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    Judge Files Blistering Personal Objection to Class-Action Settlement

    The next time you get a class-action settlement notice in the mail, take a hard look at it. You might not be a judge, but a raw deal is easy to spot. Class-action settlements often involve major corporations and trial lawyers working hand-in-hand: Corporations shell out relatively modest sums to … More

    Chief Justice Roberts: “Fundamental Concerns” Surrounding Class Action Awards

    Have you ever received a class action notification? The e-mails and letters contain a lot of legalese—“You might be entitled to an award as a member of this class”—but the end result is usually the same: You sign up, and you receive nothing of value. When class actions settle, everyone … More

    Federal Appeals Court Chafes at Diaper Rash Class Action

    Class-action lawsuits can be a useful tool for consumers. They can also be abused by unscrupulous lawyers acting in concert with companies they are supposedly suing. Last Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found that a lower court abused its discretion in certifying a class … More

    Supreme Court Strikes a Blow to State Court Bias

    In a unanimous opinion yesterday by Justice Stephen Breyer in Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles, the Supreme Court concluded that plaintiffs’ attorneys can’t evade federal law on class action lawsuits through a self-serving stipulation designed to keep a case in state court and out of the federal system. Like … More

    Subway’s “Footlong” Accused of Coming Up Short

    In what most would consider a foolish class action lawsuit and a glaring example of what is broken in our tort system, Subway was recently accused of fraudulent marketing practices related to its well-known “footlong” sandwiches. The plaintiff, Barry Gross, filed suit against the Doctor’s Associates-owned chain of Subway in … More

    Headlines from the Obama Dependency Economy

    Politico, April 22nd 2010: New energy powers up lobbying – “Alternative energy used to be just a speed bump on K Street. In 1998, the entire sector spent only $2.4 million lobbying the federal government … In 2009, alternative energy spent $30 million on lobbying, 12 times its 1998 amount.” … More

    More Lawsuits: Just What the Economy Needs

    As Americans watch the financial markets agog at what’s next and tighten belts for fear of slowdown or even recession, Congress chugs merrily along on track to bulk up labor law and allow more lawsuits against employers. Already, labor law experts are expecting a surge in lawsuits if the economy … More

    Global Warming: 'It's Good for the Lawyers'

    According to the Los Angeles Times today: “Every time a new coal-fired power plant is proposed anywhere in the United States, a lawyer from the Sierra Club or an allied environmental group is assigned to stop it, by any bureaucratic or legal means necessary.” And apparently they are winning. The … More