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  • Supreme Court ruling could limit trial lawyers

    02/25/2010 8:32:06 AM PST · by legalwatch · 36 replies · 1,610+ views
    Legal News ^ | 2-25-09 | Chris Rizo
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week could put a damper on the trial lawyer practice of filing lawsuits, particularly class actions, in vaguely related jurisdictions where judges are seen as plaintiff-friendly.
  • Calif. AG hopeful touts private rights of action

    02/21/2010 8:20:07 PM PST · by legalwatch · 1 replies · 204+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | Chris Rizo
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-Amid dwindling state resources, it will largely be up to California's trial lawyers to enforce consumer protection laws, a leading state lawmaker and candidate for attorney general said.
  • Judge approves settlement for Station fire victims (Great White concert gone wrong)

    01/08/2010 10:29:19 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 2 replies · 326+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | 09:55 AM EST on Friday, January 8, 2010 | Tracy Breton
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Calling it a “red-letter day,” a federal judge Thursday approved settlements earmarked for more than 300 victims of the 2003 Station nightclub fire and the mechanism through which payments will be made. The action taken by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux makes it likely now that the victims of the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history will get money from a $176-million settlement fund in a matter of months. But much remains to be done before payments are made. Probate judges have to approve the settlements in the 100 cases of those who died...
  • The REAL Reason Why There is NO Tort Reform in Obamacare

    12/21/2009 8:44:57 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 13 replies · 885+ views
    wasington examiner/the lid ^ | 12/21/09 | The Lid
    Many experts have pointed to tort reform as a key element of any effort to hold down the costs of health care: Old Democratic presidential aspirant John Edwards won $175 million in judgments over a 12-year period suing doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, everyone but the candy stripers, over infant cerebral palsy cases allegedly caused by mishandled deliveries. As the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists noted in a study in 2003, cerebral palsy could not be blamed on delivery trouble in the “vast majority” of cases. Using bad science, Edwards enriched himself by bankrupting innocent physicians. The effect is...
  • American Association for Justice is a Caricature

    11/11/2009 2:12:21 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 4 replies · 576+ views
    Risk Prof Blog ^ | 9-29-2009 | Lawrence Powell
    got a kick out of this article in the Washington Times on Sept. 28. The point of the story is that the trial lawyers' lobby might be having financial difficulty. The part I find interesting is that AAJ says they lost $670,000, but they sought $120,000,000 in the lawsuit. The article offers no explanation for the 17,900% mark up. "...AAJ lost a lawsuit against Wachovia Bank over the collapse of a 2007 loan deal to finance the association's purchase of an office building as its new Washington headquarters. The association lost more than $670,000 when Wachovia backed out of the...
  • Weighing True Cost Of Delays In The Drug-Approval Process

    11/04/2009 4:58:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 234+ views ^ | November 4, 2009 | THOMAS SOWELL
    This is the seventh installment of a nine-part series excerpting the chapter on medical care from the new edition of economist Thomas Sowell's "Applied Economics." All parts of the series can be seen at is illegal for a pharmaceutical company to begin selling a drug without prior approval by the Food and Drug Administration. The drug-approval process tries to reduce the risks of new and untried medicines before they are made available to the general public. In addition to being reasonably safe for most people, pharmaceutical drugs must also be shown to be effective for whatever medical conditions they...
  • Pelosi Health Care Bill Blows a Kiss to Trial Lawyers(Prohibits state from limiting attorney's fees)

    10/30/2009 1:12:38 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies · 1,292+ views
    breitbart ^ | 10/30/09
    The health care bill recently unveiled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi is over 1,900 pages for a reason. It is much easier to dispense goodies to favored interest groups if they are surrounded by a lot of legislative legalese. For example, check out this juicy morsel to the trial lawyers (page 1431-1433 of the bill): Section 2531, entitled “Medical Liability Alternatives,” establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. [But]…… a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys’ fees or imposes...
  • Not thoroughly convinced Democrats and Trial Lawyers are loathsome creatures? Read this.

