It’s Not That Courts Can’t Do It, It’s That They Shouldn’t Have To

In a recent issue of the New Jersey Law Journal, the Editorial Board hailed the work of the U.S. District Court judge in California that quickly disposed of the headline-generating case over the amount of ice Starbucks puts in its iced coffees. Wonderful. As the Board notes, the case “comes dangerously close to warranting Rule 11 sanctions.”

By |2016-11-04T14:03:11-04:00November 4, 2016|News, Top Stories|0 Comments

A Tort Reformer Visits the American Museum of Tort Law

From the moment I heard Ralph Nader was opening a museum of tort law, I knew I had to go. I love visiting museums, and having worked on lawsuit reform issues for most of my post-law school career, this one really piqued my interest. So, I took a trip to the American Museum of Tort Law to see what it had to offer. What I found was a fledgling operation that needs to reevaluate either its name or its exhibits if it wants to take off.

By |2016-11-04T13:57:19-04:00November 4, 2016|News, Top Stories|0 Comments

2016: The Year the Media Started Caring About Lawsuit Abuse

Getting the media to talk about lawsuit abuse is tough. It’s nuanced. There is a lot of other stuff going on in the world. And not every case can be neatly summarized in click-bait worthy manner like the $20 million lawsuit against KFC. But this year, litigation that some would call frivolous or abusive has been making headlines. Why is this issue suddenly a hot topic? Our guess is that it has something to do with who is being sued. This year media companies have litigated and been threatened with more high profile lawsuits than at any time in recent memory.

By |2016-10-28T13:59:30-04:00October 28, 2016|News, Top Stories|0 Comments

Good Intentions Do Not Always Lead To Good Outcomes

A law designed to protect teen drivers has some parents worried their children will be targeted by predators. The recently passed legislation on puppy mills might shutter some pet stores and animal shelters if the fines it contains are fully enforced. And a decades old consumer protection law is forcing companies to defend multimillion dollar lawsuits over including the phrase “void where prohibited” in their website’s terms and conditions. Each of these situations were discussed during the New Jersey Civil Justice Institute’s 2016 Fall Legal Reform Conference, which focused on the unintended consequences of business regulation.

By |2016-10-14T13:46:13-04:00October 14, 2016|News, Top Stories|0 Comments
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