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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.

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.

Washington Examiner, May 30, 2014

Despite strong opposition, supporters of the Furthering Asbestos Transparency Act believe that U.S. Senator Jeff Flake’s introduction of the bill in the Senate could reignite interest in the FACT Act.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

San Antonio Express-News, May 18, 2014

Nationally recognized plaintiffs' attorney and Democratic megadonor Mikal C. Watts has been sued in Bexar County by a group of Vietnamese-Americans who allege that he listed them as clients without their knowledge or permission in the lucrative litigation stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2014

States are rewriting their laws to make it more difficult for so-called "patent trolls" to pursue small businesses over questionable patent claims.

The Buffalo News, May 19, 2014

The recent $3 million settlement by the Buffalo Bills for sending too many texts illustrates everything that is wrong with our justice system. This case makes the infamous hot coffee case look meritorious. Who are the victims here? Who truly believes that sending too many texts is a $3 million offense?

Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2014

A Delaware Supreme Court ruling could make it easier for Delaware-incorporated companies to deter shareholder lawsuits by adopting “loser pays” bylaws.

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 20, 2014

BP Plc (BP/) faces billions of dollars in additional payments after failing again to convince an appeals court that the company is being forced to pay claims that aren’t directly related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

San Antonio Express-News, May 18, 2014

Nationally recognized plaintiffs' attorney and Democratic megadonor Mikal C. Watts has been sued in Bexar County by a group of Vietnamese-Americans who allege that he listed them as clients without their knowledge or permission in the lucrative litigation stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Louisiana Record, May 14, 2014

BATON ROUGE – A bill governing the way lawsuits addressing the cleanup of land polluted in oil drilling operations, also know as legacy lawsuit, has passed the Louisiana State House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure minus an amendment added in the Senate that limited the bill to future lawsuits only.

Institute for Legal Reform, May 13, 2014

Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), made the following statement regarding the introduction of the “Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2014” (S. 2319) yesterday in the U.S. Senate. The legislation would require asbestos personal injury settlement trusts, which currently operate with little oversight and transparency, to report on their claims. 

Democrat & Chronicle, May 12, 2014

A growing number of companies are getting access to court-sealed evidence that allegedly points to widespread legal chicanery in asbestos-related personal injury suits.

Southeast Texas Record, May 6, 2014

A Florida businessman is suing the law firm of the late John O’Quinn, claiming the Houston firm provided him with false information that led to around $100 million in damages.

Forbes, May 8, 2014

There’s nothing in Wilson’s May 7 article in Mealey’s Litigation Report  (available online for $25) that would surprise a lawyer involved on either side of asbestos litigation. What’s surprising is the author, a former partner with the Cleveland plaintiff firm of Kelley & Ferraro who represented asbestos plaintiffs from 1999 to 2013 and helped set up some of the trusts he now accuses of facilitating fraud.

Alice Echo News Journal, May 2, 2014

By JM Lozano State Representative
Eleven years ago Texas was in a medical liability crisis. We couldn’t attract physicians to the Coastal Bend. Even worse, we were having a hard time retaining the physicians we had.

New Jersey Civil Justice Institute, May 8, 2014

Lawsuits are driving up the costs of liability insurance for physicians to the point that many are restricting their practices, moving out of state, or retiring. Other physicians are practicing defensive medicine in an effort to avoid being sued, which adds to the already high cost of healthcare, and drains resources out of the system.

Forbes, May 6, 2014

The wall of secrecy plaintiff attorneys have erected around asbestos claims has begun to crumble, as a judge in North Carolina granted Ford Motor Co.’s request to see forms filed in a prominent bankruptcy case as a way to ferret out suspected fraud and double-dipping.

Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2014

What were FDA officials doing behind closed doors with those trial lawyers, anyway? This question has been nagging generic drug makers for several weeks as they scramble to fend off a proposed FDA rule they worry will leave them more vulnerable to costly lawsuits.

Institute for Legal Reform, May 6, 2014

The U.S. Chamber’s Sean Hackbarth references last week’s report that health care spending increased sharply to discuss the need for meaningful medical lawsuit reform

Legal Newsline, May 5, 2014

A federal appeals judge recently authored a dissent backing a beauty supply manufacturer, arguing the plaintiffs’ attorneys acted with misconduct through a legal “ping-pong match” by claiming they had evidence, denying that same evidence and then claiming it again when the statements best suited their cause.

Forbes, May 1, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a decision on April 16 in a case called Company Doe v. Public Citizen that signals hope for asbestos defendants who are seeking to combat fraudulent claims in North Carolina. Those claims were brought in connection with a bankruptcy proceeding styled as In re: Garlock Sealing Technologies, LLC et al. (“Garlock”). How could an anonymous CPSC case from Maryland affect a gasket company’s asbestos bankruptcy from North Carolina? In a word: transparency. Both cases involve the ability of third parties to gain access to documents enmeshed in public litigation.

The Louisiana Record, May 14, 2014

BATON ROUGE – A bill governing the way lawsuits addressing the cleanup of land polluted in oil drilling operations, also know as legacy lawsuit, has passed the Louisiana State House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure minus an amendment added in the Senate that limited the bill to future lawsuits only.

The Louisiana Record, May 14, 2014

BATON ROUGE – A bill governing the way lawsuits addressing the cleanup of land polluted in oil drilling operations, also know as legacy lawsuit, has passed the Louisiana State House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure minus an amendment added in the Senate that limited the bill to future lawsuits only.

Southeast Texas Record, April 28, 2014

“The Texas Lottery has generated well over $21 billion for the state of Texas since the first ticket was sold in 1992,” boasts the official lottery website at txlottery.org. Lottery players, the site says, have won “more than $43 billion ($43,267,157,341) in prizes.”

Institute for Legal Reform, April 30, 2014

Following Oklahoma last year, Tennessee yesterday became the second state nationally to enact a law to rein in lawsuit lending abuses.

Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings that could make it easier for judges to punish lawyers who bring frivolous patent cases.

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