Trial Lawyers' Influence News
May 21, 2013
Louisiana Record | May 21, 2013
Generally speaking, there are two kinds of state attorneys general—one focuses his office on rooting out public corruption and defending the state constitution against threats of intrusion from the federal government. The other sees himself as the Plaintiff Attorney-In-Chief and focuses his efforts on civil ligation in the belief that serving as a consumer advocate best fulfills the role of that position.
WWLTV News | May 21, 2013
Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is using illegal, contingency-fee contracts to hire his top supporters to represent the state in its biggest tort cases, lawsuit watchdogs allege.
May 17, 2013
The Australian | May 17, 2013
After recruiting two of the nation's leading litigators to launch its Australian practice, US firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has announced plans for rapid growth.
May 16, 2013
ThomsonReuters | May 16, 2013
A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday voided a class action settlement between Hewlett-Packard Co and millions of consumers who bought its inkjet printers over nearly a decade, saying the fees awarded to the consumers' lawyers must be recalculated.
May 15, 2013
State Journal | May 15, 2013
Did West Virginia's previous attorney general have the authority to hire special outside counsel under the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, and could he appoint such private counsel to prosecute government civil penalty actions on a contingent fee basis?
May 10, 2013
Wall Street Journal | Subscription Required | May 10, 2013
A multibillion-dollar settlement of a federal investigation into Johnson & Johnson sales practices is on hold, as J&J seeks to avoid wording in the agreement that could leave it vulnerable to private lawsuits, according to people familiar with the talks.
May 7, 2013
With Billions at Stake in Asbestos Lawsuits, the Search For Mesothelioma Clients Intensifies on TV, WebWall Street Journal | Subscription Required | May 7, 2013
Years ago lawyers combed newspaper obituaries for victims of asbestos-related cancer. Now, law firms spend millions of dollars annually to advertise on television and the Internet in search of mesothelioma patients.
May 2, 2013
ThomsonReuters | May 2, 2013
A federal judge has ruled that lawyers for individuals who sued Merck & Co Inc over the painkiller Vioxx may be entitled to some of the legal fees Pennsylvania's outside counsel received in a settlement with Merck in January.
April 26, 2013
Corporate Counsel | April 26, 2013
While companies involved in mergers and acquisitions have experienced a surge in litigation in recent years, three court decisions last month have taken aim at plaintiffs’ attorney fees.
April 15, 2013
Wall Street Journal | Subscription Required | April 15, 2013
Attorneys for a group of plaintiffs who sued Citigroup Inc. want to bill their clients as much as $550 an hour for contract lawyers who sifted through reams of documents in the case. The problem, according to one legal gadfly, is that the plaintiffs' firm probably paid no more than $60 to $75 an hour for the help.
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