WASHINGTON – Is the American Law Institute remaining true to its mission of restating law to produce accurate advisory guidelines for courts to decide cases in various aspects of law, or is it straying into territory apart from that mission?
WASHINGTON – The attorneys general of 23 states, led by the State of New York, have sent a letter to the American Law Institute (ALI) opposing a proposed Restatement of Consumer Contract Law, set to be voted on at the ALI’s annual meeting this week.
PHILADELPHIA – The Telephone Consumer Protection Act: Enacted in 1991, its purpose is to protect the public from unwanted telemarketing calls. However, for some professional plaintiffs, it has also proven to be a source of serial litigation generating settlement payoffs.
PHILADELPHIA – The American Law Institute’s pending Restatement of the Law, Copyright has some law scholars questioning its compilation, merits and intentions as to its given subject, while the ALI stands by the integrity of its Restatement-drafting process.
PHILADELPHIA – Sherwin-Williams says a public nuisance lawsuit over lead paint by Delaware County has been tainted by the county’s attorneys having a financial stake in its outcome, and should be dismissed for violating its due process rights.
PHILADELPHIA – State opposition to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance continues to accumulate, as North Dakota recently passed a law striking down the document and Arkansas introduced similar legislation in its state senate.
PHILADELPHIA – Though juries had sided with defendants in early trials, more than 27,000 federal and state court lawsuits nationwide surrounding blood-thinner Xarelto have culminated in a global settlement of $775 million with its makers admitting no liability.
AUSTIN, Texas – In response to the controversial passage of the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance last year, legislation has recently been filed by Texas lawmakers to discourage its being relied upon by courts.
PITTSBURGH – The outcome of an appeal questioning Pennsylvania's jurisdictional rules is uncertain, as lawsuits alleging talcum powder causes cancer face question marks after one of the main defendants, Imerys Talc America, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week.
PHILADELPHIA – It's curious that a group of lawyers and scholars that traditionally sought to help judges by restating existing laws - but has since been accused of trying to create its own - is involving federal judges as it explains itself, attorneys feel.
PHILADELPHIA – After passing a controversial Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance at its annual convention last May, the American Law Institute is convening events across the country discussing the document in further detail.
PHILADELPHIA – Companies facing million-dollar lawsuits in Philadelphia can celebrate today, as what would have been the first talc-related asbestos trial held in the city has seen a judge cut off the plaintiff’s case before it could ever get to a jury.
HARRISBURG – Business and legal reform groups are calling on the state Supreme Court to uphold a specific application of a law that governs how defendants split the check when a plaintiff verdict comes in - opposing a so-called "carve-out" that would keep the law from applying to asbestos cases..
PITTSBURGH – As the aftermath of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office’s grand jury report into child sexual abuse committed statewide by members of the Roman Catholic Church continues, alleged victims have taken to suing the Church.
TOPEKA, Kansas – A recent decision reached in a federal court pertaining to breach of contract and bad faith claims in a fatal auto accident case rejects a theory from the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance, and its recommendations for insurer liability for defense counsel conduct as “premature.”
PHILADELPHIA – Americans from all over the country have traditionally flocked to Philadelphia courts, to the point their plaintiff-friendly reputation has resulted in a “Judicial Hellhole" designation, and now plaintiffs are coming from other countries to seek their day in court.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Through a bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday, the State of Ohio has legislatively opposed the American Law Institute’s long-debated and recently-passed Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance wholesale, an unprecedented development in the 95-year history of the ALI.
PHILADELPHIA – A notable 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision intended to limit the practice of forum-shopping has not deterred thousands of plaintiffs from filing pharmaceutical litigation in Philadelphia courts, recently-released statistics show.