One of the things that struck a chord with attendees of our recent legal reform conference was our discussion of class actions that are filed in the wake of government enforcement actions. Under these circumstances, companies end up taking a double hit – first from government regulators, and then from plaintiffs’ attorneys acting under the cloak of consumer protection. Hastily filed consumer class actions can compromise the government’s ability to effectively regulate, and often provide only marginal additional benefits to consumers, yet they are increasingly common. In just the past few days, news broke that two such cases have been filed in New Jersey shortly after high-profile government enforcement actions were announced. Continue reading
New Jersey is not the only state that is seeing an increase in the number of cases filed by plaintiffs who have suffered no real harm – be it physical, emotional, or economic. This so-called “empty suit” litigation is a national phenomenon. Continue reading
A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of July 25-31. Continue reading
A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of May 30-June 5. Continue reading
When you donate to a federal political campaign one of the items you have to report to the Federal Elections Commission is your occupation. This data is then made available to the public. This week, two visualizations of the data, from Verdant Labs and the Washington Post, went viral. According to the Washington Post’s tool, self-identified trial lawyers gave 15 times as often to Democrats.
On May 18 a group of legislators, staffers, lobbyists, and even a couple of trial attorneys gathered in the State House for NJCJI’s Legal Reform 101 training. Continue reading
A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of April 4-10. Continue reading
A lot of ink has been spilled over the federal corruption charges that have been filed against longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. At the heart of the case is the sharing of asbestos patients/clients by doctors and law firms tied to Silver on an apparent quid pro quo basis. Continue reading
On Thursday, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested on federal corruption charges. A spokesman for the American Tort Reform Association called the arrest a “turning point” in the effort to combat abuses in the nation’s top judicial hellhole since Silver is the state’s number one opponent of legal reform. Continue reading
A couple weeks ago the New Jersey Law Journal broke the news that New Jersey is the latest target for unscrupulous attorneys who have found a way to turn the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into a money making tool. This week they bring us a story about how one court is fighting back:
Fla. Lawyer’s Pro Hac Vice Admission Denied in ADA Case
Charles Toutant | New Jersey Law Journal
A Newark federal judge has denied pro hac vice admission to a disability lawyer from Florida based on his frequent use of that mechanism to practice in the District of New Jersey.