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LCJ Resignation Message and Special Thanks
Mar. 31,2014

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Pioneering Preservation Cost Survey Results
Mar. 19,2014

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Make Travel Plans and Register to Attend LCJ's May 5 - 6 Meeting!
Feb. 21,2014

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Over 300 GC’s and Others Join in Supporting FRCP Amendments!
Feb. 18,2014

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Second FRCP Hearing in Phoenix Concludes
Jan. 10,2014

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LCJ Welcomes New Associate Member Snell & Wilmer LLP!
Jan. 07,2014

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LCJ Class Action Committee Schedules First Meeting
Jan. 07,2014

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WSJ - Trial Lawyers Put Whirlpool Through the Wringer
Jan. 02,2014

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Legal Hold Pro - Two More Adverse Inference Cases
Dec. 13,2013

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Special Update Message -- LCJ December 5-6 Meeting in New York City!
Nov. 29,2013

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Register Now for LCJ's December Membership Meeting
Nov. 14,2013
December 5 - 6, 2013 in New York City;
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Class-Action Dodge
Nov. 12,2013
In Mississippi ex rel. Jim Hood, Attorney General vs. AU Optronics Corp, the Supreme Court can rein in an abuse by state attorneys general.
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First Hearing on FRCP Gets Underway
Nov. 07,2013

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Former LCJ President Steve Morrison Passes Away
Oct. 29,2013

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Drug and Device Law: Another Reason for Amending Rule 26
Oct. 29,2013

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US Chamber Legal Reform Summit
Oct. 24,2013
ExxonMobil counsel sounds 'call to action' on proposed changes to federal discovery rules
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Key Speakers Announced for LCJ Dec 5-6 NYC Meeting!
Oct. 02,2013
Others to be Announced Soon!
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Florida Legislative Alert! Special Message from LCJ President Marc Williams
Sep. 13,2013

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LCJ Addresses Key FRCP Reforms in Comprehensive Comment to CRAC
Sep. 12,2013

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AG Announces Law to Limit Use of Contingency Fees in State Litigation
May. 21,2013
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, who recently joined us Washington as a guest speaker at LCJ’s May 6-7, 2013 Membership Meeting, applauded on Tuesday the passage of legislation that limits the state’s use of private attorneys on a contingency fee basis.
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LCJ Announces New Openings for Defense Law Firms
May. 20,2013
Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) has a handful of openings for associate membership and is currently accepting applications from defense firms around the country.
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LCJ Class Action and FRCP Committees Welcome New Members
May. 20,2013
Committee members include members of LCJ and LCJ supporters who are committed to promoting excellence and fairness in the civil justice system by producing correspondence, comments, white papers, memos briefs and other tangible resources.
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Congressional Leaders, Judges and State AGs Tackle Legal Reform Issues at LCJ Meeting
May. 19,2013
LCJ’s May 6-7 Membership Meeting in Washington, DC featured an exciting program and an outstanding array of distinguished, special guest speakers including judges, attorneys general and members of congress.
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LCJ and Defense Orgs. Advocate Reasonable Discovery Reforms
Apr. 02,2013
LCJ and Defense Organizations Advocate Reforms to Minimize Costs and Burdens of Discovery
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April 2: LCJ and Defense Orgs. Advocate "Requester Pays" Discovery Rule
Apr. 02,2013

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April 2: LCJ and Defense Orgs. Support Proposed Rule 37(e) and "Duke Proposals"
Apr. 01,2013

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Feb. 2013: LCJ Opposes "No Fault Exception"
Feb. 10,2013

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United States: Shifting Sands In Class Action Litigation
Feb. 04,2013
Last November 5, the Supreme Court Justices spent the morning listening to two important class action cases that may offer the opportunity for the Court to impose stricter standards for the certification of class actions.
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Class Action Case Could Have Big Impact On U.S. Businesses
Jan. 15,2013
When Philadelphia-area consumers filed a class action lawsuit against cable provider Comcast Corp., they inadvertently set in motion a legal battle that could have major implications for big businesses across the United States.
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LCJ and Defense Bar Orgs. Promote Meaningful Rules Reforms at the Federal Level
Jan. 08,2013
In recent months, Lawyers for Civil Justice has submitted several formal comments to the U.S. Judicial Conference detailing the ways in which America’s civil justice system should be reformed.
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LCJ is Pleased to Have Welcomed Many New Corporate and Associate Members in 2012!
Jan. 08,2013
LCJ is pleased to have welcomed many new corporate and associate members in 2012!
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MCC Features LCJ Panel Discussion on the Future of Class Action Reform
Jan. 07,2013
Panelists from LCJ’s 25th Anniversary Meeting in New York City were featured in the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, a leading publication in the corporate counsel community.
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Class action lawyers game the system for personal gain
Jan. 01,2013
Recently, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided an interesting case involving big-money lawyer fees in class actions, U.S. v. Gallion, et al.
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Study analyzes e-discovery trends in 2012
Dec. 31,2012
Kroll Ontrack, the technology services division of risk consulting company Kroll Inc., released an analysis earlier this month of all the reported e-discovery decisions in 2012.
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Delaware Supreme Court Allows Class Action Opt-Outs
Dec. 27,2012
The Delaware Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a large investor should be allowed to opt out of a shareholder class action settlement, making it potentially more difficult for companies to end litigation.
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Dec. 2012: LCJ and Defense Orgs. Comment on Rule 37(e) and Other Proposals
Dec. 27,2012
LCJ and the three defense organizations comment on Rule 37(e) and other proposals.
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Supreme Court Could Limit Scope for Class Arbitration
Dec. 07,2012
The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal that gives the nine justices a chance to limit the ability of consumers and businesses to litigate disputes as a class.
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Oct 2012: LCJ Comments on Duke Subcommittee Proposals - More Work to Be Done
Oct. 31,2012
LCJ submitted a formal comment on October 31, 2012 applauding the Duke Subcommittee.
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Oct 2012: LCJ Submits Comment Urging Meaningful Change to the FRCP
Oct. 30,2012
LCJ submitted a formal comment on October 30, 2012 to once again express its views regarding the need for meaningful change in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
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Judge decertifies class of black mortgage borrowers in light of 'Wal-Mart'
Sep. 19,2012
A Boston federal judge has decertified a class of African-American mortgage borrowers, finding that evidence of their statistically higher payments isn't enough to establish commonality in light of the Supreme Court's ruling in Wal-Mart v. Dukes.
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LCJ Meeting Details Are Now Available!
Sep. 06,2012

