TLR News Clips

Southeast Texas Record: Calculating the cost of lawsuit lending

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 Lottery players, the site says, have won “more than $43 billion ($43,267,157,341) in prizes.”


Tennessee Enacts Law to Rein in Lawsuit Lending Abuses

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.


Supreme Court Issues Rulings on Attorneys' Fees in Patent Cases

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.


Governor Rick Perry: We Built A Stronger Texas

Office of the Governor Rick Perry, April 28, 2014

When it comes to building a thriving economy that benefits citizens across the board, Texas has taken an approach that is as simple as it is revolutionary: put people - employers and employees alike - in the best possible position to succeed, and then get out of the way.


Cuomo won't push scaffold-law reform this year

Crain's New York Business, April 25, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is throwing in the towel on the scaffold law, at least for now.


Patent Trolls are Not the Problem

New Jersey Civil Justice Institute, April 25, 2014

State legislation targeting “patent trolls” has been signed into law in Vermont and is pending in several other states.  The legislation is in response to the practice of patent holders who focus on the soft targets of end users of patents, demanding low-dollar damages in exchange for settlements, or those who file a host of nuisance suits that will be costly to defend, in anticipation of settlement.


Chevron’s RICO case against plaintiffs attorney presents unique set of facts, attorney says

Legal Newsline, April 24, 2014

 G. Robert Blakey, the man who helped draft the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, once told Time magazine that the statute shouldn’t be used solely to prosecute Mafia members.


Buffalo Bills Will Pay Up to $3M to Settle Text-Messaging Lawsuit

Bleacher Report, April 22, 2014

In 2014, Buffalo Bills starting quarterback EJ Manuel will cost the team $2.02 million against their cap. Thanks to a lawsuit from a disgruntled fan, the Bills will pay roughly $1 million more than that just for their phone bill.


Southeast Texas Record: Keep the cap, California

Southeast Texas Record, April 21, 2014

Because Texas and California are mirror opposites in so many ways, we often find ourselves contrasting our dissimilar approaches to governing.


Class Action: Should Crime Pay in New York City?

Institute for Legal Reform, April 22, 2014

The New York Daily News reports that a new class action lawsuit is seeking hourly minimum wage for people ordered to complete community service hours after being convicted of committing low-level crimes. 

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