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West Virginia House Passes Joint and Several Liability Reform Bill

January 28, 2015 | The West Virginia House of Delegates yesterday passed a joint and several liability reform bill (House Bill 2002) on a 74-25 vote. The bill now heads to the State Senate.

In The News Today - January 28, 2015

January 28, 2015 | Chiquita Brands International Inc. has informed a federal court that the company has "unearthed 'disturbing evidence' that suggests its adversaries may have paid tens of thousands of dollars to imprisoned Colombian paramilitary members to influence testimony in multidistrict litigation seeking to hold the company responsible for murders allegedly committed by the groups."

West Virginia House Passes Joint and Several Liability Reform Bill

January 28, 2015 | Insights

The West Virginia House of Delegates yesterday passed a joint and several liability reform bill (House Bill 2002) on a 74-25 vote. The bill now heads to the State Senate. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, West Virginia

In The News Today - January 28, 2015

January 28, 2015 | Insights

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has informed a federal court that the company has "unearthed 'disturbing evidence' that suggests its adversaries may have paid tens of thousands of dollars to imprisoned Colombian paramilitary members to influence testimony in multidistrict litigation seeking to hold the company responsible for murders allegedly committed by the groups." Read More »

Tags: State Tort Reform

The Indictment of Sheldon Silver and Its Impact on Legal Reform

January 27, 2015 | Insights

The indictment of New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges continues to make headlines, especially as it relates to asbestos litigation abuse and legal reform. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, New York

In The News Today - January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015 | Insights

"The record is overwhelmingly clear and supportive that BP did what it needed to do, stepped up to the plate," testified Retired Coast Guard Captain Frank Paskewich in a trial to determine fines against BP for the Gulf Oil Spill. Paskewich told U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier that BP's "conducted an extraordinarily effective response." Read More »

Tags: West Virginia

BusinessWeek Quotes ILR in Column About Sheldon Silver, Garlock and 'Asbestos Corruption'

January 26, 2015 | Insights

"Among the main charges filed against" New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, notes BusinessWeek columnist Paul Barrett "is an allegation that he used his political position to steer asbestos cases to Weitz & Luxenberg, a potent personal-injury law firm based in Manhattan." Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, New York

ILR Cited in Story About No-Bid Plaintiffs' Firm Contracts With Pennsylvania AG's Office

January 26, 2015 | Insights

Four plaintiffs' law firms received three no-bid contracts for "secret investigations" on behalf of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office. Read More »

Tags: Pennsylvania

ILR Comments on Asbestos Litigation Abuses in Wake of New York Assembly Speaker Indictment

January 23, 2015 | Insights

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, issued a statement today in the wake of the indictment of the New York Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics

Fisher: Silver Arrest Shows "Seedy Side of Asbestos Litigation"

January 23, 2015 | Insights

Forbes' Daniel Fisher reports on the charges filed against New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, which accuses Silver of "accepting more than $5.3 million in payments from Weitz & Luxenberg, a New York law firm that specializes in asbestos lawsuits." Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, New York

In The News Today - January 23, 2015

January 23, 2015 | Insights

"Taking advantage of mesothelioma patients is unspeakably despicable," writes Reuters columnist Alison Frankel. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics

U.S. Chamber Comments on Asbestos Litigation Abuses in Wake of New York Assembly Speaker Indictment

January 22, 2015 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, issued the following statement today in the wake of the indictment of the New York Assembly Speaker. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Asbestos, New York

Grand Jury to Recommend Charges of Perjury, Obstruction Against Pennsylvania AG

January 22, 2015 | Insights

Court records made public yesterday show that a grand jury has recommended charges of perjury and obstruction be brought against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Read More »

Tags: State Attorneys General, Pennsylvania

West Virginia House Passes Joint and Several Liability Reform Bill

January 28, 2015 | Insights

The West Virginia House of Delegates yesterday passed a joint and several liability reform bill (House Bill 2002) on a 74-25 vote. The bill now heads to the State Senate. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, West Virginia

In The News Today - January 28, 2015

January 28, 2015 | Insights

Chiquita Brands International Inc. has informed a federal court that the company has "unearthed 'disturbing evidence' that suggests its adversaries may have paid tens of thousands of dollars to imprisoned Colombian paramilitary members to influence testimony in multidistrict litigation seeking to hold the company responsible for murders allegedly committed by the groups." Read More »

Tags: State Tort Reform

The Indictment of Sheldon Silver and Its Impact on Legal Reform

January 27, 2015 | Insights

The indictment of New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on corruption charges continues to make headlines, especially as it relates to asbestos litigation abuse and legal reform. Read More »

