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Forbes, May 6, 2014

The wall of secrecy plaintiff attorneys have erected around asbestos claims has begun to crumble, as a judge in North Carolina granted Ford Motor Co.’s request to see forms filed in a prominent bankruptcy case as a way to ferret out suspected fraud and double-dipping.

Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2014

What were FDA officials doing behind closed doors with those trial lawyers, anyway? This question has been nagging generic drug makers for several weeks as they scramble to fend off a proposed FDA rule they worry will leave them more vulnerable to costly lawsuits.

Institute for Legal Reform, May 6, 2014

The U.S. Chamber’s Sean Hackbarth references last week’s report that health care spending increased sharply to discuss the need for meaningful medical lawsuit reform

Legal Newsline, May 5, 2014

A federal appeals judge recently authored a dissent backing a beauty supply manufacturer, arguing the plaintiffs’ attorneys acted with misconduct through a legal “ping-pong match” by claiming they had evidence, denying that same evidence and then claiming it again when the statements best suited their cause.

Forbes, May 1, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a decision on April 16 in a case called Company Doe v. Public Citizen that signals hope for asbestos defendants who are seeking to combat fraudulent claims in North Carolina. Those claims were brought in connection with a bankruptcy proceeding styled as In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC et al. (“Garlock”). How could an anonymous CPSC case from Maryland affect a gasket company’s asbestos bankruptcy from North Carolina? In a word: transparency. Both cases involve the ability of third parties to gain access to documents enmeshed in public litigation.

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.

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.

Southeast Texas Record, April 28, 2014

“The Texas Lottery has generated well over $21 billion for the state of Texas since the first ticket was sold in 1992,” boasts the official lottery website at Lottery players, the site says, have won “more than $43 billion ($43,267,157,341) in prizes.”

Institute for Legal Reform, April 30, 2014

Following Oklahoma last year, Tennessee yesterday became the second state nationally to enact a law to rein in lawsuit lending abuses.

Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings that could make it easier for judges to punish lawyers who bring frivolous patent cases.

Office of the Governor Rick Perry, April 28, 2014

When it comes to building a thriving economy that benefits citizens across the board, Texas has taken an approach that is as simple as it is revolutionary: put people - employers and employees alike - in the best possible position to succeed, and then get out of the way.

Crain's New York Business, April 25, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is throwing in the towel on the scaffold law, at least for now.

New Jersey Civil Justice Institute, April 25, 2014

State legislation targeting “patent trolls” has been signed into law in Vermont and is pending in several other states.  The legislation is in response to the practice of patent holders who focus on the soft targets of end users of patents, demanding low-dollar damages in exchange for settlements, or those who file a host of nuisance suits that will be costly to defend, in anticipation of settlement.

Legal Newsline, April 24, 2014

 G. Robert Blakey, the man who helped draft the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, once told Time magazine that the statute shouldn’t be used solely to prosecute Mafia members.

Bleacher Report, April 22, 2014

In 2014, Buffalo Bills starting quarterback EJ Manuel will cost the team $2.02 million against their cap. Thanks to a lawsuit from a disgruntled fan, the Bills will pay roughly $1 million more than that just for their phone bill.

Southeast Texas Record, April 21, 2014

Because Texas and California are mirror opposites in so many ways, we often find ourselves contrasting our dissimilar approaches to governing.

Institute for Legal Reform, April 22, 2014

The New York Daily News reports that a new class action lawsuit is seeking hourly minimum wage for people ordered to complete community service hours after being convicted of committing low-level crimes. 

Texas Lawyer, April 24, 2014

Austin attorney Mike Hull started running marathons in 1998, hoping to qualify for the Boston Marathon. After running the Austin Marathon 13 times, he finally made the cut.

The Times-Picayune, April 11, 2014

If the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East is so committed to extracting billions from the oil and gas companies that allegedly destroyed Louisiana's coast, why is the levee board doing business with those same companies? Why would these environmental champions seek to make money engaging in the same practices they insist have been so detrimental to Louisiana?

Institute for Legal Reform, April 7, 2014

A recent New York Times editorial, Updated Warnings for Generic Drugs, cites the two strongest reasons to oppose, not support, changes to the FDA’s drug labeling rules. The new rule would permit generic drugmakers to independently change the labeling on their products. 

Washington Examiner, April 3, 2014

Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley has been spending a lot of time with his constituents lately as he seeks election to the Senate — not the Iowa voters he would technically represent, but his real constituents: trial lawyers.

New Hampshire Union Leader, April 1, 2014

What happens when money from a so-called environmental clean-up lawsuit goes toward everything other than helping the environment? That is the central question in a curious, decade-old case involving California plaintiffs’ lawyers, a global energy firm, and, of late, the New Hampshire Legislature.

Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2014

Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley is still taking flak for his recent put-down of Sen. Chuck Grassley. That's all wrong. Give the trial lawyer a medal for alerting the electorate to a big—if overlooked—issue in this year's midterm: legal reform.

Washington Legal Foundation, April 1, 2014

Over the last two years at The Legal Pulse, we’ve expended a lot of digital ink on food labeling class action lawsuit rulings from the Northern District of California (aka “The Food Court”). Our focus here shifts to similar suits from the Central District of California. Two recent decisions from that jurisdiction spotlight some questionable behavior by plaintiffs’ lawyers.

National Review Online, April 1, 2014

Chevron, having shown in court that a rogue’s gallery of environmental activists, lawyers, and political hacks engaged in a criminal conspiracy to shake it down for billions of dollars, is now on the counterattack, going after the prestigious (and, today, struggling) Washington law and lobbying firm Patton Boggs.

Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2014

The Subway sandwich chain is within inches of reaching a settlement with customers who accused the Doctor’s Associates Inc.-owned restaurant of misrepresenting the size of its “Footlong” sub, according to court papers.

Fox News, April 1, 2014

Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, is attracting attention for something he likely wishes would go away. At a Texas gathering of trial lawyers, the U.S. Senate candidate compared himself with Iowa’s Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, whom he dubbed a "farmer who never went to law school."

Institute for Legal Reform, April 1, 2014

A federal judge will let Chevron’s suit against the Patton Boggs law firm go forward after finding the firm’s defense “lacked merit.”

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, March 24, 2014

LABI says at least 40 chambers of commerce and business organizations in Louisiana—including BRAC, the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, and the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association—are working together in support of efforts to change Louisiana's tort system this legislative session. 

Southeast Texas Record, March 27, 2014

Seeking “help” for his U.S. Senate bid, Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, told a group of trial lawyers at a Texas fundraiser in January he’s “someone who’s been fighting tort reform for 30 years” and needs their “help” to stop a “farmer” from becoming the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.