In the News Today - January 26, 2017

January 26, 2017

Senator Orrin Hatch Writes on Mens Rea Reform: Senator Orrin Hatch writes on the need for mens rea, or “guilty mind,” requirements in our courts. He says that in recent years “these crucial protections have eroded through regulatory encroachment and congressional inattention.” Hatch introduced a criminal reform proposal with support from a variety of groups, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, which he hopes will see progress in Congress. (TIME)

Congressman Bob Goodlatte Submits Legislation Targeting Slush Funds: House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte recently submitted the Stop Settlements Slush Funds Act of 2017 (H.R. 522). The bill would “prohibit the U.S. Department of Justice from keeping parts of fines and penalties and prevent federal agencies from requiring defendants to donate money to outside groups as part of settlement agreements.” (Forbes/Legal Newsline)

ILR’s Harold Kim Quoted on Northern California TPLF Disclosure Requirement: The federal court in San Francisco has become “the first in the nation to require the automatic disclosure of third-party funding agreements for proposed class action lawsuits.” ILR’s Executive Vice President Harold Kim praised the amendment saying investors “should not be allowed to operate in the shadows nor control litigation, especially in class actions, where they can more easily put their own interests before class members.” (Reuters)