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

TAMPA, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Nearly 40 percent of civil cases pending in federal courts across the country are consolidated into multidistrict litigation, resulting in “a shift away from the rule of law to a system of arbitrary justice,” says Tampa attorney Brian Donovan in his new book on his experience and frustrations with MDL.

‘Problematic’ lawsuits pose danger to science, researcher says

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Sometimes making a scientific discovery is only half the battle, as Dr. Aaron Carroll found out after researching and writing an article on the effects of artificial sweeteners.

Calif. Lawmakers creating due process concerns, group claims

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) - The leader of a California legal reform group sees “situational due process” as a growing concern in Sacramento.

Space travel laws need to balance 'competing interests'; Experts weigh in

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - How does one establish proper policy and regulation without stymying innovation in the space travel industry? That’s a question scientists, legal experts and lawmakers from around the world have been working to answer since the 1960s.

States bet on spaceports, future economic benefits

Spaceports are popping up over the country as private companies bet on a surge in commercial spaceflight and equally eager states maneuver to make room for them.

Commercial spaceflight industry faces uncertain legal, regulatory environment

MIDLAND, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The idea of buying a ticket to space seems like something that would play out in a summer blockbuster movie.

D.C. decision, expected in fall, could reverse CFPB's actions, change structure

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A highly anticipated decision from the Washington, D.C., federal appellate court in a dispute between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and a New Jersey mortgage company may not only affect that particular industry, but also significantly impact the actions of the federal agency, attorneys say.

J.G. Wentworth hoping to keep CFPB out of its industry

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has again infiltrated an area where its jurisdiction may be questionable, despite a reprimand in a recent case involving the accreditation of for-profit colleges.

History not a guide for possible Chicago Public Schools bankruptcy

Only four school districts have declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the past 62 years, and two of those abandoned the process, says a municipal bankruptcy expert asked about the possibility of Chicago Public Schools doing the same.

Court checks CFPB's authority to investigate for-profit college accreditation

For the first time, a court has ruled the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau attempted to exceed the power given to it by Congress -- but the ruling may not prevent it from continuing an investigation into the accreditation of for-profit colleges.

Attorney: Judge would put Chicago Public Schools' bankruptcy on 'short leash'

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Should the historic budget cuts being planned by Chicago Public Schools not prevent it from going bust, the idea of bankruptcy looms as a possibility.

In Illinois, some push bankruptcy as solution to troubled public budgets

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - In Illinois, increasing pension obligations are consuming more of its taxpayers’ dollars, pushing cities and towns to cut core services and raise property taxes just to keep up with the payments, policy experts say.

Judges handling ADA website lawsuits not waiting on DOJ regulations

While companies continue a years-long wait for guidance from the Department of Justice on how to make their websites compliant with federal disabilities law, judges aren’t hitting the pause button on a growing area of litigation.

Attorneys: DOJ's years-long delay on regulations hurting companies facing disabilities lawsuits over their websites

The Department of Justice’s recent activity is pushing private attorneys to file more lawsuits alleging companies’ websites aren’t accessible to the disabled, while its overall inactivity is creating uncertainty for businesses facing those lawsuits, attorneys say.

Plaintiffs bar, blind clients increasingly targeting companies’ websites with disabilities lawsuits

Defense attorneys say there has been an “explosion of activity” from payment-seeking plaintiffs lawyers and their blind clients who are alleging violations of federal disabilities law in lawsuits over companies’ websites – particularly in three jurisdictions.

Lawyers' ‘inappropriate’ solicitation and 'ubiquitous' advertising have racked up cases in pelvic mesh MDL, defense memo claimed

Plaintiffs’ lawyers in the pelvic mesh multidistrict litigation have been competing for claims because of their tremendous monetary value, according to a memorandum filed earlier this year by one of the seven defendants in the massive MDL.

Litigation funding can drive early settlements, legal scholar says

As the size and complexity of transvaginal mesh MDLs continue to attract considerable attention, so do the details of how some of their claims made it to court.

Pelvic mesh MDL ‘most complicated MDL in history,’ plaintiff attorney says

Tens of thousands of female plaintiffs have sued the seven companies, claiming that transvaginal mesh products that were intended to treat their stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse were defective and caused severe problems such as organ perforation and bleeding, pelvic pain and infection.

Former Nev. AG Masto will be in tight race for Reid seat; ATRA expects her to be 'beholden' to plaintiffs bar

Catherine Cortez Masto found herself in a comfortable spot one night last month, spending the evening with President Barack Obama, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and dozens of other supporters who want to elect her to the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Illinois groups seek higher renewable energy standards; Analyst says costs will go up, jobs will go down

The next year could bring significant changes to the renewable energy industry in Illinois, as the legislature will likely consider a state measure to change the renewable portfolio standard as well as a federal mandate to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, released by the Obama administration last week.