Statement From Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York Executive Director Tom Stebbins on Proposed Antitrust Legislation

“Over the past year, we’ve relied on breakthroughs in the biopharmaceutical industry to bring life-saving vaccines to market and tech companies to supply the infrastructure to keep everyone connected. These platforms were also transformative in elevating the voices of underrepresented communities in conversations surrounding crucial criminal justice reforms. New York is supposed to be a global leader in technology, finance, and medicine. Lawmakers should be working to cultivate an innovative ecosystem, not champion that it be sued out of existence.”

You are Invited! Join us for the 2021 LRANY Annual Meeting!

As in years past, the 2021 LRANY Annual Meeting will feature a CLE, and various speakers, an awards ceremony, and an update from our Executive Director, Tom Stebbins. Draft agenda to follow! Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact Kate Hobday at khobday@lrany.org to learn more! We look forward to seeing you!

 

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Statement From Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York Executive Director Tom Stebbins on Baltimore Climate Battle

“Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court should finally put a stop to efforts by municipalities to create climate policy through litigation. By deciding to provide a full appellate review of the jurisdictional issues in this and similar cases, the Court has affirmed the repeated findings of federal courts that ad hoc court rulings are not the right way to address issues related to climate change. Efforts by the City of Baltimore and other communities to legislate on climate change through litigation undermine governmental and institutional efforts to create real climate solutions through innovation and collaboration. Instead, communities must work in tandem with government and the private sector to form actionable strategies that address environmental challenges.”

Statement From Lawsuit Reform Alliance Of New York Executive Director Tom Stebbins On Mayor De Blasio’s Earth Day Lawsuit

“Mayor de Blasio and his friends at the trial bar are at it again. Just weeks after the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit tossed his administration’s climate change lawsuit de Blasio has hired a new set of money-chasing attorneys to once again sue energy companies.

Not only is this lawsuit likely to replay the fate of the last, the scrambled legal strategy also calls to mind the politically motivated and ultimately failed investigation and litigation launched against Exxon Mobil by disgraced ex-NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

This latest lawsuit is just another posturing ploy engineered by profit-hungry plaintiffs’ lawyers looking for the next litigation jackpot. If Mayor de Blasio is serious about action on climate change, his administration should focus on advancing innovative solutions in New York City.  That action would have far greater effects on reducing our carbon footprint than frivolous lawsuits that the courts in New York have already dismissed three times.”

Statement From Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York Executive Director Tom Stebbins on Baltimore Climate Battle

Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court should finally put a stop to efforts by municipalities to create climate policy through litigation. By deciding to provide a full appellate review of the jurisdictional issues in this and similar cases, the Court has affirmed the repeated findings of federal courts that ad hoc court rulings are not the right way to address issues related to climate change. Efforts by the City of Baltimore and other communities to legislate on climate change through litigation undermine governmental and institutional efforts to create real climate solutions through innovation and collaboration. Instead, communities must work in tandem with government and the private sector to form actionable strategies that address environmental challenges.

Statement From Lawsuit Reform Alliance Of New York Executive Director Tom Stebbins On Mayor De Blasio’s Earth Day Lawsuit

“Mayor de Blasio and his friends at the trial bar are at it again. Just weeks after the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit tossed his administration’s climate change lawsuit de Blasio has hired a new set of money-chasing attorneys to once again sue energy companies.

Not only is this lawsuit likely to replay the fate of the last, the scrambled legal strategy also calls to mind the politically motivated and ultimately failed investigation and litigation launched against Exxon Mobil by disgraced ex-NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

This latest lawsuit is just another posturing ploy engineered by profit-hungry plaintiffs’ lawyers looking for the next litigation jackpot. If Mayor de Blasio is serious about action on climate change, his administration should focus on advancing innovative solutions in New York City.  That action would have far greater effects on reducing our carbon footprint than frivolous lawsuits that the courts in New York have already dismissed three times.”

LRANY’s 2019 Annual Meeting!

The 2019 LRANY Annual Meeting, held earlier this month at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Albany, NY, was a successful day! The day included a morning session presented by the talented Phil Goldberg, Special Counsel to the Manufacturer’s Accountability Project and Managing Partner at Shook Hardy & Bacon, a luncheon with an LRANY update by Executive Director, Tom Stebbins, and afternoon mini-sessions with Ted Frank, Director of Litigation at the Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute & Center for Class Action Fairness, a Scaffold Law update by Jason Cintron, Co-Managing Director of the The Minority & Women Contractors & Developers Association and Liz Benjamin of Marathon Strategies and former Capital Tonight Host rounded out the day, presenting One Party Rule: A Brave New Albany or Business as Usual? It was an engaging and educational day!

A special thank you to our sponsors, speakers, and guests – these events could not take place without your support!

LRANY’s 5th Annual Meeting was a success!

The 2018 LRANY Annual Meeting, held last month at the Hilton in downtown Albany, NY, was a successful day. The day included a morning session presented by talented Whiteman Osterman & Hanna attorneys, a luncheon with an LRANY 5 year update, and afternoon mini-sessions with individuals from Cigna, the Government Justice Center, and the Manhattan Institute.

A special thank you to our sponsors, speakers, and guests – the day could not have come together so well without your support.

Capitol Confidential: Senate to review lawsuit lending

According to a post on the Times Union’s Capitol Confidential blog, the New York State Senate will review the practice of lawsuit lending.

On May 16, the Senate Consumer Protection Committee, with new chair Chris Jacobs, will hold a hearing in Albany on lawsuit lending. Sen. Robert Ortt, a Buffalo area Republican, who sponsors legislation creating oversight for the industry, is listed as the “co-sponsor” for the hearing.

The practice of lawsuit lending has come under fire for the exorbitant interest rates that are charged when a plaintiff wins a case, which can result in the aggrieved party handing over their entire case victory to the financier. The industry has been able to avoid the regulations imposed on traditional lenders because a plaintiff isn’t obligated to repay their loan if they don’t win the case.

“All we’re looking at is to come up with uniform standards and some type of oversight for an industry that is really the wild west,” Ortt said. He added that reputable firms in the sector don’t need to be worried about regulations.

This issue is a hot topic for the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, which is committed to curbing the amount of litigation in the state. They allege that lawsuit lenders help encourage frivolous lawsuits.

Read the full post here.

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