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5 Myths About Lawsuit Funding

5 Myths About Litigation Finance

If you’re not familiar with how litigation finance works, you should fix that — fast. Litigation finance is growing dramatically in popularity and importance, and both litigators and transactional attorneys need to understand it — and what it means …

5 Myths About Litigation Finance

Lawsuit lending gets a bad rap

As New York lawmakers debate a little-known but powerful part of it called consumer litigation finance, that’s a point we shouldn’t overlook. Last month I testified at a state Senate hearing on the practice, in which victims pursuing justice through the …

Lawsuit lending gets a bad rap

LexShares Launches Private Institutional Litigation Finance Exchange

BOSTON & NEW YORK–(Business Wire)–LexShares, the commercial litigation finance firm, has launched the LexShares Private Market, an exchange for secondary litigation finance transactions. Built exclusively for qualified institutions, the LexShares …

LexShares Launches Private Institutional Litigation Finance Exchange

The Litigation Finance Market: Other Ways To Invest

A week ago I covered Burford Capital (OTC:BRFRF) (OTC:BRFRY), a litigation funding company (link: “Burford Capital: Litigation Funding And Self-Disruption”). Burford is very interesting, but valuation concerns or idiosyncratic business risk might make …

The Litigation Finance Market: Other Ways To Invest

The Evolving Regulatory Landscape For Litigation Finance

Litigation finance is booming. And as lawyers well know, with great expansion comes great… regulation. At last week’s most interesting conference on litigation finance, hosted by IMN, I learned about the latest developments at a panel entitled …

The Evolving Regulatory Landscape For Litigation Finance

Wisconsin law requires all litigation funding arrangements to be disclosed

Legislation signed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker last week requires all third-party litigation funding deals to be disclosed—even if a discovery request has not been made for that information. Wisconsin Act 235 requires litigants “provide to the other …

Wisconsin law requires all litigation funding arrangements to be disclosed

Burford Capital: Litigation Funding And Self-Disruption

Burford Capital is a unique litigation funder and the only liquid public entity in the space. The litigation finance market is expanding rapidly and promises entirely uncorrelated returns. We look at the downside of market growth. Regulatory risk is a …

Burford Capital: Litigation Funding And Self-Disruption

Stans Energy Secures Litigation Funding Arrangment

Toronto, Ontario (FSCwire) – Stans Energy Corp. (“Stans” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a litigation finance agreement to obtain incremental funding of Stans’ legal costs, including related corporate overhead costs, to …

Stans Energy Secures Litigation Funding Arrangment

Litigation Finance: How Wall Street Invests in Justice

On Wall Street, money never sleeps. Money managers controlling trillions of dollars in assets devote their professional lives to finding the best opportunities to earn a return for the lowest amount of risk. In this environment, an obscure field called …

Litigation Finance: How Wall Street Invests in Justice

Judges keep shielding litigation funding agreements, despite demands for transparency

(Reuters) – For just about as long as the litigation funding industry has existed in a meaningful way in the U.S. – about a decade, give or take – defendants have been pushing to require plaintiffs to disclose details of their arrangements with outside …

Judges keep shielding litigation funding agreements, despite demands for transparency

Litigation Funding: 5 Things to Watch for in 2018

Litigation finance had a big year in 2017, one marked by expansion in the United States by major names like Vannin Capital and Woodsford Litigation Funding, eye-popping dollar figures, and large numbers of Big Law …

Litigation Funding: 5 Things to Watch for in 2018

Litigation Finance & Insurance: 5 Myths About Litigation Finance

This the the third article of a three-part series. In the previous articles, we provided top 5 tips for securing the best funding terms possible from the market and top 5 pitfalls for the uninitiated seeking litigation finance. In the last of this 3-part …

Litigation Finance & Insurance: 5 Myths About Litigation Finance

 

Another School Shooting and The Deception Rolls On

It’s frustrating; In shooting after shooting after shooting, everyone rages and cries and mourns and marches and protests and screams for change.

Everyone blames guns, Trump, the Republicans and the NRA. Anti-gun rallies lead the news, fights break out and nothing ever really seems to change.

