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November 14, 2017

Asbestos Plaintiffs’ Firm Seeks Lawmaker Backup in Landmark Maryland Case

Federal Rules Panel to Look at Third-Party Litigation Funding: The burgeoning phenomenon of third-party litigation funding will be getting some attention from a new subcommittee of the advisory body that helps develop rules for civil litigation in the federal court system.

The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules set up the new subcommittee on Nov. 7 in Washington during its fall meeting after discussing a proposed rule amendment that would require disclosure of third-party litigation funding arrangements in any civil action filed in federal court.

Page Faulk, senior vice president for Legal Reform Initiatives at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform said, ‘‘This is a positive development, because it shows that the federal judiciary is becoming more aware that TPLF is affecting cases and the judicial system.’’ (Bloomberg Law)

California may limit liability of self-driving cars’ makers: California regulators are embracing a General Motors recommendation that would help automakers avoid paying for accidents and other trouble caused by self-driving cars.

The DMV wording drew from a GM recommendation intended to protect self-driving carmakers from lawsuits if a vehicle hasn’t been maintained according to manufacturer’s specifications. (Los Angeles Times)

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