April 15, 2016

SCOTUS on Tyson Foods: A sea change in class action litigation, or much ado about nothing?

Case: Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146, 2016 WL 1092414 (U.S. Mar. 22, 2016) The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to place further limits on representative evidence admissible in class action cases or to address the issue of whether class action plaintiffs must demonstrate that uninjured class members will not receive…

February 23, 2016

Attorney Tad Bartlett provides legal perspective to The Louisiana Record

From The Louisiana Record: A white paper by Emory University Law Professor Joanna M. Shepherd examines the costs and consequences of the Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (LUTPA), but not everyone agrees with her assessment. The 26-page report published by Shepherd and the American Tort Reform Foundation,…

November 3, 2015

What did ExxonMobil executives know about climate change and when did they know it?

Two US Congressmen and three presidential candidates have called for a federal investigation into ExxonMobil since the recent release of what some have suggested are “smoking gun” documents regarding the company’s knowledge and actions concerning climate change. In July, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) published…

September 22, 2015

Bees are dying, and it’s going to hurt all of us (starting with our pocketbooks)

How big is the problem? Bees are dying, whole hives of them, by the millions. These mass die-offs have been happening since about 2006. During the 12-month period ending in April, 2015, beekeepers reported losing 42.1 percent of their colonies. The normal rate of yearly loss is only 10-15 percent.