | Research

This edition of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from ILR's latest research on the increasing use of contingency fee counsel by local governments, asbestos "double dipping," trends in trial lawyer drug and device advertising, and the public's views on data privacy liability and legal reform issues. Read More »

Disconnects & Double-Dipping: The Case for Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Transparency in Virginia

Author: Mark A. Behrens, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | December 06, 2016 | Research

This report highlights the disconnect between asbestos bankruptcy trust and asbestos personal injury lawsuit systems by examining Garlock and other cases that expose the widespread asbestos trust manipulation and specifically looks at trust claim activity in wrongful death cases in Newport News, Virginia. Read More »

Big Bucks and Local Lawyers: The Increasing Use of Contingency Fee Lawyers by Local Governments

Author: Michael Maddigan, Hogan Lovells | October 26, 2016 | Research

The increasing use of contingency fee counsel by local government entities is a disturbing trend that poses real risks to the fair and impartial administration of justice. Read More »

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