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October 22, 2015

In the News Today – October 22, 2015

A federal grand jury has indicted San Antonio plaintiffs’ attorney Mikal Watts “on charges of making false claims and identity theft in relation to the litigation involving BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.” The charges allege that Watts “fraudulently bolstered the number of clients he had with claims against BP to get a seat on the steering committee,” from which he helped negotiate a $2.3 billion partial settlement with BP. (Houston Chronicle)

The plaintiffs’ bar is using the most sophisticated marketing strategies and tools to attract new clients and promote new lines of litigation “business.” That’s the conclusion of a new paper, Trial Lawyer Marketing: Broadcast, Search, and Social Strategies, to be released at ILR’s 16th Annual Legal Reform Summit on Tuesday, October 27th. Read our latest blog post, which provides a sneak peak at the research.

Forbes announced that its annual “Best States for Business” report for the first time incorporates ILR’s 2015 Lawsuit Climate Rankings. “Seventy percent of the general counsels who participate in the survey say a state’s lawsuit environment impacts decisions such as where to locate or expand,” notes the report. (Forbes)

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