In the News Today - April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017

U.S. Chamber Urges Gov. Ducey to Sign Bill to Curb Lawsuit Abuse Against Arizona’s Small Businesses: This week, the Arizona legislature passed a bill (S.B. 1406) to curb lawsuit abuse under the Arizonans with Disabilities Act (AZDA). S.B. 1406 would ensure that genuine AZDA claims are addressed without exposing Arizona’s small business owners to abusive litigation that impedes economic growth and job creation. ILR sent a letter to Gov. Ducey urging him to sign S.B. 1406 into law. (ILR Blog)

The Steep Rise of Collective Actions in Europe: D&O Diary’s Kevin LaCroix writes on ILR’s recent report, The Growth of Collective Redress in the EU: A Survey of Developments in 10 Member States, noting that the report makes a “number of interesting points about current trends” including “that the willingness of the courts in some countries to interpret their jurisdictional reach very broadly has led to what certainly does look a lot like forum shopping.” LaCroix concludes that the report is “timely and interesting and wroth reading at length and in full.” (D&O Diary)

Slack Fill Suits See Boom: The number of “slack-fill” lawsuits has jumped more than six times since 2013, according to a research from ILR, The Food Court: Trends in Food and Beverage Class Action Litigation. Specifically, the report highlights that slack-fill lawsuits alleging that food makers intentionally underfill their packages have skyrocketed from 10 filed cases in 2013 and 2014 to 65 in 2015 and 2016. (Law360)