Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York News

Lawmakers, legal funding industry square off over regulation in New York

By John Breslin | Jun 4, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Pressure is growing on the legal funding industry as more states are scrutinizing the growing business, including what some are describing as the extortionate interest rates charged.

Three weeks after Silver conviction, NY lawmakers balking at asbestos reform

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 2, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – Reform bills that would require asbestos plaintiffs to disclose all potential claims in court appear stalled in the New York legislature, three weeks after former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted for a second time on charges stemming directly from the state’s scandal-prone asbestos court system.

N.Y. lawyers sue 40-plus companies on behalf of blind man in a month

By Justin Stoltzfus | Mar 27, 2018

BROOKLYN (Legal Newsline) – A class action suit on behalf of Eugene Duncan and other visually impaired plaintiffs is moving forward against Popular North America Inc. potentially in order to test the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Legal reform advocates point to medical malpractice figures in New York, Pennsylvania

By John Sammon | Mar 22, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – Experts who have watched medical malpractice lawsuits skyrocket in states like New York, Rhode Island and New Jersey say government has made it too easy and attractive to sue and reform must happen.

Paris may join U.S. governments suing energy producers over global climate change

By Karen Kidd | Feb 21, 2018

PARIS (Legal Newsline) – City officials in Paris appear poised to enter the trend of government officials using lawsuits to fight global climate change by suing energy companies.

New York City mayor on podcast: 'Let's help bring the death knell' to the fossil fuel industry

By John Breslin | Feb 20, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is unashamedly up-front about what he wants to see happen to the fossil fuel industry.

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

By John O'Brien | Jan 31, 2018

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.

NYC's climate change lawsuit against energy industry is unnecessary, legal reform group says

By Dee Thompson | Jan 23, 2018

NEW YORK (L​​​​​egal Newsline) – On Jan. 10, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city recently filed suit against the five largest investor-owned fossil fuel companies, namely BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Exxon Mobil and Royal Dutch Shell. The money from the lawsuit will be earmarked to protect the city from the effects of global warming.

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

By John O'Brien | Dec 12, 2017

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.

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

By Jessica Karmasek | Oct 18, 2017

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.

Visually impaired plaintiff says online glasses retailer's website violates ADA; Legal reform group says lawyers only after money

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jul 3, 2017

NEW YORK – A prospective federal class-action lawsuit filed in New York City last week claims a retailer of online glasses violated both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and New York laws by not providing proper website access for the visually-impaired.

Lawsuit by NYC conductor who fell asleep 'a travesty' to victims of derailment, advocate says

By Karen Kidd | Dec 21, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A complaint filed by the commuter rail engineer who caused a 2013 derailment that killed four in New York City is encouraged by the city's litigious environment and not without precedent, a litigation reform advocate says.

Fla. man continues to file ADA lawsuits in N.Y. federal court; group says suits are ‘abuse,’ ‘shakedowns’

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 16, 2016

Palm Beach County resident Lawrence Feltzin, a paraplegic who uses a wheelchair to move about, has filed his cases -- more than 50 since October 2014 -- in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He has filed five against small businesses in the court so far this month.

With Silver convicted, some N.Y. Dems pushing asbestos transparency bill

By Jessica Karmasek | Apr 11, 2016

The legislation, introduced by a group of Democrats last month, is more likely to pass now that former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -- who was found guilty of corruption by a federal jury in November -- no longer is in power. Silver also worked at one of the most prominent asbestos law firms in the country, Weitz & Luxenberg PC.

With Sheldon Silver convicted, N.Y. legal reform sees chance at more success

By Anna Aguillard | Dec 15, 2015

The conviction of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver could help legal reform efforts in the state.

Study shows $24M per NYC asbestos plaintiff in consolidated trials

By Jon Campisi | May 21, 2015

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - Asbestos cases that are consolidated for trial in New York City’s asbestos docket result in larger jury awards, according to a study by an economic consulting firm.

Replaced NYCAL judge was 'hands-off,' allowed asbestos plaintiffs bar to 'run the show,' defense attorneys say

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 3, 2015

MANHATTAN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - Recent reports in the New York media paint the New York City Asbestos Litigation court and its former chief judge as essentially dirty, giving special treatment to a certain plaintiffs law firm and paving the way for hefty paydays.

Report: Trial lawyers spend $20M in N.Y. politics

By Chris Dickerson | Dec 12, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - Two New York trial lawyer groups have spent nearly $21 million in lobbying and political contributions in the state since 2006, according to a new report.

N.Y. group fears more suits like movie popcorn class action

By John O'Brien | Mar 8, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - A New York legal reform says the movie popcorn class action lawsuit that is gaining headlines could be a preview of the state's class action future if a pending bill passes the state Senate.

Editorial: New York's laws clogging courts

By John O'Brien | Feb 29, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - New York's laws encourage frivolous lawsuits, the executive director of a legal reform group wrote in a recent editorial.

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