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Legal reform group: Allowing class actions in Mississippi a 'solution in search of a problem'

JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) – As the Mississippi Supreme Court decides whether to allow class action lawsuits in state courts, a legal reform group has filed its opposition.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.