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ILR Applauds WV Legislature for Passing AG Sunshine Legislation

February 11, 2016 | "We commend the West Virginia legislature for acting to reform the practice of awarding contingency fee contracts to outside plaintiffs' lawyers," "said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a statement applauding the West Virginia House and Senate for passing attorney general sunshine legislation.

In the News Today - February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016 | Debate Over Oregon Plaintiffs' Bar Bill Turns Heated: The Oregon House faced a contentious debate over legislation (House Bill 4136) that would increase payouts in wrongful death cases from $500,000 to $1.5 million. One legislator even tried to highlight the $359,000 that the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association donated to Democratic candidates in 2014 by "toting along a giant check to use as a prop." The bill ended up passing 33-26, with almost every Republican and three Democrats voting no. (The Oregonian)

ILR Applauds WV Legislature for Passing AG Sunshine Legislation

February 11, 2016 | Insights

"We commend the West Virginia legislature for acting to reform the practice of awarding contingency fee contracts to outside plaintiffs' lawyers," "said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a statement applauding the West Virginia House and Senate for passing attorney general sunshine legislation. Read More »

In the News Today - February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016 | Insights

Debate Over Oregon Plaintiffs' Bar Bill Turns Heated: The Oregon House faced a contentious debate over legislation (House Bill 4136) that would increase payouts in wrongful death cases from $500,000 to $1.5 million. One legislator even tried to highlight the $359,000 that the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association donated to Democratic candidates in 2014 by "toting along a giant check to use as a prop." The bill ended up passing 33-26, with almost every Republican and three Democrats voting no. (The Oregonian) Read More »

In the News Today - February 10, 2016

February 10, 2016 | Insights

Lawsuit Lending Regulation Bills Moving in Indiana: "Two bills once again are moving through the Statehouse that would regulate third-party financing of lawsuits. While such measures died in previous sessions, the current bills are getting a better reception because the consumer legal funding industry is learning what can happen when it does not compromise." (The Indiana Lawyer) Read More »

Trial Lawyer Ad Spending Last Year More Than Doubles Record Amount Spent on Super Bowl Ads

February 09, 2016 | Insights

Believe it or not the enormous sums spent on Super Bowl ads actually pale in comparison to the amount plaintiffs' attorneys spent on advertising in 2015 alone: $892 million. Read More »

Canadian Columnist Takes On Labor Union's 'Cozying Up' to Ecuador in Anti-Chevron Campaign

February 09, 2016 | Insights

"Why is a progressive Canadian union cozying up with one of the world's most regressive regimes?" asks Toronto Sun columnist Candice Malcolm, writing about the "Canadian branch of the Union of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), whose leaders recently returned from a tour of Ecuador." Read More »

In the News Today - February 9, 2016

February 09, 2016 | Insights

Arizona Republic Highlights FACT Act: "Proponents of (U.S. Senator Jeff) Flake's legislation say more transparency is needed to prevent plaintiffs and their lawyers from making multiple, sometimes conflicting claims in lawsuits and trust claims about the source of asbestos exposure. Flake said additional information about the claims in trust cases is needed to determine whether fraud is widespread." (Arizona Republic) Read More »

WSJ Accuses Sen. Warren of Scuttling Mens Rea Reform

February 08, 2016 | Insights

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren "can't see past her bile for bankers" to support mens rea legislation that passed the House Judiciary Committee, writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board. Read More »

In the News Today - February 8, 2016

February 08, 2016 | Insights

The New York Post reports that a memo, "sent by top Consumer Financial Protection Bureau civil-rights prosecutors to the bureau's director," shows that the CFPB "exaggerated" charges of discrimination in "probes of Ally Bank and other defendants in the $900 billion car-lending business ... that's looking more like a massive government extortion and shakedown operation." (New York Post) Read More »

Fighting Ghosts

February 05, 2016 | Insights

How a lawsuit over property damage from Liberian Civil War provides a glimpse into the secretive world of international litigation funding. Read More »

