In the News Today - October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016
  • SC AG Opposes CFPB Anti-Arbitration Rule: South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson joined six state attorneys general in signing on to a letter opposing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed anti-arbitration rule. The article notes ILR’s opposition to the rule, and ILR President Lisa A. Rickard’s description of the rule as the “biggest gift to plaintiffs' lawyers in half a century.” (Palmetto Business Daily

  • Sen. Flake Introduces ADA “Notice and Cure” Measure: U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has introduced a bill that would give business owners up to 120 days to correct an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) violation. The bill “also directs the U.S. Justice Department to create a plan to educate state and local governments and businesses about the ADA and how to comply with its requirements.” (East Valley Tribune)

  • LA Governor Continues to Faces Criticism Over Hiring Political Donor as Plaintiffs’ Attorney to Sue Oil and Gas Companies: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards continues to face criticism over hiring Taylor Townsend, a campaign donor, “trial attorney and former state House member from Natchitoches,” to oversee the state’s litigation against oil and gas companies. Critics say Townsend “has little experience trying complex cases alleging environmental damage by oil and gas companies.” Further, campaign finance reports show Townsend “and his family alone gave $25,000 to Edwards during the governor’s race and another $5,000 for the post-election transition.” (The Advocate)