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In the News Today - January 22, 2016

January 22, 2016 | Insights

Indicted Plaintiffs Attorney to Represent Himself in Criminal Trial: A Mississippi federal judge this week agreed to allow Texas-based plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts to represent himself in the criminal case against him over charges of "vastly inflating the number of claimants for a $2.3 billion seafood compensation program" related to the Gulf oil spill. The 95-count indictment against Watts and others include charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, identify theft, and aggravated identity theft. (The Sun Herald and Law360) Read More »

In the News Today - December 23, 2015

December 23, 2015 | Insights

Texas Veterans Group Supports FACT Act: "This legislation will protect veterans by curbing fraud and preserving bankruptcy-trust resources for future claims," Morgan Little, chairman of the Texas Coalition of Veterans Organizations, said in a recent letter to U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), sponsor of the FACT Act. (American Security News) Read More »

In the News Today - December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015 | Insights

2015 "Judicial Hellholes" announced: California, New York City, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia were named as "Judicial Hellholes" in the American Tort Reform Association's annual report. West Virginia joined Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma, Philadelphia, and New Jersey on the "Watch List." (West Virginia MetroNews) Read More »

In the News Today - December 14, 2015

December 14, 2015 | Insights

Editorial: "Absolute power can corrupt absolutely.": The State Island Advance editorial board notes that former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was "convicted of using his office to line his own pockets with millions of dollars in kickbacks tied to his outside job with a high-powered law firm that specializes in asbestos cases." (State Island Advance) Read More »

In the News Today - November 16, 2015

November 16, 2015 | Insights

Federal Judge Says His Overworked Colleagues on Bench Close to "Breaking Point": Chief U.S. District Judge Morrison England of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California said "he and the five other judges on his bench are sometimes working more than 80 hours a week trying to make a dent in the pile of pending cases." (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

In The News Today - November 9, 2015

November 09, 2015 | Insights

New York AG Eric Schneiderman's investigation into Exxon Mobil's research and public statements on climate change "marks a dangerous new escalation of the left's attempt to stamp out all disagreement on global-warming science and policy," writes the Wall Street Journal editorial board. Read More »

In the News Today - October 30, 2015

October 30, 2015 | Insights

Transocean Ltd., the offshore drilling rig involved in the 2010 Gulf oil spill, has reached a settlement that has led to the dismissal of federal lawsuits filed by Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas agains the company. Alabama reportedly will receive $20 million from the settlement; Louisiana will get $4 million; Texas, $2 million; Florida, $5 million. Mississippi's amount has not yet been released. (Wall Street Journal) Read More »

In the News Today - October 29, 2015

October 29, 2015 | Insights

South Carolina Lawyers Weekly this week highlights criticism "of the secretive selection process that the South Carolina Attorney General's Office uses to hire private lawyers for cases that can generate millions in fees". ILR President Lisa A. Rickard is quoted, saying such arrangements raise "concerns about pay-to-play, conflicts of interest, the use of a public entity for personal gain and fairness in prosecutions." (South Carolina Lawyers Weekly) Read More »

Legal Dispute Exposes Plaintiffs Getting 'Traded Like Commodities'

October 23, 2015 | Insights

"A legal dispute within a plaintiffs' law firm that organizes massive torts is threatening to pull back the curtain on the mechanics of high-volume litigation," reports Bloomberg's Paul Barrett. Read More »

In the News Today - October 22, 2015

October 22, 2015 | Insights

A federal grand jury has indicted San Antonio plaintiffs' attorney Mikal Watts "on charges of making false claims and identity theft in relation to the litigation involving BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico." The charges allege that Watts "fraudulently bolstered the number of clients he had with claims against BP to get a seat on the steering committee," from which he helped negotiate a $2.3 billion partial settlement with BP. (Houston Chronicle) Read More »

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