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Multi-District Litigation Reform and the “Fairness in Class Action Act”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In addition to it taking a swipe at class actions, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation and Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act of 2017 (the “Fairness in Class Action Act”), would lead to multi-district litigation...more

Class Action Reform and the “Fairness in Class Action Act”

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While the Congressional legislative agenda has taken a back seat in the headlines lately, the fact remains that there still is an agenda, and it includes class action reform....more

Pay Back to Big Corporations — Unneeded Laws

It seems when Congress tries to pass a law taking away peoples’ rights they tack on a title that sounds like they are just trying to “tidy up” or do us a favor. Such is the result of House bill H.R. 985, which they have...more

Trump libel win based on Trump libel loss

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

President-elect Donald Trump just won a libel case against a critic — for the very same reason that real estate developer Donald Trump lost a libel case against a critic, more than 30 years ago. And yes, the precedent of...more

Berkeley Balcony Collapse Leads To Calls For More Scrutiny of The Construction Industry

On June 16, 2015 six students died and seven others were seriously injured when the balcony on which they were standing collapsed. The group was celebrating a 21st birthday party at an apartment located in the “Library...more

CFAA and SCA Do Not Prohibit Creation Of A Fake Facebook Page

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The defendants in a case pending in Chicago federal court were accused of contravening Facebook’s terms of use by accessing its computers in order to create a phony page and then using it to ridicule someone. In Bittman v....more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law January 10, 2014

by Sands Anderson PC on

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law. Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website, click on the Record Number to read opinion)...more

Asbestos Alert: A Single Exposure May Be “Substantial,” and Evidence of Lobbying Is Not Excluded Under The Noerr-Pennington...

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

The Court of Appeal has reversed a nonsuit in favor of Amcord based on an epidemiologist’s testimony that a hypothetical worker who poured a bag of gun plastic cement would be at an increased risk for developing mesothelioma....more

Political Question Doctrine Requires Dismissal of Wrongful Death Suit Against Government Contractor in Iraq

Earlier this month, in a lengthy and well reasoned opinion, a federal trial court relied on the Political Question Doctrine in dismissing a wrongful death action against a military contractor. In Harris v. Kellogg, Brown &...more

Bill That Could Nullify Howell Moves Forward

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

California trial lawyers have made no secret of their intent to nullify the Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc. decision with new legislation this year. If Howell is nullified or restricted by legislation this...more

Obama Administration Calls for Significant Restrictions on the Application of the Alien Tort Statute

The Obama Administration has filed a supplemental amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum arguing for significant limitations on the application of the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS") to conduct...more

The Supreme Court Confronts Controversies Overseas, But Will Congress Have the Final Word?

The proper role of US courts in policing conduct abroad is commanding the Supreme Court’s attention and may soon command that of Congress. Since 1789, the Alien Torts Claims Act (“ATCA”) has long conferred jurisdiction upon...more

Obama Administration States that Corporations are Proper Defendants in Alien Tort Cases

The Obama Administration has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum in support of the plaintiffs' position that corporations are proper defendants in cases involving claims under...more

Tort Reform Advances In Tennessee

by Dechert LLP on

Readers know that tort reform is an important issue we have posted on before, at the federal and state level. Latest update: Tennessee recently enacted reform legislation that will, among other things, limit the amount of...more

Tort Reform: A Bad Bargain That Won’t Fix Health Care

by Robert Kraft on

In an excellent blog post at The Huffington Post, AAJ president Anthony Tarricone makes the case that tort reform is bad for Americans and will not solve the health care dilemma. The entire article is well-worth reading, but...more

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