Smith WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, the leading Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, on Thursday asked the director of the Government Accountability Office to investigate the secrecy behind trusts created to pay asbestos-related claims against bankrupt companies.
Hoffman SPRINGFIELD (Legal Newsline)—Legal reformers in Illinois say they are counting on the state House of Representatives to quash a bill they say would help trial lawyers file more lawsuits.
Rickard Madison County is one of the most unfair state court jurisdictions in the nation, a survey of top corporate lawyers and business executives indicates.
Murnane SPRINGFIELD (Legal Newsline)-Illinois lawmakers will not likely give voters the opportunity -- at least this year -- to allow the General Assembly to adopt caps on medical malpractice awards, a leading tort reform advocate said.
Durbin WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a member of the Senate Democratic leadership team, has raked in big bucks this year from trial lawyers and their political action committees, campaign finance disclosures indicate.
Murnane WASHINGTON - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week could put a damper on the trial lawyer practice of filing lawsuits, particularly class actions, in vaguely related jurisdictions where judges are seen as plaintiff-friendly.
Pawlenty ST. PAUL, Minn. (Legal Newsline)-Changing the way medical malpractice cases are handled would be a "commonsense" way to help bring down skyrocketing U.S. health care costs, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said.
U.S. Supreme Court building WASHINGTON - Three major tobacco companies are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a racketeering verdict against cigarette makers over the marketing of so-called light cigarettes.
WASHINGTON - U.S. states have a collective funding gap of at least $1 trillion to provide the retirement benefits they have promised to public-sector employees, a national report issued Thursday said.
Jason Plummer SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan would be second in line to succeed the governor under a proposal by the Democrat's powerful father, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.
WASHINGTON - The nation's foreclosure crisis is worsening despite federal efforts to help Americans save their homes, a dozen state attorneys general said Wednesday.
Murnane WASHINGTON - In an epic political upset Tuesday night, a Republican won the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by liberal icon Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts - something that political observers say could signal danger for Democrats nationally.
Tarricone WASHINGTON - The national trial lawyers group outlined its 2010 legislative agenda Monday, announcing that the group plans to take aim at mandatory arbitration clauses and push to expand civil liability, among other initiatives.
Madigan SPRINGFIELD - The U.S. Supreme Court should reject a multistate request to close the locks that connect Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Tuesday.
Madigan SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is among 15 state attorneys general asking the Federal Reserve to eliminate certain financial incentives for loan officers and mortgage brokers.
Madigan SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has tapped a senior aide to see to it that provisions of the state's Freedom of Information Act are followed by public agencies.
WASHINGTON - The nation's trial lawyer group is still looking for a new leader, or so an Internet posting by a leading executive recruitment firm indicates.
Elmendorf WASHINGTON - The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says it stands by its analysis that medial malpractice limits would save American taxpayers billions of dollars.
Reid (D) WASHINGTON - Americans are divided on whether to trust Democrats or Republicans to overhaul the nation's health care system, which critics say is fraught with waste and lawsuit abuse, a national poll indicates.
Obama (D) WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate will pass its health care overhaul bill this month, President Barack Obama said Sunday evening.