In yet another predictable, albeit stereotypical, knee-jerk reaction to the latest tragic high-school shooting, liberals and their elected politicians from around the country have once again renewed their call for everything from outright gun bans for all guns, to all-out bans on so-called (and incorrectly-called) “assault weapons”, “bump stocks”, high capacity magazines, right down to renewed calls for a national gun registry and national gun confiscation. Not that any of that would have prevented this latest shooting in Florida or would actually help solve the problem in general, but none of that seems to matter to all the protesters.

School kids nationwide are protesting, staging walk-outs and mobilizing. Some students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida – the scene of the latest mass shooting – even made the trip to Washington DC to go and plead with their elected officials and lobby them for gun control.

The result? Predictably; nothing changed.

Why is it that there are only 2 sides to this discussion and no one is willing to look at, or present, other options or other ideas?

According to ‘the other side’, either you’re a Trump-loving, NRA-loving, gun-toting Republican right-wing nutjob where everyone is armed and everyone gets along primarily thru the concept of ‘peace thru superior firepower’, or you’re a triggering, tantrum-throwing liberal snowflake nutjob screaming for a utopian world where the strong no longer victimize the weak, people are no longer mean to each other and guns no longer exist because humanity has magically evolved into a higher plane of being that is completely void of violence, criminals, hostility and ill-will toward one’s fellow man.

I’m pretty sure that argument will go on, literally, forever. But why?

First and foremost; it’s comfortable. People, at their core, don’t like to change. Changing behavior is one thing, but changing opinions? That’s something else.

It’s comfortable for people to regurgitate the same tired things every time there is another shooting.

But more than that, it’s easier to argue and it’s really uncomfortable for most people to actually think. To think new thoughts, new ideas, new paradigms and new actions into being.

Maybe it’s time to start a new discussion that actually introduces some new thinking, new ideas and new, realistic, workable solutions to this seemingly ubiquitous problem.

I thought about it for a while, did a little research and came up with some interesting numbers to help illustrate in a new way to all the anti-gunners out there why they are getting so much pushback from the pro-gun crowd and why calling for gun bans will never gain any real traction.

In fact, practically zero gun owners support a gun ban; ZERO.

I’ll use the best, most recent statistics I could find to help illustrate and where there are no statistics that I could find, I’ll just use “best guess”.

So here we go.

I found this cool chart that someone tweeted out which shows gun violence statistics for the last 4 years. Conveniently, it even includes a category for “mass shooting” which, ironically, only accounts for six one-thousandths of one percent of the total number of gun-related injuries and deaths.

Since the “Total Number of Incidents Logged” does not match the number if you add up all the categories, one must surmise that there are thousands of “Incidents logged” that did not result in a death or injury.  So for accuracy, I’ll add up all the categories and use that total for my “total number of gun-related injures and deaths”. And since 2017 seems to have the highest number, we’ll use that for my comparison.

Here’s a comparison of End Of Year totals of gun violence in the United States from the past four years.

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For 2017, the total number of gun-related injuries and deaths was 55,665. For simplicity, let’s round up and call it 56,000.

Gun ownership is a lot tougher thing to calculate accurately. The closest figure I could find stated that approximately 42% of households in the US had at least one gun. Not sure what constitutes a ‘household’, but if we calculate 42% against the population of the United States in 2016 which was just about 325 million people, we can assume that there are about 136.5 million gun owners in America. And of course, the vast majority of gun owners own more than a single gun.

If we divide the number of injured and dead in 2017 (56,000) by the number of gun owners (136.5 million) we get .00041, or about four ten-thousandths of one percent. And that’s just calculated against gun owners. Taken against the entire population of the United States, that number drops to .0002, or about two ten-thousandths of one percent.

So the anti-gun crowd’s entire justification for calling for an all-out gun ban and confiscation of all guns in America rests on the fact that two ten-thousandths of one percent of the population is impacted by gun violence.

Two ten-thousandths of one percent of the population; remember that number because I’ll come back to it in a minute.

The REAL Inconvenient Truth

It’s easy for some people to hate guns because to them, they are scary. But what about an even bigger threat? One that affects far more people, disrupts and destroys far more lives and costs exponentially more in financial damage.

What is it you ask? Drugs? Alcohol? DUI?