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WSJ: More Lawsuits, Less Growth
Aug. 21,2012
A majority of voters say that lawsuit abuse hurts economic growth and job prospects, according to a poll being released today by the American Tort Reform Association and a group called "Sick of Lawsuits."
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Big Servings of Class Action Litigation for Food Companies
Aug. 20,2012
Attorney Kristen Polovoy has three words for any food company counsel caught up in snowballing class action litigation over marketing and labeling: Take it seriously. And for those who haven’t been slapped by a suit yet, she added two more: Get smart.
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Microsoft Joins the Electronic Discovery Institute's Leadership Summit
Aug. 09,2012
Microsoft Will Be Joining Discussions With Leading Jurists, Lawyers and Technical Experts on Legal Issues Related to Advances in the Use of Technology and Digital Information; The Electronic Discovery Institute's Leadership Summit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on October 17-19, 2012, Is a Unique Opportunity for Thought-Leaders and Decision-Makers From Leading Organizations to Interact, Collaborate and Form Relationships in a Casual Setting
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H. Mills Gallivan of Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. Elected President of National Foundation for Judicial Excellence
Jul. 25,2012
The law firm of Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A. is pleased to announce that H. Mills Gallivan, senior shareholder at Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A., has been elected to serve as the President of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE).
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Rick Richardson and Barbara Johnson Lead 5-4 Opinion Affirming 9th Circuit’s Affirmance of District Court of Arizona’s SJ for GSK
Jul. 05,2012

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Supreme Court Takes Up Appeal of $187.6 Mil. Wal-Mart Worker Class Action
Jul. 05,2012
The state Supreme Court will hear an appeal on whether a $187.6 million class action award against retail titan Wal-Mart over allegations that its Pennsylvania employees were not properly compensated for off-the-clock work and missed rest breaks violated Pennsylvania law.
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Legislation to Blunt 'Concepcion' Is Killed in State Assembly
Jul. 04,2012
A trial lawyer-backed bill that sought to reassert class action rights in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2011 ruling in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion died in legislative committee on Tuesday.
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WSJ: New Business Cases Await High Court
Jul. 03,2012
Little-noticed amid the fanfare over last week's decisions on health care and immigration, the Supreme Court added several new business cases to its docket for the fall that will offer the court more opportunities to cement its generally pro-business reputation.
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Obama Administration Files Amicus Calling for Restrictions on Alien Tort Statute
Jun. 27,2012

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LCJ Class Action Subcommittee Set to Meet on Friday - Join The Call!!
Jun. 27,2012

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Purchase Nov. 28th Broadway Tickets for LCJ's 25th Anniversary in NYC!
Jun. 26,2012
LCJ has reserved group tickets to three of this year’s hottest Broadway musicals for theater night at LCJ’s 25th Anniversary Meeting in New York City!
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LCJ Members: Fill Out Your LCJ Contributed Services Form
Jun. 25,2012
LCJ is conducting its yearly internal audit and LCJ members are requested to notify us of time expended in support of LCJ activities or projects
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Dems look to reverse Supreme Court ruling on class-action suits
Jun. 22,2012

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Computers Harnessed for Pretrial Work
Jun. 19,2012
Predictive coding isn't expected to replace this new breed of low-rent lawyer, but it could significantly reduce their numbers during one of the worst employment markets in nearly 20 years, industry experts say.
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As LCJ Forms Class Action Subcommittee, Congress Takes Closer Look at CAFA
Jun. 14,2012
Congress held a hearing to take a closer look at CAFA and its effect on the civil justice system
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LCJ Welcomes Altria Client Services as a Corporate Member
Jun. 13,2012

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LCJ is Set to Celebrate its 25th Anniversary at Membership Meeting in New York City
Jun. 13,2012
LCJ's 25th Anniversary Meeting is set to take place in New York City this November
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LCJ's New Subcommittee on FRCP 23 Class Actions Conducted Its First Meeting on Friday, June 15th
Jun. 13,2012

