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Washington Examiner, July 8, 2014

At the request of Texas plaintiffs attorney Steve Mostyn, a Galveston County judge recently authorized the testimony of a Republican state senator accused of encouraging the Texas Windstorm Insurance Agency to fight some of the thousands of lawsuits brought against it by Mostyn.

Legal Newsline, July 9, 2014

A Loyola University professor who has held himself out as an impartial expert on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has a stake in a claim against the energy giant, court documents show.

Bloomberg Businessweek, July 9, 2014

Lampooning the lawsuit industry has become an industry unto itself—and not exclusively for grins and giggles. Frivolous litigation wastes public resources and distracts from true injustice. 

Wall Street Journal, July 6, 2014

By Bradley Allen
As a Californian, I am pained to say that three of the nation's five fastest-growing cities—and seven of the top 15—are in Texas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Much of this growth is spurred by the state's booming energy industry. Innovations such as hydraulic fracturing, "fracking," and horizontal drilling are making the state's gas and oil fields more productive than ever, attracting newcomers with high-paying jobs.

The Daily Gazette, July 4, 2014

Last year, state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was paid between $650,000 and $750,000 by the Manhattan law firm Weitz & Luxenberg to serve as one of its of its attorneys.

Reuters, July 3, 2014

By Tom Hals

(Reuters) - Six insurance companies are suing an asbestos personal injury trust set up by a U.S. unit of Philips that the insurers suspect has been making millions of dollars in fraudulent payments to parties that cannot prove they were harmed by the company's asbestos products.

Wall Street Journal, July 3, 2014

Two companies have decided to seize a newly created opportunity to shift corporate legal fees to shareholders.

San Antonio Express-News, July 2, 2014

By Mike Hull
Jury trials are declining in America in both civil and criminal matters, and in both state and federal courts. The decline is present in states with tort reform and in states that have not passed tort reform. Despite the recent spirited debate on this page, there is no empirical study linking the decline to a specific factor.

Southeast Texas Record, June 30, 2014

A Texas law firm’s recent ad in a national magazine has the trucking industry in an outrage., June 30, 2014

By Yul Ejnes, MD
Physicians in California are mobilizing to oppose an initiative on the November ballot that will raise the cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. The current cap of $250,000 is part of California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, or MICRA.

Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2014

The Supreme Court on Monday gave companies more leeway to fend off securities-fraud lawsuits before trial, but it declined to overrule legal precedent that has undergirded investor class actions for more than two decades.

Legal Newsline, June 23, 2014

The Los Angeles Clippers have settled a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action lawsuit for $5.3 million. The lawsuit alleged the plaintiff and other class members received unsolicited text messages from an automated telephone dialing system that violated the TCPA.

Southeast Texas Record, June 25, 2014

Facebook has filed a motion to dismiss in a lawsuit against it for allegedly violating users’ privacy by using data from private messages to generate targeted advertisements. 

Illinois Review, June 21, 2014

The phrase “kicking the can down the road,” is an often overused expression, but when it comes to the Illinois General Assembly, it is not just a phrase but a way of life.

Institute for Legal Reform, June 23, 2014

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today reacted to a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. that takes a step toward scaling back meritless securities class actions.  The Chamber also urged Congress to do more to protect shareholders in these abusive cases.

Southeast Texas Record, June 9, 2014

In a recent issue of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, retired Delaware Judge Peggy Ableman recalled a case she presided over in which a Florida firm recommended by Beaumont’s Brent Coon represented a woman and her son seeking damages from an asbestos company. Coon, meantime, had made claims for them against several bankruptcy trusts.

Legal Newsline, June 19, 2014

The Supreme Court of Mississippi has remanded an asbestos lawsuit, ruling the punitive damages award was improper because the trial judge influenced the jury when he asked them to clarify their verdict.

Legal Newsline, June 17, 2014

A $4.55 million settlement has been reached and finalized in a class action lawsuit against Best Buy after consumers claimed it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making unsolicited telephone calls.

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.