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Florida tops tort reform group's list of ‘Judicial Hellholes,' while California No. 2

By Jessica Karmasek | Dec 5, 2017

California, City of St. Louis Circuit Court, New York City’s asbestos court and Philadelphia round out the American Tort Reform Association’s top five this year.

Chicago federal courts busy with labor litigation in 2016, but less than NY, California

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 13, 2017

Chicago’s federal courts again were a busy place for employers facing lawsuits in 2016, according to court data and a survey published by one of the nation’s top employment and labor law firms. However, the survey from Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw LLP found Chicago’s courts are still outpaced by courts in New York and California in some categories, perhaps most notably the number of class action certifications.

John Crane wants lawsuits vs asbestos attorneys consolidated; law firm argues cases aren’t related

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 19, 2016

A company that has been frequently targeted by asbestos attorneys now wants the lawsuits it filed in June against two separate firms to be heard before a single judge.

Questions raised over number of defendant companies named in asbestos suits; can number in hundreds

By Jessica Karmasek | Jun 29, 2016

The average number of companies targeted by some of the biggest asbestos firms in their lawsuits is in the triple-figures, according to recent statistics, forcing some, especially those in claims management, to question the strategy of plaintiffs’ lawyers.

Chicago plaintiffs firm is plaintiff in class action lawsuit against telecom company

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 29, 2016

ROCKFORD - A Chicago plaintiffs firm has filed a class action lawsuit against a telecommunications company it previously contracted with, arguing it charged the law firm “unlawful and unconscionable” termination fees.

US Supreme Court's move to freeze Obama Clean Power Plan win for 30 states fighting new carbon regulations

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 10, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with nearly 30 states in granting a stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Defunct boiler maker, crippled by asbestos claims, files for bankruptcy again

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 19, 2015

Defunct boiler manufacturer Oakfabco, formerly known as Kewanee Boiler Corporation, has filed for bankruptcy -- the second time in less than 30 years -- and is looking to establish a trust for the asbestos claims that have crippled it, including the 3,400 active cases it is currently facing.

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