    09/29/2009 6:07:20 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 19 replies · 2,071+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | September 29, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    It’s doubtful you’ve read about because it shows Democrats and Trial Lawyers for what they really are: loathsome lying weasels. On September 15 three White Republicans and a Black Democrat ran in a special election for State Senate in Jacksonville Florida. A month before Election Day a racially inflammatory mailer reached 88,000 probably Black and Hispanic households in the district. It showed pictures of Barack Obama, Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan and several Blacks marching behind an ACORN banner. It asked, “Is this the change YOU want to believe in? Violence and intimidation at the voting booth.” The “sender” was:...
  • Tort Reformed

    09/23/2009 4:53:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 1,093+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 23, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Litigation: The Founding Fathers envisioned the states as laboratories for ideas and choices. If the administration needs a demonstration project for successful tort reform, it need look no further than Mississippi. When President Obama said during his health care speech to Congress that he would "look into" malpractice reform and support "demonstration projects" at the state level, Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi, a Republican, responded: "If they want a demonstration project, come down to Mississippi. I'll show you a demonstration project." Mississippi enacted tort reform in 2004, including caps on medical malpractice awards. As a result, the number of medical...
  • Calif. trial lawyers dole out campaign cash

    09/18/2009 2:14:13 AM PDT · by Ja7430 · 2 replies · 289+ views
    Legal News ^ | 9-18-09
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)--California trial lawyers are expected to shell out big bucks to help their allies get elected in 2010, observers say. If the first six months of the year is any indication of things to come, the Civil Justice Association of California says plaintiffs attorneys are poised to give candidates for the state Legislature and statewide office, including attorney general, huge sums of money.
  • Lawyer may seek list of women from Steelers QB [Roethlisberger]

    09/11/2009 11:27:00 AM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 56 replies · 1,631+ views
    Associated Press via Google ^ | 10 September 2009 | Sandra Chereb
    CARSON CITY, Nev. — The lawyer for a woman who is accusing Ben Roethlisberger of rape is prepared to ask a Nevada court to compel the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback to name all the women he has had sex with, court documents show. Reno lawyer Cal Dunlap also said that if Roethlisberger's request to waive court rules and speed up the evidence-gathering process is granted, he also should be given immediate access to the quarterback's phone records, Internet communications, and names of any women who have claimed improper sexual conduct by the two-time Super Bowl winner.
  • Trial lawyers oppose special med-mal courts

    09/11/2009 11:00:52 AM PDT · by Ja7430 · 24 replies · 1,604+ views
    Legal News ^ | 9-11-09 | C.Rizo
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)- A U.S. Senate panel is considering proposals aimed at decreasing the number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed in already bogged down courts.
  • In Gesture of Bipartisanship, President Obama to Discuss Medical Malpractice Reform Tonight

    09/09/2009 2:57:15 PM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 39 replies · 1,125+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2009-09-09 | Jake Tapper
    But today, the White House indicated that as a gesture of bipartisanship, President Obama would discuss malpractice reform. “The president is going to talk about the downside of what many doctors have told him is the practicing of defensive medicine, where doctors because they are worried about this order more and more tests in order to make sure that they don't get sued,” Gibbs said on CNN. “That costs our system billions and billions of dollars every year.”
  • Howard Dean claims TORT reform would 'make enemies' (And Deathcare™ won't?)

    08/28/2009 9:57:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 749+ views
    Examiner ^ | 8/28/09 | Christina Wijfjes-Smit
    Howard Dean claims TORT reform would 'make enemies'August 28, 10:07 AM Mesa Independent Examiner Christina Wijfjes-Smit There is a new battle cry being touted in the ongoing debate of health care reform by a growing number of Americans; TORT reform. TORT reform would limit the circumstances under which injured people may sue or limit the amount a jury can award at trial, or both. Doctors are forced to spend an enormous amount of money on mal-practice insurance due to the ever growing number of frivolous law suits filed. The increase of cost to the doctor trickles down to the patient...
  • Caving to Trial Lawyers -- It's necessary to tie any health-care reform to tort reform.

