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CFPB's new rule 'large gift for class action lawyers'; Court challenges coming

John O'Brien Jul. 13, 2017, 7:49am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - As the director of a federal consumer protection agency seemingly fights for his job, he has gone forth with plans to finalize a controversial rule – and a court challenge seems imminent.

Asbestos/class action reform bill passes House of Representatives

John O'Brien Jan. 8, 2016, 12:46pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Under threat of a presidential veto, the U.S.

Dallas asbestos firm goes on attack in response to Garlock's RICO suit against it

John O'Brien Nov. 18, 2015, 11:37am

A Dallas asbestos firm facing a racketeering lawsuit is attempting to turn the tables on its accuser.

Firm that allegedly took $93M in financing to buy thousands of pelvic mesh cases leads in TV advertising, report says

John O'Brien Oct. 27, 2015, 12:52pm


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.

Fifth Circuit: Whistleblowers didn’t blow whistle properly, entitled to nothing from criminal penalty

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

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) – Two whistleblowers won’t share in a once-$43 million penalty against a husband and wife who have been sentenced to federal prison for defrauding the federal government by submitting false claims at their pain clinics.

Garlock: Asbestos claimants committee obstructing fraud case against Houston lawyers

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

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Garlock Sealing Technologies, as it pursues a fraud case against asbestos attorneys, has harsh words for a group representing those with claims against the company.

Panel explores attorney fraud, lack of repercussions

John O'Brien Oct. 21, 2014, 10:55am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Though judges have so far mostly declined to do so, they play a major role in disciplining attorneys who game the asbestos compensation system, a panel told those in attendance at the 2014 Legal Reform Summit.

Canadian honeybee lawsuit quickly attracts critics

John O'Brien Sep. 9, 2014, 11:58am

WINDSOR, Ontario (Legal Newsline) – Claims made in a recently filed class action lawsuit alleging pesticides are harming Canada’s honeybee population are not true, says an Alberta commercial beekeeper who has seen no ill effects on his colonies.

Law firm’s app block calls, evaluates Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims

John O'Brien Sep. 8, 2014, 1:45pm

STAMFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) – A prolific-filing law firm specializing in debt collection harassment cases has helped develop an app that it says could help those who download it make up to $1,500 per robocall or debt collection call.

LNL reporter turned away from N.Y. trial lawyers event featuring Braley

John O'Brien May 6, 2014, 11:55am

NEW YORK – A New York State Trial Lawyers Association event featuring U.S. Rep. and Senate-hopeful Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, was not open to the media.

Texas asbestos firms among 5 sued by Garlock a day before judge condemned lawyers’ actions

John O'Brien Jan. 14, 2014, 10:52am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) – Garlock Sealing Technologies, the company that successfully argued asbestos attorneys were gaming the compensation system, has filed four lawsuits against law firms.

Judge triples fraud verdict against asbestos attorneys, radiologist Ray Harron

John O'Brien Sep. 26, 2013, 3:55pm

WHEELING, W.Va. (West Virginia Record) – A federal judge has tripled the damages awarded against two former members of a Pittsburgh law firm and the radiologist they were found to have conspired with to fabricate asbestos claims in West Virginia.

Eight states join challenge of Dodd-Frank

John O'Brien Feb. 14, 2013, 4:18pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Eight state attorneys general, including Texas AG Greg Abbott, have joined a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Fifth Circuit reverses self in Katrina case against army engineers

John O'Brien Sep. 26, 2012, 2:05pm

NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has reversed itself in a Hurricane Katrina case over the liability of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Fifth Circuit lets ruling stand in asbestos lawsuit fraud case

John O'Brien Jul. 18, 2012, 9:40am

Reavley NEW ORLEANS (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has chosen not to revisit its recent decision that affirmed a fraud verdict against two Mississippi asbestos attorneys.

Law prof: Chief justice, attempting to please, disappoints in ObamaCare ruling

John O'Brien Jun. 29, 2012, 9:32am

Presser WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A Northwestern University law professor says U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts did his best to keep the court from seeming like another political body - at the expense of federalism.

U.S. SC rules for ObamaCare, calls mandate a tax

John O'Brien Jun. 28, 2012, 5:22am

Roberts WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the controversial provision of health care reform requiring individuals to purchase insurance or face a financial penalty is a constitutional tax.

Asbestos attorneys plotting another appeal of fraud ruling

John O'Brien Jun. 17, 2012, 8:48am


Smith's House committee passes asbestos trust information bill

John O'Brien Jun. 11, 2012, 8:50am

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The House Judiciary Committee on Friday passed a bill that would require asbestos bankruptcy trusts to provide more information on exposure claims made to them.