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Emory University Study Finds Lawyers Benefit Most From No-Injury Class Actions

April 29, 2016 | Emory University School of Law professor Joanna Shepherd released a report analyzing 432 no-injury class actions resolved between 2005-15. Shepherd found that "[class members] typically receive less than 9 percent of the total [award]. In comparison, class counsel receives an average of 37.9 percent of available funds - over four times the funds distributed to the class."

In the News Today - April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016 | 25,060 Lawyers Cost Taxpayers $26.2 Billion since 2007: This week OpenTheBooks.com released the Snapshot Oversight Report - Lawyered Up, Federal Spending on General Attorneys from FY2007-FY2014.

Emory University Study Finds Lawyers Benefit Most From No-Injury Class Actions

April 29, 2016 | Insights

Emory University School of Law professor Joanna Shepherd released a report analyzing 432 no-injury class actions resolved between 2005-15. Shepherd found that "[class members] typically receive less than 9 percent of the total [award]. In comparison, class counsel receives an average of 37.9 percent of available funds - over four times the funds distributed to the class." Read More »

In the News Today - April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016 | Insights

25,060 Lawyers Cost Taxpayers $26.2 Billion since 2007: This week OpenTheBooks.com released the Snapshot Oversight Report - Lawyered Up, Federal Spending on General Attorneys from FY2007-FY2014. Read More »

Focus on compliance to fix False Claims Act, says former U.S. Deputy AG Thompson

April 28, 2016 | Insights

As a former U.S. Attorney, deputy U.S. Attorney General, law professor, and general counsel for a major corporation, Larry D. Thompson knows a thing or two about corporate compliance and enforcement. This week, he brought this unique public and private sector experience to Capitol Hill to testify in a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice oversight hearing on the False Claims Act (FCA). Read More »

Putting an End to Federal Settlement 'Slush Funds'

April 28, 2016 | Insights

As federal enforcers have logged increasingly large settlements during the past several years, a growing spotlight has been shone on what happens with settlement money. As it turns out, some of these enforcers are using settlements to fund groups whose activities further the policy (or in some instances, the personal) goals of agency officials. 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 »

Missouri Legislature Sends "Daubert Standard" Legislation to Governor

April 28, 2016 | Insights

The Missouri House yesterday passed a bill (HB 591) to adopt the "Daubert Standard" for rules of evidence regarding the admissibility of expert witness testimony in court proceedings. Read More »

In the News Today - April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016 | Insights

NJ Legal Reform Group Provides Defense of Consumer Arbitration: "The biggest opponents of arbitration are plaintiffs' attorneys, who make their living in the courtroom. These attorneys are running a smear campaign against arbitration because they know that having a faster and cheaper process for resolving disputes will cut into their bottom line." Read More »

Federal Court Reins in CFPB's Enforcement Authority

April 27, 2016 | Insights

At the same time the D.C. Circuit is considering the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) structure, the court last week ruled the CFPB "did not have authority to issue a Civil Investigation Demand (CID) to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)." Read More »

In the News Today - April 27, 2016

April 27, 2016 | Insights

ILR-Funded Ethics & Compliance Report Highlighted: CGMA Magazine, a journal for certified public accountants, writes on the ILR-funded report from the Ethics and Compliance Initiative offering "five principles of high-quality ethics and compliance programs." Read More »

In the News Today - April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016 | Insights

Editorial Backs ADA Lawsuit Reform in CA: The Los Angeles Daily News editorial board backs several California legislative proposals to reform the system to prevent the Americans with Disabilities Act from being "used to shake down businesses for minor violations." Read More »

Emory University Study Finds Lawyers Benefit Most From No-Injury Class Actions

April 29, 2016 | Insights

Emory University School of Law professor Joanna Shepherd released a report analyzing 432 no-injury class actions resolved between 2005-15. Shepherd found that "[class members] typically receive less than 9 percent of the total [award]. In comparison, class counsel receives an average of 37.9 percent of available funds - over four times the funds distributed to the class." Read More »

