In a case reminiscent of last month’s news that the Buffalo Bills NFL franchise settled a $3 million class action suit stemming from a fan receiving three too many text messages over a two-week period, the Los Angeles Clippers have announced a $5 million suit under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected, in scathing terms, a class-action settlement over Pella windows that was engineered by a lawyer who inserted his father-in-law as a named plaintiff and negotiated a $2 million advance on his fee before his other clients even knew the case had been settled.
Asbestos litigation is the longest-running mass tort in U.S. history – so large that asbestos lawsuits have forced almost 100 companies into bankruptcy. And when these companies go bust, it has ripple effects across the economy: employees are laid off, retirees no longer receive pensions, and shareholders are wiped out.
BP has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene after the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court Appeals disallowed maintaining a temporary stay in claims payouts following allegations of fraud within the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims process.
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.
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.
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.