    08/29/2009 5:09:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies · 796+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 7, 2009 | Fred Barnes
    We've always suspected that fear of angering trial lawyers was the only reason President Obama refused to embrace tort reform as a crucial part of achieving his goal of reduced health care costs. Now we know for sure. A moment of candor by Howard Dean, the former chairman of the DNC and an enthusiastic backer of Obama's health reform initiative, confirmed our suspicions. "The reason that tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everyone else they were taking on," Dean said...
  • Krauthammer Says "the Trial Lawyers Own the Democratic Party" - Video 8/27/09

    08/28/2009 9:34:17 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 716+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 28, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Fox News' Contributor Charles Krauthammer commenting on Howard Dean's admission that there is no "Tort Reform" in their Health Care Bill because they did not want to take on the "Trial Lawyers." Krauthammer said Howard Dean "speaks the truth," and the fact is there is no frivolous lawsuit reform in ObamaCare legislation because "the trial lawyers own the Democratic Party." . . . . (Watch Video)
  • EDITORIAL: Health care run by trial lawyers

    08/27/2009 11:32:55 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 12 replies · 711+ views
    Political power, rather than substance, is at the heart of the Democrats' proposed health care legislation. Admission of that power-politics reality was the most significant occurrence in a very odd town-hall meeting Tuesday night held by Virginia Democratic Rep. James P. Moran. It is now clearer than ever that plaintiffs' lawyers collectively are the political powerhouse running the health care show. A constituent at the meeting, quite reasonably, asked Mr. Moran the following question: "There is $200 billion of savings over 10 years if you have [lawsuit] reform, and nobody loses but the lawyers. Why isn't [lawsuit] reform in the...
  • Howard Dean's Stunning Admission on Tort Reform

    08/27/2009 4:08:40 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 25 replies · 1,297+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/27/2009 | Mike Volpe
    This video is so stunning that I am embarrassed I didn't notice it until now.
  • Howard Dean Brain Farts, Admits Democrats Are Afraid Of Trial Lawyers

    08/27/2009 12:31:56 PM PDT · by sdkruiser · 2 replies · 415+ views
    Stephen Kruiser ^ | 08/27/09 | Stephen Kruiser
    Looks like I'm not the only one who wonders why tort reform isn't at least part of the Teddy's Dead Health Care bill. First, enjoy the hypocritical Democrat congressturd asking his constituent for ID before he'll answer the question. When the question is finally asked, Rep. Braindead punts to Howard Dean. Dean is, of course, Crazy Joe Biden Lite. The brain farts come at a pace that make it seem as if his synapses were packed with garlic. As is the case with Biden, when he speaks about his own party the powers that be get ulcers because the mouth...
  • Video: Dean Says Tort Reform Left Out Of Health Care Bill For Fear Of Trial Lawyers

    08/26/2009 4:21:22 PM PDT · by careyb · 39 replies · 1,181+ views
    CNS ^ | 8/26/09 | Howard Dean
    Give him props for honesty.
  • Lobbyist: AAJ looking to quietly pass plaintiff lawyer tax break

    08/16/2009 10:36:41 AM PDT · by Ja7430 · 5 replies · 733+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | 8-16-09 | Chris Rizzo
    SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)- Federal legislation that would afford trial lawyers a special tax break faces an uncertain future, says one of the chief lobbyists for the nation's trial lawyers. The proposal would allow attorneys to deduct fees and expenses up-front for filing contingency-fee lawsuits. The proposal amounts to about a $1.6 billion tax break for plaintiffs' attorneys, estimates indicate.
  • Tort Reform Can Lower Costs Without Harming Health Care. So Why Isn’t It in Obama’s Plan?

    08/14/2009 4:00:58 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 23 replies · 858+ views
    Pajama's Media/ ^ | 8/14/09 | Sammy Benoit
    .Tort reform may very well be the ticket to heath care savings for which President Obama is looking. According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers that saving may reach over $2.1 trillion over a ten year period: Doctors ordering tests or procedures not based on need but concern over liability or increasing their income is the biggest waste of health care dollars, costing the system at least $210 billion a year, according to the report. The problem is called "defensive medicine." "Sometimes the motivation is to avoid malpractice suits, or to make more money because they are compensated more for doing more," said...
  • EDITORIAL: Tax cut for trial lawyers (There should be penalties for legislative malpractice)

