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Wall Street Journal, August 12, 2014

Class-action kingpin Stanley Chesley built a career gaming the legal system for his financial benefit, so there is some justice in watching that system catch up to him. A Kentucky court has ordered that the lawyer known as the "Master of Disaster" is liable for millions that he and associates bilked from their clients., August 7, 2014

SACRAMENTO –Today, the No on 46 campaign released its first campaign video on multiple online platforms.  Entitled “The Truth about Proposition 46,” the two-minute video features real practicing physicians and medical students from across the state discussing the flaws, costs and potential harmful consequences to patients and California’s health care system, if 46 were to pass.

Legal Newsline, August 7, 2014

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) – While several states across the country have rejected the “every exposure” theory in asbestos cases, the recent Texas Supreme Court Bostic decision stands out due to its “Lohrmann Plus Standard.”

Southeast Texas Record, August 6, 2014

By Jessica M. Karmasek

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that overhaul the rules governing court-awarded attorneys’ fees in patent cases will have “significant” implications for so-called patent trolls, one law professor says.

Institute for Legal Reform, August 4, 2014

By David W. Ogden
Chair, Government 
and Regulatory Litigation Practice Group

On July 30, 2014, I testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice on behalf of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. In that hearing, I urged Members to consider relatively modest yet critical reforms to the Act.

Institute for Legal Reform, August 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Latin American countries are systematically changing their civil justice systems in a manner that threatens a coming wave of civil litigation and negative economic and social consequences, according to key findings in two new reports released today by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR). The reports provide a comprehensive examination of new and proposed changes to civil legal systems across Latin America and their likely impacts.

Washington Examiner, August 5, 2014

By Legal Newsline Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – In the months leading up to November, millions of dollars will be spent to persuade voters to do one thing that California courts and legislators have refused to do – inflate the cap on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Forbes, August 6, 2014

By Daniel Fisher

Like millions of other people, Rachel Wright jumped on the Facebook wave in September, 2010.  The Columbus, Ohio resident quickly accumulated more than 170 friends, including 15 from far-off Australia as well as Americans with names like Jane Toby, Tamara Reyes, Nicole Harris and Pete Harvey.

Wall Street Journal, August 5, 2014

By Jennifer Smith

Stanley Chesley, the Ohio trial lawyer brought low by his involvement in a disputed diet-drug lawsuit, could be on the hook for at least $25 million to settle claims that he took $7.5 million more than his share of a 2001 settlement.

Legal Newsline, August 1, 2014

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) – Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, who oversees an asbestos multidistrict litigation in Philadelphia federal court, has decided that punitive damages awards are permitted in the maritime docket as a matter of law to seamen bringing unseaworthiness asbestos claims against shipowners.

Washington Examiner, July 29, 2014

Legal Newsline Staff Writer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A ballot measure centered on the creation of a prescription drug database and doctor drug testing has California medical and legal watchdog groups accusing trial lawyers of masking their true agenda – inflating California’s medical malpractice cap.

Southeast Texas Record, July 22, 2014

To hold a manufacturer liable for a disease attributed to asbestos exposure, a court should require plaintiffs to show how the exposure was substantial enough to cause the disease and how products made by the company in question were indeed the source of that exposure. 

Washington Examiner, July 26, 2014

Garlock Sealing Technologies, founded in 1887, originally produced seals for rods in locomotive steam engines. Over the years, it used asbestos in gaskets and valves. When the age of asbestos lawsuits began, it was deluged with nearly a million claims. Although Garlock defended such cases for years -- at times successfully -- the company succumbed in 2010 and entered bankruptcy with 100,000 asbestos and 4,000 mesothelioma claims pending.

Legal Newsline, July 23, 2014

By David Yates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A landmark act constraining the amount of money plaintiffs attorneys and their clients can reap from medical malpractice lawsuits has come under fire by California trial lawyers – an expensive battle that may end up spreading to other states.

OB GYN News, June 1, 2014

By Alicia Gallegos

Physician leaders are voicing support for a proposed federal law that aims to reduce litigation against doctors, lower health care costs, and establish more fairness in the analyzing of malpractice claims. The Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act would provide safe harbor protection to doctors who are sued if they followed evidence-based clinical guidelines. The bill was introduced in March by Rep. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), who is also an internist. 
Washington Examiner, July 22, 2014

By Legal Newsline Staff Writer

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – Over the past few months, personal injury trial lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn continued to pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into the campaign coffers of state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor.

Washington Examiner, July 22, 2014

By Legal Newsline Staff Writer

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Nearly four months after New York Supreme Court Justice Sherry Klein Heitler reinstated claims for punitive damages in the New York City Asbestos Litigation, the parties continue to fight over whether the order was proper.

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.