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Coastal Erosion Lawsuits More About Trial Lawyers Getting Paid, Louisianans Say

August 07, 2019

A new Google poll conducted and released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) found that a majority of Louisianans say that the coastal erosion lawsuits brought by private trial lawyers on behalf of local governments are more about money than the environment.

  1. In the News Today - September 11, 2019

    September 11, 2019 | News

    Third Party Funders Now Pitching Canadian Start-Ups... Read More

  2. Justice System Should Work "The Way It Is Intended To" On PFAS, Lawyer Says

    September 11, 2019 | News

    At the third PFAS chemical Congressional hearing this year, a Virginia-based prosecuting attorney said Congress should "let the justice system work the way it is intended to" after uncovering seemingly coordinated efforts between plaintiffs' lawyers and state prosecutors to sue on similar issues, Legal Newsline reports.... Read More

  3. 14 AGs Ask Ohio Judge Not To Move Bellwether Forward

    September 10, 2019 | News

    A group of 14 attorneys general filed an amicus brief to the Sixth Circuit urging the judge overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation proceedings not to move forward with a bellwether trial with lawsuits from local governments, Law360 reports.... Read More

  4. ILR Research Review, Volume 6, Issue 2

    September 10, 2019 | Research

    This edition of the ILR Research Review covers four developments that represent a cross-section of the litigation challenges facing the American business community today, including: municipality lawsuits against energy producers; the unsuitability of private rights of action for protecting privacy; the enduring value of arbitration; and the urgent need to ensure fairness for defendants in multidistrict litigation proceedings.... Read More

  5. In the News Today - September 6, 2019

    September 06, 2019 | News

    Chicago Engaging in "Naked Gamesmanship," Uber Says... Read More

  6. Another Judge Rejects Merger Objection Securities Lawsuit

    September 06, 2019 | News

    A Delaware federal judge rejected a merger objection lawsuit because it wouldn't have created a "substantial benefit" to the shareholders, D&O Diary reports.... Read More

  7. "A Scientific Roundup"

    September 04, 2019 | News

    The Wall Street Journal editorial board called the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent decision not to approve cancer warnings on glyphosate products a "rebuke to California."... Read More

  8. Securities Class Action Filings Remain at High Tide

    September 03, 2019 | News

    The first half of 2019 continued the heightened pace of federal court securities class actions with 199 cases filed, signaling a year-end total of around 400 such lawsuits... Read More

  9. In the News Today - August 29, 2019

    August 29, 2019 | News

    Lawyer Says Oklahoma Decision Can Boost Nuisance Lawsuits... Read More

  10. 11th Circ. Says One Text Doesn't Equate to TCPA Harm

    August 29, 2019 | News

    Yesterday, the Eleventh Circuit said a single unsolicited text does not generate the necessary harm to bring lawsuits under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Law360 reports.... Read More

  11. In the News Today - August 28, 2019

    August 28, 2019 | News

    Proposed California Legislation Would Greatly Expand State False Claims Act... Read More

  1. In the News Today - September 11, 2019

    September 11, 2019 | News

    Third Party Funders Now Pitching Canadian Start-Ups... Read More

  2. Justice System Should Work "The Way It Is Intended To" On PFAS, Lawyer Says

    September 11, 2019 | News

    At the third PFAS chemical Congressional hearing this year, a Virginia-based prosecuting attorney said Congress should "let the justice system work the way it is intended to" after uncovering seemingly coordinated efforts between plaintiffs' lawyers and state prosecutors to sue on similar issues, Legal Newsline reports.... Read More

  3. 14 AGs Ask Ohio Judge Not To Move Bellwether Forward

    September 10, 2019 | News

    A group of 14 attorneys general filed an amicus brief to the Sixth Circuit urging the judge overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation proceedings not to move forward with a bellwether trial with lawsuits from local governments, Law360 reports.... Read More