    08/06/2009 3:52:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 501+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 6, 2009 | Editorial
    Congress adjourns for August recess this week. As lawmakers try to explain to their constituents back home why the world's most advanced health care system should be altered, the one special interest that ought to be targeted is the only one that may get off scott-free -- trial lawyers. In fact, the lawyers want a tax cut. Rather than worrying about defending their own ill-gotten turf, plaintiffs' attorneys are plotting ways to garner more goodies. Linda Lipsen, senior vice president of the American Association for Justice, the national organization for plaintiffs' lawyers, is advocating a sneak attack to secure a...
  • Trial lawyers face tort reform 'danger zone' in health care overhaul, says lobbyist

    07/29/2009 1:25:34 PM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 31 replies · 1,424+ views ^ | 07-29-2009 | Chris Rizo
    President Barack Obama's push for an overhaul of the nation's health care system could be stymied by Senate lawmakers, particularly moderate Democrats, the lobbyist for trial lawyers said... "Democracy is a great thing except on the Senate floor," she said.
  • Lobbyist: AAJ looking to quietly pass plaintiff lawyer tax break

    07/29/2009 11:43:30 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 19 replies · 1,576+ views ^ | 07-29-2009 | Chris Rizo
    Federal legislation that would afford trial lawyers a special tax break faces an uncertain future, says one of the chief lobbyists for the nation's trial lawyers. The proposal would allow attorneys to deduct fees and expenses up-front for filing contingency-fee lawsuits. The proposal amounts to about a $1.6 billion tax break for plaintiffs' attorneys, estimates indicate. "Everyone wants to do it, but the problem is there is not a tax vehicle yet," said Linda Lipsen, American Association for Justice (AAJ) Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. Lipsen was speaking to the Birth Trauma Litigation Group at the annual meeting this...
  • Healthcare reform ignores malpractice lawsuits

    07/29/2009 7:11:29 AM PDT · by paltz · 17 replies · 533+ views
    Washington Times - Water Cooler ^ | 7/27/09 | Kerry Picket
    Republican Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky talked about the high costs of health care today. In particular, Mr. McConnell pointed out how malpractice lawsuits affect how expensive healthcare can become. Dr. Orrin Devinsky, NYU Langone Medical Center neurologist and researcher agrees with Senator McConnell. Dr. Devinsky told the Washington Times,: "By some calculations forty-five to well over fifty percent of the money paid for malpractice actually goes to lawyers and administrators not to the patients. The large percentage of malpractice suits when reviewed independently of doctors and lawyers are felt not to be justified and many people who are wronged...
  • Tort Reform - Media barred from Pelosi speech

    07/26/2009 6:41:00 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies · 285+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | July 25, 2009 | BY CHRIS RIZO
    SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addresssed the nation's trial lawyers' group Saturday, the media was barred from attending. Ray De Lorenzi, associate director of communications for the American Association for Justice, said the event is exclusively for members of the national trial lawyers' group. "No media have ever been allowed at our conventions," he told Legal Newsline. "This is for members only." Pelosi, a California Democrat, is speaking at the American Association for Justice's annual convention in San Francisco, which has drawn hundreds of plaintiffs' attorneys. When asked to speak to a Pelosi staffer at the event,...
  • Why John Edwards Is Responsible for More Unnecessary Operations Than “Greedy Doctors”

    07/24/2009 12:09:58 PM PDT · by jmcenanly · 4 replies · 339+ views
    All-American Blogger ^ | July 23,2009 | Duane Lesterr
    Last night during his national press conference, President Barack Obama maligned doctors as doing unnecessary operations based on greed, not the best interest of the patient. He said: “Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that’s out there. … The doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, ‘You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid’s tonsils out,’” Obama told a prime-time news conference. The president added: “Now, that may be the right thing to do, but I’d rather have...