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LCJ Special Report: Update on May Meeting in Washington, DC & More
Jun. 13,2012
A special report from Lawyers for Civil Justice
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New SCOTUS Brief: Keep international human rights cases in U.S. courts
Jun. 11,2012
Are the high seas the legal equivalent of foreign soil?
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State Supreme Court Adopts New Rules On E-Discovery, Rejects Federal Model
Jun. 08,2012
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted changes to state e-discovery rules
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Maxeiner: What America Can Learn From Germany's Justice System
Jun. 07,2012
Judges need to become more actively involved in each case -- throwing out ridiculous claims, conferring with each side, and explaining their decisions.
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Everything an Employer Could Ask For in One Decision on Class Action Waivers
Jun. 06,2012
A California Court of Appeal issued a sweeping pro-employer decision on class action waivers.
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LCJ and Defense Organizations Promote Bold Rule Reforms in a Comment on Duke Subcommittee's Proposed Amendments
Jun. 05,2012
LCJ and the defense bar organizations - DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, and the International Association of Defense counsel submitted a formal comment on June 5th to both the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules and Standing Committee on Civil Rules.
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June 2012: LCJ and Defense Orgs. Comment on Duke Subcommittee Proposal
Jun. 05,2012
LCJ and the three defense bar organizations - DRI, FDCC and IADC - submitted a comment concerning "Preliminary Views on the Duke Subcommittee Proposals."
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Update: SB-153 Dies in Senate Judiciary Committee
May. 15,2012
Colorado's Anti-Protective Orders Legislation SB-153 Died in Senate Judiciary Committee
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Apr. 2012: LCJ Submits Formal Comment to Address Numerous Proposals Under Consideration
Apr. 30,2012
LCJ submitted a formal comment on April 30, 2012 to highlight and summarize views expressed in a previous comment from March 2012
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WSJ: An FCPA Debate For The Ages
Mar. 30,2012
One of the architects of modern Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement squared off Wednesday against two of the most outspoken proponents of changing the FCPA.
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WSJ: DOJ Asks to Drop FCPA Convictions
Mar. 29,2012
The Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to dismiss the convictions of three men who have already pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate a U.S. antibribery law, the final blow to a case the government had portrayed as an example of its efforts to get tough on foreign corruption but which ultimately collapsed after setbacks in the courtroom.
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Congressman Franks Encourages Rules Committee to Reform Discovery, Preservation and Cost Allocation Rules
Mar. 21,2012
Congressman Trent Franks submitted a letter today to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules stressing that the House Judiciary Committee’s Constitution Subcommittee has gathered information that demonstrates the need to improve the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
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WSJ: Third Circuit - WInners Still Have to Shoulder Most E-Discovery Costs
Mar. 20,2012
In civil suits, the prevailing party is entitled to recover certain costs. The Third Circuit wrestled with the question of whether (and to what extent) the winner’s electronic discovery costs can be transferred over to the loser. Not many courts have considered the issue.
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WSJ: A New Class-Action Battle
Mar. 20,2012
Should investors be allowed to bring class-action lawsuits against brokerages?
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LCJ and Defense Bar Organizations Submit Formal Comment on FRCP
Mar. 16,2012
LCJ submitted a formal comment this week to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules advocating straightforward, broad-based amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are needed now more than ever. The comment, Now Is the Time for Meaningful New Standards Governing Discovery, Preservation and Cost Allocation, was submitted in advance of the Committee’s upcoming March 22-23, 2012 meeting.
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Mar 2012: LCJ Submits Formal Comment to Address the Need for Major Rule Reforms
Mar. 15,2012
LCJ submitted a formal comment on March 15, 2012 to highlight the solutions to the problems of excessive and unnecessary discovery and over-preservation of information currently plaguing civil litigation.
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Alert: Oppose SB-153, Anti-Protective Orders Legislation
Mar. 14,2012
We are encouraging you to take action now to oppose SB-153, an anti-protective orders bill in Colorado. The Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee may soon schedule a hearing on this bill and the full Senate may vote soon thereafter.
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FL Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on FDLA/LCJ Proposed E-Discovery Amendments
Mar. 07,2012
The Supreme Court of Florida heard an oral argument today regarding e-discovery rule amendments that were proposed on October 13th 2011 by the Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA) and Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ).
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WSJ: Conservative Justices Suggest Foreign Organizations Can't Be Sued in the U.S.
Feb. 29,2012
Torture victims faced skepticism at the Supreme Court Tuesday, where justices questioned whether foreign organizations, including the oil giant Royal Dutch Shell PLC and the Palestinian Authority, could be sued for violating international law under U.S. statutes dating to the 18th century.
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Feb. 2012: LCJ Submits Comment to Promote Bold Rule Reforms
Feb. 29,2012
LCJ submitted an official comment on February 29, 2012 to address the solutions to the problems of excessive and unnecessary discovery and over-preservation of information currently plaguing civil litigation.
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LCJ Welcomes BP and Honeywell as Corporate Members; New PepsiCo Representative Designated
Feb. 27,2012
Lawyers for Civil Justice is pleased to announce two new corporate members - BP and Honeywell International, Inc.
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Update: SB5054 Killed on Senate Floor
Feb. 24,2012