No. I’m talking about cell phones; texting while driving to be precise.

The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. And in 2013, nearly 424,000 injuries and deaths occurred from accidents caused by texting while driving. And get this: the NSC says that 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.

Of course, texting while driving only applies to drivers; presumably licensed drivers.

So check this out.

The number of people in the US with a driver’s license in 2016 was approximately 222 million.

Here is a great excerpt (I have bolded the really stunning parts) with some important statistics taken from this website:

at any given time throughout the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are attempting to use their phones while behind the wheel of an automobile.

General Cell Phone Statistics

    • The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
    • Nearly 424,000 injuries occurred in 2013 accidents caused by texting while driving.
    • 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
    • Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
    • 94% of drivers support a ban on texting while driving.
    • 74% of drivers support a ban on hand-held cell phone use.

Teen Driver Cell Phone Statistics

  • 11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
  • 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.

2013 U.S. Cell Phone and Driving Statistics

  • About 424,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.

2012 National Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors

  • Nearly half (48%) of drivers admit to answering their cell phones while driving.
  • Of those who answered their phones while driving, 58% of drivers continued to drive while talking on the phone.

So what does all this mean?

If we divide the number of injured and dead caused by texting while driving in 2013 (424,000) by the number of licensed drivers (222 million) we get .002, or two one-thousandths of one percent.

.0002 vs .002.

In real numbers that is 56,000 injured and dead per year vs. 424,000. And while ZERO gun owners support a gun ban, a whopping 94% of all licensed drivers support a texting while driving ban and an overwhelming majority of 74% support an outright ban on hand-held cell phone use altogether.

With such overwhelming support for a cell phone ban by such an overwhelming majority of drivers, why hasn’t the liberal politicians gotten behind a cell phone ban?

Could it be because liberal politicians don’t really care about people and are more concerned about leveraging human suffering to further their agenda? After all, wasn’t it Obama’s old Attorney General Rahm Emanuel who famously said “You never let a serious crisis go to waste”? 

So why aren’t cell phones banned? The anti-gun mob is calling for an all-out ban on guns based on 56,000 injuries and deaths per year but 424,000 injuries and deaths are completely acceptable when it comes to texting and driving?

Where are the protests? Where are the marches? Where are the anti-cell phone lobbyists?

Why hasn’t Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warren, Oprah Winfrey or any of the other liberal talking heads championed this cause and called for an all-out ban and confiscation of all cell phones and mobile devices when they are clearly killing and maiming nearly EIGHT TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE?

The answer is simple. Because gun control isn’t about guns. It’s about control.

A Solution No One Is Talking About?

Why are schools such juicy targets? Gun-free zones. Bad guys like to go where they are the least likely to be met with armed resistance.

And while the anti-gun mob will never acknowledge it out loud, everyone knows that the only real, viable deterrent to bad guys with guns are good guys with guns.

Depending on the source you check, there are about 98,000 public schools in the United States and about 500,000 unemployed veterans scattered across the country.

Every single Vet has had, at a minimum, rudimentary weapons training. And a large majority of unemployed vets held combat-related positions in the military that did not translate into comparable civilian jobs, a large majority of unemployed vets have advanced weapons training, not to mention extensive combat experience.

500,000 vets divided by 98,000 schools = 5 vets per school on average.

As part of President Trump’s $1 trillion 2018 infrastructure bill, why not terminate the notion of “Gun Free Zones” at public schools and carve out a budget that allocates about $375,000 per school for initial security setup which would include $50,000 annual pay x 5 unemployed vets (i.e. the new armed security guards) plus $125,000 for tactical training and weapons certification for the guards and concealed carry training and certification for any teacher that passes a federal background check and wishes to become concealed-carry certified and be part of a “minuteman militia” that could augment the armed security guards in case of emergencies.

The end result? No more school shootings because would-be shooters would never even consider approaching a stronghold of armed combat vets. Plus an improved economy by taking a half million unemployed vets and giving them good-paying, gainful employment and an improved national conscience that we are finally taking care of our unemployed vets in a meaningful way and at the same time, converting every one of our public schools into an armed deterrent for would-be bad guys so they never have to fall victim again.

