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Southeast Texas Record, September 29, 2014

A Texas judge is ready to dismiss more than a 1,000 asbestos and silica cases for failing to have medical reports filed by a Sept. 1 deadline, but the plaintiffs’ attorneys say that deadline is unconstitutional. 

Washington Examiner, October 2, 2014

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – Just as he’s done in previous years, plaintiffs attorney Steve Mostyn has spent millions this election cycle in races all across the country., September 29, 2014

In his 2008 State of the State Address Eliot Spitzer, recognizing the growing problem of a dearth of doctors in rural areas of upstate New York, proposed a new program called Doctors Across New York. In his speech, he referred to it as a “Peace Corps” for doctors designed to give young medical professionals student loan relief in return for them working in underserved areas.

SE Texas Record, September 30, 2014

We don’t want to think badly of people, but we don’t want to be played for fools either, and when we see the same person engaging in the same suspicious behavior over and over again, we get – suspicious.

Fox News Latino, September 29, 2014

When some years back Vanity Fair published a story called “Jungle Law,”  Steve Donziger believed the story would constitute a paradigmatic change that would end in a positive verdict in his judicial case against Chevron. Donziger, the lawyer representing a group of people from the Ecuador’s Amazonia that for over 20 years have been seeking reparations for the contamination allegedly left behind by Texaco (now merged with Chevron), probably did not imagine that all the fraudulent schemes he planned and executed would end up coming to light.

U-T San Diego, September 22, 2014

After more than a century of experience with direct democracy, Californians who pay attention to the process are attuned to how special interests try to use it to dupe voters for their own gain. That’s why we’re confident they’ll see through the pathetic scam that is Proposition 46.

New York Times, September 22, 2014

“I am the target of what is probably the most well-funded corporate retaliation campaign in U.S. history,” Steven Donziger emailed me early Monday afternoon.

Institute for Legal Reform, September 29, 2014

The Dutch Supreme Court has upheld an appellate court judgment "rejecting Ecuador’s attempt to escape a $106 million arbitration award against it in its fight with Chevron." 

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – Two asbestos attorneys discussed at a conference on Thursday how St. Louis has grown in recent years as a more attractive asbestos jurisdiction.

Dallas Morning News, September 23, 2014

Houston trial lawyer and political mega donor Steve Mostyn, who usually helps Democratic candidates, bankrolled a police group that was mostly playing in GOP primaries last spring because he’s from Tyler and wanted to knock off tea party-backed freshman Republican Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, a spokesman said Monday.

Southeast Texas Record, September 16, 2014

The Senate was wrong for not passing the House’s patent reform bill, one U.S. Senate Democrat said.

The Huffington Post, September 19, 2014

America's longest-running personal injury litigation arena is approaching full disruption, with high-profile cases and finger-pointing on issues ranging from concealing evidence to judges in the nation's largest trial court feeling "sad" at the disrespect shown by lawyers.

Politico, September 15, 2014

In 2012, a remarkable battle unfolded in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. Patton Boggs, the D.C. lobbying-and-law powerhouse co-founded by Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., faced off against Chevron, the sort of multinational corporation Patton Boggs normally represents. To the amazement of legal observers, the giant oil company accused Patton Boggs of participating in an extortion campaign rooted in the rain forest in Ecuador.

Texas Lawyer, September 17, 2014

Some businesses are gung-ho about state legislation to curb what they say are abuses by "patent trolls." But during a recent Senate hearing, other companies that depend on their patent rights to protect their inventions urged senators to hold their horses.

San Antonio Express News, September 16, 2014

Tort reform in Texas has been a key to making the state a model economy for the nation, Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday in San Antonio during an event honoring billionaire investor B.J. “Red” McCombs for two decades of supporting changes to the state's legal system.

National Review, September 15, 2014

This past Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court struck down a portion of the state’s tort-reform laws, declaring in Lewellen v. Franklin that a cap on punitive damages violates the right to trial by jury. 

Institute for Legal Reform, September 15, 2014

Denial is one of the oldest tricks around. When confronted with an uncomfortable situation, one common human instinct is to deny there's a problem. 

Latin Business Chronicle, September 11, 2014

The principal economies of Latin America are reforming their civil law systems, which may instigate a wave of litigation with potential negative consequences for foreign investment and economic growth in the region.

Washington Legal Foundation, September 11, 2014

On September 9, the Supreme Court of Missouri struck down the state’s legislative limit on the amount of punitive damages that can be imposed on defendants. Under the cap, punitive damages could not exceed the greater of $500,000 or five times the net amount of the judgment.

WOAI, September 10, 2014

A record number of new doctors, nearly 4,000 new medical doctors, were licensed in Texas in 2013, Newsradio 1200 WOAI's Berit Mason reports.

Forbes, September 8, 2014

In March of this year I discussed the seminal racketeering decision by United States District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan against attorney Steven Donziger, lead plaintiffs’ lawyer in the massive suit against Chevron in Ecuador for pollution allegedly caused by Texaco (acquired by Chevron) in the Lago Agrio.  

Austin Business Journal, September 9, 2014

The Texas Medical Board broke a record last month when it licensed its 3,994th physician in a single fiscal year, the most ever recorded by the body.

In 2009, the notorious securities litigation firm Robbins Geller brought a shareholder lawsuit against the Boeing Co., accusing its management of illegal misrepresentations based on the word of a confidential witness inside the company.

The Economist, August 30, 2014

WHO runs the world’s most lucrative shakedown operation? The Sicilian mafia? The People’s Liberation Army in China? The kleptocracy in the Kremlin? If you are a big business, all these are less grasping than America’s regulatory system. 

Sacramento Bee, August 31, 2014

Physicians should not get drunk or stoned, especially before operating on patients.

Washington Examiner, September 2, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) – As the deadline for unsealing the estimation record of the Garlock Sealing Technologies bankruptcy proceeding draws nearer, talks of asbestos trust transparency are on the rise. But three asbestos plaintiffs’ attorneys argue that many arguments in support of transparency aren’t quite what they seem, calling them “nothing more than tort reform.”

Bloomberg, August 28, 2014

Takeda Pharmaceutical (4502) Co. and Eli Lilly (LLY) & Co. lost a bid to have a judge throw out a combined $9 billion punitive-damage award over claims the drugmakers hid the cancer risks of their Actos diabetes medicine.

Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2014

Lawyers in some high-profile suits involving technology companies have hit a rough patch.

Los Angeles Time, August 12, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday finalized a $26-million legal settlement to end a lawsuit over a ban on lunchtime naps by trash-truck drivers.

Wall Street Journal, August 27, 2014

Corporate America is suffering from a costly and inefficient epidemic of questionable shareholder lawsuits. This problem could be mitigated by shifting some of the costs, and risks, of litigation to plaintiffs attorneys through a "loser pays" rule.