In the News Today - November 3, 2015

November 03, 2015

Calling the New York Times' recent anti-arbitration series "blatantly one-sided", ILR's Bryan Quigley said U.S. Sen. Al Franken's bill to curb arbitration "will help personal injury lawyers make money on class-action suits, but those suits will not benefit consumers because most consumers have such small claims." (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Walter Olson writes that the New York Times' three-part series assailing arbitration "depends crucially on both an attack on freedom of contract and a refusal to take seriously what consumers vote for with their marketplace choices." He also cites ILR's response to the Times report, which we posted yesterday. (Cato At Liberty)

West Virginia Senate President Bill Cole touted the State Legislative Leadership Award that he and House Speaker Tim Armstead were presented at ILR's 16th Annual Legal Reform Summit. “I think we’re moving in the right direction ... We still have some work to do," said Cole, mentioning legislation establishing an intermediate court of appeals as a reform initiative that should be addressed by the legislature. (WV MetroNews)

The influential Politico Playbook morning newsletter today picked up ILR's recent report on trial lawyer marketing strategies: "A new report released last week says Tampa and Orlando have the most television spots for lawyers … followed by Atlanta, Las Vegas and Milwaukee. The report was released by the U.S. Chamber Institute of Legal Reform.” (Politico Playbook)