Results matching “"referendum 67"”

Election results - PointOfLaw Forum

Governorships: Haley Barbour (R-Miss.), nationally prominent as a backer of lawsuit reform, easily defeated trial lawyer/social conservative Democrat John Arthur Eaves.

Attorney generalships: Mississippi incumbent AG Jim Hood, who is as popular with the litigation lobby as Barbour is unpopular, crushed a Republican challenger (who, as noted earlier, is a successful plaintiff's lawyer himself). In Kentucky, Democrat Jack Conway easily defeated socially conservative Republican Stan Lee, who had tried to raise Conway's closeness to trial lawyers as a campaign issue.

Judgeships. Democrats are on the way to capturing two open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, after a hard-fought struggle in which trial lawyers donated munificently and a pro-business group from out of state then responded in kind.

Other contests. By a fairly broad margin, Washington state voters gave their approval to Referendum 67, the trial-lawyer-backed measure to permit triple-damage suits by policyholders against insurance companies. As will be recalled, Dickie Scruggs engineered the defeat of longtime Mississippi insurance commissioner George Dale in the Democratic primary because Dale was insufficiently cooperative with Scruggs's wishes on Katrina policy litigation; Magnolia State voters have now proceeded to elect the GOP candidate in the race, Mike Chaney. [Revised and updated as of 11:30 a.m. Eastern]

If you're not reading Overlawyered... - PointOfLaw Forum

If you're not reading my (and Ted's) other site, you're missing out on stories like: lawsuit against mutual insurer moves money expensively from policyholders' left to right pocket; Oregon suit targets truck's previous owner over accident resulting from alleged under-maintenance; Mikal Watts drops Texas Senate bid; personality tests for physicians who want insurance; does media criticism count as "abnormal working conditions" for workers' comp purposes?; N.Y. attorney-bride sues over wedding flowers; Federici v. U-Haul, joint and several liability in action; Illinois Civil Justice League on presidential candidates' stands; generous West Virginia jury; wrong doctor sued in Mississippi med-mal case, which didn't mean he was going to get off easy; class-action forum-shopping isn't over; more on Washington's anti-insurer Referendum 67; and much more.

Around the web, October 11 - PointOfLaw Forum

  • Wish I could attend dept.: on this coming Monday Oct. 15 NAM is hosting afternoon seminar in D.C. on civil procedure reform. "Key topics include: notice pleading, streamlined discovery, expedited summary judgment process, frivolous lawsuits, forum shopping by domestic and foreign plaintiffs, and rationalizing punitive damages." [NAM "Capital Briefing", scroll; register]
  • Battle continues in Washington state over insurer bad faith Referendum 67 [AP, Insurance Journal, Seattle Times, Sue Evans & Dana Childers @ The Olympian, Seattle P-I, chamber head Don Brunell; earlier here and here]
  • Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry says his Brazilian fishing trip with trial lawyers was just pleasure, not business [ShopFloor]
  • Plop, plop, fizzle, fizzle: lawsuits alleging injury from ingredient PPA (phenylpropylalanine) in Alka-Seltzer Plus, Contac, etc. mostly strike out [NJLJ; OL last year]
  • Harvard's Arthur Miller, whose "longstanding relationship with Milberg Weiss" was noted previously, has a pro-liability piece out on Stoneridge [NLJ]
  • Florida injury lawyers eager to follow up on Engle with more tobacco suits [AP/Chamber, Jacksonville Daily Record]

Around the web, September 28 - PointOfLaw Forum

  • Insurers fight Referendum 67 with TV ads invoking fictional law firm of Sooem Settle & Kashin, Washington State Trial Lawyers Association says that's "slanderous" [Seattle Times, NW Republican]

  • Missouri judge rejects state-constitution challenge to school finance [AP/SEMissourian]

  • Touting of lawsuits to recoup public costs of meth abuse from OTC drug makers "sounds like a commercial for the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes" [Coyote]

  • When to settle your malpractice case as a defendant (even if you feel you did everything right) [Medical Economics via KevinMD]

  • Reactions to court's dismissal of the California automaker/greenhouse gas suit [WSJ Energy Blog, attorney Richard Faulk @ Law and More, Dan Walters]

  • "Very likely" that Madison County "will not be listed as a judicial hellhole this year," says ATRA's Darren McKinney [Post-Dispatch]

  • Law.com takes a look at Justice Department's stepped-up use of corporate monitoring in plea deals [Corporate Counsel]

Astroturf letters in Wash. insurance initiative - PointOfLaw Forum

A Tacoma News-Tribune editorialist notices lots of "virtually identical" letters supporting the trial-lawyer backed Referendum 67, which would expand lawsuits against insurers, and sure enough, they turn out to track talking points on the website of WSTLA, the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. "The letter writers fail to identify themselves as lawyers (or staff of legal firms), although a quick check of Google and the Yellow Pages confirms that that's exactly what they are. You'd think with all those law degrees between them that the mouthpieces could come up with their own words and not have to crib." National insurers active in the Washington market are spending heavily in an effort to defeat the November ballot measure, while lawyers expect to call on allies such as Public Citizen (no surprise there) and the Washington Education Association. More on Referendum 67 here and here.

New at Overlawyered - PointOfLaw Forum

Things you've missed if you haven't been following our sister site: Sixth Circuit joins trend against alcohol marketing suits; guestblogger Jason Barney has a couple of posts on Washington state's Insurance Fair Conduct Act, on the ballot as Referendum 67; Judge Weinstein refuses to dismiss NYC Mayor Bloomberg's gun suits; Ted on delusional pro se cases (more), the Stoneridge amicus, the high cost of document discovery, and a survey of Texas judges being trumpeted by the Litigation Lobby; and defensive medicine in EMS/paramedic practice.

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