    08/10/2003 6:08:19 AM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 17 replies · 1,078+ views
    Portland Phoenix ^ | August 10, 2003 | LANCE TAPLEY
    Dr. Howard Dean’s fans come out for the big Democratic summer shindig As Tom Andrews, the director of the leading national antiwar coalition, began his speech at the Maine Democrats’ big outdoor summer shindig in Falmouth, John Baldacci signaled his bodyguard/driver to move the large, dark SUV up the driveway. The vehicle soon hid in the trees, its engine quietly humming. At first, the governor seemed to be paying attention as Andrews, the former First District congressman, launched into rousing tales of how the country, under President George W. Bush, had gone "from peace and prosperity to war and recession."...
  • Ken Blackwell: A Chemical Scare Campaign Is Good Business for Some

    07/23/2009 12:06:23 AM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 1,042+ views
    American Thinker ^ | July 23, 2009 | Ken Blackwell
    Last month, the Statistical Assessment Service (STATS), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization affiliated with George Mason University, released "Science Suppressed: How America became obsessed with BPA," a report which accuses the media "of ignoring the extensive research of respected scientists and major health agencies in the United States and around the world, which found BPA was not only safe but played an important role in ensuring food safety."   It also confirms what countless previous studies have said; BPA is safe. If you're unfamiliar with Bisphenol A (BPA), it is a chemical used to make lightweight, versatile, durable, high-performance plastics.  It's...
  • Obama's Malpractice Gesture (Obama speaks with forked tongue to doctors)

    06/15/2009 8:37:05 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 15 replies · 948+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 16, 2009 | Editorial
    Of course Mr. Obama deserves credit for even referring to what he called the "real issue" of medical malpractice reform. The paragraph he appended to his stock speech on health care for the American Medical Association yesterday didn't offer much detail -- "I do think we need to explore a range of ideas," he boldly declared -- but trial lawyers and their stratospheric jury awards and settlements have led to major increases in the medical malpractice premiums, thus driving up the overall cost of U.S. health care. The system today is worse than random -- many lawsuits do not involve...
  • Man Claims Restaurant's Undercooked Salmon Gave Him 9-Foot Tapeworm

    06/12/2009 11:08:13 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 74 replies · 4,115+ views
    A man who ate an undercooked salmon salad claims he developed a 9-foot tapeworm, the Scientific American reported. Anthony Franz sued Shaw's Crab House in Chicago for serving him the salad, which he said made him violently ill, according to the Chicago Times.
  • White House shelves Bush campaign to curb lawsuits

    05/20/2009 3:54:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies · 537+ views
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The Obama White House is reversing a Bush administration initiative that used federal health and safety regulations to limit the ability of injured consumers to sue companies in state courts. ...Trial lawyers who file class-action lawsuits on behalf of millions of consumers praised Obama's action.
  • Sperm bank sued under product liability law

    04/09/2009 7:23:43 PM PDT · by freespirited · 17 replies · 777+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 04/08/06
    SPERM should be subject to the same product liability laws as car brakes, according to a US judge who has given a teenager with severe learning disabilities the go-ahead to sue the sperm bank that provided her with a biological father. Brittany Donovan, now 13 years old, was born with fragile X syndrome, a genetic disorder causing mental impairment and carried on the X chromosome. She is now suing the sperm bank, Idant Laboratories of New York, under a product liability law more commonly associated with manufacturing defects, such as faulty car brakes. Donovan does not have to show that...
  • The State Lawsuit Racket (the seedy politician-trial lawyer alliance)

    04/07/2009 7:34:25 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 1 replies · 256+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 8, 2009 | Editorial
    State Attorneys General regularly hire private plaintiffs lawyers on a contingency-fee basis to prosecute cases. The trial bar returns the favor with campaign donations to state office holders. And despite the inherent conflicts of interest and questionable ethics of the practice, corporate defendants have rarely challenged such arrangements. Which is why a motion pending before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is so remarkable -- and deserves more public attention. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the state of Pennsylvania over Janssen's antipsychotic drug Risperdal. The state alleges that Janssen has improperly...
  • Trial lawyers seek to recession-proof their practices

    03/31/2009 3:19:33 PM PDT · by jasonmyos · 4 replies · 300+ views
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)- Even trial attorneys are not immune from the historic economic crisis hammering the United States, legal observers said. With rising concern over cash flow, firms across the country are increasing their marketing efforts, crafting deals with state attorneys generals and lobbying Congress for plaintiff-friendly legislation.
  • HHS-nominee Kathleen Sebelius, her trial lawyer background

