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February 16, 2016

In the News Today – February 16, 2016

  • Pending SCOTUS Cases in Wake of Scalia’s Passing: Dozens of cases remain pending in the U.S. Supreme Court following the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, including two of particular importance to ILR and the U.S. Chamber. In Tyson Foods v Bouaphakeo, the Court will decide whether “plaintiffs can use statistical models based on a sample of plaintiffs to establish that a bigger group of people can be harmed.” In Spokeo v. Robins, the Court will decide if plaintiffs must show harm to bring a lawsuit in the first place. (CNN Money)
     
  • Joe Rice Named “Chairman & CEO” of “Trial Lawyers, Inc.”: Joe Rice, of the Charleston, South Carolina-based Motley Rice law firm, recently was named chairman and CEO in the Manhattan Institute’s latest “Trial Lawyers Inc.” report. “As we note in the report, Rice chaired the plaintiffs’ steering committee for litigation stemming from the BP oil spill, and currently serves on committees overseeing lawsuits against Pfizer (involving Lipitor) and General Motors (faulty ignition switches). We think Rice is the most prominent active plaintiffs’ lawyer today, at least in the arena of mass torts.” (Palmetto Business Daily)

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