ILR Applauds WV Legislature for Passing AG Sunshine Legislation

February 11, 2016 | Insights

"We commend the West Virginia legislature for acting to reform the practice of awarding contingency fee contracts to outside plaintiffs' lawyers," "said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard in a statement applauding the West Virginia House and Senate for passing attorney general sunshine legislation. Read More »

In the News Today - February 11, 2016

February 11, 2016 | Insights

Debate Over Oregon Plaintiffs' Bar Bill Turns Heated: The Oregon House faced a contentious debate over legislation (House Bill 4136) that would increase payouts in wrongful death cases from $500,000 to $1.5 million. One legislator even tried to highlight the $359,000 that the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association donated to Democratic candidates in 2014 by "toting along a giant check to use as a prop." The bill ended up passing 33-26, with almost every Republican and three Democrats voting no. (The Oregonian) Read More »

In the News Today - February 10, 2016

February 10, 2016 | Insights

Lawsuit Lending Regulation Bills Moving in Indiana: "Two bills once again are moving through the Statehouse that would regulate third-party financing of lawsuits. While such measures died in previous sessions, the current bills are getting a better reception because the consumer legal funding industry is learning what can happen when it does not compromise." (The Indiana Lawyer) Read More »

Trial Lawyer Ad Spending Last Year More Than Doubles Record Amount Spent on Super Bowl Ads

February 09, 2016 | Insights

Believe it or not the enormous sums spent on Super Bowl ads actually pale in comparison to the amount plaintiffs' attorneys spent on advertising in 2015 alone: $892 million. Read More »

Canadian Columnist Takes On Labor Union's 'Cozying Up' to Ecuador in Anti-Chevron Campaign

February 09, 2016 | Insights

"Why is a progressive Canadian union cozying up with one of the world's most regressive regimes?" asks Toronto Sun columnist Candice Malcolm, writing about the "Canadian branch of the Union of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), whose leaders recently returned from a tour of Ecuador." Read More »

In the News Today - February 9, 2016

February 09, 2016 | Insights

Arizona Republic Highlights FACT Act: "Proponents of (U.S. Senator Jeff) Flake's legislation say more transparency is needed to prevent plaintiffs and their lawyers from making multiple, sometimes conflicting claims in lawsuits and trust claims about the source of asbestos exposure. Flake said additional information about the claims in trust cases is needed to determine whether fraud is widespread." (Arizona Republic) Read More »

WSJ Accuses Sen. Warren of Scuttling Mens Rea Reform

February 08, 2016 | Insights

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren "can't see past her bile for bankers" to support mens rea legislation that passed the House Judiciary Committee, writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board. Read More »

In the News Today - February 8, 2016

February 08, 2016 | Insights

The New York Post reports that a memo, "sent by top Consumer Financial Protection Bureau civil-rights prosecutors to the bureau's director," shows that the CFPB "exaggerated" charges of discrimination in "probes of Ally Bank and other defendants in the $900 billion car-lending business ... that's looking more like a massive government extortion and shakedown operation." (New York Post) Read More »

Fighting Ghosts

February 05, 2016 | Insights

How a lawsuit over property damage from Liberian Civil War provides a glimpse into the secretive world of international litigation funding. Read More »

Analysis: TCPA Litigation Skyrockets Since 2007; Almost Doubles Since 2013

February 05, 2016 | Insights

"A destructive force that threatens companies with annihilation for technical violations that cause no actual injury or harm to any consumer." That's how Becca Wahlquist, an attorney for Snell & Wilmer, recently described the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in a news story marking the law's 25th anniversary. 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 »

2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States

Author: Harris Poll/Nielsen | September 10, 2015 | Research

The 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States was conducted for the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform to explore how fair and reasonable the states' tort liability systems are perceived to be by U.S. businesses. Read More »

101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems: A User's Guide to Promoting Fair and Effective Civil Justice

Author: Victor E. Schwartz and Cary Silverman, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. | September 10, 2015 | Research

101 Ways to Improve State Legal Systems offers some of the many options available to foster a sound legal system. It considers fair and effective measures to improve the litigation process, promote rational liability rules, and rein in excessive awards. Read More »

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