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In the News Today - July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 | U.K.-based litigation funder Burford Capital once again announced that it has surpassed previous earnings, reporting $52.8 million in first-half profits after taxes.

With the Help of the Feds, Plaintiffs' Bar Zeroes in on For-Profit Colleges

July 28, 2016 | The plaintiffs' bar is nothing if not enterprising, and it may already have trained its eyes on its next litigation target: For-profit colleges and universities.

In the News Today - July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 | News and Blog

U.K.-based litigation funder Burford Capital once again announced that it has surpassed previous earnings, reporting $52.8 million in first-half profits after taxes. Read More »

With the Help of the Feds, Plaintiffs' Bar Zeroes in on For-Profit Colleges

July 28, 2016 | News and Blog

The plaintiffs' bar is nothing if not enterprising, and it may already have trained its eyes on its next litigation target: For-profit colleges and universities. Read More »

ILR's Faces of Lawsuit Abuse Campaign Launches New Video about Ridiculous Starbucks Lawsuits

July 28, 2016 | News and Blog

ILR's Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign has launched a new video highlighting two ridiculous lawsuits filed against national coffee chain, Starbucks. Read More »

In the News Today - July 28, 2016

July 28, 2016 | News and Blog

Jury selection has begun in the criminal trial of Texas plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts and six co-defendants "accused of fraud and identity theft after allegedly inflating the number of clients" they represented in Gulf Oil Spill claims. Read More »

Judge Exposes, Criticizes, Sanctions Litigation Funders in Long Running Case vs. Cigna

July 27, 2016 | News and Blog

A group of third-party litigation funders were hit with sanctions in a Cayman Islands lawsuit to enforce a 1990's Liberian judgement against Cigna over allegations the company had ensured properties of a Liberian company that had sustained damages during the first Liberian civil war. Read More »

In the News Today - July 27

July 27, 2016 | News and Blog

ILR's latest blog post highlights the American Association of Justices' (AAJ) annual meeting, held last week in Los Angeles. Read More »

The Annual Convention for the Business of Suing

July 27, 2016 | News and Blog

Practically every industry has an annual convention, where insiders and newcomers alike go to learn about the latest business techniques and new products, see old friends, schmooze with vendors and be wined and dined. Read More »

SC Columnist Notes ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey in Assessment of State's Business Climate

July 26, 2016 | News and Blog

Writing in the Aiken (SC) Standard, columnist Gary Bunker cites ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate: Ranking the States survey saying that, "South Carolina's liability system score, compiled by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, is a poor 36 out of 50." Read More »

In the News Today - July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 | News and Blog

Ecuador last week paid Chevron Corporation $112 million in a four-decades-old arbitration case concerning Texaco's (later acquired by Chevron) development of Ecuadorian oil fields. Read More »

Troubling 'Unclaimed Property' Bill Sits on Illinois Governor's Desk

July 25, 2016 | News and Blog

Legislation currently sitting on the desk of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act, would require "life insurance companies to make an effort to track down beneficiaries of unclaimed policies, contracts and accounts when they know the policyholder has died," reports Madison - St. Clair Record. Read More »

In the News Today - July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016 | News and Blog

The Minnesota Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence is studying whether to shift from the Frye-Mack Standard for expert testimony to the Daubert Standard. Read More »

In the News Today - July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 | News and Blog

U.K.-based litigation funder Burford Capital once again announced that it has surpassed previous earnings, reporting $52.8 million in first-half profits after taxes. Read More »

With the Help of the Feds, Plaintiffs' Bar Zeroes in on For-Profit Colleges

July 28, 2016 | News and Blog

The plaintiffs' bar is nothing if not enterprising, and it may already have trained its eyes on its next litigation target: For-profit colleges and universities. Read More »

ILR's Faces of Lawsuit Abuse Campaign Launches New Video about Ridiculous Starbucks Lawsuits

July 28, 2016 | News and Blog

ILR's Faces of Lawsuit Abuse campaign has launched a new video highlighting two ridiculous lawsuits filed against national coffee chain, Starbucks. Read More »

In the News Today - July 28, 2016

July 28, 2016 | News and Blog

Jury selection has begun in the criminal trial of Texas plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts and six co-defendants "accused of fraud and identity theft after allegedly inflating the number of clients" they represented in Gulf Oil Spill claims. Read More »

Judge Exposes, Criticizes, Sanctions Litigation Funders in Long Running Case vs. Cigna

July 27, 2016 | News and Blog

A group of third-party litigation funders were hit with sanctions in a Cayman Islands lawsuit to enforce a 1990's Liberian judgement against Cigna over allegations the company had ensured properties of a Liberian company that had sustained damages during the first Liberian civil war. Read More »

In the News Today - July 27

July 27, 2016 | News and Blog

ILR's latest blog post highlights the American Association of Justices' (AAJ) annual meeting, held last week in Los Angeles. Read More »

The Annual Convention for the Business of Suing

July 27, 2016 | News and Blog

Practically every industry has an annual convention, where insiders and newcomers alike go to learn about the latest business techniques and new products, see old friends, schmooze with vendors and be wined and dined. Read More »

SC Columnist Notes ILR's Lawsuit Climate Survey in Assessment of State's Business Climate

July 26, 2016 | News and Blog

Writing in the Aiken (SC) Standard, columnist Gary Bunker cites ILR's 2015 Lawsuit Climate: Ranking the States survey saying that, "South Carolina's liability system score, compiled by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, is a poor 36 out of 50." Read More »

In the News Today - July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016 | News and Blog

Ecuador last week paid Chevron Corporation $112 million in a four-decades-old arbitration case concerning Texaco's (later acquired by Chevron) development of Ecuadorian oil fields. Read More »

Troubling 'Unclaimed Property' Bill Sits on Illinois Governor's Desk

July 25, 2016 | News and Blog

Legislation currently sitting on the desk of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act, would require "life insurance companies to make an effort to track down beneficiaries of unclaimed policies, contracts and accounts when they know the policyholder has died," reports Madison - St. Clair Record. Read More »

In the News Today - July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016 | News and Blog

The Minnesota Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence is studying whether to shift from the Frye-Mack Standard for expert testimony to the Daubert Standard. 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 »

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 »

Constitutional Constraints: Provisions Limiting Excessive Government Fines

Author: Paul D. Clement, Bancroft PLLC | October 27, 2015 | Research

This paper outlines the constitutional constraints that limit excessive and duplicative government fines and penalties, including the Excessive Fines Clause and Due Process Clause. Read More »

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