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Fourth Circuit won’t sanction asbestos attorneys despite legal ‘ping-pong match’

    
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.

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Will Fourth Circuit Decision To Unseal A CPSC Case Be A Boon To Asbestos Defendants?

    
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.

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Legacy lawsuit reform passes House committee minus amendment

    
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.

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Legacy lawsuit reform passes House committee minus amendment

    
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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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