The Texas Church Shooting; What We Know

VA Secretary: Texas church shooter is no veteran to me

http://nypost.com/2017/11/06/va-secretary-texas-church-shooter-is-no-veteran-to-me/

Kelley killed 26 people on Sunday and wounded 20 more during his mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.

He later took his own life after being shot at and pursued by two local residents.

Many people, including President Trump, …

Full NY Post article

Texas Gunman Broke Child’s Skull, Assaulted Wife, in Troubled Life

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/06/us/devin-patrick-kelley-texas.htmlBefore Devin P. Kelley entered a rural Texas church with a  rifle, killing at least 26 people on Sunday, he led a deeply troubled life in which few in his path escaped unscathed.

In 2012, while stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New …

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Texas church shooting: Latest investigation developments

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/texas-church-shooting-sutherland-springs-tx-devin-patrick-kelley-live-updates/Authorities are continuing to investigate the mass shooting that left 26 dead and 20 others wounded after a gunman opened fire inside a South Texas church.

Authorities believe the shooting suspect, Devin Patrick Kelley, died of a self-inflicted gunshot …

CBS News story

Death sweeps across 3 generations of a single family gathered at Texas church

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/11/06/texas-shooting-death-sweeps-across-3-generations-of-a-single-family-gathered-at-church/As the morning stretched to afternoon and evening, friends and family members in South Texas posted on Facebook, asking whether anyone had heard from their loved ones.

Joe and Claryce Holcombe first heard about the shooting an hour after it happened,

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Northern Michigan couple among the victims in Texas church shooting

http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/northern-michigan-couple-among-the-victims-in-texas-church-shootingCLARE COUNTY, Mich.,
Two northern Michigan natives are among the victims who died in the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Robert Corrigan and Shani Corrigan from Harrison were killed in the shooting that left 26 dead in …

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‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’ Family of ‘Emanuel 9’ reacts to Texas church shooting

http://abcnews4.com/news/local/enough-is-enough-family-of-emanuel-9-reacts-to-texas-church-shootingHe spoke about his mother’s death at Emanuel AME Church just one day after the tragic shooting at the downtown Charleston sanctuary in 2015.

Chris Singleton is now commenting publicly once again about a deadly shooting inside a church. Singleton …

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DEVELOPING: Mass shooting on Las Vegas Strip

UPDATE: 59 Killed, 500+ Injured

In an update to our initial report moments after the mass shooting began in Las Vegas wherein we quoted 2 killed and 24 injured, 12 critically, although media reporting varies on the numbers, at least 58 have died and more than 500+ were injured.

Mass shooting on Las Vegas Strip

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mandalay-bay-resort-casino-las-vegas-gunshots-reported-live-updates/Dozens of patrol vehicles descended on the Strip after authorities received reports of an active shooter near the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

Some officers took cover behind their vehicles while others carrying assault rifles ran into the Mandalay Bay …

Developing story

2 dead, at least 20 wounded after shooting near Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas

http://abcnews.go.com/US/active-shooter-situation-las-vegas-police/story?id=50223240At least two people were killed and multiple others were injured in a shooting near the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, police said.

The Las Vegas Police Department said that “one suspect is down,” but it did not say if there …

Developing story

 

The first of many class-action lawsuits against Equifax

Baltimore law firm leads class-action against Equifax

http://www.wbaltv.com/article/baltimore-law-firm-leads-class-action-lawsuit-against-equifax/12254125Maryland is one of the first states to file a class-action lawsuit against Equifax for its massive data breach exposing personal information for 143 million people.

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Will Equifax be held accountable?

It will likely be toward the end of the year when the many class actions come before a multi-district litigation panel and are moved into one proceeding, according to Francis.

After that, the group can be certified as a class.

If you are part of the …

Read the CNN Money story here

US Justice Department investigating Equifax execs who dumped shares before announcing breach

https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/18/u-s-justice-department-investigating-equifax-execs-who-dumped-shares-before-announcing-breach/The U.S. Justice Department is said to be investigating the questionable sale of stock by Equifax executives in advance of the company’s public announcement of its massive data breach.

