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Goldberg for The Hill, “The case before the Supreme Court this month that is dividing progressives”

The U.S. Supreme Court is planning to decide this month whether it will hear a case that has started a seismic shift in how local governments look to fund their efforts to address pollution and other public health risks. This case, which deals with removing lead paint from homes, may not dominate national headlines the…

Goldberg, Klasmeier Brief State Judges on Legal Shortcomings of Innovator Liability

The George Mason University’s Law & Economic Center hosted its Twelfth Annual Judicial Symposium on Civil Justice Issues on Monday, May 11, 2018. The program included many pressing topics of liability, including innovator liability against branded pharmaceutical companies, climate change tort cases against energy producers, litigation financing, and the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s…

Judge’s Climate Change Science Day Misses the Point

Yesterday’s science day in a federal courtroom in San Francisco underscores the problem with the recent spate of climate change tort suits.  These lawsuits, which we recently wrote about in The Hill, seek to impose massive liability against fossil fuel producers for selling energy products, including home heating fuel and gasoline for cars, that many scientists…

Happy Holidays from PPI

It’s been a surreal political year, but PPI has much to celebrate this holiday season. Throughout 2017, we expanded our productive capacity and the scope of our political and media outreach significantly. For example, PPI organized 150 meetings with prominent elected officials; visited 10 state capitals and 10 foreign capitals, published an influential book and…

New York’s Costly Tort Laws and How to Fix Them

New York has long been a battleground over civil justice issues with progressives on both sides of the issues. A recent report by the non-partisan, non-profit think tank, the Empire Center for Public Policy, shows how many of New York’s laws, though, have been bent over the years to overly favor personal injury lawyers and…

Allergan’s Creative Patent Sale Generates Huge Debate

Debate has erupted in the past week and a half over Allergan’s surprise move to transfer all of its intellectual property rights to its blockbuster drug Restasis to the Saint Regis Mohawk Indian Tribe.  Allergan’s CEO Brent Saunders said he sold Allergan’s intellectual property rights in Restatis to protect it from the “double jeopardy” of…

Flashback Friday: PPI in Hindsight

Just over a year ago, PPI unveiled a big ideas blueprint with a prescient subtitle: Unleashing Innovation and Growth: A Progressive Alternative to Populism. We knew that progressives in the United States and Europe needed better answers to the economic and cultural grievances that have fueled the rise of a retrograde populism and nationalism around…

Goldberg Testifies in Missouri for Venue and Joinder Legislation

Phil Goldberg, Director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Center for Civil Justice, testified in the Missouri Legislature on Monday, January 30 to urge the House Special Committee on Litigation Reform to adopt a package of bills to address venue and joinder abuse in the state. The testimony, provided on behalf of the American Tort Reform…

PPI WEEKLY WRAP-UP: PPI in Europe, State AGs Abusing Power, & U.S. App Economy Capitol Hill Briefing

PPI IN EUROPE: PPI Chief Economic Strategist Dr. Michael Mandel was in Brussels this week, where he was invited to speak at an event on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the Digital Single Market. The event was sponsored by the Swedish, Finnish, Irish and Estonian Permanent Missions to the European Union. While there, he and PPI…

Student Rights, Judicial Precedent and Why 2016 Could See a Profound Shift in Education Law

A feature for the Center for Civil Justice. Can America’s courts deliver better schools for disadvantaged students? Some students and teachers seem to think so. In Massachusetts, five student plaintiffs who were unable to secure seats in charter school lotteries intend to file a lawsuit challenging the state’s cap on charter schools. In California, veteran teacher…