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Economist: Over-regulated America, Excessive and Badly Written Regulation
Feb. 18,2012
The problem is not the rules that are self-evidently absurd. It is the ones that sound reasonable on their own but impose a huge burden collectively. America is meant to be the home of laissez-faire. Unlike Europeans, whose lives have long been circumscribed by meddling governments and diktats from Brussels, Americans are supposed to be free to choose, for better or for worse. Yet for some time America has been straying from this ideal.
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Alert: Take Action Now - Oppose SB5054, Anti-Protective Orders Legislation
Feb. 14,2012
We are encouraging you to take action now to oppose SB. 5054, an anti-protective orders bill that come up for a vote on the floor of the Washington State Senate at any time.
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Role of plaintiffs lawyers in Dodd-Frank debated at House hearing
Feb. 09,2012
Whether state attorneys general should be allowed to hire private attorneys on a contingency fee to enforce federal law was debated last week before a House subcommittee.
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Dealpolitik: Transatlantic, Carlyle, Score Two for the Plaintiffs’ Bar
Feb. 08,2012
If you are troubled by the way class-action securities litigation seems to favor the lawyers and cost shareholders money with rare financial benefits, two events last week will make you unhappy.
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Judges already citing Wal-Mart ruling in environmental cases
Feb. 07,2012
A major Supreme Court ruling from last year that is widely predicted to reduce the number of successful class-action claims against big companies is already being cited in environmental cases.
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LCJ Advances its Initiative to Clarify Rule 45
Feb. 07,2012
LCJ submitted a formal comment on Thursday in support of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee’s proposed amendments to Federal Rule 45.
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KPMG Loses E-Discovery Appeal in 'Pippins' Labor Case
Feb. 07,2012
Auditing firm KPMG has lost its appeal of a controversial e-discovery ruling in the Pippins v. KPMG labor case.
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LCJ's May 3-4 Meeting to Feature Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
Feb. 07,2012
LCJ’s May 3-4, 2012 legal conference in Washington, DC will feature distinguished guest speakers from across the nation including Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation Ray LaHood.
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LCJ Members May Now Reserve a Hotel Room at the Mayflower for LCJ's May 3-4 Meeting!
Feb. 07,2012
LCJ has reserved a block of rooms at the Mayflower Renaissance hotel in Washington, DC. All of LCJ’s meetings will take place at the Mayflower, which is located at 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036, near the historic Dupont Circle. All meeting attendees must make their own hotel reservations and may do so now by following the instructions below.
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No SOX protection for whistleblowers working for contractors of public companies
Feb. 06,2012
Employees of privately held contractors or subcontractors of public companies are not eligible for whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit has ruled in a case of first impression.
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Voom Decision Underscores Need for E-Discovery Reform
Feb. 02,2012

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LCJ E-Discovery Team Member John Jablonski Co-Authors Must-Have Guidebook on Legal Holds
Feb. 01,2012
. In 7 Steps for Legal Holds of ESI and Other Documents, however, Jablonski and Isaza explain how organizations large and small can develop credible business processes to deal with legal holds and, in doing so, can minimize both the difficulty and expense of preserving documents for litigation.
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NY Appeals Court Ignores E-Discovery Tumult
Feb. 01,2012
New York's most consequential intermediate appellate court on Tuesday adopted the widespread "Zubulake standard" for determining when defendants must begin to preserve electronically stored information. As my colleague Joseph Ax reported for Reuters, the state Appellate Division, First Department, agreed with a 2004 ruling by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin of Manhattan federal court in Zubulake v. UBS IV, which held that defendants must act to preserve e-discovery once they reasonably expect they'll be a party to litigation
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Tentative Schedule for LCJ's May 3-4 Spring Meeting in Washington Now Available
Jan. 31,2012
LCJ's Spring 2012 Membership Meeting in Washington DC will take place on May 3-4 at the Maylfower Hotel in Dupont Circle.
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Businesses Oppose Proposed Ohio Fraud Legislation
Jan. 30,2012
Some Ohio businesses are opposing a bill backed by the attorney general that would create tougher penalties on fraud and give whistle-blowers a slice of the damages or repayments. The proposed legislation, known as the Ohio “false claims act” in a reference to its federal counterpart, would apply to any contracts issued by the state and the money paid out for them, the Dayton Daily News reported.
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The Story Behind Delaware's Default E-discovery Standard
Jan. 28,2012
Delaware is known as "The First State" because it was the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1787. In that same trailblazing spirit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has been at the forefront of electronic discovery innovation. LTN's article "Delaware's Default E-Discovery Developments," reported the Delaware federal court's adoption of its December 8, 2011, "Default Standard for Discovery, Including Discovery of Electronically Stored Information ('ESI')," which traces its lineage back more than seven years.
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State Dept. Files Amicus Favoring Corporate Liability
Jan. 27,2012

