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Goldberg, Pincus Testify on Value of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law held a hearing on pre-dispute arbitration clauses on Thursday, May 16, 2019.  PPI Center for Civil Justice Director, Phil Goldberg, and Andy Pincus, who served as general counsel of the Commerce Department under President Clinton, testified in support of pre-dispute arbitration…

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…

PPI Center for Civil Justice Advisory Board Members Tackle Lawsuit Lending in New York

New York State Capitol Building in Albany, New York by Tom Stebbins, PPI Center for Civil Justice Advisory Board Member The American civil justice system breaks down when litigation is driven by profit over justice. Nowhere is this tragic trend more evident than in the burgeoning “lawsuit lending” industry. Last year, former Georgia Attorney General Thurbert…

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…

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…

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…

The Strain of Excessive Litigation on Municipal Budgets

In this month's issue, Governing magazine highlighted the costs of civil litigation on American cities. The magazine found that New York City spends $720 million on lawsuits every year, more than the next nineteen other cities combined. The city that never sleeps is often sued, handling 9,500 cases in the last fiscal year. The fact that New…

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…

Senate's Failure to Move Patent Reform Stifles Innovation

In this year of partisan gridlock, there have been precious few issues that enjoyed broad bi-partisan support. Patent troll reform has been one of them – until now. With word out today that the Senate has set aside their effort on patent troll reform, gridlock has succumbed another victim. This time, the victims are businesses…

Congress Should Heed the President's Call and Pass Patent Troll Reform

In his State of the Union address, President Obama promised to go it alone on many issues, but there is one issue where he will find Congress to be a willing partner: ending patent trolling. Over the past year, Democrats and Republicans have quickly coming together to try to solve this growing area of litigation…