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  • Legislation Targeting Asbestos Victims Moves Through House CommitteeJuly 29th, 2015

    Shortly after the most recent round of midterm elections, we predicted that one of the priorities of the new Congress would be to enact as many tort reform measures as possible. We suggested this might include both a push to enact the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction …

  • Congressional Bill Threatens Federal Class Action LawsuitsJune 24th, 2015

    This blog has long advocated that the class action suit is a core component of the civil justice system, one that provides a class of plaintiffs redress from corporate wrongdoing. Class actions are not limited to consumer protection, but also help to discourage discriminatory and …

  • Retired NHL Players File Class Action Suit Against LeagueMay 27th, 2015

    In 2013, more than four thousand former NFL players settled a class action suit against their former employer for $765 million, alleging that the league knew about the long-term risks associated with sub-concussive and concussive injuries. Many of these men–battling problems like chronic depression, dementia, …

  • Takata Corporation Faces Wider Recall, Fines, and a Class Action SuitApril 15th, 2015

    Last year saw more auto recalls in the United States than any other year in the country’s history (one trade publication has even dubbed 2014 “the infamous Year of The Recalls”). This blog has been covering the massive Takata airbag recall–which has officially claimed the …

  • Some Wins, Some Losses in Tobacco Class Action SuitsApril 1st, 2015

    In November, this blog published an article about the ways in which class action lawsuits–cases in which a group of individuals (a class) may stand together against wrongdoing–have the ability to protect Americans from a variety of threats: discriminatory and predatory lending and insurance policies, …

  • Youth Football League Faces Brain Injury LawsuitMarch 11th, 2015

    Last June, this blog published an article about President Obama’s so-called “concussion conference,” which he called to address mild traumatic brain injuries in young athletes that many alleged were leading to mental illness and other adverse effects. This came around the same time that about …

  • Pharmacy Linked to Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Faces Criminal ChargesJanuary 7th, 2015

    Back in October 2012, this blog began covering a fungal meningitis outbreak originating in Massachusetts that eventually killed sixty-four people and injured over 750 more across twenty states. Authorities traced the debilitating outbreak to the New England Compounding Center, a pharmaceutical company that provided personalized …

  • New Congress Expected to Take Aim at Asbestos VictimsDecember 24th, 2014

    Now that the dust has settled after this year’s midterm elections–in which thirty-three Senate seats and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives were up for grabs–both the House and the Senate will be in the hands of Republicans (for the first time since …

  • $15 Million Herbalife Settlement Raises Questions about Dietary Supplement RegulationDecember 10th, 2014

    In the past few months, this blog has explored ways in which class action lawsuits and FDA regulation affect the lives of everyday Americans. Today we will discuss the corporation Herbalife–which sells “nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness, and personal care products”–in a story that combines …

  • How Class Action Lawsuits Help All AmericansNovember 5th, 2014

    In the past, this blog has covered the issue of forced arbitration (through contracts of adhesion), a practice that enables corporations and other businesses to avoid lawsuits from consumers in favor of mediation with a company-appointed arbitrator. The consumer has no idea that he/she is …

  • U.S. District Court Awards $8.6 billion to Terror Victims and Their FamiliesAugust 27th, 2014

    Generally when we cover the American civil justice system on this blog, it is with respect to cases in which residents of this country alone have been physically, emotionally, or mentally harmed. This article, however, addresses a number of consolidated cases involving 284 plaintiffs–citizens of …

  • NFL Settlement Hits Snag as Obama Addresses Concussion HazardsJune 18th, 2014

    The lawsuit that has pitted several thousand retired professional football players against their former employer, the National Football League, has been receiving a lot of press over the past few months–and it shows no signs of ending anytime soon. When this blog last reported on …

  • Search Search NuvaRing Settlement Offer ApprovedJune 11th, 2014

    As far as birth control methods go, few have been as simultaneously popular and controversial as the NuvaRing. The vaginal ring, which slowly releases hormones into a woman’s bloodstream over the course of about three weeks, racked up about $686 million in 2013 alone for …

  • Takata Air Bags Involved in Another Massive Auto RecallJune 9th, 2014

    While the massive General Motors recall–involving over 20 million vehicles in only one year–has been getting a lot of news coverage (and a few posts on this blog), another recall may be nearly as dangerous for drivers. In fact, air bags manufactured by the Takata …

  • In an Attempt to Avoid Lawsuits, General Mills Pushes for Forced ArbitrationApril 30th, 2014

    The right to a trial by jury in civil matters is firmly entrenched in the United States Constitution. The civil justice system is the only tried and tested check on corporate malfeasance, and it is only in the courtroom where individual citizens can bring massive …

  • Over 2,000 NFL Players File Brain Injury Lawsuit in PhiladelphiaAugust 29th, 2012

    Last month in Philadelphia, thousands of retired professional football players filed a personal injury class action lawsuit against their shared former employer, the National Football League (NFL). Also named as a defendant in the lawsuit is famous helmet manufacturer Riddell Sports, Inc. The heart of …

  • $23 Billion Verdict Hits Big TobaccoJuly 30th, 0214

    In 2006, a Florida Court of Appeal established that individuals could not band together into a class to file a class action lawsuit against tobacco companies for misleading consumers and misrepresenting the dangers their products pose. So, instead of a few cases, courts across the …