The investigation is said to include U.S. prosecutors in Atlanta …

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Equifax: How Revenue And Business Model Will Be Impacted By The Breach

https://seekingalpha.com/article/4107685-equifax-revenue-business-model-will-impacted-breachSince Equifax (NYSE:EFX) announced its unprecedented data breach, much has been written about its mounting lawsuits.

Many also correctly posited that the pending government investigations will likely lead to large fines.

There also is the case of …

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The Equifax Breach and 5 Years of Missed Warning Signs

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-equifax-breach-and-5-years-of-missed-warning-signs_us_59bf2480e4b06b71800c3b07Reports that Equifax’s chief information officer along with their chief security officer were retiring should alleviate few concerns and not divert scrutiny from the company’s risk governance standards.

While this is not the largest data breach in …

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Hurricane Irma looters in jail

Harsh warning about looting and curfew issued in Tampa as Hurricane Irma approaches

http://nbc4i.com/2017/09/10/harsh-warning-about-looting-and-curfew-issued-in-tampa-as-hurricane-irma-approaches/TAMPA, FL
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a curfew and a stern warning against looters Sunday morning.

Hurricane Irma was forecast to hit Tampa and other highly populated areas of the Florida west cost as a Category 3 storm.

Full NBC4 article

Nine people busted for looting in Ft. Lauderdale during Irma

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/people-busted-looting-ft-lauderdale-irma-article-1.3485246Dozens busted for looting in Miami, Fort Lauderdale during Hurricane Irma

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Updated:

Dozens of people have been arrested for looting as Hurricane Irma trudged through Florida on Sunday, including nine people caught on camera at a sporting goods store in Fort Lauderdale, police said.

The alleged bandits were captured by WPLG-TV looting Simon’s Sportswear store, with some stepping in and out of a broken window with pilfered goods despite Irma’s heavy winds and rain.

Footage shows alleged looters during Hurricane Irma in Fort Lauderdale. (WPLG) “Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice,” Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione said in a statement .

“Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are all safe.”

Police said the group also burglarized a Cash America Pawn on Sunrise Blvd.

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Miami police share picture of Hurricane Irma looters in jail

http://abc7.com/police-share-picture-of-hurricane-irma-looters-in-jail/2404158/In Miami, police shared a photo of looters in jail with the Facebook caption, “Thinking about looting? Ask these guys how that turned out. #stayindoors”.

Nine people were arrested in Fort Lauderdale after they were caught on TV cameras looting sneakers …

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Florida police arrest looters during Irma

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/10/florida-police-arrest-looters-during-irma.htmlFlorida police arrest looters during Irma Published September 10, 2017 Print Water rising up to a sidewalk in Miami during Hurricane Irma. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria) Florida police made a string of arrests in Fort Lauderdale Sunday after they said several people were caught looting stores. Local news station WPLG caught on camera a group of eight to nine people breaking into a sportswear store before moving on to other shops. The Fort Lauderdale Police Department later tweeted that they arrested nine people in connection with the lootings. #FLPD Looters ARRESTED! 9 individuals were arrested Looting CashAmerica Pawn & Simon’s on W Sunrise Blvd. Full article

Hurricane Irma – Looters steal GUNS and spark SWAT team stand … – The Sun

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4436945/hurricane-irma-looting-florida-fort-lauderdale-guns/GANGS are taking advantage of evacuated properties across Florida – as one group allegedly looted an empty sports store – sparking a stand off with SWAT …Daily MailWKMG Orlando Full article

More Than 2 Dozen Arrested For Irma Looting in Fort Lauderdale

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/BSO-Deputy-Shoots-Teen-Who-Was-Allegedly-Burglarizing-Weston-Home-During-Hurricane-Irma-443574353.htmlOne teen was shot by a deputy and another is in custody after they burglarized a home during Hurricane Irma Sunday morning, while looters have been spotted …

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Three arrested for Florida break-ins during Hurricane Irma

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4870138/Two-teens-charged-burglarizing-home-hurricane.htmlKeith Adams was arrested for looting a business in St. Lucie, Florida.

