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April 7, 2016

In the News Today – April 7, 2016

  • Madison County’s High Number of Out-of-County Asbestos Filings Highlighted: In 2015, only six of 1,224 asbestos lawsuits (less than 1 percent) filed in Madison County, IL were on behalf of the county’s residents. Illinois Civil Justice League President John Pastuovic said venue reform is needed to fix the problem, and the article cites ILR’s recent blog post noting that this high rate of out-of-state plaintiffs is a key factor in the county’s national reputation for lawsuit abuse. (Illinois Business Daily)

 

  • Plaintiffs’ Bar Targets For-Profit Colleges:  The head of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities believes for-profit colleges are “being targeted by the plaintiffs’ bar,” citing recent efforts to ban arbitration agreements at colleges and universities. (Legal Newsline)

 

  • Legal Reform Advocate Named SC Senate Majority Leader: South Carolina State Senator Shane Massey, a sponsor of key legal reform legislation, has been elected as the state senate’s new majority leader. Palmetto Business Daily highlights Massey’s sponsorship of legislation to provide more transparency in contracts between the attorney general and private contingency fee attorneys, as well as promote greater asbestos claims transparency. (Palmetto Business Daily)
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