  4. In the News Today - September 6, 2019

    September 06, 2019 | News

    Chicago Engaging in "Naked Gamesmanship," Uber Says... Read More

  5. Another Judge Rejects Merger Objection Securities Lawsuit

    September 06, 2019 | News

    A Delaware federal judge rejected a merger objection lawsuit because it wouldn't have created a "substantial benefit" to the shareholders, D&O Diary reports.... Read More

  6. "A Scientific Roundup"

    September 04, 2019 | News

    The Wall Street Journal editorial board called the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent decision not to approve cancer warnings on glyphosate products a "rebuke to California."... Read More

  7. Securities Class Action Filings Remain at High Tide

    September 03, 2019 | News

    The first half of 2019 continued the heightened pace of federal court securities class actions with 199 cases filed, signaling a year-end total of around 400 such lawsuits... Read More

  8. In the News Today - August 29, 2019

    August 29, 2019 | News

    Lawyer Says Oklahoma Decision Can Boost Nuisance Lawsuits... Read More

  9. 11th Circ. Says One Text Doesn't Equate to TCPA Harm

    August 29, 2019 | News

    Yesterday, the Eleventh Circuit said a single unsolicited text does not generate the necessary harm to bring lawsuits under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Law360 reports.... Read More

  10. In the News Today - August 28, 2019

    August 28, 2019 | News

    Proposed California Legislation Would Greatly Expand State False Claims Act... Read More

  11. Oklahoma Opioid Settlements, Judgments Raise Question: Where Does the Money Go?

    August 28, 2019 | News

    With the addition of Monday's $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson to Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter's earlier settlements with Purdue and Teva, the state's legal campaign against the opioid industry has accumulated nearly $1 billion. ... Read More

  1. Coastal Erosion Lawsuits More About Trial Lawyers Getting Paid, Louisianans Say

    August 07, 2019 | Blogs

    A new Google poll conducted and released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) found that a majority of Louisianans say that the coastal erosion lawsuits brought by private trial lawyers on behalf of local governments are more about money than the environment.... Read More

  2. Private Rights of Action - Shifting Gears in Privacy Enforcement

    August 06, 2019 | Blogs

    A private right of action is essentially a license to sue. It's usually a statutory grant of authority that gives private lawyers the green light to enforce privacy laws through litigation. But when plaintiffs' lawyers-not government agencies-are allowed to write and enforce the rules of the road, it can lead to mixed signals. ... Read More

  3. New Securities Litigation Report Exposes the Plaintiffs' Bar's Game of Padding its Pocketbook with Investors' Money

    July 26, 2019 | Blogs

    A securities plaintiffs' lawyer could hit it big by buying a lottery ticket, but the odds of a win are long. A new study suggests they're better off filing as many suits as they can and creating unnecessary work to defend massive fee requests. It turns out the odds of a windfall there are as sure-fire as Derek Jeter making the Hall of Fame. ... Read More

  4. Who Wins When Louisiana Sues? Texas!

    July 25, 2019 | Blogs

    It's no secret that Louisiana's legal system does its economy no favors.... Read More

  5. Smarter, Better, Faster

    July 16, 2019 | Blogs

    "If you ain't first, you're last" wasn't just the catchphrase of Ricky Bobby, the fictional race car driver from Talladega Nights; until last week, it was also the policy of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division when it came to companies reporting antitrust violations. ... Read More

  6. Missouri in Hot Pursuit of Tort Reform in 2019

    July 08, 2019 | Blogs

    Summer has started and, while temperatures are rising, state legislative sessions are cooling down for the season. Legal reform was a hot topic in many states this year, and Missouri was no exception. The Show-Me State passed three key reform bills aimed at reining in an out-of-control lawsuit climate. ... Read More

  7. NPR Highlights Trial Lawyer "Referral Mills," Advertising Bonanza

    July 03, 2019 | Blogs

    A recent spree of lawsuit advertising to recruit plaintiffs for Roundup weed-killer litigation is just the latest example of the trial lawyer "money machine" in action, according to reporting from National Public Radio's Marketplace Morning Report. ... Read More

