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Industry unhappy with risk of higher verdicts in New York's asbestos court

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 18, 2017, 12:00pm

The order, released in June, holds, among other things, that punitive damages awards are no longer deferred for cases placed on the trial calendar after the CMO’s effective date.

Business group hopeful legislation targeting frivolous lawsuits will pass

Melissa Busch Feb. 14, 2017, 9:08am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – For the first time in years, small business advocates believe there is a chance Congress could approve imposing mandatory penalties on those who file frivolous lawsuits.

Attorneys for plaintiffs in lawsuit brought over DOL ‘persuader rule’ seek nearly $480,000 in fees

Jessica Karmasek Dec. 5, 2016, 12:14pm

Houston law firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Steward PC, Lubbock firm Bustos Law Firm PC and El Paso firm Kemp Smith LLP are hoping to recover a maximum of $479,834.50 in fees, but said in their motion they also would accept $323,442.63 or $222,645, depending on the rate used by the Texas federal court.

Texas federal judge issues nationwide permanent injunction against U.S. Department of Labor’s ‘persuader rule’

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 18, 2016, 7:19am

The persuader rule, or Persuader Advice Exemption Rule, was meant to effectively eliminate the “advice exemption” under the Labor-Management Reporting Disclosure Act, or LMRDA. Basically, LMRDA requires employers to report each time they engage a consultant to persuade employees on how to use their collective bargaining rights.

Federal court enjoins U.S. Department of Labor's Persuader Advice Exemption Rule

Mark Iandolo Jun. 28, 2016, 9:24pm

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced that her request to enjoin the U.S. Department of Labor’s Persuader Advice Exemption Rule was granted; the rule has now been blocked from moving forward nationwide.

Texas judge temporarily blocks U.S. Department of Labor’s ‘persuader rule’

Jessica Karmasek Jun. 28, 2016, 3:16pm

The new Persuader Advice Exemption Rule requires that employers and the consultants they hire file reports not only for direct persuader activities -- i.e. consultants talking to workers -- but also for indirect persuader activities -- consultants scripting what managers and supervisors say to workers.

U.S. House panel approves fraudulent joinder bill

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 3, 2016, 1:16pm

The Fraudulent Joinder Prevention Act, or H.R. 3624, shifts the burden from the defendant to the plaintiff and allows federal judges more discretion to remove those “innocent” local defendants.