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Lampson, Weber present platforms at Beaumont Chamber forum

Marilyn Tennissen Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

Congressional candidates Republican Randy Weber and Democrat Nick Lampson had an opportunity to present their platforms at a forum Tuesday sponsored by the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.

**FOR PRINT** AAJ federal judicial plan draws attention

Chris Dickerson Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

MIAMI – An apparent plan by the lobbying group for the nation’s trial lawyers to identify potential federal judicial nominees is drawing the attention of others.

Trial lawyers group: RICO claims not appropriate recourse against baseless lawsuits

John O'Brien Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) – A national association representing the interests of trial lawyers has filed a brief that argues against corporate defendants’ use of racketeering laws in lawsuits against plaintiffs attorneys alleged to have committed fraud.

Across America, Hurricane Mostyn spending millions in 2014 election cycle

David Yates Oct. 2, 2014, 1:43pm

HOUSTON (Legal Newsline) – Just as he’s done in previous years, plaintiffs attorney Steve Mostyn has spent millions this election cycle in races all across the country.

Leahy blames Reid — and trial lawyers — for failure of patent reform bill; Cornyn agrees

Jessica M. Karmasek Jul. 10, 2014, 10:52am

“It’s disappointing the Majority Leader has allowed the demands of one special interest group to trump a bipartisan will in Congress and the overwhelming support of innovators and job creators,” US Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in a statement after Leahy shelved the bill in May.

Mass torts conference in Vegas to include auction for trial lawyers’ ‘Take Justice Back’ campaign

The SE Texas Record Apr. 9, 2013, 10:55am

By BETHANY KRAJELIS

AAJ federal judicial plan draws attention

Chris Dickerson Feb. 25, 2013, 11:53am

MIAMI – An apparent plan by the lobbying group for the nation’s trial lawyers to identify potential federal judicial nominees is drawing the attention of others.

Blog shows trial lawyer group working with four Senate campaigns

John O'Brien Feb. 15, 2012, 10:36am

Heitkamp BISMARCK, N.D. (Legal Newsline) � A group being funded by trial lawyer heavyweights is working with Heidi Heitkamp, a former North Dakota attorney general, on her U.S. Senate campaign.

The science of asbestos: The arguments for juries

Michael Tremoglie Nov. 8, 2011, 2:55am

Shein WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - With so much at stake for businesses weighted down by litigation costs, can juries in asbestos cases be trusted to render fair and just verdicts?

****FOR PRINT **** ATRA lawyer says movie slashed key part of argument

John O'Brien Jun. 28, 2011, 5:49am

Schwartz WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) � A tort reform advocate who was interviewed for a documentary that debuted Monday on HBO says his comments were taken out of context, though the filmmaker is defending her editing.

Legally Speaking: Separating Myth From Reality-The Truth About 'Hot Coffee'

John G. Browning Mar. 9, 2011, 8:51am

Without a doubt, most Americans are more familiar with the notorious McDonald's "hot coffee" case than with landmark Supreme Court decisions.

Expert calls AAJ's confidentiality agreement into question

Justin Anderson Feb. 14, 2011, 10:40am

von Spakovsky A legal expert says it's suspicious that the American Association for Justice would impose a confidentiality agreement on members to attend the group's winter convention.

**** FOR PRINT *** Expert calls AAJ's confidentiality agreement into question

Justin Anderson Feb. 14, 2011, 6:38am

A legal expert says it's suspicious that the American Association for Justice would impose a confidentiality agreement on members to attend the group's winter convention.

Trial lawyers upset with proposed med-mal reform

Jessica M. Karmasek Jan. 27, 2011, 8:49am

Obama WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A national trial lawyers group is railing against what they're calling an "extreme" medical malpractice reform bill that was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday.

Plaintiffs' Law Firm Motley Rice Strengthens Litigation Team

The SE Texas Record Sep. 1, 2010, 5:23am

WASHINGTON-Motley Rice LLC, one of the nation's largest plaintiffs' litigation firms, today announces that trial lawyer Nathan D. Finch has joined the firm as a member in its Washington, D.C. office.

Attorney: Tax break would create more litigation, partnership with feds

John O'Brien Aug. 25, 2010, 5:43am

Williams HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (Legal Newsline) - A West Virginia defense attorney says a possible trial lawyer tax break that has attracted the attention of 25 U.S. senators would make the federal government partners with plaintiffs attorneys.

The Specter of legal plunder

The SE Texas Record Jul. 24, 2010, 5:37am

The aptly surnamed Arlen Specter is trying once again to bestow a generous tax break on the plaintiff's attorneys who comprise a significant portion of his and his fellow Democrats' contributor base. The efforts of the shifty U.S. senator from Pennsylvania are opposed, once again, by Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas' stalwart representative from San Antonio.

Watchdog groups fear trial lawyer tax break will 'suck marrow out of economy'

David Yates and John O'Brien Jul. 15, 2010, 6:00am

Smith Tort reform groups fear the Obama Administration and U.S. Department of Treasury are sidestepping Congress to give trial lawyers hearty tax breaks that will ultimately hurt the economy while benefitting the Democratic Party's donor base.

Treasury not commenting on trial lawyer tax break

John O'Brien Jul. 14, 2010, 11:34am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - While some are reacting to news that trial lawyers may soon receive a tax break, the U.S. Department of the Treasury is not commenting.

Sources: Trial lawyers expect tax break from Treasury Department

John O'Brien Jul. 14, 2010, 6:25am

VANCOUVER, Canada (Legal Newsline) - The nation's trial lawyer group, the American Association for Justice, revealed Tuesday that it expects the U.S. Department of Treasury to soon give its members a tax break on contingency fee lawsuits.