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Study: Lawsuits Cost Small Businesses $105 Billion
Posted on 14 Jul 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new study released July 8 by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) shows that small businesses shoulder a tremendous burden of the nation's tort liability costs, having paid $105.4 billion in 2008. Saying that small... Read More

Plaintiff, Defense Bars Gear Up For Litigation Over Shale Gas Drilling
Posted on 14 Sep 2011 by Gregg Lawson

PHILADELPHIA - Shale drilling for natural gas is big business in several states, but will it be "the next big thing" for litigators? It may be too early to tell, but the plaintiff and defense bars are gearing up. About 110 attorneys, insurance... Read More

West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, California Ranked Worst Lawsuit Climates In The Nation
Posted on 22 Mar 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) on March 22 released its survey ranking the states with the best and worst legal climates in the country. According to the survey, the states with the worst legal climates... Read More

Vandeventer Black LLP: Ending Lawsuits
Posted on 24 Feb 2012 by Vandeventer Black LLP

By Ned Nicholas Hundreds of thousands of lawsuits are filed in the United States every year. The bulk of these are routine collection matters, so it is not surprising that relatively few of these cases end with a trial. But thousands of hotly-contested... Read More

Judge Grants YouTube Summary Judgment On Viacom's $1 Billion Infringement Claim
Posted on 28 Jun 2010 by Mark Rogers

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) A "general awareness" of infringing activity on its Web site is not sufficient to find YouTube Inc. guilty of any copyright infringement claims, a New York federal judge ruled June 23, granting the online video-sharing... Read More

Annual Guide To State Litigation Climates Shows Most Litigious
Posted on 23 Jun 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "How bad would it be if in 10 years every state had a corporate legal environment just like California's?" That's one question raised by the annual ranking of state litigation climates produced by the Foundation for... Read More

Defendant Monsanto Announces Settlement Preliminarily Approved In West Virginia Dioxin Lawsuits
Posted on 27 Feb 2012 by Bill G Lowe

WINFIELD, W.Va. - (Mealey's) Monsanto Co. announced that preliminary approval of the settlement was granted Feb. 24 in the Putnam County, W. Va., Circuit Court in medical monitoring and property contamination lawsuits related to the alleged dioxin... Read More

Chinese Drywall — Update On Litigation, Settlements And Insurance Claims
Posted on 10 Nov 2010 by Ellen Clarke and Sallie Kraus

By Ellen Clarke and Sallie Kraus, Attorneys at Law The pace of litigation in the Chinese drywall ("CDW") claims has escalated in recent months. It is alleged that the gypsum that was used to manufacture that drywall came from particular Chinese... Read More

Harrisburg, Pa., Files For Bankruptcy, Citing $310 Million Incinerator Debt, Lawsuits
Posted on 14 Oct 2011 by James Cordrey

HARRISBURG, Pa. - (Mealey's) The City of Harrisburg filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy on Oct. 11, citing a $310 million debt from projected budget deficits combined with outstanding bond issues related to financing the city obtained for its trash incinerator... Read More

Phenomenon Of Securities Class Action Opt-Out Cases May Be Back
Posted on 5 Aug 2011 by Kevin M. LaCroix

Settlement opt-outs have been always been a feature of securities class action litigation. However, as part of the settlements of the huge cases filed during the era of corporate scandals at the beginning of the last decade, opt outs became more prevalent... Read More

Some Securities Class Action Lawsuits Still Being Filed After Considerable Delay
Posted on 4 Aug 2011 by Kevin M. LaCroix

Among other things, Cornerstone Research's mid-year 2011 analysis of securities class action lawsuit filings reported that during the year's first half lawsuits were filed more quickly. The report said that in the first six months of 2011 "the... Read More

6th Circuit Upholds Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Posted on 23 Feb 2012 by Tom Moylan

CINCINNATI - (Mealey's) The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Feb. 22 affirmed the dismissal of antitrust and constitutional challenges brought by General Tobacco to the national tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) between tobacco manufacturers... Read More

The Rise of Stranger-Originated Life Insurance Lawsuits And The Legal Issues
Posted on 18 Jan 2012 by Brian T. Casey and Rachel B. Coan

In this Analysis, Brian T. Casey and Rachel B. Coan focus on "stranger-originated life insurance" or "STOLI"- in which a life insurance policy is originated primarily or solely for the purpose of resale. They chronicle how the clash... Read More

Abbey Spanier: Court Finds That Dukes Does Not Bar Consumer Class Action
Posted on 24 Feb 2012 by Abbey Spanier

As we have discussed several times in this blog, since the Supreme Court's decision last June in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011) [ enhanced version available to subscribers ], defendants in lawsuits throughout the... Read More