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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Franks WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A House subcommittee plans to hold a hearing on fraud and abuse in the asbestos compensation system on Friday.
Scruggs WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A documentary that debuts Monday night chronicles personal injury lawyers who abused America's civil justice system.
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.
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.
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 CHICAGO - Illinois' Republican Party says state Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride wants to trick voters into thinking he's a member of the GOP.
Stengel WASHINGTON - To attorney James Stengel, Madison County's appeal to plaintiffs lawyers exceeded favorable judges and juries.
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.