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Around the web, August 13

  • Preemption, lobbying, Wyeth v. Levine, it's a roundup of one of the hot congressional/legal/political issues going in the Wall Street Journal, "Plaintiffs' Lawyers Fight Restrictions On Product-Liability Suits." (Previous posts here.)
  • Trial lawyers already fed up with Gov. Paterson? Citizen Action, a New York activist group funded by the plaintiff's bar, is working with unions to run attack ads against a property-tax cap being supported by Gov. David Paterson. The Legislature convenes for a special session today. From The New York Sun, "Unions Aim TV Ad Blitz At Paterson."
  • A rose, name, sweet, blah, blah, blah. The South Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers has changed its name to the South Carolina Association for Justice. From Brad Warthen's blog at The State.com. Warthen also suggests a list of the top five courtroom movie dramas. Ah, "Witness for the Prosecution." "You want to kiss me, ducky?"
  • Maryland attorneys are considering a challenge to Maryland's cap on punitive damages after a judge reduces a malpractice award from $4.5 million to $1.3 million. State law limits punitive damages to $650,000 per instance. Robert J. Goldman, of the Bethesda-based firm Finklestein & Horvitz P.C., says the cap is unconstitutional. From Gazette.net.
  • Ben Glass, the Virginia personal injury attorney, sells a training package for lawyers who want to increase their litigation success and income, Great Legal Marketing. He writes on his blog that "Trial," the magazine of the American Association for Justice, has rejected his latest ad because it talks too much about money. Here's the ad. Our guess about the ad's offense? It's just too declasse.
  • U.S. Supreme Court declines to rule on whether Exxon must pay interest on the punitive damages resulting from the Exxon Valdez oil spill, sending the decision back to the 9th Circuit. AP story.

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Rafael Mangual
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