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Washington Post, June 16, 2014

Patent reform advocates are cheering an announcement last week from Tesla Motors that it had symbolically taken down its proud wall of patents. To encourage more rapid deployment of electric vehicles, chief executive Elon Musk wrote, “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” Going forward, Musk promised to open source the company’s protected inventions.

Legal Newsline, June 10, 2014

Ticketmaster has agreed to a preliminary settlement of up to $400 million in a class action lawsuit alleging its order processing fee was not for processing, but for profit.

The Troy Record, June 13, 2014

By Phoebe E. Stonbely, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York Albany
We applaud Sen. Schumer for proposing legislation to address New York’s doctor shortage (6/4/14 Troy Record: “Bill proposed by Sen. Charles Schumer addresses state’s shortage of primary care physicians”). The shortfall of doctors in New York is hardly a new problem; it has been a growing epidemic for decades, fueled in large part by a surplus of lawyers and inaction of the legislature in addressing the medical liability crisis faced by our state.

Reuters, June 12, 2014

Within the next two weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in a major case that could make it much harder for shareholders to band together against public companies in securities fraud class actions.

New York Post, June 10, 2014

“Oh, come on. What are these women thinking?” That was my comment a couple of years ago to a fellow preschool mom about a glowing New York Times Magazine piece on the “home birth movement.”

City & State, June 9, 2014

Looking to file a medical malpractice lawsuit for as much money in damages as you want?

Better hope you have a New York zip code.

Southeast Texas Record, June 5, 2014

In a recent article, a former Delaware judge recalled an asbestos case involving Beaumont’s Brent Coon & Associates that demonstrates the need for more transparency in asbestos litigation.

Southeast Texas Record, May 27, 2014

Asbestos litigation is the longest-running mass tort in U.S. history – so large that asbestos lawsuits have forced almost 100 companies into bankruptcy. And when these companies go bust, it has ripple effects across the economy: employees are laid off, retirees no longer receive pensions, and shareholders are wiped out.

Institute for Legal Reform, June 4, 2014

In a case reminiscent of last month’s news that the Buffalo Bills NFL franchise settled a $3 million class action suit stemming from a fan receiving three too many text messages over a two-week period, the Los Angeles Clippers have announced a $5 million suit under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). 

Louisiana Record, June 3, 2014

BP has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene after the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court Appeals disallowed maintaining a temporary stay in claims payouts following allegations of fraud within the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims process.

Manteca Bulletin, June 3, 2014

John Perez is afraid...Ever since Carmichael-based lawyer Scott Johnson slapped civil rights lawsuits against at least 21 Manteca business seeking punitive damages for allegedly being out of compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act access rules he’s been locking the front door to his South Main Street cabinet shop, Perez & Sons.

Forbes, June 2, 2014

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected, in scathing terms, a class-action settlement over Pella windows that was engineered by a lawyer who inserted his father-in-law as a named plaintiff and negotiated a $2 million advance on his fee before his other clients even knew the case had been settled.

ARS Technica, June 1, 2014

When Santa Barbara startup FindTheBest (FTB) was sued by a patent troll called Lumen View last year, it vowed to fight back rather than pay up the $50,000 licensing fee Lumen was asking for. Company CEO Kevin O'Connor made it personal, pledging $1 million of his own money to fight the legal battle.

Office of the Governor Rick Perry, May 29, 2014

Texas faced a major turning point in 2003, one that could have seriously jeopardized the economic successes our state has enjoyed over the past decade.

Ft. Worth Star Telegram, May 29, 2014

By Hazel Meaux
Texas’ economic prowess is common knowledge. We’re a beacon state for business investment and job creation, a credential recently burnished again by Chief Executive magazine.

Washington Examiner, May 30, 2014

Despite strong opposition, supporters of the Furthering Asbestos Transparency Act believe that U.S. Senator Jeff Flake’s introduction of the bill in the Senate could reignite interest in the FACT Act.

Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2014

The Supreme Court has done its best to kill a harmful theory that merges the worst instincts of the tort bar and green lobby, but the idea won't stay dead. The Justices now need to polish off this legal zombie for good.

Institute for Legal Reform, May 28, 2014

The Louisiana House of Representatives is considering legislation — SB 299 — that, "creates the appearance of regulation, but really allows consumer lawsuit lenders to operate outside of Louisiana law,” according to an alert issued by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). This legislation is scheduled to be heard in the House tomorrow, Thursday, May 29. 

Washington Examiner, May 14, 2014

Fresh evidence of the efficacy of transparency in public affairs recently came from an unexpected source -- class-action litigation on behalf of people who claim to have developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. An estimated $37 billion has been set aside to compensate such victims since the litigation became common in state and federal courts in the 1980s. Among the 100 or so companies that have been shut down at least in part by mesothelioma litigation is the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Garlock Sealing Technologies.

Washington Examiner, May 21, 2014

With the weight of her war chest alone, California Attorney General Kamala Harris might be able to crush her four Republican challengers.

San Antonio Express-News, May 18, 2014

Nationally recognized plaintiffs' attorney and Democratic megadonor Mikal C. Watts has been sued in Bexar County by a group of Vietnamese-Americans who allege that he listed them as clients without their knowledge or permission in the lucrative litigation stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2014

States are rewriting their laws to make it more difficult for so-called "patent trolls" to pursue small businesses over questionable patent claims.

The Buffalo News, May 19, 2014

The recent $3 million settlement by the Buffalo Bills for sending too many texts illustrates everything that is wrong with our justice system. This case makes the infamous hot coffee case look meritorious. Who are the victims here? Who truly believes that sending too many texts is a $3 million offense?

Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2014

A Delaware Supreme Court ruling could make it easier for Delaware-incorporated companies to deter shareholder lawsuits by adopting “loser pays” bylaws.

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 20, 2014

BP Plc (BP/) faces billions of dollars in additional payments after failing again to convince an appeals court that the company is being forced to pay claims that aren’t directly related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

San Antonio Express-News, May 18, 2014

Nationally recognized plaintiffs' attorney and Democratic megadonor Mikal C. Watts has been sued in Bexar County by a group of Vietnamese-Americans who allege that he listed them as clients without their knowledge or permission in the lucrative litigation stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Louisiana Record, May 14, 2014

BATON ROUGE – A bill governing the way lawsuits addressing the cleanup of land polluted in oil drilling operations, also know as legacy lawsuit, has passed the Louisiana State House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure minus an amendment added in the Senate that limited the bill to future lawsuits only.

Institute for Legal Reform, May 13, 2014

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement regarding the introduction of the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2014” (S. 2319) yesterday in the U.S. Senate. The legislation would require asbestos personal injury settlement trusts, which currently operate with little oversight and transparency, to report on their claims. 

Democrat & Chronicle, May 12, 2014

A growing number of companies are getting access to court-sealed evidence that allegedly points to widespread legal chicanery in asbestos-related personal injury suits.

Southeast Texas Record, May 6, 2014

A Florida businessman is suing the law firm of the late John O’Quinn, claiming the Houston firm provided him with false information that led to around $100 million in damages.