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Opinion: The California ballot initiative: Protecting patients or letting in a Trojan horse?, 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.

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High Court Gives Companies More Room to Challenge Class Actions

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.

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L.A. Clippers settle class action over text messages for tickets and coupons

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.

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Facebook says class action fails to make claim under Wiretap Act

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. 

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Illinois: Opinion: Lawmakers Can't Afford to Keep Ignoring Lawsuit Reform

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.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Statement on Supreme Court Decision Scaling Back Securities Class Actions

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.

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Opinion: Make ‘a quintessential example’ of Coon

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.

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New York: Opinion: Overcoming physician shortage overdue, challenging

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.

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Miss. SC concludes trial judge improperly influenced jury on punitive damages award

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.

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Best Buy agrees to $4.55 million settlement in TCPA class action

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.

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