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March 23, 2016

In the News Today – March 23, 2016

  • Businesses ‘Win’ with New Federal Court Rules on Pretrial Evidence Requests: U.S. businesses “notched a quiet win” in December when the Judicial Conference adopted new federal rules “intended to curb the scope of pretrial evidence requests, a change that could tip the scales in their decades long battle against consumer lawsuits.” It is in these lawsuits where plaintiffs’ attorneys “often make sweeping discovery requests for documents and evidence, which companies say can be expensive, time consuming, and encourages out-of-court settlements.” (Wall Street Journal
  • US Seeks Final Approval of $20B Gulf Oil Spill Settlement: The U.S. government formally asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to approve the record $20 billion-plus settlement agreement between BP, the Department of Justice, and five Gulf Coast states over the 2010 Gulf oil spill. (Associated Press
  • SCOTUS Upholds Judgment Against Tyson Foods: In a 6-2 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld $5.8 million judgment against Tyson Foods Inc., ruling that “it is acceptable for courts to use statistical estimates when establishing liability in multiparty cases against companies.” (Wall Street Journal)

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