He makes the third person to be detained for looting during evacuations for Hurricane …

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Placing Liability Where Liability Is Due

Waterford residents may file for water, sewer refunds under lawsuit

http://www.dailytribune.com/general-news/20170616/waterford-residents-may-file-for-water-sewer-refunds-under-lawsuitThe lawsuit alleges that the township “has systemicallly garnered millions from its water and sewer customers that it has used not to cover the actual expenses of providing water to those customers, but rather to fund the township’s general government …

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Parish pays couple $50,000 to settle blog-related lawsuit

A $50,000 check was issued to bloggers Wayne and Jennifer Anderson as part of a settlement in a lawsuit they filed against Terrebonne Parish last year.

The Andersons alleged the parish and Sheriff’s Office had violated their constitutional rights while …

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Government settles Medicare fraud case involving Johns Creek assisted living facilities

http://investigations.blog.ajc.com/2017/06/16/government-settles-medicare-fraud-case-involving-johns-creek-assisted-living-facilities/Because of the settlement, the lawsuit was dismissed with no determination of liability.

Under terms of the settlement, Genesis will pay about $5.3 million.

The settlement amount was based on Genesis’ ability to pay, according to a news release from …

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Amedisys to pay investors $43.75M to settle class action lawsuit

https://www.businessreport.com/article/amedisys-pay-shareholders-43-75m-settle-class-action-lawsuitAmedisys has agreed to pay $43.75 million to settle a securities fraud class action lawsuit shareholders filed against the company and its top execs in 2010 over alleged losses they suffered as a result of the company’s reported scheme to get …

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Judge to determine liability for PG&E in Butte Fire lawsuit

http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/news/article_35fc2466-5249-11e7-9eae-a70d0b3972bc.htmlA hearing to determine whether Pacific Gas and Electric Company is legally liable for damages caused by the Butte Fire is scheduled for Friday in Sacramento.

If successful, fire victims may only have to prove their home was destroyed by the fire and …

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‘Deep Pockets’ Need Strong Liability Coverage

http://www.wealthmanagement.com/insurance/deep-pockets-need-strong-liability-coverageSuccessful individuals often find themselves on the receiving end of high-stakes lawsuits because they are perceived by injured parties and the plaintiffs’ bar as having “deep pockets.”

These lawsuits can be triggered by any number of incidents …

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What is Really Driving Instagram’s Push for Advertising Disclosures?

http://www.thefashionlaw.com/home/what-is-really-driving-instagrams-push-for-advertising-disclosuresCalling it “a step toward transparency,” the disclosure option is likely a calculated legal move to help the platform escape liability if – or when – the FTC decides to crack down not only on influencers flouting the truth in advertising standards, but …

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Let physicians treat the patient — not the potential lawsuit

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/337735-let-physicians-treat-the-patient-not-the-potential-lawsuitAs the Congress considers changes to the healthcare system, an area that could improve patient access to specialty care and dramatically slash healthcare costs is commonsense medical liability reform.

Healthcare specialists nationwide are calling on …

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California Stryker Accolade LFit V40 Hip failure lawsuit

http://fortworth.legalexaminer.com/medical-devices-implants/california-stryker-accolade-lfit-v40-hip-failure-lawsuit/California Stryker Accolade LFit V40 Hip failure lawsuit.

Joyce Ulrich, from Rancho Mirage, California recently filed a defective product liability and personal injury claim against Howmedica Osteonics Corp., and its subsidiary Stryker Orthopaedics …

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Court remands Goodyear fine for liability

http://www.rubbernews.com/article/20170609/NEWS/170609941/court-remands-goodyear-fine-for-liabilityThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has remanded a $2.7 million damage award against Goodyear and two attorneys who represented the tire maker in a product liability lawsuit.

In remanding the case to the U.S. District Court …

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Lawmaker Steve Scalise critically injured in GOP baseball shooting

Lawmaker Steve Scalise critically injured in GOP baseball shooting; gunman James T. Hodgkinson dies in custody

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/multiple-people-injured-after-shooting-in-alexandria/2017/06/14/0289c768-50f6-11e7-be25-3a519335381c_story.htmlPresident Trump said the gunman — identified by multiple law enforcement officials as James T. Hodgkinson III, 66, from Illinois.

He died after a shootout with police officers, two of whom were wounded in the gun battle.

