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State AGs united for #MeToo, but changing federal law could be slippery slope

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – State attorneys general are united in championing a new cause – abolishing clauses that require sexual harassment claims to be heard in arbitration. But would it set a bad precedent for changing federal law while scoring political points for its supporters?

Wis. Assembly passes legal reform bill

MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – Legal reform in Wisconsin is now in the hands of its state senators, following passage of an amended version of the bill on Feb. 22.

Oakland would pay 23.5% to private lawyers it hired for global warming lawsuit

OAKLAND (Legal Newsline) – The City of Oakland – one of eight California governments going big-game hunting by suing the energy industry over climate change – will pay private lawyers almost one-quarter of any recovery and says it does not have to disclose any communication with the firm it hired.

House Judiciary Dems attempt hijacking of legal reform hearing to debate role in Trump/Russia

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Ahead of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, Democrats in the House Judiciary Committee attempted a hijacking of sorts Tuesday against Republican leadership during a hearing on legislation that targets insurance costs for infrastructure projects in New York.

Scaffold Law reform considered by House Judiciary; N.Y. law covers construction falls

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A New York congressman is frustrated with one of his state’s laws that he says unnecessarily costs homeowners and taxpayers millions of dollars per year in order to line the pockets of trial lawyers.

Exxon prepares to sue Calif. cities, says they contradict themselves on climate change

FORT WORTH, Texas (Legal Newsline) - Some government officials in California are hypocrites pushing a political agenda that involves using private lawyers to sue and demonize ExxonMobil, the company is now arguing in a Texas state court.

Litigation funder spending cash on political candidates like AGs of New York and Pennsylvania

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Companies that fund lawsuits can find themselves in the crosshairs of state regulators, and a recent New York Post article revealed that one such business has given tens of thousands of dollars to one of the nation’s most important public officials – who happens to have sued a competing company.

How to stack Swedish Fish: Food companies simplify while fighting class action lawyers

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Though it might look like the world’s worst attempt at a bribe, Herr’s had a reason to send a couple of empty potato chip bags to a federal judge presiding over a class action lawsuit against it.

Media beware: 'Shakedown' lawyer hits industry over videos that lack closed captioning

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A lawyer accused by his opponents of exploiting the blind to recover millions of dollars from shakedown lawsuits is now representing a deaf man who has sued a dozen media outlets.

Phoney Lawsuits: So what if it's probably a scheme? Man allowed to pursue more TCPA riches

TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) - It’s likely that a Polish immigrant is taking advantage of a federal law to score hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be allowed to.

Use your phone to schedule your DVR? Not anymore, after ruling in patent dispute

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Comcast customers won’t be able to use their cell phones to schedule recordings because of a decision reached Tuesday by the International Trade Commission.

Phoney Lawsuits: How to sue your way out of college debt

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Legal Newsline) – Former students still saddled with college loans were urged by lawyers and debt-relief companies to stop making payments because filing a lawsuit was an easier way to get out of debt, according to racketeering allegations against two law firms.

Senate urged to pass legal reform bills; Dems opposed, still mourning arbitration rule

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A two-hour hearing on frivolous lawsuits before a U.S. Senate committee may have lacked focus on pending legislation but did produce a few noteworthy moments - including Sen. Al Franken’s assertion that there are “bad actors” filing meritless lawsuits, though he is opposed to the reforms presented.

Phoney Lawsuits: Man has filed 80 lawsuits and uses sleuthing skills to track down defendants

A Tennessee man, described as a professional plaintiff and sleuth with three cell phones, is allowed to continue one of his many lawsuits after faking interest in a free home security system to identify whom he wanted to sue for calling him about it.

'Assembly line' of class actions not creating justice, prominent attorney says

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – According to a leading defense attorney in the field, the current class action lawsuit system is clouding a key issue.

Ads that can kill: Lawyers scare patients out of taking medication, legal reform group says

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - 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.

'Secret analysis' pushing CFPB's lawyer-friendly rule, U.S. senators told

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A federal agency is keeping its research secret as it forces a controversial rule that will harm consumers and businesses alike, a fellow regulator is telling members of a U.S. Senate committee.

Controversial rule would increase interest rates to create lawsuits, OCC head tells CFPB

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A battle of opinions has broken out between the heads of two regulatory bodies, with the Comptroller of the Currency criticizing a controversial rule that he says will increase costs in the financial services industry for the sake of creating lawsuits.

Baltimore Backlog: Angelos firm accused not pursuing trials for asbestos clients, lawmakers told

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Legal Newsline) - Asbestos attorneys from the main firm in one of the largest – but apparently not busiest – dockets in the country told Maryland lawmakers on Tuesday of their plan to push their dormant cases through the system to eliminate a backlog of nearly 30,000 lawsuits.

Lawyers awarded $100K for their work on historic verdict; Winn-Dixie appealing

MIAMI (Legal Newsline) - What’s it worth for plaintiffs attorneys suing companies over their websites on behalf of blind clients to take the case to trial? In the only example, those lawyers have been awarded more than $100,000 for their efforts.