    03/01/2009 6:38:47 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 11 replies · 816+ views
    Point of ^ | 2-28-2009 | Carter Wood
    Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, has agreed to become Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama Administration. Sebelius served as executive director and chief lobbyist for the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (now Kansas Association for Justice) from 1977-1986. Before being elected governor in 2002, she also served as Kansas Insurance Commissioner, an elective office. During the 2007 legislative session, Sebelius vetoed S.B. 55, which -- in her terms -- sought to exempt the entire health care industry from the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. She signed a follow-up bill, H.B. 2451. From her office's news relase: HB 2451...
  • Sunshine for Lawyers

    02/24/2009 9:54:25 AM PST · by txnativegop · 140+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 24 February 2009 | Online
    The relationship between trial lawyers and state Attorneys General has been one of the more lucrative rackets of the past decade. In the latest sign the tide may be turning, the Florida legislature is now considering a law, supported by Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, that would limit the amount plaintiffs lawyers could take home when they piggyback on lawsuits brought by state prosecutors.
  • Good grief - now the trial lawyers want a White House lawsuit czar?

    01/26/2009 10:17:21 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 6 replies · 516+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 1/25/09 | DC Examiner
    One thing the Obama White House doesn’t lack is czars. So far, there are or soon will be an energy czar, an economy czar, a health care czar and an urban affairs czar. There may yet be a White House car czar, and, if the class-action trial lawyers have their way – which they almost always do when the Democrats they bought and paid for are in power – there will soon be a lawsuit czar, too.
  • Saying No To Lilly

    01/22/2009 4:25:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 416+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 22, 2009
    Civil Justice: Litigation was up 9% last year, driven in part by a 6% rise in employment cases. But that'll seem modest in comparison if the Lilly Ledbetter legislation is passed by Congress and signed by President Obama.Ledbetter worked for Goodyear Tire & Rubber for 19 years, but only after retiring in 1998 with benefits did she sue her employer over what she alleged were discriminatory wages set by a long-dead supervisor. Ledbetter claimed she wasn't paid on the same scale as men, and was victorious in the lower courts. The Supreme Court, however, ruled that she filed after the...
  • Barack's Bailout for Trial Lawyers

    01/17/2009 5:25:48 PM PST · by Man50D · 17 replies · 588+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | January 16, 2009 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The jobless rate just hit its highest level in 16 years: 7.2 percent, which means more than 11 million Americans are unemployed. So the Democratic House responded by passing two bills making it more costly to hire workers. Barack Obama has been preaching that our economy is in crisis and Congress absolutely must pass another mammoth stimulus package right now. "Today's jobs report," he said, "only underscores the need to move with a sense of urgency and common purpose." But, alas, his first legislative priority is a stimulus package for trial lawyers and liberal/feminist special-interest groups. The only things these...
  • Wage legislation called a potential 'bonanza' for trial lawyers

    01/10/2009 10:24:11 PM PST · by jasonmyos · 3 replies · 364+ views
    Legal News Line ^ | 1/11/2009
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Legislation called a potential "trial lawyer bonanza" by the Wall Street Journal is winding its way through Congress. The proposal would overturn a 2007 Supreme Court decision that employees cannot challenge ongoing pay discrimination if the employer's original discriminatory pay decision occurred outside of the statute of limitations. Critics, including tort reformers, say if lawmakers override the high court's decision in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber, a bevy of cases of alleged wage discrimination would result.
  • The real people behind people power (is Bush orchestrating the revolutions in former Soviet states?)

    04/05/2005 7:37:04 AM PDT · by dead · 14 replies · 828+ views
    The Guardian via SMH ^ | April 6, 2005 | John Laughland
    The US is turning on old friends in Europe, writes John Laughland. Before he denounced the "prevailing influence" of the US in the "anti-constitutional coup" that overthrew him, President Askar Akayev of Kyrgyzstan used an interesting phrase to attack those who were stirring up trouble in the drug-ridden Ferghana Valley. A criminal "third force", linked to the drug mafia, was struggling to gain power. Originally a label for covert operatives shoring up apartheid in South Africa before it was adopted by the US-backed "pro-democracy" movement in Iran in November 2001, the third force is also the title of a book...
  • Spence: Trial lawyers more important than doctors