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Whistleblowers earn a record $532 million in 2011
Jan. 09,2012
Whistleblowers earned more than $532 million in 2011 through lawsuits alleging fraud against the U.S. government, a record for such payouts, according to a law firm study published on Friday.
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No Bad Faith, No Spoliation, 3rd Circuit Rules
Jan. 09,2012
Producing copies of documents instead of originals can be spoliation, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, though a finding of bad faith is "pivotal" to a spoliation determination.
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Will Richard Cordray's Recess Appointment to CFPB Hurt Obama?
Jan. 06,2012
In a bold act of political defiance, President Obama installed Richard Cordray as head of a new consumer watchdog agency Wednesday, bypassing Republican opposition in the Senate that derailed his nomination last month.
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CPFB'S First Move With Director in Place: Confront
Jan. 06,2012
One day after President Obama appointed Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over the objections of Senate Republicans, the bureau announced the launch of a new “nonbank supervision program.”
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Jan 2012: LCJ Support Amendments to FRCP 45
Jan. 05,2012
LCJ submitted an official comment on January 5, 2012 to support proposed amendments to FRCP 45.
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Class action lawyers game the system for personal gain
Jan. 01,2012
Recently, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided an interesting case involving big-money lawyer fees in class actions, U.S. v. Gallion, et al.
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House Subcommittee Approves Amendment Modifying Whistle Blower Rules
Dec. 28,2011
Republicans members of a House subcommittee have approved a bill that would modify the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requirement that whistle-blowers to report potential misconduct to their company before going to the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Delaware's Default E-Discovery Amendments
Dec. 28,2011
On Dec. 8, 2011, the Federal District Court for the District of Delaware posted two new default standards for litigation: the Default Standard for Discovery, Including Discovery of Electronically Stored Information ("ESI") and the Default Standard for Access to Source Code.
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WSJ: An Early Christmas for Some Lawyers, $300 million in Fees for Shareholder Case Sets Off Debate
Dec. 28,2011
The week before Christmas, two plaintiffs law firms got word that together they were awarded $300 million in fees for their work challenging a takeover deal.
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Save the Dates for LCJ's 2012 Membership Meetings
Dec. 28,2011
Save the Dates for LCJ's 2012 Membership Meetings
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Congress Holds Landmark Hearing to Consider Costs and Burdens of Discovery
Dec. 19,2011
A group of LCJ members and allies supporting procedural rule reform gathered on Capitol Hill last Tuesday for a hearing conducted by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution to examine the need for meaningful amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
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FL Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument on FDLA/LCJ Proposed E-Disc Amendments
Dec. 08,2011
The Supreme Court of Florida has scheduled an oral argument regarding proposed civil procedure rules amendments on e-discovery for Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 9:00 am. Thirty minutes has been allocated for the argument.
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Law.com - Reset to Neutral: Rethinking EDD Preservation Protocol
Dec. 07,2011
Our regimen for preservation of electronically stored information (ESI) at the federal level — and in particular the "reasonable anticipation of litigation" test for when parties must begin affirmative preservation efforts — is the creation of decisions in "bad facts" cases. As a result, and despite its widespread reach, our current preservation protocol is deeply flawed in critical ways.
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Examiner: Sprung From Prison, Tort-Bar King Back Raising Money for Democrats
Dec. 06,2011
When Lerach finished serving his brief time in the federal pen, he returned to his Cliffside estate in San Diego to enjoy a fortune estimated at $200 million. And as evidenced by the upcoming fundraiser there, he picked up right where he left off as a key cog in the Democratic money machine. But considering that much of Lerach's fortune was earned by breaking the law, why would any Democratic incumbent, candidate or committee accept his tainted money?
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John Jablonski: Raising the Bar on Proportionality?
Dec. 05,2011
John Jablonski of Goldberg Segalla LLP examines perspectives on lowering the burden of preserving data in civil litigation.
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Congressional Hearing on Costs and Burdens of Discovery Scheduled for Next Week
Nov. 10,2011
A hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 1:20 p.m. by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution on The Costs and Burden of Civil Discovery.
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Law Bulletin: Law Division's New Expert Rule Faces Fight
Nov. 08,2011
A hospital wants the Illinois Supreme Court to stop a pilot program in the Cook County Circuit Court Law Division that requires plaintiffs and defendants to reveal their expert witnesses at the same time.
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Defense Organizations Join LCJ to Promote E-Discovery Rulemaking Solutions
Nov. 02,2011
On October 31st, Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) took action to end the era of endless preservation by submitting the official comment, The Time is Now: The Urgent Need for Discovery Reform, to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, which is responsible for providing recommendations on rule reform to the Federal Judicial Conference.
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WSJ: Court to Rule If Abuses Abroad Can Lead to Suits
Oct. 20,2011
The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider a lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell PLC to decide whether corporations can be sued in U.S. courts for allegedly aiding human-rights abuses overseas.
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The MCC Unveils New, Interactive Website
Oct. 14,2011
The MCC unveiled a new, interactive website to complement its monthly print publication
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FDLA, LCJ and Coalition of Corporate Counsel Advocate Improvements to Florida's Flawed E-discovery Rules
Oct. 14,2011
The Florida Defense Lawyers Association (FDLA) and Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) submitted an official comment yesterday - October 13, 2011 – with proposed amendments to Rules 1.280 and 1.380 of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure that would affect necessary changes in the way discovery of information is conducted.
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Oct. 2011: FDLA, LCJ Advocate Critical Florida E-discovery Amendments
Oct. 14,2011

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Register Now for LCJ's Fall 2011 Membership Meeting in NYC!
Sep. 26,2011

