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Florida Legislation Seeks to Reduce ADA Title III Accessibility Lawsuits

Many lawsuits have been filed in Florida under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. These lawsuits seek to close non-compliant businesses, or require building and interior modifications to make them accessible,...more

Business Litigation Alert: "No Objection - Why Tort Lawsuits in the U.S. are Declining"

by Porter Hedges LLP on

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the number of tort lawsuits filed in the U.S. is rapidly declining. In its analysis of data from the National Center for State Courts, the WSJ found that less than two out...more

Sanctions For False Pleadings

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In many cases, clients ask us if we can file a motion against the other party for filing a false or frivolous pleading. In a recent opinion, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania outlined the way in which a party must file a...more

Attempted End Run Around Wisconsin’s Exclusive Remedy of Worker’s Compensation Fails in Asbestos Litigation in the Seventh Circuit

by Ruder Ware on

Wisconsin’s exclusive remedy of worker’s compensation has long been a bulwark against civil suits brought by employees (subject to a few narrow exceptions not applicable here). This bulwark has survived a creative attack in...more

For It’s One, Two, Three Strikes and Prisoner Suits (Might Be) Out

by Butler Snow LLP on

The Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), enacted by an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote to respond to the prisoner “litigation explosion,” has reduced the number of prisoner suits. But more than twenty years later, federal...more

Serial Suers and Vexatious Litigants: Can Courts Prevent Someone From Filing a Lawsuit?

by LeClairRyan on

The vexatious litigant is a problem that civil litigation attorneys very likely encounter at least once during their careers. It is a well-accepted precept that courts exist, in part, for citizens to seek redress for their...more

Pumping Up Exceptional Cases Under the Octane Fitness Standard

A flurry of activity from various courts this past week on “exceptional cases” under Section 285 of the Patent Act provided notable guidance for practitioners and patent owners, with a particular emphasis on the motivation...more

Federal Circuit Concludes Differently on Two Exceptional Case Actions

by Brinks Gilson & Lione on

On June 5, 2017, the Federal Circuit arrived at two different conclusions concerning whether a case is exceptional under 35 U.S.C. § 285, reversing the district court in both cases. The two cases are Checkpoint Sys., Inc.,...more

The Spears Hearing: An Under-Utilized Filter for Frivolous Prisoner Lawsuits

by Butler Snow LLP on

In a previous post, I noted the recent twentieth anniversary of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) – highlighting the intent behind the Act (to curb frivolous inmate lawsuits) and the Act’s effect (a sixty percent drop...more

Past Time for Rule 11 in Louisiana

by Reed Smith on

The Louisiana Product Liability Act (“LPLA”) was enacted way back in 1988 – almost 30 years ago – to rein in the Louisiana courts’ product liability insanity (inanity?) epitomized by Halphen v. Johns-Manville Sales Corp., 484...more

Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act Would Mandate Sanctions for Frivolous Claims

by Jones Day on

On March 10, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017 ("LARA") by a vote of 230–180. 163 Cong. Rec. H2025-03, H2025. The bill seeks to undo the 1993 amendments to Rule 11 of the...more

The House Has Passed H.R.720: The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017

by Benesch on

On March 10, 2017, at 11:29 a.m., by a vote of 230 to 188, with eleven members not voting, the House of Representatives passed the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017. Of the “ayes,” 227 were Republican and three were...more

House Approves Controversial Class Action Bill

In Take Two!: Congress Revives the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act, Eversheds Sutherland discussed the provisions of the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985; the Act), a reform bill designed to...more

Curtailing Abusive Litigation: Congress to Consider Important Legal Reform Legislation This Week

If your organization is facing abusive litigation—or is concerned about that possibility—you may be pleased to know that, this week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider and pass four bills aimed at...more

Sanctions and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Appeal

by Jaburg Wilk on

This may not be a book my new grandson Felix will soon be reading, but it does raise a legitimate question: When you really, truly, believe a federal appeal is frivolous, and not just garden variety, I know you’re going to...more

Twenty Years After Reform, Inmate Litigation Still Crowds Dockets

by Butler Snow LLP on

A million dollars in damages for melted ice cream. Cruel and unusual punishment for having to listen to country music. A suit demanding L.A. Gear or Reebock shoes instead of prison-issued Converses. An emotional distress...more

Are All Troll Cases Exceptional?

In Iris Connex, LLC, v. Dell, Inc., [2:15-cv-1915-JRG] (January 25, 2016), District Judge Gilstrap, after granting summary judgment to Dell, awarded attorneys fees, noting Dell’s arguments that Iris Connex’s claim...more

Warning Shot Fired (Finally) at Improper DCAA Cost Disallowance Basis

For a number of years, contractors have been required to expend substantial sums challenging baseless legal theories initiated by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and rubber-stamped by the Defense Contract Management...more

When it’s Over, it’s Over

In Walker v. Health International Corp., [2015-1676] (January 6, 2017), the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s award of sanctions for vexatious actions in continuing to litigate after the parties settled all...more

Controversial 60 Minutes Segment on “Drive-By” ADA Lawsuits Highlights Negative Aspect of the Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Here’s our take on Sunday’s 60 Minutes episode on “drive-by” abusive ADA Title III lawsuits and the legislative efforts to address them. 60 Minutes aired a segment about ADA Title III “drive-by”...more

Bootstrapped Claim Against the FDA Gets the Boot

by Reed Smith on

We’re pleased to report the demise of a plaintiff’s firm’s attempt to punish the FDA for rejecting the firm’s attempt to force the agency to create evidence helpful to plaintiffs in litigation. The ploy began in 2012, when “a...more

Dealing with Long-Winded Out-of-Network Provider Nuisance Letters

by Snell & Wilmer on

Over the past couple years, more and more of my clients with self-funded plans have received letters from out-of-network providers appealing denied claims. The letters are usually 20 to 30 pages long, not very specific, and...more

EEOC Issues New Retaliation Guidance

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

For the first time since 1998, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued new enforcement guidance on retaliation. Retaliation claims have been a growth industry over the last 18 years. Back in 1998...more

Put Up or Pay Up: Mentor Obtape MDL Judge Promises Sanctions to Plaintiff Attorneys Filing Meritless Cases

by Reed Smith on

We spend the vast bulk of our professional life working in the context of MDLs. We know the drill: plaintiff lawyers file hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of cases. At some point, the cream rises to the top in...more

Gavel to Gavel: Summary judgment, or letting the judge do her job

by McAfee & Taft on

Justice is blind, but judges are not. That is why judges are empowered, through a process called summary judgment, to decide whether a case deserves to go to trial. But while the law trusts trial judges to discern...more

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