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Manhattan Institute probes lobbying efforts of lawyers

John O'Brien Feb. 9, 2010, 11:38am

Copland NEW YORK - The Manhattan Institute's latest edition in its "Trial Lawyers, Inc.," series explores the effect the plaintiffs bar has on lawmakers at the state level and in Washington, D.C.

Campaign spending decision draws attention at State of the Union

John O'Brien Jan. 28, 2010, 7:34am

President Obama WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama went out of his way to criticize the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday night, though some are writing that he was wrong in his argument.

U.S. SC overturns campaign spending law, infuriates Obama

John O'Brien Jan. 22, 2010, 4:00am

Obama WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court decided Wednesday that businesses may spend their money to support or oppose candidates in federal elections.

South Florida is top 'Judicial Hellhole'

John O'Brien Dec. 15, 2009, 2:00am

Sherman Joyce, president of the American Tort Reform Foundation WASHINGTON -- South Florida is again among the country's most plaintiffs-friendly jurisdiction, according to the American Tort Reform Foundation's annual "Judicial Hellholes" report, released Tuesday.

Poll shows desire for tort reform in health care package

John O'Brien Dec. 2, 2009, 10:30am

Dean WASHINGTON - A majority of Americans say tort reform measures should be taken to drive down healthcare costs, a new poll shows.

Paper explores medical monitoring in Illinois

John O'Brien Dec. 1, 2009, 4:15am

Zarov CHICAGO - Allowing medical monitoring claims in Illinois would be a risky move if the state Supreme Court ever decides to, a paper recently published in the DePaul University Journal of Health Care Law says.

Madison, St. Clair counties remain on 'Hellhole' watch list; St. Louis named, too

John O'Brien Dec. 16, 2008, 3:00am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Madison County may have moved off the American Tort Reform Foundation's annual list of judicial hellholes, but it -- and surrounding areas -- are still being watched.

Chamber begins frivolous lawsuit awareness campaign

John O'Brien Dec. 12, 2008, 1:11am

Rickard WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A campaign by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform says frivolous lawsuits are harming small businesses and the families that rely on them.

The business of asbestos: Manhattan Institute releases report

John O'Brien May 7, 2008, 1:00am

Copland NEW YORK - Jim Copland of the Manhattan Institute says his organization certainly doesn't oppose new business concepts. After all, the think tank's mission statement includes fostering new ideas that promote economic growth.

Proposed Code of Conduct to be given to AGs

John O'Brien Oct. 25, 2007, 7:00am

Rickard WASHINGTON, D.C. - Citing a need to end prejudicial practices, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform proposed a new code of conduct for state attorneys general Wednesday.

Hardships ahead for businesses, pair says

John O'Brien Oct. 25, 2007, 6:57am

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two political experts told attendees of a U.S. Chamber of Commerce function that businesses may soon face more challenges.

Courtroom trends against businesses discussed at Summit

John O'Brien Oct. 24, 2007, 6:58am

Chris Manning WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Leading off a Legal Reform Summit sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform, attorney Chris Manning offered a few images and asked a simple question -- which one of them didn't belong.

Legal foundation discusses public nuisance suits

John O'Brien Aug. 2, 2007, 9:58am

Victor Schwartz WASHINGTON, D.C. - The past, present and future of public nuisance claims were all part of a discussion broadcasted Thursday by the Washington Legal Foundation.