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Pittsburgh's hired guns move in on Philadelphia's turf as opioid lawyers jostle for power

By John O'Brien | Aug 29, 2018

The fighting in Pennsylvania among plaintiffs lawyers working on contingency fees has escalated this summer

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No quit in trial bar after SCOTUS ruling, still filing lawsuits in favorite courts

By John O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.

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

By John O'Brien | Oct 26, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Jul 14, 2017

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?

By John O'Brien | Jun 19, 2017

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

By John O'Brien | Dec 1, 2015

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.

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

By John O'Brien | Mar 24, 2014

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.

New Hampshire Supreme Court decertifies Tillery 'light' tobacco case

By John O'Brien | Aug 22, 2012

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

By John O'Brien | Jun 28, 2012

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

By John O'Brien | Apr 18, 2012

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

By John O'Brien | Dec 14, 2011

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

By John O'Brien | Sep 8, 2011

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

By John O'Brien | Jul 11, 2011

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

By John O'Brien | Jun 29, 2011

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

By John O'Brien | Jun 28, 2011

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

By John O'Brien | Feb 16, 2011

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

By John O'Brien | Oct 31, 2010

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

By John O'Brien | Oct 27, 2010

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

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