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Study on consumer lawsuit loans finds high rates, confusing terms

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AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The broadest study yet of consumer litigation finance – money forwarded to lawsuit plaintiffs in anticipation of a victory in court or a legal settlement – found a “very complicated and circuitous” system in which some borrowers appear to subsidize others and the median interest rate exceeds 40%.

White House to nominate Brad Maxwell as U.S. Marshal; Shares vision of 'Making America Safe Again'

WASHINGTON - Brad Maxwell, 46, of Edwardsville will be nominated by President Trump to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Illinois, according to a White House press release issued today.

Latest 7th Circuit nominees Scudder, St. Eve, seen as well-qualified, experienced by many legal observers

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Legal observers have praised President Donald Trump’s two most-recent nominees to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, singling out their experience and intelligence as well as the White House’s efforts to gain bipartisan support for the nominees.

Meet the Illinoisan at the center of a historic Supreme Court case

Mark Janus learned about public service from a young age, growing up as a Boy Scout in Springfield. He eventually became an Eagle Scout. And he’s passed along his knowledge to young men and women from the state’s capital while leading scouting trips to Florida.

District court judge denies part of DOJ motion for summary judgment in white supremacist's FOIA case

BENTON – A district court judge recently denied in part a U.S. Department of Justice motion for partial summary judgment in the Freedom of Information Act request of imprisoned white supremacist William A. White.

Bad Science at NIOSH?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health.

Calif. AG fears possible effects of union fees case at U.S. Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – An amicus brief filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra argues public employees should have to pay union fees even if they fell that it contributes to political pandering.

State AGs speak up in Janus case to preserve collection of union fees from non-union workers

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Several friend-of-the-court briefs have now been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the lawsuit brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois state government employee who feels union dues should not be taken from his paycheck since he is not a member of a union.

New book details attorney’s frustrations with MDL: Handling of cases becoming ‘more and more deplorable’

“I don’t think I am exaggerating. The percentage of cases is increasing in the MDLs, and the manner in which they are handling these cases is becoming more and more deplorable.”

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

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CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.

Victims of IRS's tea party bias - and taxpayers - must see Lois Lerner's testimony, lawyer says

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CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - Lois Lerner, formerly of the Internal Revenue Service when it discriminated against applicants for tax exemptions based on their viewpoints, claims Americans have no right to read statements she made under oath about why she did it.

Judge who overturned Rauner 'fair share' executive order had worked as Madigan staffer in earlier days

Critics of policy decisions that prop up labor organizations at the expense of taxpayers have said it’s no mistake that some of the state's most consequential and political legal battles - contract negotiations, worker pay and union dues - have been filed in “union friendly” St. Clair County.

Franken used sexual assault victims in attack on arbitration one month before resigning

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The Minnesota Democrat, who announced his resignation Thursday, has taken issue with forced arbitration clauses in employment contracts.

New report ranks Metro-East one of the nation’s worst 'Judicial Hellholes'

The Metro-East, internationally known as a favorite destination for out-of-state personal injury lawyers and plaintiffs looking to cash in playing the lawsuit lottery, has cemented its status as the “Lawsuit Abuse Capital of the U.S.” with Madison County being named today to a list of the nation’s “Worst Judicial Hellholes.”

ITLA responds to 'Judicial Hellhole' report

The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) has again recycled its annual “report” to stoke prejudice and fear of our state’s legal system. ATRA, a well-funded front group for the nation’s wealthiest corporations, works to undermine the independence of courts to help corporate interests avoid responsibility for their dangerous behavior and reckless actions.

Madison County ranked seventh in 'Judicial Helholes' report; St. Clair County not on the list

Madison County and St. Louis were named as two of the worst jurisdictions in the nation according to the American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual Judicial Hellholes report.

Florida tops tort reform group's list of ‘Judicial Hellholes,' while California No. 2

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California, City of St. Louis Circuit Court, New York City’s asbestos court and Philadelphia round out the American Tort Reform Association’s top five this year.

Time to enforce America’s immigration laws again

A country without effective borders is not a country at all. And a country ruled by bureaucrats that are out of step with American opinion isn’t much of a country either.

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.

'The way due process is supposed to work': Ill. Supreme Court decision reshapes state's legal landscape

Three years after the U.S. Supreme Court moved to significantly limit general personal jurisdiction over corporations, the Illinois Supreme Court at last has used that precedent to perhaps achieve legal venue reforms long sought by business groups and reform proponents - and long ignored by state lawmakers.