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WSJ: For Profit Lawsuits - Government Enlists Plaintiff's Bar Against For-Profit Colleges
Sep. 14,2011
Where there's money, there are trial lawyers, and their latest hope for a jackpot is a lawsuit against an industry in political disfavor with the Obama Administration: for-profit colleges.
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WSJ: Consumer-Bureau Nominee Richard Cordray on Hot Seat
Sep. 07,2011
The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will use many tools other than lawsuits to do its job, Richard Cordray, President Barack Obama's pick to run the agency, plans to tell senators at his confirmation hearing Tuesday.
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LCJ Submits Formal Comment to Support Beneficial Revision of E-Discovery Rules
Sep. 01,2011
LCJ took action last week to improve the e-discovery rules to which corporate defendants are held accountable. In an official comment to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules, LCJ argued that problems with discovery and electronic discovery have become so pervasive in recent years that rule makers must immediately consider meaningful amendments that would substantially improve the federal rules of civil procedure.
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Aug. 2011: LCJ Formal Comment Supports Beneficial E-discovery Rules
Sep. 01,2011
LCJ took action last week to improve the e-discovery rules to which corporate defendants are held accountable.
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The Daily Record: J. McIntyre Machinery An important case for corporate counsel
Sep. 01,2011
J. McIntyre gives corporations in the United States and abroad powerful tools to avoid being compelled to appear in courts, state and federal, in jurisdictions, far-flung or near, where there is no purposeful availment. The plaintiffs’ bar is very unhappy with the decision — a measure of the justice finally, and appropriately, accorded defendants.
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Texas Tribune: New Tort Reform Law Takes Effect This Week
Aug. 29,2011
A new tort reform law taking effect this week will enable the Texas Supreme Court to make rules to expedite lawsuits with claims under $100,000 and to allow judges to dismiss those without merit early on. It also will grant legal costs to prevailing parties under certain circumstances.
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E-Discovery Sanctions, Evidence Preservation On Committee Agenda
Aug. 23,2011
On Sept. 9, the Civil Rules Advisory Committee of the U.S. Judicial Conference will meet in Dallas to consider changing the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on evidence preservation and sanctions related to electronic discovery. As part of the discussion, the committee — made up of judges, law professors and attorneys — will consider an exhaustive report prepared by Andrea Kuperman, chief counsel to the rules committee.
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Examiner: Lawsuit Reform Coul Be Big in 2012
Aug. 22,2011
One of the factors Perry repeatedly cites as playing a central role in the Texas economic success is lawsuit reform. Insuring equity and fairness for all defendants and plaintiffs, he argues, is essential to creating a business environment that encourages job creation and economic growth.
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Justice Department in "Full-Court Press" to Tackle E-Discovery
Aug. 21,2011
New technology means that less and less is done on paper and that’s presented challenges for DOJ officials, who are struggling with ways to manage electronic evidence, such as e-mails and text messages.
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December 1-2 Meeting Schedule and Hotel Information Now Available
Aug. 16,2011
A tentative schedule for LCJ's December 1-2 Meeting in New York City is now available
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Law.com: E-Discovery Drives $576K Costs Levied on Plaintiffs
Aug. 10,2011
For plaintiffs, the cost of losing a case is skyrocketing in antitrust and other complex, document-intensive litigation now that the federal courts are routinely approving hefty bills for e-discovery services in the standard taxation of costs.
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US Discovery in a German Lawsuit?
Aug. 05,2011
The Seventh Circuit's new opinion has opened the door for parties litigating in non-US courts to use the U.S. federal court system for the purposes of obtaining discovery that is otherwise not available in courts outside the US.
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Texas Enacts Loser Pays Tort Reform
Jul. 28,2011
In a unanimous vote last week, the Texas senate adopted ‘loser pays’ tort-reform legislation, which says that a plaintiff must pay the winning party’s legal fees if their complaint is judged to be groundless.
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Broad Spectrum of In-House Corporate Experience at Legal Technology Leadership Summit
Jul. 26,2011
Senior leaders from some of the world’s leading corporations featured on panels at Legal Technology Leadership Summit at Amelia Island.
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Committee Ponders EDD Changes to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Jul. 26,2011
Discussions about possible e-discovery-related changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are now being circulated by a subcommittee of the Judicial Conference of the United States
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WSJ: The Senate's Lawsuit Factory - Trial lawyers use a controversial case to undermine the arbitration system
Jul. 22,2011
WSJ Journalist Kimberly Strassel discusses how the course of the alleged rape case of former Kellogg, Brown & Root worker Jamie Leigh Jones exemplifies a "textbook trial lawyers style" in which lawyers use congress to publicize certain cases and change laws to their liking.
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Insurance Industry Prevails in RI Supreme Court Decision
Jul. 20,2011
The Rhode Island Supreme Court has decided that insurance carriers who face competing claims for limited policy amounts should only be penalized if they fail to use reasonable care in resolving the competing claims. The law firm of Zelle, McDonough & Cohen, LLP represented Travelers Insurance Company in achieving this victory.
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LCJ To Lead E-Discovery Panel at 2011 Legal Technology Leadership Summit
Jul. 18,2011
Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) will lead a panel on corporate preservation of electronically stored information at the 2011 Legal Technology Leadership Summit on September 6-8.
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Movie Critical of Trial Lawyers Debuts
Jul. 13,2011
A TV movie highlighting some of the most embarrassing moments of the past decade for the nation's trial lawyers premiered on July 11, 2011.
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LCJ's FRCP Committee Meeting Scheduled For July 14th
Jul. 13,2011