Scalise remained in critical …

Developing Washington Post story

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In the comic, Scalise says: “When I spoke to a racist group in 2002, it was an innocent mistake. Scalise disavowed Duke in 2004. “David Duke is an embarrassment to our district and his message of hate only serves to divide us,” he said before running for Congress.

His district is over 80 percent white, but he makes time to meet with black constituents, as his Facebook page shows.

Anti-Trump gunman asks chilling question before rampage

http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/antitrump-gunman-asks-chilling-question-before-rampage/news-story/3d93cdeed41e3c9c5cb0ed8e3d334228The shooter, after his gun rampage in the US state of Virginia, has been identified as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, who had posted a number of abusive anti-Trump rants on social media.

He shot the third-highest-ranking House Republican, whip Steve Scalise …

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Here’s What We Know About The Suspect In The Congressional Baseball Shooting

https://www.buzzfeed.com/talalansari/heres-what-we-know-about-the-alleged-suspect-in-theHodgkins appears to have been active on political social media for years.

One of his Facebook pages, which has been swarmed by users’ comments after Hodgkinson was identified as a suspect, contains multiple posts dating back to at least 2014, that are …

Developing BuzzFeed story

Lawmakers Say They’re Sure They Spoke to Gunman

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-06-14/duncan-desantis-we-spoke-to-scalise-shooter-james-hodgkinsonHouse Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot in the hip and underwent surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Two Capitol Police officers, guarding Scalise as a member of House leadership, also were injured as they returned fire.

A staffer …

Developing US News story

Suspect apparently criticized Scalise in 2015 Facebook post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/2017/live-updates/public-safety/updates-shooting-at-congressional-baseball-practice-in-virginia/suspect-apparently-criticized-scalise-in-2015-facebook-post/Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was wounded in Wednesday morning’s shooting, was the target of criticism in a 2015 post to a Facebook account believed to belong to alleged shooter James T. Hodgkinson.

“Here’s a Republican that should Lose His Job, but …

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Report: James T. Hodgkinson, Shooting Suspect, Campaigned for Bernie Sanders

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/14/james-t-hodgkinson-report-scalise-shooting-suspect-campaigned-bernie-sanders/The Washington Post reports that James T. Hodgkinson, the suspect in the Alexandria shooting that wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and three others at a Republican baseball practice Wednesday morning campaigned for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 …

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Pennsylvania Lawsuits in the News

Pennsylvania Vision Insurer Faces Antitrust Class Action

https://www.courthousenews.com/pennsylvania-vision-insurer-faces-antitrust-class-action/A class of independent eye care providers claims in a federal lawsuit that one of Pennsylvania’s largest vision insurers forces them to steer their patients to buy lenses from a factory owned by the insurer, often at a higher cost.

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PA supreme court: was illegal to steal elderly woman’s home because her son sold $140 of weed

https://boingboing.net/2017/06/13/cracked-liberty-bell.htmlIt took four years, but the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has finally ruled in favor of 72 year old grandmother Elizabeth Young, whose house was seized by the Philadelphia District Attorney under asset forfeiture rules when her son was caught selling $140 …

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B. Braun IVC Filter Lawsuit Filed in Pennsylvania

https://dailyhornet.com/2017/b-braun-ivc-filter-lawsuit-filed-in-pennsylvania/Most of these lawsuits have been centralized in Arizona and Illinois. The plaintiff is represented by attorney Ben C. Martin of The Law Offices of Ben C. Martin in Dallas, Texas; and attorney Stephen A. Sheller of Sheller, P.C., in Philadelphia …

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Cosby’s Fate Sits With Jury in Pennsylvania Sex Assault Case

https://www.voanews.com/a/cosby-fate-sits-with-jury-in-sex-assault-case/3898308.htmlPennsylvania jury on Tuesday was set to enter its first full day of deliberating whether Bill Cosby sexually assaulted a female friend who had come to him for career advice in his home in the Philadelphia suburbs in 2004.

Cosby, best known for his role …

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Former attorney general pays $400,000 in lawsuit settlement

Recent documents made public show Pennsylvania’s former attorney general has paid $400,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former narcotics agent who claimed he was wrongly fired.

