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Wall Street Journal, August 27, 2014

Corporate America is suffering from a costly and inefficient epidemic of questionable shareholder lawsuits. This problem could be mitigated by shifting some of the costs, and risks, of litigation to plaintiffs attorneys through a "loser pays" rule.

Wall Street Journal, August 27, 2014

Some of our best friends are lawyers, and sometimes they wonder why the public holds their profession in such disrepute. Exhibit A could be the shakedown specialists at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, who have been ordered to pay sanctions over a lawsuit against Boeing BA +0.85% in which the key witness was a fabrication.

Legal Newsline, August 26, 2014

DALLAS (Legal Newsline) – All across the nation, state candidates on every level are benefiting financially from the nation’s leading asbestos litigation firms.

Legal Newsline, August 26, 2014

A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she’d done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client.

New York Times, August 22, 2014

When lawyers for Hewlett-Packard shareholders filed a lawsuit contending HP’s management and board “abdicated their duties” and engaged in “unlawful behavior” in the disastrous 2011 takeover of Autonomy, it looked as if we might finally find out what really happened.

Legal Newsline, August 22, 2014

VISALIA, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – A California car dealership has filed a lawsuit alleging malicious prosecution against the Keller, Fishback & Jackson law firm for refusing to release the dealership from an asbestos wrongful death case despite allegedly having no evidence proving causation or liability.

Texas Alliance for Patient Access, August 22, 2014

Texas is among the nation’s leaders in attracting physicians to practice here.

Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2014

More than a few states—notably Texas and Mississippi—have cleaned up their reputations as lawsuit meccas in recent years. Then there's Alabama. That state's Supreme Court doubled down on its bad judgment last week, ruling that a drug company could be held liable for failing to warn about side effects from a drug produced by another company.

Legal Newsline, August 20, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – The Asbestos Claimants Committee has asked asbestos claimants to reject Garlock Sealing Technologies’ Amended Plan of Reorganization in an objection filed Thursday, calling the plan “unfair” and arguing that it does not ensure full recovery for mesothelioma claimants.

The Texas Tribune, August 19, 2014

Seated at the conference table in Texans for Public Justice’s Austin office, director Craig McDonald reminisces about the liberal-leaning group’s work 11 years ago investigating then-U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Then a knock comes from the other side of the office.

San Antonio Express-News, August 15, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Over the decades, Duval County, a venue that long has struck dread in the hearts of corporate defendants, has known its share of ambitious, creative and even dubious lawsuits.

Washington Examiner, August 18, 2014

Former plaintiffs’ superlawyer Stanley Chesley spent his 50-year career claiming to find justice for millions of his class-action clients, and from these efforts amassed great personal wealth.

The News Star, August 17, 2014

Gannett Louisiana columnist Mike Hasten recently posed the question, “What’s the real story about Louisiana’s business atmosphere?” After citing a series of positive economic development statistics, he challenges the description of Louisiana as a “judicial hellhole” and the notion that our state’s negative legal climate is a deterrent to economic development.

Legal Newsline, August 15, 2014

By David Yates

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Numerous Congressional candidates are seeing their campaign coffers swell thanks to donations supplied by major asbestos law firms and their attorneys.

Legal Newsline, August 11, 2014

By David Yates

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) – The No on 46 campaign - a coalition of hundreds of medical organizations, unions and individuals - recently released its first campaign video on multiple online platforms.

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.