The conference call will take place at 4:30 pm EDT
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LCJ Members' Blog Referenced in New York Times
Jun. 27,2011
Abnormal Use, a blog from LCJ member Gallivan, White & Boyd P.A., was referenced on Monday in the New York Times for its critique of documentary film maker Susan Saladoff's controversial film "Hot Coffee." The film tells the story Stella Liebeck, who in 1992 spilled a cup of McDonald’s coffee into her lap and took legal action that "became a symbol of frivolous lawsuits."
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BOA General Counsel O’Keefe to Speak at LCJ’s Fall 2011 Meeting
Jun. 22,2011
LCJ is pleased to announce that Edward P. O’Keefe, General Counsel for Bank of America, has accepted an invitation to speak at LCJ’s Fall 2011 Membership Meeting in New York City.
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Update: SC Tort Reform Bill Becomes Law
Jun. 22,2011
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed into law on Tuesday June 14th H. 3375, a tort reform bill concerning appeal bonds and punitive damages.
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Bloomberg: Wal-Mart Case Another Loss for Trial Lawyers
Jun. 22,2011
The Supreme Court's ruling is the latest in a series of decisions that make it clear the justices aim to curb mass litigation
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UPI: States Reform Civil Justice
Jun. 22,2011
At least 18 states have passed legislation this year tipping the civil justice system to favor business, a U.S. group that lobbies for such changes said.
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AP: Supreme Court Limits Wal-Mart Sex Bias Case
Jun. 20,2011
The Supreme Court on Monday blocked a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of women who work there.
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Save The Dates! LCJ's Fall 2011 Membership Meeting is Set for Dec. 1-2 in NYC
Jun. 19,2011
Please save the dates for LCJ’s December 1-2, 2011 Membership Meeting in New York City. December’s meeting will be a joint meeting of LCJ and the Civil Justice Resource Group (CJRG).
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LCJ Welcomes Rachel Kolokoff as Communications Coordinator
Jun. 18,2011
LCJ is pleased to announce that Rachel Kolokoff has joined its staff as Communications Coordinator.
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Tennessee Governor Signs Sweeping Tort Reform Bill
Jun. 16,2011
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed on June 16, 2011 Tennessee Civil Justice Act of 2011, a broad tort reform bill. Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) sponsored the legislation as a way to provide businesses with certainty and predictability in litigation while ensuring that injured plaintiffs are compensated for their suffering.
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Examiner: Amid Budget Sacrifice, Let the Lawyers Go First
Jun. 14,2011
Clearly, taxpayers have more than enough on their plates already. So -- should they also be made to pay $600-per-hour legal fees of environmentalists who sue the government?
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Update: South Carolina Tort Reform Advances to Governor With Defense Bar Support
Jun. 02,2011
The South Carolina House of Representatives Passed H. 3375, the South Carolina Fairness in Civil Justice Act of 2011
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Update: South Carolina Tort Reform Passes Senate
Jun. 02,2011
The South Carolina state Senate approved on Wednesday H. 3375, the South Carolina Fairness in Civil Justice Act of 2011
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Alert: Oppose S. 623
May. 24,2011
LCJ is encouraging you to take action now to oppose S. 623, the Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2011, which was passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 12 to 6 vote on May 19, 2011.
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Major Tort Reform Potentially on Horizon for Pennsylvania
Apr. 15,2011
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 1 (the "Fair Share Act") by a vote of 112 to 88 on April 11, 2011. If enacted, it would greatly limit the doctrine of joint and several liability in Pennsylvania, with narrow exceptions.
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LCJ Takes Action On E-Discovery, Supports Clear, Reasonable Standards
Apr. 08,2011
LCJ took significant action last week to clarify and improve the e-discovery standards to which corporate defendants are held accountable.
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April 2011: Amicus Brief to the NY Supreme Court Appellate Division
Apr. 08,2011
This Amicus Brief was submitted in support of the defendant/appellant in the case of Voom v. Echostar
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April 2011: Comment to the Civil Rules Advisory Committee
Apr. 08,2011
This comment is titled “Preservation – Moving the Paradigm.”
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NYT: When a Lawsuit Is Too Big
Apr. 06,2011
Can a class-action lawsuit be too sprawling to deliver old-fashioned justice? Justice Antonin Scalia seems to think so, judging by his comments on Tuesday...
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2011 Spring Membership Meeting Brochure Now Available
Apr. 06,2011
LCJ’s May 1-3, 2011 legal conference will feature a star-studded cast of guest speakers from across the nation.
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LCJ Supports the Appeal of New York State Supreme Court Decision
Apr. 01,2011
New ruling on preservation sets unclear, unreasonable standards
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LCJ Advocates Beneficial Revision of Rule 45
Mar. 31,2011
As part of its ongoing initiative to improve the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, LCJ has advocated revision of Rule 45, which concerns subpoenas
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Renowned Legal Experts Set to Speak at LCJ’s Meeting
Mar. 14,2011
LCJ’s 2011 Spring Membership Meeting will feature distinguished guest speakers from across the nation.
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LCJ Opposes Expansion of ALF
Mar. 13,2011
An expansion of alternative litigation financing, or ALF, would undermine the integrity of the U.S. judicial system by turning courts into investment markets, according to the national organization Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ).
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March 2, 2011: Letter to the ABA Commission on Ethics
Mar. 02,2011
On Thursday, LCJ submitted a letter to the ABA Commission on Ethics urging its members to consider that an expansion of ALF, particularly in the class action arena, threatens the judicial system by upsetting the balance of power between plaintiffs and defendants, creating ethical quandaries for lawyers, increasing the potential for general abuse of the system and more.
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Corporate and Defense Bar Leaders Coalesce Around New Procedural Rules Reform Initiative
Jan. 31,2011
