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West Virginia Warms Up to Creating an Intermediate Court of Appeals

February 11, 2020

ILR once again commends the Senate for passing SB 275 and urges the House of Delegates to support the bill to passage.

  1. Environmental Group Files Public Nuisance Lawsuit Against Food Companies

    February 28, 2020 | News

    An environmental group is suing the world's biggest food, beverage, and consumer goods companies over plastic packaging, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - February 28, 2020

    February 27, 2020 | News

    A recent study found that many New York lawyers are hiding facts in asbestos cases.... Read More

  3. Potential Australian State Law Could Make Class Actions More Lucrative

    February 27, 2020 | News

    An Australian law firm is taking advantage of legislation that is waiting to be passed by the Victorian upper house.... Read More

  4. Law Firm Trying to Undermine Efforts to Reduce Asbestos Case Backlogs

    February 26, 2020 | News

    One of Baltimore's most powerful law firms is using its political muscle to put an end to a hugely successful court procedure that ensures justice for victims, not paydays for plaintiffs' lawyers, writes ILR President Harold Kim in The Baltimore Sun.... Read More

  5. In the News Today - February 25, 2020

    February 25, 2020 | News

    California Law Firm Accused of Using "Shill Plaintiff"... Read More

  6. AGs Balk at Attorneys' Fee Bid in Opioid MDL

    February 25, 2020 | News

    A bipartisan group of 37 attorneys general say the fee model asked for by the plaintiffs' attorneys in the massive opioid multidistrict litigation proceedings are "well beyond what is necessary to ensure fair compensation for private counsel," Law360 reports.... Read More

  7. Missouri: 44th for Business But Looking Up

    February 24, 2020 | News

    Legal reform advocates in Missouri's legislature have momentum on their side in 2020, writes ILR President Harold Kim in The Kansas City Star. ... Read More

  8. Nuclear Verdicts, Litigation Trends Drive Spike in Trucking Insurance

    February 21, 2020 | News

    The trucking industry is facing a "potentially life-threatening" rise in insurance costs that is directly linked to an "astronomical increase in litigation," according to Insurance Business Magazine.... Read More

  9. Narrow Definition of ATDS Prevails in the Seventh Circuit

    February 20, 2020 | News

    The Seventh Circuit has rejected a broad interpretation of Automatic Telephone Dialing Systems (ATDS), which threatened to create "liability for every text message sent from an iPhone," the National Law Journal reports. ... Read More

  10. In the News Today - February 19, 2020

    February 19, 2020 | News

    "The Coming Wave of California Consumer Privacy Act Lawsuits"... Read More

  11. Negotiation Class Subverts Authority, States Say

    February 19, 2020 | News

    A group of 12 states and the District of Columbia urged the Sixth Circuit to stop the use of the "negotiation class" in the multidistrict opioid litigation in Ohio, Law360 reports.... Read More

  1. Environmental Group Files Public Nuisance Lawsuit Against Food Companies

    February 28, 2020 | News

    An environmental group is suing the world's biggest food, beverage, and consumer goods companies over plastic packaging, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.... Read More

  2. In the News Today - February 28, 2020

    February 27, 2020 | News

    A recent study found that many New York lawyers are hiding facts in asbestos cases.... Read More

  3. Potential Australian State Law Could Make Class Actions More Lucrative

    February 27, 2020 | News

    An Australian law firm is taking advantage of legislation that is waiting to be passed by the Victorian upper house.... Read More

  4. Law Firm Trying to Undermine Efforts to Reduce Asbestos Case Backlogs

    February 26, 2020 | News

    One of Baltimore's most powerful law firms is using its political muscle to put an end to a hugely successful court procedure that ensures justice for victims, not paydays for plaintiffs' lawyers, writes ILR President Harold Kim in The Baltimore Sun.... Read More

  5. In the News Today - February 25, 2020

    February 25, 2020 | News

    California Law Firm Accused of Using "Shill Plaintiff"... Read More

  6. AGs Balk at Attorneys' Fee Bid in Opioid MDL

    February 25, 2020 | News

    A bipartisan group of 37 attorneys general say the fee model asked for by the plaintiffs' attorneys in the massive opioid multidistrict litigation proceedings are "well beyond what is necessary to ensure fair compensation for private counsel," Law360 reports.... Read More

  7. Missouri: 44th for Business But Looking Up

    February 24, 2020 | News

    Legal reform advocates in Missouri's legislature have momentum on their side in 2020, writes ILR President Harold Kim in The Kansas City Star. ... Read More

  8. Nuclear Verdicts, Litigation Trends Drive Spike in Trucking Insurance

    February 21, 2020 | News

    The trucking industry is facing a "potentially life-threatening" rise in insurance costs that is directly linked to an "astronomical increase in litigation," according to Insurance Business Magazine.... Read More

  9. Narrow Definition of ATDS Prevails in the Seventh Circuit

    February 20, 2020 | News

    The Seventh Circuit has rejected a broad interpretation of Automatic Telephone Dialing Systems (ATDS), which threatened to create "liability for every text message sent from an iPhone," the National Law Journal reports. ... Read More

