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Ads that can kill: Lawyers scare patients out of taking medication, legal reform group says

WASHINGTON - A new paper says lawyer advertising is scaring patients into not taking their medications, leading to dozens of serious incidents – including six deaths from individuals who stopped using their blood-thinner.

CFPB's new rule 'large gift for class action lawyers'; Court challenges coming

WASHINGTON  - As the director of a federal consumer protection agency seemingly fights for his job, he has gone forth with plans to finalize a controversial rule – and a court challenge seems imminent.

Supreme Court: Claims from out-of-state plaintiffs shouldn't be filed in California; Will it affect Madison County's national docket?

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned rulings made by three California courts that concluded they had specific jurisdiction over lawsuits brought by out-of-state residents against a company not incorporated or headquartered there.

Sheldon Silver, a high-ranking N.Y. politician and asbestos lawyer, found guilty of corruption

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Sheldon Silver, a once-powerful politician who worked at one of the most prominent asbestos law firms in the country, was found guilty of corruption by a federal jury on Monday. The verdict against Silver, a Democrat who was the speaker of the Assembly prior to the indictment against him, came in the fifth week of the trial, the New York Times reported.

Seventh Circuit calls class action settlement ‘scandalous,’ removes Paul Weiss as attorney

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Asbestos claimants’ reps fight against unsealing of information in Garlock case

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A group that represents claimants harmed by asbestos says two recent requests for sealed information that led to a landmark ruling in Garlock Sealing Technologies’ bankruptcy case should have to wait.

Client of St. Louis attorney Wasinger awarded $63 million in False Claims Act suit

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New Hampshire Supreme Court decertifies Tillery 'light' tobacco case

Tillery CONCORD, N.H. (Legal Newsline) - Another state supreme court has rejected a class action lawsuit that claims tobacco companies misled customers by labeling some cigarettes as "light."

U.S. SC rules for ObamaCare, calls mandate a tax

Roberts WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the controversial provision of health care reform requiring individuals to purchase insurance or face a financial penalty is a constitutional tax.

Seventh Circuit says class action against Shell ultimately pointless; Madison County case settled for $7 million last year

Easterbrook CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - A federal appeals judge had trouble finding the purpose of a class action lawsuit filed against Shell over its credit card receipts.

Philly again the biggest 'Judicial Hellhole'; Madison-St.Clair counties ranked 5th

Joyce WASHINGTON - Philadelphia's civil courts system has been named the nation's worst by the American Tort Reform Foundation for a second consecutive year.

Asbestos fraud the subject of House hearing

Franks WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A House subcommittee plans to hold a hearing on fraud and abuse in the asbestos compensation system on Friday.

Scruggs, other shady lawyers highlighted in film

Scruggs WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A documentary that debuts Monday night chronicles personal injury lawyers who abused America's civil justice system.

Federal agency ticks off state attorneys general

Zoeller WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The nation's state attorneys general are claiming the federal Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has been attempting to preempt state consumer protection laws for a decade.

ATRA lawyer says movie slashed key part of argument

Schwartz WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A tort reform advocate who was interviewed for a documentary that debuts Monday on HBO says his comments were taken out of context, though the filmmaker is defending her editing.

Insurers, business groups and tort reformers file brief opposing secondhand exposure theory

Stack A coming ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court could offer asbestos attorneys with a new group of plaintiffs based on a case arising from Madison County.

Kilbride trying to act Republican in order to win, party says

Kilbride CHICAGO - Illinois' Republican Party says state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride wants to trick voters into thinking he's a member of the GOP.

Attorney sees asbestos rebound in Madison County

Stengel WASHINGTON - To attorney James Stengel, Madison County's appeal to plaintiffs lawyers exceeded favorable judges and juries.

Tobacco settlement survives another challenge, appeal coming

Bader NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court decided Tuesday that 1998's Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement is constitutional, ruling against a challenge by the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

Trial lawyer tax break attracts attention of two dozen senators

Thune WASHINGTON - One-quarter of the U.S. Senate has expressed concern that the U.S. Department of the Treasury may be planning to issue an order giving trial lawyers tax breaks on contingency fee lawsuits.