TLR News Clips

WSJ: The Lawsuit Bayou

Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2013

The thing to keep in mind when the subject is tort reform is that any reform will remain a half solution; the trial lawyers will work night and day to find ways around reform. That's the lesson from the American Tort Reform Foundation's annual Judicial Hellholes report, which reveals new lawsuit abuses sprouting despite efforts across the country to reduce the damage from this politically powerful profession.


Texas not ‘Judicial Hellhole,’ but report says patent trolls and class actions still problems

Southeast Texas Record, December 17, 2013

For the first time since it has been published, Texas does not appear on the list of “Judicial Hellholes” in an annual report.


2013's Best Performing American Cities

The Atlantic Cities, December 18, 2013

To the casual observer, the narratives of economic growth in American cities seem fairly obvious: the Sunbelt is adding people, the Rustbelt is failing, and big cities like New York, Chicago, Boston and D.C. are coming back. But the reality is far more complicated once you start adding real-world statistics into the picture.


Holman Jenkins: Will Tort Law Kill Driverless Cars?

Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2013

Toyota had been vigorously fighting hundreds of complaints that its cars are prone to unintended acceleration. Now it's moving toward a global settlement as a consequence of a single Oklahoma lawsuit that appears to establish that Toyota can't prevail if it can't prove a negative—that its software didn't go haywire in some untraceable and unreplicable manner.


BP claims fraud by S.A. lawyer

San Antonio Express News, December 18, 2013

Mikal Watts' lawyer, Robert McDuff of Mississippi, said BP had wrongly launched a misleading attack his client “to detract from its own misconduct.”


BP Hits Plaintiffs' Lawyer With Fraud Suit Over Spill Claims

Bloomberg Businessweek, December 17, 2013

Companies are punching back hard at plaintiffs’ lawyers, and today BP (BP) threw what it described as a haymaker at Mikal Watts, one of the most influential mass-tort attorneys in the country.


Need Victims for Your Mass Lawsuit? Call Jesse Levine

Bloomberg Businessweek, December 12, 2013

On April 22, 2011, a Missouri resident named Linda Burke received a phone call from a woman who identified herself as “Sarah.” Burke didn’t know Sarah, but that didn’t stop the caller from asking some exceptionally personal questions. Had anyone in the Burke household died after taking a diabetes drug called Avandia? Sarah “refused to tell me who she worked for, [her] address, or phone number, and hung up,” Burke said later, according to state court records.


Study: Class Actions Benefit Lawyers, Not Consumers

Institute for Legal Reform, December 11, 2013

A new report from the Institute for Legal Reform found that consumers who participate in class actions recover little or nothing as a result of the litigation. Mayer Brown researchers concluded that, in more than half of proposed class actions filed, the class members actually receive nothing. 


Opinion: Industry attacks are bad for La.

Rep. Alan Seabaugh, Houma Courier, December 10, 2013

Louisiana’s economy is under attack. The oil and gas industry has been the significant driver in our state’s economy for more than 100 years. However, that is now in jeopardy.


Lawyers Get 25 Times What Their Client Did

Institute for Legal Reform, December 6, 2013

A panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld nearly $700,000 in attorneys’ fees in a case where the client received $27,280. The defendant company argued that the fees should be much lower, considering the plaintiff lost on most of their claims.

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