The settlement between former Attorney General Kathleen Kane and …

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$500K Lawsuit Filed Against Pa. School District Claims Teachers Paid to Teach, Not Work for Unions

http://www.oann.com/500k-lawsuit-filed-against-pa-school-district-claims-teachers-paid-to-teach-not-work-for-unions/A Pennsylvania school district is facing a lawsuit claiming more than $500,000 in tax funds have been used to pay for so-called “ghost teachers.”

The plaintiffs, Americans for Fair Treatment, say the money was used to illegally pay the …

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LuLaRoe moves to have sales tax lawsuit dismissed

http://pennrecord.com/stories/511117469-lularoe-moves-to-have-sales-tax-lawsuit-dismissedIn an order filed April 18, Judge David Stewart Cercone of the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania granted LuLaRoe’s motion to deny the plaintiff’s motion for class certification.

On May 1, the company then submitted two further …

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Shapiro: Pa., other states settle lawsuit with Tylenol maker

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/health/2017/05/24/Josh-Shapiro-Pennsylvania-settlement-lawsuit-Tylenol-maker-McNeil-PPC/stories/201705240166Pennsylvania is one of 43 states that have settled a lawsuit with the maker of Tylenol, according to a statement released Wednesday by Josh Shapiro, the state’s attorney general.

Mr. Shapiro said Pennsylvania will receive $1.4 million as part of a $33 …

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UPDATE: Connecticut Lawsuits in the News

Priest’s sex assault in New Fairfield reverberates over decades

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Priest-s-sex-assault-in-New-Fairfield-11209556.php“The leaders of the diocese transferred Father Federici from parish to parish despite being aware of multiple complaints of sexual abuse of minors, all for the purpose of giving the priest a fresh start,” said Tremont, whose law firm sued the diocese …

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Key Group Organized In Response To Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis In Connecticut Disbands

http://wnpr.org/post/key-group-organized-response-clergy-sex-abuse-crisis-connecticut-disbandsThis week, the Diocese of Bridgeport settled the last of dozens of clergy sex abuse lawsuits involving more than 25 priests.

“It’s almost a sense of relief that from our perspective, this series of events — which took so much out of our Diocese in …

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Connecticut Diocese Settles Lawsuits Alleging Sexual Abuse

http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Connecticut-Diocese-Settles-Lawsuits-Alleging-Sexual-Abuse--426578791.htmlA Roman Catholic Diocese in Connecticut has settled lawsuits by five men who alleged they were sexually abused by four priests when they were boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

Terms of the settlements were not disclosed.

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Rolling Stone, fraternity agree to settle rape story lawsuit

http://www.wfsb.com/story/35653563/rolling-stone-fraternity-agree-to-settle-rape-story-lawsuitRICHMOND, VA
A University of Virginia fraternity chapter has agreed to settle its lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine over a debunked story about a rape on campus.

The Virginia Alpha Chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity said in a …

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Ganim gears up for lawsuit over access to public campaign funds

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Ganim-gears-up-for-lawsuit-over-access-to-public-11214332.phpChris Mattei is also exploring a run for governor.

Oh, by the way, Mattei is the former lead prosecutor for public corruption cases in the U.S. attorney’s office in Connecticut and won a conviction against former Gov. John G. Rowland for …

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against American Flight Academy

http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/troubleshooters/Wrongful-Death-Lawsuit-Filed-Against-American-Flight-Academy--427221653.html“I am claiming there were maintenance issues with the plane, and that will come out further as the lawsuit unfolds,” Peck told the Troubleshooters.

Federal investigators concluded it was pilot-induced error, however which of the two …

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Man Awarded $323,000 in Excessive Force Lawsuit

A man who sued Connecticut police officers for excessive force after suffering a black eye and spending two days in jail has been awarded $323,000 by a jury.

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Insurers File Motion To Dismiss Claims In Lawsuit On Behalf Of Homeowners With Failing Foundations

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-connecticut-concrete-insurers-against-class-action-0607-20170606-story.htmlFiled in January 2016 by Attorney Ryan Barry, the suit claims that 111 active Connecticut insurance companies are part of a “concerted scheme to deny [homeowners] coverage for their failing basement walls, which experts say must be replaced …

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