Saturday, January 14, 2012

BP, the Gulf Coast Claims Fund, and MDL Plaintiffs' Lawyers

All that in the recent interesting op-ed from New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera -- BP Makes Amends.

BGS

January 14, 2012 in Aggregate Litigation Procedures, Environmental Torts, Informal Aggregation, Lawyers, Mass Disasters, Procedure, Punitive Damages, Settlement | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Mark Hermann on Class Actions on Above the Law

Mark Hermann has posted "Torpedoing Class Actions" in his column on Above the Law which highlights Martin Redish's book "Wholesale Justice" and my book review "Are Class Actions Unconstitutional?"

Hermann asks why class action defense lawyers aren't bringing up Redish's arguments more in courtrooms across the nation.  More thoughts on this later...in the meantime, I recommend his post. 

ADL

January 12, 2012 in Books, Class Actions, Lawyers, Mass Tort Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Russell Jackson's 2012 Consumer Class Action and Mass Tort Predictions

Russell Jackson, a partner at Skadden Arps who runs an excellent blog on mass tort and consumer class actions, has a post up discussing his predictions for 2012.  Jackson is always worth reading on mass torts.  Interestingly enough, Jackson's second prediction came true somewhat with the Court's opinion in CompuCredit Corp. v. Greenwood, which came out yesterday.  There the Court concluded that the Credit Repair Organizations Act's "right to sue" language does not preclude the use of arbitration.   I am currently working on a project that briefly touches on arbitration issues, and will continue to follow Jackson's blog to learn of more developments.

SJC

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