The American Law Institute News

Judge rejects ALI's controversial Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance theory

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 15, 2018

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.”

Ohio lawmakers send first-of-its-kind rejection to powerful legal group

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 3, 2018

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.

Even after eight years, criticisms of American Law Institute's insurance project remain

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – Not everyone is as excited as those who drafted new guidance for judges about its passage.

New guidance for judges handling insurance issues finally passes after resistance

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – New guidance for judges handling insurance issues finally passes after resistance

Lawmakers group discusses controversial liability insurance restatement; Parts of project called 'litigation fuel'

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 7, 2018

MANASQUAN, N.J. – Mere weeks away from the American Law Institute’s Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., where the group’s proposed Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance will once again be up for approval, speakers invited by the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) voiced their thoughts on the proposal in a recent teleconference call.

Florida tops tort reform group's list of ‘Judicial Hellholes,' while California No. 2

By Jessica Karmasek | Dec 5, 2017

California, City of St. Louis Circuit Court, New York City’s asbestos court and Philadelphia round out the American Tort Reform Association’s top five this year.

'Wacko': Insurance law project puts spotlight on American Law Institute's direction

By W.J. Kennedy | Aug 2, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - The American Law Institute (ALI) is as powerful as any society with a membership of 3,000 of the nation’s leading lawyers could be. And since its founding in 1923, the Philadelphia-based group of judges and academic and practicing lawyers has been as obscure as a group with so much power would want to be.

American Law Institute puts off vote on Restatement of liability insurance law for a year

By W.J. Kennedy | May 23, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - In the face of withering criticism from the insurance industry, state officials, and most recently, counsel for some of the country’s largest corporations, the American Law Institute (ALI) yesterday decided to delay a vote on a Restatement of the Law covering liability insurance for a year. The now delayed project was scheduled for discussion before the full ALI body today.

Legal experts battle over proposal to clarify law covering liability insurance for ALI

By W.J. Kennedy | Mar 9, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - A draft legal document that could have a profound impact on American law involving liability insurance has some critics and the document’s authors in near total disagreement over whole sections of the draft, and even its overall objective.

Are 'Restatements' from prominent group reshaping law?

By W.J. Kennedy | May 26, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A series of memos that energized a core opposition of more than 100 lawyers won the day at a packed Ritz-Carlton ballroom.

Class actions alleging economic loss on the rise, professor says

By Annie Hunt | Feb 5, 2016

Though products liability cases alleging personal injury may be on the decline, the amount of products-related class action lawsuits filed by consumers claiming economic loss has increased, a Michigan State University law professor says

California tops list of ‘judicial hellholes’ by tort reform group

By Jessica Karmasek | Dec 17, 2015

New York City’s asbestos court, Florida, Missouri and Illinois’ Madison County round out the American Tort Reform Association’s newest top five “most unfair.”

Texas SC chief justice to retire next month

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 5, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) -- Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson announced this week he will leave the bench in October.

Lawyer for plaintiffs in BP case known as a Renaissance man in legal community

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 9, 2013

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) -- Samuel Issacharoff, the New York University School of Law professor who is representing a group of class action plaintiffs against oil giant BP, often is described as a Renaissance man.

Obama transparency criticized at Senate hearing

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Mar 15, 2012

Obama WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- A federal official has said President Obama's transparency policies are working, but others don't think so.

Does Cy Pres Have a Future?

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Jul 1, 2011

Frank Some have described the cy pres doctrine, as applied to civil litigation, as a slush fund.

Newly-elected Nevada justice to be sworn in today

By Chris Rizo | Jan 5, 2009

Mary "Kris" Pickering CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline)-Newly-elected Nevada Supreme Court Justice Mary "Kris" Pickering will be sworn into office today in an installation ceremony at the state Capitol, the court announced.

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