Tags: Asbestos, New York

In The News Today - January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015 | Insights

"The record is overwhelmingly clear and supportive that BP did what it needed to do, stepped up to the plate," testified Retired Coast Guard Captain Frank Paskewich in a trial to determine fines against BP for the Gulf Oil Spill. Paskewich told U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier that BP's "conducted an extraordinarily effective response." Read More »

Tags: West Virginia

BusinessWeek Quotes ILR in Column About Sheldon Silver, Garlock and 'Asbestos Corruption'

January 26, 2015 | Insights

"Among the main charges filed against" New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, notes BusinessWeek columnist Paul Barrett "is an allegation that he used his political position to steer asbestos cases to Weitz & Luxenberg, a potent personal-injury law firm based in Manhattan." Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, New York

ILR Cited in Story About No-Bid Plaintiffs' Firm Contracts With Pennsylvania AG's Office

January 26, 2015 | Insights

Four plaintiffs' law firms received three no-bid contracts for "secret investigations" on behalf of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office. Read More »

Tags: Pennsylvania

ILR Comments on Asbestos Litigation Abuses in Wake of New York Assembly Speaker Indictment

January 23, 2015 | Insights

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, issued a statement today in the wake of the indictment of the New York Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics

Fisher: Silver Arrest Shows "Seedy Side of Asbestos Litigation"

January 23, 2015 | Insights

Forbes' Daniel Fisher reports on the charges filed against New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, which accuses Silver of "accepting more than $5.3 million in payments from Weitz & Luxenberg, a New York law firm that specializes in asbestos lawsuits." Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, New York

In The News Today - January 23, 2015

January 23, 2015 | Insights

"Taking advantage of mesothelioma patients is unspeakably despicable," writes Reuters columnist Alison Frankel. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics

Grand Jury to Recommend Charges of Perjury, Obstruction Against Pennsylvania AG

January 22, 2015 | Insights

Court records made public yesterday show that a grand jury has recommended charges of perjury and obstruction be brought against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Read More »

Tags: State Attorneys General, Pennsylvania

In The News Today - January 22, 2015

January 22, 2015 | Insights

"Kentucky is a haven for personal injury lawyers who run settlement-mills that wring millions of dollars from our state's businesses and caregivers," writes Michael C. Adams, senior counsel to the Kentucky-based Partnership for Commonsense Justice. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Legal Ethics, State Legal Reforms, Kentucky

U.S. Chamber Comments on Asbestos Litigation Abuses in Wake of New York Assembly Speaker Indictment

January 22, 2015 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, issued the following statement today in the wake of the indictment of the New York Assembly Speaker. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Asbestos, New York

U.S. Chamber Releases Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2014

December 22, 2014 | Press Release

A plaintiff in a pending disability lawsuit being caught on video knocking over a large, historic boulder tops our survey of the Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2014. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Abuse Impact

U.S. Chamber Research Shows Surge of Telemarketing Lawsuits, Outlier State Supreme Court Rulings Top Legal Trends

December 05, 2014 | Press Release

New Research Examines Leading Lawsuit Trends, State Supreme Court Decisions 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 »

The ILR Research Review

Author: Institute for Legal Reform | December 18, 2014 | Research

The second issue of the ILR Research Review offers valuable insights from our preeminent experts and specialists on key topics addressed in the latest of ILR's research reports. Read More »

Tags: Class Actions Around the Globe, False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Foreign Judgment Enforcement, Lawsuit Abuse Impact, State Attorneys General, State Legal Reforms

Lawsuit Ecosystem II: New Targets, Trends and Players

Author: Victor E. Schwartz & Cary Silverman, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP | December 04, 2014 | Research

This report, authored by a distinguished group of practitioners, explores the evolving lawsuit "ecosystem." It considers how plaintiffs' lawyers generate litigation and significant developments that will spur more lawsuits or rein in excessive liability. Read More »

Tags: State Legal Reforms, State Attorneys General, Securities Litigation Reform, Lawsuit Abuse Impact, False Claims Act, Class Actions, Asbestos

Laboratories of Tort Law: A Three-Year Review of Key State Supreme Court Decisions

Author: Victor E. Schwartz & Cary Silverman, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP | December 04, 2014 | Research

This report highlights significant tort law decisions over the past three years that are examples of particularly sound or unsound rulings. Each analysis examines the tort law principles involved, whether the court followed or deviated from these principles, and the court's reasoning in reaching its decision. Read More »

Tags: State Tort Reform, State Legal Reforms, Medical Liability, Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Class Actions, Asbestos

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 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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