The Wall Street Journal (and their Law Blog) had an amusing piece recently about the jockeying underway for the position of lead counsel in the Toyota Motor Corporation Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Multidistrict Litigation, which has been consolidated in the Central District of California:

Lawyer Daniel Becnel Jr. of Reserve, La.,

Oh, Ashcroft v. Iqbal, will we ever stop blogging about you?

The newest online debate pits the class action defense lawyers at Drug & Device Law against University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Stephen Burbank at PENNumbra, the online supplement to UPenn’s Law Review.

Beck and Herrmann open with a defense of Iqbal

"Removal" is the process by which a defendant in a state court case "removes" the case to federal court. 28 U.S.C. § 1441(b) makes it sound so simple:

Any civil action of which the district courts have original jurisdiction founded on a claim or right arising under the Constitution, treaties or laws of the United

I’ve written before about Contingent Fee Business Lawyers As Venture Capitalists and Lawyers Who "Don’t Take Possible Losers," so I was thrilled to read the NYTimes yesterday:

Richard W. Fields says he has come up with a win-win financial strategy for the downturn. He is investing in lawsuits.

Not in trip-and-fall cases, mind

Judge Timothy J. Savage of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania had a straightforward job.

All he had to do was:

  • survey the laws of all fifty states with regard to unjust enrichment and breach of the implied warranty of merchantability,
    • Huber v. Taylor, 469 F.3d 67, 82-83 (3d.