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New malpractice suit highlights mass tort referrals, fee splitting

In a class action complaint filed this week, the plaintiffs' firm Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman alleges that several New Jersey and Texas law firms committed procedural violations and overcharged clients in about 1,450 mesh cases brought in New Jersey state courts. According to the complaint, the law firms – including Nagel Rice, the Potts Law Firm, Bailey Cowan Heckaman, Annie McAdams and Junell & Associates – failed to sign clients to retainer agreements or purported to bind clients

U.S. government posts $208 billion deficit in May

Washington posted a $208 billion budget deficit in May as a modest increase in revenues failed to make up for higher spending on the military and social welfare programs like Medicare, according to data released on Wednesday by the Treasury Department.

Amazon is (so far) winning its war against products liability exposure

For the second time just three weeks, a federal appeals court has determined that Amazon is not liable for facilitating the sale of a defective product manufactured by another company. Like the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in last month’s Erie Insurance v. Amazon (2019 WL 2195146), the 6th Circuit held in Monday’s Fox v. Amazon (2019 WL 2417391) that Amazon cannot be held responsible under state product liability law because it was not the seller of the defective product – even

A ray of hope for ADA website defendants? N.Y. judge tosses case for mootness

In 2018, disabled plaintiffs filed more than 2,250 suits in federal court alleging that corporate websites were insufficiently accessible to them, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. According to Seyfarth Shaw, which tallied the cases, the growth of ADA website accessibility litigation has been nothing short of staggering. Fewer than 240 federal court suits claiming website inaccessibility were filed in 2015 and 2016, according to a 2016 Wall Street Journal report. I

New paper documents mootness fee phenomenon in M&A cases, proposes solution

If you’re a regular reader of my column, you won’t be surprised by the central finding in a newly-posted draft law review article by law professors Matthew Cain and Steven Solomon of Berkeley, Jill Fisch of Penn and Randall Thomas of Vanderbilt. In “Mootness Fees,” which will eventually be published in the Vanderbilt Law Review, the professors document a phenomenon I’ve been covering for a couple of years: Corporations paying mootness fees to plaintiffs' lawyers who file and quickly

Lyondell trusts fire Brown Rudnick trustee, hint malpractice suit

To call the outcome of litigation between the Lyondell Chemical Company’s litigation trust and billionaire Len Blavatnik one-sided does not quite do justice to the phrase. The trust went into a 14-day trial before Manhattan federal bankruptcy judge Martin Glenn in the fall of 2016 with billions of dollars of claims against Blavatnik, who took Lyondell private in a 2007 deal that left its successor company buried in debt. The trust emerged from the litigation in 2018 with a damages aw

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