Saturday, July 29, 2017
WSJ Article on the Waning of the Era of Tort Lawsuits
Article in the Wall Street Journal -- We Won't See You in Court: The Era of Tort Lawsuits is Waning, by Joe Palazzolo.
July 29, 2017 in Lawyers, Procedure, Products Liability | Permalink | Comments (0)
Friday, July 28, 2017
Legislative Update on HR 985, 725, and 720
Bruce Kaufman, at Bloomberg BNA, has posted an update on class action and MDL legislation pending in the Senate. The bottom line is that these reforms seem to have stalled (and rightly so, I might add).
As Kaufman writes:
The bills, two of which still lack Senate sponsors, are:
The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act and Furthering Asbestos Claims Transparency Act ( H.R. 985) affects nearly all facets of class action practice, and mandates increased reporting of payments to plaintiffs by trusts that pay out asbestos exposure claims against bankrupt companies. It passed the House March 9 by a 220-201 vote.
The Innocent Party Protection Act ( H.R. 725) targets what is known as fraudulent joinder—the improper addition of local defendants to suits in a bid to keep cases in more plaintiff-friendly state courts. It passed the House March 9 by a 224-194 margin.
The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act ( H.R. 720; S. 237) requires judges to impose mandatory sanctions on attorneys who file “meritless” civil cases in federal courts. It passed the House March 10 by a 230-188 margin.
Kaufman's full article is available here: https://www.bna.com/businessfriendly-litigation-overhaul-n73014462386/
July 28, 2017 in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Skadden Summer 2017 Class Action Chronicle
Skadden Arps has posted its Class Action Chronicle for Summer 2017, which includes updates on Third-Party Litigation Funding, Class Certification Decisions, and Class Action Fairness Act Decisions.
July 23, 2017 in Aggregate Litigation Procedures, Class Actions, Lawyers, Procedure | Permalink | Comments (0)
Saturday, July 15, 2017
Judge Weinstein, 50 Years on the Bench
Judge Jack Weinstein of the Eastern District of New York, who is noted for his opinions in many mass torts including Agent Orange, has surpassed 50 years on the bench. Shibani Gokhale, At 95, Weinstein Keeps Going After 50 Years on Bench, Law.com (July 13, 2017).
July 15, 2017 in Aggregate Litigation Procedures, Lawyers, Procedure, Products Liability | Permalink | Comments (0)