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    3 Things You Should Know About the Paycheck Fairness Act

    The Senate is set to vote on the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act today. Here are three things you should know about the bill: 1. It Could Hurt Women’s Employment Prospects. What those who support the act don’t tell you is how it would burden employers with additional liability and regulations. … More

    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

    Legacy Lawsuit Strategy: Blame Natural Damages on Oil Companies

    Lawsuits against oil and gas companies in Louisiana have taken a toll on the industry and the state’s economy generally. But documents obtained by Scribe suggest plaintiffs’ attorneys in the lawsuits seek out litigation even when they know their claims are baseless. A presentation (embedded below) given by a major energy … More

    Tax Break for the Trial Lawyers: A Bad Idea

    Do the nation’s trial lawyers deserve a taxpayer bailout? That’s what they’re after: a special-interest tax break of $1.6 billion. In fact, after Congress refused to consider giving them that break, they are now trying to get it from the Treasury Department. In order to bestow that gift, though, the … More

    The Truth About the Franken Amendment

    When a disgruntled employee files a lawsuit that goes to court his employer must pay tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. Even if the courts reject the allegation as frivolous employers must still pay the lawyers. That allows unscrupulous employees to use threat of going to … More

    Doing Ledbetter One Better

    One failure of news coverage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act—which would open the courts to claims of pay discrimination dating back years or decades—is that it has completely ignored a thoughtful alternative proposed by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). Hutchison’s Title VII Fairness Act (just reintroduced as S. … More