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As I've been sifting through news report on the BP class action settlement, I've noticed that it's hard to find information on the actual settlement terms. From what reporters are describing, it sounds like the parties are requesting that Judge...
John Schwartz at the New York Times reports that the litigation surrounding the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill has settled for all of the litigants except the federal government. The Judge overseeing the litigation issued the order late Friday night...
An intrepid reporter asked me today what a good precedent would be for a settlement in the BP litigation - something on point, not a products liability mass tort settlement but an environmental toxic tort settlement of the magnitude that...
Gentle Readers, You don't need the Mass Tort Litigation Blog to tell you that the imminent BP trial has been stayed pending settlement talks. In the meantime, here are some thoughts from the ever relevant George Conk. Special shout out...
NPR has a story with lots of interesting quotes. My favorite: "There's only one place where a waitress or a shrimper can be on equal footing with a company the size of BP, and that's a courtroom," says Rhon Jones,...
Mark Behrens sent me a new mass tort protocol issued by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Here are some highlights: There shall be no reverse bifurcation of any mass tort case, including asbestos, unless agreed upon by all counsel...
A great post on Above the Law by Mark Hermann (formerly of Drug and Device Law Blog & Jones Day) today explains why a blowhard isn't necessarily the best lawyer. ADL
Professor Catherine Sharkey (NYU) has posted to SSRN her article, The Vicissitudes of Tort: A Response to Professors Rabin, Sebok & Zipursky. Here is the abstract: This response essay probes three themes that tie together three articles submitted for a...
Fordham Lecture on Third-Party Litigation Funding by Lisa Rickard fo U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
Lisa Rickard, the President of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, will present the 2012 Noreen E. McNamara Memorial Lecture at Fordham Law School in New York. Her lecture is entitled, The Commercialization of Legal Practice: Legal and Ethical...
Adam Zimmerman from St. John's and Michael D. Sant'Ambrogio from Michigan State have posted on SSRN an interesting article entitled The Agency Class Action. Here is the abstract: The number of claims languishing on administrative dockets has become a new...