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NY Times: 'Lawyers Create Big Paydays by Coaxing Attorneys General to Sue'

December 19, 2014 | New York Times journalist Eric Lipton today investigates the "flourishing industry that pairs plaintiffs' lawyers with state attorneys general to sue companies."

Google Sues Mississippi AG, Causing Him to Call 'Time Out' in His Lawsuit vs. Google

December 19, 2014 | Why has Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood called a "time out" in his lawsuit against Google?

NY Times: 'Lawyers Create Big Paydays by Coaxing Attorneys General to Sue'

December 19, 2014 | Insights

New York Times journalist Eric Lipton today investigates the "flourishing industry that pairs plaintiffs' lawyers with state attorneys general to sue companies." Read More »

Tags: State Attorneys General, Legal Ethics

Google Sues Mississippi AG, Causing Him to Call 'Time Out' in His Lawsuit vs. Google

December 19, 2014 | Insights

Why has Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood called a "time out" in his lawsuit against Google? Read More »

Tags: State Attorneys General, Mississippi

In The News Today - December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014 | Insights

Gulf Oil Spill claims administrator Patrick Juneau set a June 8, 2015 deadline for individuals and businesses to claims as part of BP's estimated $9.7 billion settlement. Read More »

Tags: Discovery, Legal Ethics

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

Special Master Identifies Another $580,000 In Questionable Gulf Oil Spill Claims

December 18, 2014 | Insights

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who is serving as special master for identifying fraudulent claims in the Gulf Oil Spill settlement, has identified another $580,000 in questionable settlement payments – this time to three commercial fishermen who submitted "allegedly false tax returns." Read More »

In The News Today - December 18, 2014

December 18, 2014 | Insights

The former Countrywide Financial Corp. executive who filed a "whistleblower" lawsuit against Countrywide and Bank of America will reportedly collect almost $58 million. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Legal Ethics

Delaware Law Weekly Highlights ILR Opposition to Legislation Prohibiting Fee-Shifting By-Laws

December 17, 2014 | Insights

In a review of the Delaware Supreme Court rulings of the past year, Delaware Law Weekly highlights the court's decision in ATP Tour v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, which "upheld corporations' right to adopt fee-shifting bylaws requiring stockholders to pay all legal costs for unsuccessful lawsuits against the company." Read More »

Tags: Delaware

In The News Today - December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014 | Insights

Apple Inc. was victorious after a federal jury decided yesterday that the company "didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores." Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Delaware

Will DoJ and SEC Face Host of Challenges to Previous Insider Trading Cases?

December 16, 2014 | Insights

The Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission may find themselves "fighting on many fronts" if last week's appeals court decision overturning the insider trading convictions of two hedge fund managers leads to challenges to previous insider trading cases. Read More »

In The News Today - December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014 | Insights

The American Tort Reform Association has released its annual "Judicial Hellholes" report, and New York City is ranked number one, due to its asbestos docket. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Class Actions, State Legal Reforms, State Tort Reform, West Virginia, New York, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, Florida, California

NY Times: 'Lawyers Create Big Paydays by Coaxing Attorneys General to Sue'

December 19, 2014 | Insights

New York Times journalist Eric Lipton today investigates the "flourishing industry that pairs plaintiffs' lawyers with state attorneys general to sue companies." Read More »

Tags: State Attorneys General, Legal Ethics

Google Sues Mississippi AG, Causing Him to Call 'Time Out' in His Lawsuit vs. Google

December 19, 2014 | Insights

Why has Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood called a "time out" in his lawsuit against Google? Read More »

Tags: State Attorneys General, Mississippi

In The News Today - December 19, 2014

December 19, 2014 | Insights

Gulf Oil Spill claims administrator Patrick Juneau set a June 8, 2015 deadline for individuals and businesses to claims as part of BP's estimated $9.7 billion settlement. Read More »

Tags: Discovery, Legal Ethics

Special Master Identifies Another $580,000 In Questionable Gulf Oil Spill Claims

December 18, 2014 | Insights

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who is serving as special master for identifying fraudulent claims in the Gulf Oil Spill settlement, has identified another $580,000 in questionable settlement payments – this time to three commercial fishermen who submitted "allegedly false tax returns." Read More »

In The News Today - December 18, 2014

December 18, 2014 | Insights

The former Countrywide Financial Corp. executive who filed a "whistleblower" lawsuit against Countrywide and Bank of America will reportedly collect almost $58 million. Read More »

Tags: Lawsuit Abuse Impact, Legal Ethics

Delaware Law Weekly Highlights ILR Opposition to Legislation Prohibiting Fee-Shifting By-Laws

December 17, 2014 | Insights

In a review of the Delaware Supreme Court rulings of the past year, Delaware Law Weekly highlights the court's decision in ATP Tour v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, which "upheld corporations' right to adopt fee-shifting bylaws requiring stockholders to pay all legal costs for unsuccessful lawsuits against the company." Read More »

Tags: Delaware

In The News Today - December 17, 2014

December 17, 2014 | Insights

Apple Inc. was victorious after a federal jury decided yesterday that the company "didn't compete unfairly when it sold music players and songs with copy-protection software that was incompatible with rival devices and music from competing online stores." Read More »

Tags: Class Actions, Delaware

Will DoJ and SEC Face Host of Challenges to Previous Insider Trading Cases?

December 16, 2014 | Insights

The Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission may find themselves "fighting on many fronts" if last week's appeals court decision overturning the insider trading convictions of two hedge fund managers leads to challenges to previous insider trading cases. Read More »

In The News Today - December 16, 2014

December 16, 2014 | Insights

The American Tort Reform Association has released its annual "Judicial Hellholes" report, and New York City is ranked number one, due to its asbestos docket. Read More »

Tags: Legal Ethics, Class Actions, State Legal Reforms, State Tort Reform, West Virginia, New York, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, Florida, California

In The News Today - December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 | Insights

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislators are reportedly "jockeying" over how to spend "an extra $5 billion" in proceeds from recent bank settlements. Read More »

Tags: New York

Chicago Tribune Editorial Cites ILR, Urges Gov. to Veto SB 3075

December 15, 2014 | Insights

The Chicago Tribune editorial board today cites ILR in a piece urging Governor Quinn to veto SB 3075, which would reduce the size of civil juries from twelve to six. Read More »

Tags: Illinois

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 »

U.S. Chamber: Missouri Supreme Court Punitive Damages Ruling "Outside the Mainstream"

Author: Justin Hakes | September 15, 2014 | Press Release

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following comment about last week's Missouri Supreme Court ruling striking down the state's cap on punitive damages Read More »

Tags: Missouri

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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