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In the News Today - August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016 | American Pharmacy News cites ILR President Lisa A. Rickard's recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch op-ed in an article regarding how the health products and pharma industries are closely watching the debate over Missouri's expert witness standard legislation.

Court Ruling Would Allow Plaintiffs' Lawyers to Supersize Their Damages in Case Against McDonald's

August 23, 2016 | U.S. District Judge James Donato recently ruled that McDonald's Corporation could be held liable in a class action lawsuit against five family owned McDonald's franchises in California - a move that has plaintiffs' lawyers seeing the gold in the golden arches.

In the News Today - August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016 | News and Blog

American Pharmacy News cites ILR President Lisa A. Rickard's recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch op-ed in an article regarding how the health products and pharma industries are closely watching the debate over Missouri's expert witness standard legislation. Read More »

Court Ruling Would Allow Plaintiffs' Lawyers to Supersize Their Damages in Case Against McDonald's

August 23, 2016 | News and Blog

U.S. District Judge James Donato recently ruled that McDonald's Corporation could be held liable in a class action lawsuit against five family owned McDonald's franchises in California - a move that has plaintiffs' lawyers seeing the gold in the golden arches. Read More »

Op-Ed: CFPB Arbitration Rule will 'Enrich Trial Lawyers at the Expense of Consumers'

August 22, 2016 | News and Blog

Lisa A. Rickard, President of ILR, and David Hirschmann, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber's Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, published an op-ed in The Hill regarding today's closing of the comment period on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's "proposed rule to enrich trial lawyers at the expense of consumers." Read More »

In the News Today - August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016 | News and Blog

The fight over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposed anti-arbitration rules could be the "biggest" yet to face the bureau as "banks and financial firms, consumer advocates and lawmakers gear up for a struggle that could make its way to the courts." Read More »

Criminal Charges and Disbarment Should be Considered for Plaintiffs' Attorney Donziger, Says Legal Expert

August 19, 2016 | News and Blog

Richard Samp, chief counsel for the Washington Legal Foundation, said federal prosecutors should consider criminal charges against plaintiffs' attorney Steven Donziger for "the alleged fraud and racketeering that led to a multibillion-dollar judgment by an Ecuadoran court against Chevron," reports Forbes/Legal Newsline. Read More »

In the News Today - August 19

August 19, 2016 | News and Blog

The Oklahoman republishes a Washington Examiner editorial which cites the Second Circuit's recent ruling that plaintiffs' attorney Steven Donzinger had garnered in Ecuadorian court a $9.5 billion judgement against Chevron in calling for "greater transparency and reform to eliminate incentives for unscrupulous practitioners to snatch ill-gotten gains." Read More »

Monkey Business Coming to Ninth Circuit, Courtesy of PETA

August 18, 2016 | News and Blog

Last year's "Most Ridiculous Lawsuit" - over the infamous "Monkey Selfies" - is still making its way through the court system. Read More »

In the News Today - August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016 | News and Blog

The criminal fraud case against Texas plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts and six others has now gone to a jury. Watts and the other defendants are facing allegations they signed up fake clients and submitted false claims after the Gulf oil spill. Read More »

Monkey Business Coming to Ninth Circuit, Courtesy of PETA

August 17, 2016 | News and Blog

Last year's "Most Ridiculous Lawsuit" -- over the infamous "Monkey Selfies" -- is still making its way through the court system. Read More »

California Judge Grants Motion Requiring Plaintiff to Reveal TPLF in Litigation

August 17, 2016 | News and Blog

A federal judge has granted Chevron Corporation's motion to compel a plaintiff to reveal the identity of the litigation financing firm funding its proposed class action regarding a gas explosion off the coast of Nigeria. Read More »

TN Senate Minority Leader Rips DoJ's 'Overzealous' Failed FedEx Prosecution

August 17, 2016 | News and Blog

Tennessee Senate Minority Lee Harris (D-29), a University of Memphis Law professor, criticized the U.S. Department of Justice's "overzealous" failed prosecution of FedEx over allegations of illegal drug shipments, reports Forbes/Legal Newsline. Read More »

In the News Today - August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016 | News and Blog

American Pharmacy News cites ILR President Lisa A. Rickard's recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch op-ed in an article regarding how the health products and pharma industries are closely watching the debate over Missouri's expert witness standard legislation. Read More »

Court Ruling Would Allow Plaintiffs' Lawyers to Supersize Their Damages in Case Against McDonald's

August 23, 2016 | News and Blog

U.S. District Judge James Donato recently ruled that McDonald's Corporation could be held liable in a class action lawsuit against five family owned McDonald's franchises in California - a move that has plaintiffs' lawyers seeing the gold in the golden arches. Read More »

Op-Ed: CFPB Arbitration Rule will 'Enrich Trial Lawyers at the Expense of Consumers'

August 22, 2016 | News and Blog

Lisa A. Rickard, President of ILR, and David Hirschmann, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber's Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, published an op-ed in The Hill regarding today's closing of the comment period on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's "proposed rule to enrich trial lawyers at the expense of consumers." Read More »

In the News Today - August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016 | News and Blog

The fight over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposed anti-arbitration rules could be the "biggest" yet to face the bureau as "banks and financial firms, consumer advocates and lawmakers gear up for a struggle that could make its way to the courts." Read More »

Criminal Charges and Disbarment Should be Considered for Plaintiffs' Attorney Donziger, Says Legal Expert

August 19, 2016 | News and Blog

Richard Samp, chief counsel for the Washington Legal Foundation, said federal prosecutors should consider criminal charges against plaintiffs' attorney Steven Donziger for "the alleged fraud and racketeering that led to a multibillion-dollar judgment by an Ecuadoran court against Chevron," reports Forbes/Legal Newsline. Read More »

In the News Today - August 19

August 19, 2016 | News and Blog

The Oklahoman republishes a Washington Examiner editorial which cites the Second Circuit's recent ruling that plaintiffs' attorney Steven Donzinger had garnered in Ecuadorian court a $9.5 billion judgement against Chevron in calling for "greater transparency and reform to eliminate incentives for unscrupulous practitioners to snatch ill-gotten gains." Read More »

Monkey Business Coming to Ninth Circuit, Courtesy of PETA

August 18, 2016 | News and Blog

Last year's "Most Ridiculous Lawsuit" - over the infamous "Monkey Selfies" - is still making its way through the court system. Read More »

In the News Today - August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016 | News and Blog

The criminal fraud case against Texas plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts and six others has now gone to a jury. Watts and the other defendants are facing allegations they signed up fake clients and submitted false claims after the Gulf oil spill. Read More »

Monkey Business Coming to Ninth Circuit, Courtesy of PETA

August 17, 2016 | News and Blog

Last year's "Most Ridiculous Lawsuit" -- over the infamous "Monkey Selfies" -- is still making its way through the court system. Read More »

California Judge Grants Motion Requiring Plaintiff to Reveal TPLF in Litigation

August 17, 2016 | News and Blog

A federal judge has granted Chevron Corporation's motion to compel a plaintiff to reveal the identity of the litigation financing firm funding its proposed class action regarding a gas explosion off the coast of Nigeria. Read More »

TN Senate Minority Leader Rips DoJ's 'Overzealous' Failed FedEx Prosecution

August 17, 2016 | News and Blog

Tennessee Senate Minority Lee Harris (D-29), a University of Memphis Law professor, criticized the U.S. Department of Justice's "overzealous" failed prosecution of FedEx over allegations of illegal drug shipments, reports Forbes/Legal Newsline. 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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