Back in the early 2000s, the Fifth District appellate court in Illinois was composed of 6 Democratic judges and 1 Republican. That appellate district sits above Madison and St. Clair Counties, which were then and still are famous venues for mass tort claiming.

Today, things are very different.  Now, the count is six Republican judges

 A word of warning regarding Stub Hub.  In short, the company has failed to put in place systems to block fraudsters from using online systems to create false or multiple sales of the same tickets. So I  learned when my girlfriend and I showed up for a Book of Mormon performance this weekend in Chicago.

A new article consolidates information on the use of chapter 11 by Catholic dioceses. The author is a Penn State law professor, Marie Reilly. The article  is posted in SSRN, Catholic Dioceses in Bankruptcy. Hat tip to Private Law Theory blog for flagging the article.

The abstract states:

“The Catholic Church is coping with

As pointed out in Tuesday’s post (September 18, 2018),  Praedicat and Allianz recently published facts and assessments on a “toxic” trio associated with some cosmetics. Again, this is an innovative effort, and deserves careful consideration. The third member of the “toxic trio” substances is formaldehyde. The facts and assessment of the future are – again

One litigation industry industry problem is that foolish actions by one litigant can harm many other similarly situated litigants. This reality arises for parties on either side of the versus.

A new example from the corporate defense side arises from the “bad faith” actions of Fitbit and MoFo (Morrison & Foerster) related to a consumer

Ken Lopez of A2L recently teed up the need for trial lawyers to not stack the deck in mock trials, and to instead go the other direction.  As juries keep pounding defendants with large awards, it’s excellent advice. Perhaps not coincidentally, Ken’s article appeared after the ovarian cancer/talc case verdict for over $4 billion obtained