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Institute for Legal Reform, July 21, 2014

By Matthew L. Wald

After 2010 congressional testing found that many consumer products carrying the Energy Star label “did not deserve the listing”, a “wave of class action lawsuits” was filed against the companies that manufacture the products. 

San Antonio-Express News

By Hazel Meaux

Texas' economic prowess is common knowledge. We're a beacon state for business investment and job creation, a credential recently burnished by Chief Executive Magazine.

Dallas/Fort Worth Daily, July 18, 2014

By Steve Jacob

Medical malpractice suits are time consuming and emotionally draining. The average physician spends more time—about 11 percent of his or her career—embroiled in malpractice litigation than it takes to complete medical school.

The Washington Post, July 15, 2014

By Brian Fung

Despite the sudden collapse of patent legislation in Congress earlier this year, most policymakers agree that patent trolls are a huge drag on the U.S. economy. By filing one frivolous lawsuit after another, trolls extractenormous payments from companies simply by claiming infringement — they don't have to do very much to back up their assertions, nor do they have to be using the patents to sue., July 17, 2014

By Mike Deak

NORTH BRUNSWICK – An appellate court has agreed with the dismissal of what a judge called “the most frivolous complaint I have ever seen,” a lawsuit brought by a man against Wal-Mart and Ticketmaster because he couldn’t get the Beach Boys tickets he wanted.

Illinois Review, July 17, 2014

By Travis Akin

A new report on the business climate across the country has given Illinois a failing grade. The website Thumbtack and the Kauffman Foundation conducted a survey and asked thousands of small business owners about the various business regulations in their respective states and then applied a letter grade to their states.


Southeast Texas Record, July 10, 2014

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is blaming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the failure of his patent reform bill.

Galveston Daily News, July 9, 2014

In a highly suspect ruling, recently defeated Republican State District Judge Bret Griffin granted a motion requested by plaintiff attorney Steve Mostyn.

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.