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California Judges Target Class Actions That Benefit Lawyers Over Consumers

Federal judges in California are cracking down on warped incentives in class-action lawsuits, exerting tighter oversight of settlements that provide hefty fees for plaintiff lawyers but no meaningful benefit for those harmed by corporate misdeeds. A recent example was the …

Arkansas House Passes Tort-Reform Amendment Capping Punitive Damages, Fees

The Arkansas House has approved a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ask voters to limit some attorney’s fees and punitive damages in lawsuits. The House voted 65-29 for the joint resolution and sent it back to the state Senate …

Arkansas Bill Would Limit Attorneys’ Fees, Punitive Damages

An Arkansas Senate committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment that would ask voters to limit some attorneys’ fees and punitive damages in court cases. The Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee voted on Feb. 14 to advance the …

Liberty Insurance Must Pay Attorneys’ Fees in Gulf Oil Spill Case

A federal appeals court has ruled against an insurer in its quest to avoid paying attorneys’ fees in litigation stemming from 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans found hollow …

Delaware Court Allows Blockbuster $305 Million Attorneys’ Fee

Two law firms were poised on Friday to collect a blockbuster $305 million in legal fees for their work on a lawsuit, after Delaware’s Supreme Court declined to consider a challenge to the payout. The fee award to law firms …

Lawyers in Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Prepare for Fight Over Fees

The estimated $7.8 billion settlement reached last week between BP Plc and attorneys for victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill left many details unresolved, but at least one thing looks like a sure bet. The lawyers are gearing …