  8. The M&A Class Action Racket: An End in Sight?

    July 02, 2019 | Blogs

    In late June, a federal judge in Illinois delivered an extraordinary opinion. U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin threw out a merger and acquisition (M&A) objection lawsuit settlement and ordered the plaintiffs' lawyers to return hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees. He also said that the case should have been dismissed before it ever got off the ground, and that it was time to end the "racket" of "worthless" M&A lawsuits.... Read More

  9. In The News Today - July 2, 2019

    July 02, 2019 | Blogs

    GDPR "Holding European Businesses Back," Data Think Tank Analyst Says; TPLF Driving Growth of Australian Class Actions... Read More

  10. We're Not in Kansas Anymore, Are We?

    June 28, 2019 | Blogs

    After the recent Kansas Supreme Court decision to lift caps on non-economic damages, Dorothy may not want to click her ruby slippers three times to go home. ... Read More

  11. Did Litigation Funders Just Confirm Our Suspicions? Again?

    May 31, 2019 | Blogs

    It is not surprising that in April, two litigation funders essentially confirmed they look for cases with massive damages potential to find their next jackpot. What is more interesting is the fact that one of those funders, contrary to the industry's long-standing declaration against such practices, may have just admitted they do, in fact, want some control over the litigation they fund.... Read More

  1. U.S. Chamber Issues Statement on Decision in Oklahoma Opioid Trial

    August 26, 2019 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) made the following statement about the decision in the Oklahoma opioid trial.... Read More

  2. Study: Parish Lawsuits Over Coastal Erosion Threaten Louisiana's Economy

    August 07, 2019 | Press Release

    A new study released today from the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform shows how trial lawyers designed parish lawsuits against Louisiana's biggest employer-the energy industry-to bypass state laws on potential awards and settlements and generate big paydays for themselves.... Read More

  3. New Study: Lawsuits Are Poor Tools for Protecting Privacy

    July 15, 2019 | Press Release

    A new study released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows what happens when plaintiffs' lawyers are given the green light to enforce privacy laws through private rights of action: clogged courts, less innovation and no real benefit to consumers. ... Read More

  4. New Study: Workers Win More Money and More Often in Arbitration Than in Court

    May 16, 2019 | Press Release

    New Poll Also Shows More Than Six in Ten View Arbitration Favorably as a Way to Solve Disputes ... Read More

  5. U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Welcomes Former Chief Counsel for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

    May 01, 2019 | Press Release

    Washington, D.C.-John Abegg, longtime chief counsel for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, will become the executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).  Abegg will provide advocacy, strategy, policy guidance, and management expertise to support ILR's comprehensive program aimed at improving the nation's litigation climate. ... Read More

  6. New U.S. Chamber Studies Examine Surge in Lawsuits by Cities and Counties

    March 07, 2019 | Press Release

    Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today released a pair of studies examining the surge in lawsuits by cities and counties enlisted by trial lawyers to sue over alleged misconduct by businesses.... Read More

  7. U.S. Chamber: Trial Lawyers and Their Allies Seek to Pass Forced Litigation Bills

    February 28, 2019 | Press Release

    New Bills Would Increase Lawsuits That Primarily Benefit Lawyers ... Read More

  8. U.S. Chamber Report: Securities Class Action System in Crisis with Record Lawsuits, Professional Plaintiffs

    February 26, 2019 | Press Release

    Reforms needed from Congress, SEC, Courts... Read More

  9. Lawsuit Over Coffee Warning Labels Named Most Ridiculous of 2018

    December 18, 2018 | Press Release

    A lawsuit targeting California coffee houses for not including warning labels on their products tops the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's (ILR) list of the Top 10 Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2018. ... Read More

  10. U.S. Chamber Comments on New York Lawsuit Against ExxonMobil

    October 24, 2018 | Press Release

    Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) made the following statement about the lawsuit filed today by New York State against ExxonMobil using the Martin Act:... Read More

  11. Study: U.S. Tort System Costs $429 Billion

    October 24, 2018 | Press Release

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows that the cost and compensation paid in the U.S. tort system totaled $429 billion-or 2.3 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP)-in 2016.... Read More

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