Congratulations to the Washington Legal Foundation on the launch of its new legal blog, The Legal Pulse at wlflegalpulse.com. As the WLF writes, the Legal Pulse “features original, moderated commentary on legal and regulatory developments that impact the free enterprise system, and provides a platform to keep friends and allies of WLF’s public interest activities updated and integrated.”
The Washington Legal Foundation hosts many informative programs, and the blog looks like a good place to spread the word about the topics. For example, in the post, “Litigation industry fraud? – We’re shocked, shocked!,” WLF writes about the March verdict in federal court in Mississippi, the first of its kind jury verdict which found that two lawyers committed fraud in an asbestos suit.
The jury imposed $420,000 in actual and punitive damages on the lawyers. Those two lawyers had successfully pursued six-figure settlements from defendant Illinois Central Railroad in 2003 even though they knew their clients had received seven-figure settlements in other asbestos suits in 1995. Those settlements took their 2001 claims against Illinois Central beyond the three-year statute of limitations. A Corporate Counsel article has more details.
Washington Legal Foundation hosted a Web Seminar program (archived video accessible here) last week which featured three attorneys directly involved in prosecuting the fraud case on behalf of Illinois Central Railroad: Daniel Mulhollandof Jackson, Mississippi’s Perry Forman; Janet Gilbert of Chicago’s Fletcher & Sippel; and Paul Cunningham of D.C.’s Harkins Cunningham. The participants not only provided a fascinating account of the case and the issues on which its successful outcome turned; they also offered lessons for defendants fighting against abusive litigation.
The National Association of Manufacturers has worked with the Washington Legal Foundation in the past in filing amicus briefs on cases of major importance to the business community. We’re glad they’re with us in the blogosphere, too. (And they’re on our blogroll, too.)
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