A nationwide chorus of academics, corporate counsel and defense counsel are joining in efforts to fundamentally reform the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Excessive costs and delays, they say, are diminishing the quality of justice provided by the current system.
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U.S. Opening Product Safety Records to Public
Jan. 10,2011
The federal government is poised for the first time to make public thousands of complaints it receives each year about safety problems with various products, from power tools to piggy banks.
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HJC to Play Key Role in Health Care Debate
Jan. 10,2011
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today outlined the Committee’s role in the upcoming debate on the vote to repeal Democrats’ misguided government takeover of health care.
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Chairman Smith Announces Subcommittee Chairmen
Jan. 10,2011
Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today announced the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee chairmen for the 112th Congress.
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WSJ: Loser Pays, Everyone Wins
Dec. 27,2010
Governor Perry, of Texas, is proposing a British-style "loser pays rule, which would require plantiff's to pick up the legal costs of their targets if they lose their suits.
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Nov. 12, 2010: Comment to the Rules Advisory Committee
Nov. 12,2010
This formal comment, Preservation: Moving The Paradigm, was submitted to the Advisory Committee on Civil Rules regarding problems related to preservation of information in litigation.
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Oct. 2010: White Paper on Procedural Rules
Oct. 25,2010
LCJ submitted the final version of its FRCP White Paper on Reshaping the Rules of Civil Procedure for the 21st Century to the 2010 Duke Law School Litigation Review Conference.
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Blog: The American Bar Association Exposes its Liberal Bias Once Aagain
Oct. 25,2010
Power Line Blog discusses leftist law professor nominated by Obama for a position on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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Defense Bar Calls for Major Changes to FRCP, MCC Reports
Oct. 25,2010
Submission of "WHITE PAPER" Represents Major Initiative by Organized Defense Bar to Support Procedural Rule Reform
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LCJ Provides Impetus for FRCP Amendments with White Paper
Oct. 25,2010
LCJ provided new impetus for a fundamental review of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure by submitting the FRCP White Paper on Reshaping the Rules of Civil Procedure for the 21st Century to the 2010 Duke Law School Litigation Review Conference.
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Update: Provisions That LCJ Opposed Were Stricken From Oil Spill Bill
Oct. 25,2010
Provisions in the federal Oil Spill legislation (HR 5503) that would have placed severe restrictions on judges from issuing protective orders and diminished the impact of the Class Action Fairness Act have been stricken from the legislative proposal before the bill reaches the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Sept. 2, 2010: Comment to the Civil Rules Advisory Committee on Discovery
Oct. 18,2010
On Thursday, September 2nd, LCJ submitted the Comment To The Civil Rules Advisory Committee, A Prescription for Stronger Medicine: Narrow the Scope of Discovery that focused on the scope of discovery.
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Sept. 15, 2010: LCJ Joins Coalition to Oppose Deductibility of Contingency Fees
Sep. 15,2010
LCJ was just one of over 85 organizations that oppose the reversal of a federal tax law and were able to participate in a letter to the Department of the Treasury.
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DRI - Tax Breaks for Trial Lawyers: Making the Government a Partner in Litigation
Aug. 25,2010
In a PointOfLaw.com article, former LCJ Board Member, Marc Williams discusses the American Association for Justice, the Obama Administration, and financial benefits for members of the AAJ.
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FASB Extends Comment Period for Disclosure of Certain Loss Contingencies Exposure Draft
Aug. 23,2010
The Financial Accounting Standards Board has voted to extend it's deadline for comments by 30 additional days. Their chairman extended it because it "was difficult to meet becuase of quarterly reporting deadlines."
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John Stossel: Parasitic Tort Lawyers Hurt Clients Too
Jul. 08,2010
John Stossel investigates how lawyers and the cases they argue rarely make their client's lives better. They make life much worse.
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Article By LCJ Associate Member, H. Mills Gallivan - Bluejays and Mockingbird
Jul. 08,2010
Around the anniversary of "To Kill A Mockingbirg, associate member, Mills Gallivan blogs for Abnormal Use regarding the amending of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, ten times over the last 50 years.
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Seize The Opportunity - Reduce The Costs And Burdens
Jul. 08,2010
A representative from one of LCJ's Corporate Member organizations writes an article for Metropolitan Corporate Counsel concerning the "opportunity to make fundamental changes in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure."
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June 28, 2010: Letter from CT and SC District Judges to House Speaker
Jun. 28,2010
This letter concerns Section 6 of H. 5503, the Oil Spill bill.
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June 28, 2010: Letter to U.S. House of Representatives on H.R. 5503
Jun. 15,2010
This letter concerns LCJ's opposition to Section 6 of H. 5503, the Oil Spill bill.
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Oil's Well That Ends Well: Parting Shots From Chevron's Charles James
Mar. 02,2010
Chevron's EVP to go to Arizona State University's College of Law
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Feb. 2010: Statements Regarding LCJ's 2010 Procedural Rules Project
Feb. 28,2010
General counsel, senior corporate representatives from several US leading corporations expressed their support for the LCJ/CJRG Procedural Rules Project at LCJ Meeting in NYC. Follow up statements by the corporate representatives listed below appear in February issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.
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WSJ: How the Plaintiffs Bar Bought the Senate
Feb. 09,2010
James Copland of the Manhattan Institute discusses Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, and how it permits independent campaign expenditures by corporations.
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WSJ: Trial Lawyers Contribute, Shareholder Suits Follow
Feb. 03,2010
WSJ article on Trial Lawyers and Shareholders
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