TLR News Clips

TCPA Strikes Again: LA Clippers Settle $5 Million Suit over 'Unsolicited Text Messages'

    
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). 

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Pella Class-Action Settlement Is So Bad Court Tosses Lawyer -- And His Father-In-Law Lead Plaintiff

    
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.

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TALA: Louisiana can look to Texas as an example to stop court shopping

    
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.

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BP files emergency appeal to U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in suspension of claims payouts

    
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.

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Office of the Governor Rick Perry: Tort Reform Means More Doctors for Texans

    
Office of the Governor Rick Perry, May 29, 2014

Texas faced a major turning point in 2003, one that could have seriously jeopardized the economic successes our state has enjoyed over the past decade.

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Opinion: Lawsuit reform works in Texas, but there’s reason for concern

    
Ft. Worth Star Telegram, May 29, 2014

By Hazel Meaux
Texas’ economic prowess is common knowledge. We’re a beacon state for business investment and job creation, a credential recently burnished again by Chief Executive magazine.

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Revenge of the Climate Tort

    
Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2014

The Supreme Court has done its best to kill a harmful theory that merges the worst instincts of the tort bar and green lobby, but the idea won't stay dead. The Justices now need to polish off this legal zombie for good.

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Business Community Opposes Louisiana Legislation that Legitimizes Lawsuit Lending Industry

    
Institute for Legal Reform, May 28, 2014

The Louisiana House of Representatives is considering legislation — SB 299 — that, "creates the appearance of regulation, but really allows consumer lawsuit lenders to operate outside of Louisiana law,” according to an alert issued by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI). This legislation is scheduled to be heard in the House tomorrow, Thursday, May 29. 

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Examiner Editorial: Judge finds pervasive fraud by trial lawyers in asbestos litigation

    
Washington Examiner, May 14, 2014

Fresh evidence of the efficacy of transparency in public affairs recently came from an unexpected source -- class-action litigation on behalf of people who claim to have developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. An estimated $37 billion has been set aside to compensate such victims since the litigation became common in state and federal courts in the 1980s. Among the 100 or so companies that have been shut down at least in part by mesothelioma litigation is the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Garlock Sealing Technologies.

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Trial lawyers helping Calif. AG financially dominate GOP challengers

    
Washington Examiner, May 21, 2014

With the weight of her war chest alone, California Attorney General Kamala Harris might be able to crush her four Republican challengers.

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