    11/12/2008 8:24:20 PM PST · by jasonmyos · 41 replies · 900+ views
    legal newsline ^ | 11/12/08
    SAN FRANCISCO (Legal Newsline)-Being a trial lawyer is the noblest profession in America, some 500 lawyers who gathered here for the annual Consumer Attorneys of California convention heard from one of the nation's most famed plaintiffs' attorneys. Lawyer Gerry Spence, who was awarded the CAOC Lifetime Achievement Award, told conference attendees that legal representation is essential, even more important than health care, for people. "We have to redefine who we are: We are the most important people in America," Spence said. "There is no other profession in America that fights for freedom, that fights for what America is about, that...
  • Eliminating Federal Preemption: Good for Plaintiffs’ Lawyers, Bad for Everyone Else

    10/10/2008 2:59:44 PM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 2 replies · 419+ views
    Institute for Legal Reform ^ | 10/9/2008 | Lisa Rickard
    Once again, what's good for the plaintiffs' lawyers is bad for everyone else, including those who need the latest medical breakthroughs to help save or improve their lives.
  • Will Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Find New Ways to Sue? They Bet Their Boat They Will

    10/02/2008 11:57:49 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 308+ views
    Institute for Legal Reform ^ | 09/17/08 | Lisa Rickard
    All the plaintiffs’ bar really needs is a single precedent-setting victory with a public nuisance case. This means that even confronted with long-shot odds, firms like Motley Rice are willing to gamble on the outcome because the ultimate payoff would be astronomical. In Rhode Island, they rolled the dice and they lost. However, those tempted to think that this nearly decade-long pursuit of former lead paint manufacturers ends in the Ocean State, think again. There are numerous “elsewheres” for Motley Rice and other plaintiffs’ firms to look for mega payouts.
  • Biden said to be too cozy with trial lawyers

    09/13/2008 6:51:19 PM PDT · by jasonmyos · 3 replies · 133+ views
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's views on a bevy of national issues remain unknown, not the least of which is her take on the nation's legal landscape. Leading tort reform advocates told Legal Newsline that they know little to nothing about the first-term Alaska governor's view on legal reform. "I am not aware that Governor Palin has any record," said Philip Howard, founder and chair of Common Good, a bipartisan coalition that advocates for legal reform. Palin's public comments on national legal issues have been limited to her comments blasting the U.S. Supreme Court for reducing the...
  • Enron settlement: $7.2 billion to shareholders, $688 million to lawyers

    09/09/2008 11:08:34 AM PDT · by crusty old prospector · 11 replies · 631+ views
    Eligible shareholders whose Enron holdings became worthless when the company crumbled in scandal will receive $7.2 billion in settlements under a distribution plan approved in federal court. And the California-based law firm that ran massive Enron shareholder litigation for more than six years will get $688 million — plus interest — for its work, U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon ruled late Monday. "We're pleased that the court recognizes the tremendous amount of work, skill and determination required to overcome significant obstacles in this complicated case and recover over $7 billion for defrauded investors," said Patrick Coughlin, chief trial counsel for...
  • The ABA Plots a Judicial Coup

    08/14/2008 3:30:25 PM PDT · by groanup · 27 replies · 489+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 14, 2008 | WSJ Editorial
    REVIEW & OUTLOOK The ABA Plots a Judicial Coup August 14, 2008; Page A12 Some bad ideas never seem to die, especially in the hands of a crafty attorney. That's the story now playing out at the American Bar Association, which voted at its annual meeting this week to endorse a version of "merit selection" for federal judges. What we have here is the latest lawyer-led attempt to strip judicial selection from future Presidents. According to the proposal, future federal judges would be selected not by an elected President, but with the aid of home-state Senators and a bipartisan commission...
  • Even By Trial Lawyer Standards, Edwards A Real Sleazebag

    08/14/2008 1:57:44 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 18 replies · 441+ views
    Red States USA ^ | 8/14/2008 | Ann Coulter
    The good news: DNA testing has confirmed that John Edwards is not the father of Rielle Hunter's baby. The bad news: The father is Bill Clinton. Ha ha -- just kidding! It's almost impossible to get pregnant by having the type of sex Bill Clinton prefers. Also, by now, everyone has heard the news that Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, has refused to grant a paternity test. I wonder if Edwards knew that when he was making his chesty offer to take a paternity test? Edwards gushed to ABC's Bob Woodruff: "I would welcome participating in a paternity test, be happy...