In the News Today - July 12, 2018

July 12, 2018

Calif. Lawmaker Who Killed Trial Lawyer Advertising Bill Accepted $650K In Contributions From Lawyers: The California Senate Judiciary Committee chair who killed a bill that would regulate misleading trial lawyer drug and device advertising has taken $650,000 from lawyers in her political career, including $55,000 from the state’s trial lawyer group. The bill was passed unanimously by the state Assembly, and would have considered advertisements from plaintiffs’ lawyers “materially misleading” if they overstated the risks of Federal Drug Administration-approved medical drugs and devices or understated the benefits. (Forbes/Legal Newsline)

“Moving Toward Disclosure of Third-Party Funding in Litigation”: Two lawyers with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP examine the state of play for third party litigation funding regulation, including what they call “an inevitable move toward disclosure and potential regulation of third-party funding arrangements in all US civil litigation.” (Who’s Who Legal)

West Virginia State Supreme Court Justice Resigns: Justice Menis Ketchum of the West Virginia State Supreme Court submitted his letter of retirement and resignation to Gov. Jim Justice, effective July 27. The state’s Supreme Court has been the subject of controversy in recent weeks, as Justice Allen Loughry was indicted on 22 federal charges of misconduct. Though Justice Ketchum has also been mentioned in controversy, no charges have been filed against him. (West Virginia Record)