Global Tort Choice of Law Issues

At a recent asbestos litigation conference, one of the speakers reminded everyone of the old maxim to  " be careful what you wish for"  in litigation. In that vein, consider the current US legislative battles about the Iqbal/Twombly pleading standard that makes it materially harder for plaintiff’s to allege a complain that withstands a motion

Susan Beck has a great AmLaw summary article today with links to underlying complaints, and to a Wall Street Journal article on the same topic by Nathan Koppel. The articles explain that ratings agencies are defending claims by Calpers and others based in part on the notion that their pronouncements are constitutionally protected opinions that

The AmLaw blog post here describes and includes a link to a newly filed complaint that seeks $ 1 billion and a class action for Mexican investors hurt by the Stanford ponzi scheme. The complaint invokes aiding and abetting claims against Willis and an insurance broker. Of note, the complaint was not filed by a

Per this article from Delaware Online:

June 25, 2009
DuPont sued over asbestos in ArgentinaEx-Lycra plant workers say they were exposed
The News Journal

DuPont Co. exposed workers in Argentina to asbestos until the late 1990s despite knowing the risks of the material, according to three lawsuits filed Wednesday

Who knew- apparently there is “libel tourism,” a concept I learned about from reading Walter Olson at Pointof Law and then reading a recent Wall Street Journal article for which he provided the link. The article arises from a libel judgment entered against a science writer (Mr. Singh) who commands the respect of the WSJ.

A May 29, 2009 article by Mark Hamblett updates on this case. The update provides some additional legal commentary and indicates jury selection was delayed this week, perhaps for settlement talks.

A May 7, 2009 article by Mark Hamblett from the New York Law Joournal describes an upcoming trial for a fascinating

Update: This post updates a Feb. 20 post. The new news is a article regarding a new Madoff-related lawsuit in Florida naming a feeder fund (Tremont) and KPMG as defendants for alleged failures in due diligence and monitoring of investments placed with Madoff. The same article includes links to

When is a multinational at risk for “aiding and abetting” human rights violations?

The answer is evolving. One case on the issue is Khulumani v. Barclay National Bank Ltd., 504 F.3d 254 (2d Cir. 2007). Recent developments are described in an interesting article online as of today and written by Professor Georgene Vairo