In the News Today - April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016 | Insights

25,060 Lawyers Cost Taxpayers $26.2 Billion since 2007: This week OpenTheBooks.com released the Snapshot Oversight Report - Lawyered Up, Federal Spending on General Attorneys from FY2007-FY2014. Read More »

Focus on compliance to fix False Claims Act, says former U.S. Deputy AG Thompson

April 28, 2016 | Insights

As a former U.S. Attorney, deputy U.S. Attorney General, law professor, and general counsel for a major corporation, Larry D. Thompson knows a thing or two about corporate compliance and enforcement. This week, he brought this unique public and private sector experience to Capitol Hill to testify in a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice oversight hearing on the False Claims Act (FCA). Read More »

Putting an End to Federal Settlement 'Slush Funds'

April 28, 2016 | Insights

As federal enforcers have logged increasingly large settlements during the past several years, a growing spotlight has been shone on what happens with settlement money. As it turns out, some of these enforcers are using settlements to fund groups whose activities further the policy (or in some instances, the personal) goals of agency officials. Read More »

Missouri Legislature Sends "Daubert Standard" Legislation to Governor

April 28, 2016 | Insights

The Missouri House yesterday passed a bill (HB 591) to adopt the "Daubert Standard" for rules of evidence regarding the admissibility of expert witness testimony in court proceedings. Read More »

In the News Today - April 28, 2016

April 28, 2016 | Insights

NJ Legal Reform Group Provides Defense of Consumer Arbitration: "The biggest opponents of arbitration are plaintiffs' attorneys, who make their living in the courtroom. These attorneys are running a smear campaign against arbitration because they know that having a faster and cheaper process for resolving disputes will cut into their bottom line." Read More »

Federal Court Reins in CFPB's Enforcement Authority

April 27, 2016 | Insights

At the same time the D.C. Circuit is considering the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) structure, the court last week ruled the CFPB "did not have authority to issue a Civil Investigation Demand (CID) to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)." Read More »

In the News Today - April 27, 2016

April 27, 2016 | Insights

ILR-Funded Ethics & Compliance Report Highlighted: CGMA Magazine, a journal for certified public accountants, writes on the ILR-funded report from the Ethics and Compliance Initiative offering "five principles of high-quality ethics and compliance programs." Read More »

In the News Today - April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016 | Insights

Editorial Backs ADA Lawsuit Reform in CA: The Los Angeles Daily News editorial board backs several California legislative proposals to reform the system to prevent the Americans with Disabilities Act from being "used to shake down businesses for minor violations." Read More »

ILR-Funded Ethics & Compliance Report Garners National Media Attention

April 26, 2016 | Insights

The Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI) released an ILR-funded report, "Principles & Practices of High-Quality Ethics & Compliance Programs," that offers "a roadmap for creating high quality compliance programs, no matter the size of a company," reports Corporate Counsel. Read More »

WSJ Calls on D.C. Circuit to 'Strike Down' CFPB's Structure

April 25, 2016 | Insights

"In its short, unhappy life, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has compiled a record of abuse rivaling that of Washington's most entrenched bureaucracies," notes a Wall Street Journal editorial. 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 »

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-Volume 2,
Issue 2

December 22, 2015 | Research

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 »

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 »

Should I Stay or Should I Go? A Forum Non Conveniens Checklist

Author: John B. Bellinger, III and R. Reeves Anderson, Arnold & Porter LLP | October 05, 2015 | Research

This paper highlights practice tips that corporate defendants should consider when gauging when and how to seek dismissal on forum non conveniens grounds to avoid litigation in U.S. courts in favor of litigation abroad. Read More »

The Trial Lawyer Underground: Covertly Lobbying the Executive Branch

Author: Victor E. Schwartz and Cary Silverman, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | September 30, 2015 | Research

This report highlights examples of the quiet and effective influence the American Association for Justice, the organization that lobbies on behalf of the plaintiffs' bar, exerts within the Executive Branch. Read More »

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