  10. In the News Today - February 19, 2020

    February 19, 2020 | News

    "The Coming Wave of California Consumer Privacy Act Lawsuits"... Read More

  11. Negotiation Class Subverts Authority, States Say

    February 19, 2020 | News

    A group of 12 states and the District of Columbia urged the Sixth Circuit to stop the use of the "negotiation class" in the multidistrict opioid litigation in Ohio, Law360 reports.... Read More

  1. West Virginia Warms Up to Creating an Intermediate Court of Appeals

    February 11, 2020 | Blogs

    ILR once again commends the Senate for passing SB 275 and urges the House of Delegates to support the bill to passage. ... Read More

  2. Another Court Comes Around on Autodialers

    February 04, 2020 | Blogs

    It's no secret that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has become a cash cow for plaintiffs' attorneys. Thankfully, some courts are finally coming around. ... Read More

  3. Top 4 News and Blog Articles of 2019

    January 14, 2020 | Blogs

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  4. The Mass Tort Advertising Machine

    November 26, 2019 | Blogs

    Plaintiffs' lawyers have spent tens of millions of dollars on ads recruiting plaintiffs against Roundup, Bayer-Monsanto's glyphosate-based weed-killer, and that spending is paying off.... Read More

  5. How California's Lemon Law Is Driving Its Lawsuit System Ranking Down

    November 21, 2019 | Blogs

    California has always been known for its weather. It's a shame, then, that the Golden State's lawsuit climate has never been particularly well-regarded... Read More

  6. Baltimore Taking Aggressive Action To Resolve Asbestos Backlog

    November 19, 2019 | Blogs

    Baltimore's court system is taking an aggressive approach to resolve its backlog of 30,000 asbestos-related cases, The Wall Street Journal reports.... Read More

  7. Federal Judges Take on Securities Lawyers' Mootness Fees Racket

    November 08, 2019 | Blogs

    The Trial Lawyers Chafe at the Challenge to Their "Cozy Game"... Read More

  8. Will New Executive Orders Close OFCCP's Highway to Enforcement Hell?

    November 07, 2019 | Blogs

    Experienced drivers know the rules of the road. Green light means go, red light means stop, and the speed limit ensures safe driving. Break these rules, and you'll get a ticket or hauled into traffic court. But what if those responsible for enforcing the rules decided to change them on a whim? ... Read More

  9. Rules Committee To Continue Work On TPLF

    November 01, 2019 | Blogs

    In another welcome sign, the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules for the U.S. courts announced this week that it will continue to study the effects of third party litigation funding (TPLF) in civil litigation and the potential need for a disclosure requirement. ... Read More

  10. Pending EU Collective Action Directive Could Ignite TPLF Abuses in Europe

    October 28, 2019 | Blogs

    Third party litigation funding (TPLF) has turned into an estimated $100 billion industry, affecting civil justice systems in the U.S. and around the world. This questionable business practice of letting outsiders invest in lawsuits is rapidly growing in Europe, just as the EU is about to pass the first EU-wide collective redress (class action) legislation.... Read More

  11. AAJ's Arbitration "Study" Based On Flagrantly False Premises

    October 07, 2019 | Blogs

    Recently, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) released a "study" on arbitration-just as the House of Representatives took up legislation. To no one's surprise, the AAJ argues that litigation is a better way to resolve disputes. But this "study" is nothing more than a misleading attempt to discredit arbitration that's based on three flagrantly false premises.... Read More

  1. Lawsuit Over Lip Balm Named The Most Ridiculous Lawsuit of 2019

    December 17, 2019 | Press Release

    Video Highlights U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform's Annual Top 10 List... Read More

  2. Harold H. Kim Appointed President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; Lisa A. Rickard Transitions to New Role in the Chamber

    December 13, 2019 | Press Release

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced that Harold H. Kim, chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), will become president of the Chamber affiliate effective January 1, 2020. ... Read More

  3. West Virginia's Lawsuit Climate Rank Holds Steady at 45th

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    While Progress Has Slowed, State is Still Moving in the Right Direction... Read More

  4. New Jersey's Lawsuit Climate Ranked Among Nation's Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    The Garden State Fell to Its Lowest Rank Ever... Read More

  5. Missouri's Lawsuit Climate Ranked Among Nation's Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    St. Louis Ranked 10th Worst in the Nation for Lawsuits... Read More

  6. Louisiana Lawsuit Climate Ranked Nation's 2nd Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    New Orleans/Orleans Parish One of the Nation's Worst Jurisdictions... Read More

  7. Illinois' Lawsuit Climate Ranked Nation's Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    Asbestos, Data Privacy Lawsuits and Flood of Out-of-State Plaintiffs Make the State a Lawsuit Pariah... Read More

  8. Georgia's Lawsuit Climate Ranked Among Nation's Ten Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    The Peach State Slips into the Bottom 10 Worst States; Hits All-Time Low... Read More

  9. Survey Ranks Florida's Lawsuit Climate Among Nation's Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    Despite Low Ranking, Florida Is Showing Signs of Improvement... Read More

  10. Delaware Regains Nation's Top Lawsuit Climate Rank

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    Reclaims Top Spot After Fall in 2017... Read More

  11. California's Lawsuit Climate Ranked Among Nation's Worst

    September 18, 2019 | Press Release

    Los Angeles, San Francisco 2nd and 3rd Worst Cities in Nation for Lawsuits... Read More

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