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South Dakota has nation's best legal climate, new survey says; Louisiana, Missouri at the bottom

Karen Kidd Sep. 12, 2017, 9:34am

South Dakota has the best legal climate in the United States, according to the results of a national survey released this week.

Poll shows consumers against patchwork of state data breach laws

Ann Maher Oct. 28, 2016, 9:34am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Democrats, Republicans and Independents don't agree much on which direction the country should go in these days, but one thing they have in common is support for a single national standard for data breach notification.

New to the U.S., litigation funding company commits more than $1.5 million to class action against Chevron

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 24, 2016, 9:12am

According to a copy of the litigation funding agreement, Therium Litigation Funding IC currently has $1.7 million invested in the class action lawsuit against the oil giant. Judge Susan Illston of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted Chevron Corp.’s motion in August, requiring the agreement be released.

CFPB proposes prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses

Jessica Karmasek May 5, 2016, 2:18pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s release of its set of proposed rules coincided with a field hearing held in New Mexico Thursday. Under the bureau’s proposal, companies would still be able to include arbitration clauses in their contracts. However, for contracts subject to the proposal, the clauses would have to say explicitly that they cannot be used to stop consumers from being part of a class action in court.

Legislation would prohibit DOJ settlement terms that require donations to third parties

Jessica Karmasek Apr. 30, 2016, 9:28am

Some federal lawmakers argue the bill is needed to keep the Department of Justice from directing millions, even billions, of dollars to certain groups. They contend only Congress has the power to make such decisions.

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.