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Members of Congress Stand Up for Property Rights

In rare but refreshing bipartisan good news out of Congress, Senator Thom Tillis (R – North Carolina) and Representatives Ben Cline (R - Virginia), Theodore Deutch (D - Florida), Martha Roby (R - Alabama) and Harley Rouda (D – California) have just taken a firm stand protecting property rights – copyrights specifically – and merit our praise.

As we’ve long highlighted, property rights constitute a central pillar of “American Exceptionalism,” and that includes intellectual property (IP) rights – copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets.   Our Founding Fathers considered IP so important that they deliberately and explicitly singled it out for protection in the text of the Constitution.  As a direct result, we’ve become the most innovative and prosperous nation…[more]

December 06, 2019 • 02:15 pm

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1 “Jackpot Jury” Award by Texas Jury Merits Outrage and Reversal

“Jackpot jury.”  That term instantly resonates negatively with most Americans, and rightfully so.  It captures the egregiously unfair but all-too-common occurrence of rogue juries awarding litigants and their aggressive lawyers windfall judgments untethered to applicable law or facts, or judgments that dwarf any actual damages…

2 Justice Gorsuch Upholds Rule of Law Over Trial Lawyers

With each successive 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision in which Justice Neil Gorsuch provides the decisive vote, it becomes increasingly difficult for self-satisfied "Never Trump" conservatives and libertarians to rationalize their ostentatious crusade.  Perhaps at some point the Ana Navarros and George Wills of contemporary punditry…

3 Arbitration: A Litigation Alternative Worth Defending

For anyone hoping to "drain the swamp" in America, there's no better place to start than with plaintiffs' lawyers and litigation abuse.  And arbitration is an invaluable instrument toward that end.  Although the topic of arbitration rarely occupies the center of American political debate, it deserves far greater emphasis than it…

4 Patent Litigation Venue Reform: New Study Highlights Need for Congressional Action

In an era of sharp partisan divide, the need for litigation reform is a rare issue on which almost all Americans outside of the plaintiff lawyer lobby agree.  According to surveys, 89% of American voters consider lawsuit abuse a problem, and nearly 80% believe the country suffers an excess of lawsuits.  One specific manifestation of litigation…

5 Patent Advocates Should Support Congressional Litigation Reform Efforts

Does the name Kyle Bass ring a bell?  Mr. Bass is a 45-year-old hedge fund manager who became famous for making hundreds of millions of dollars from the subprime mortgage market shortly before the bubble burst. Today, he pursues a different means of profit, and it's one that helps illustrate the need for patent litigation reform as Congress once…

6 Innovation Act: Much-Needed Patent Litigation Reform While Protecting IP Rights

The United States rightfully maintains the world's strongest system of intellectual property (IP) protections, including patent, copyright and trademark rights.  America also stands unparalleled as the most inventive, creative, prosperous and powerful nation in human history.  That relationship is causal, not coincidental.  Our Founding…

7 Smaller Torts Make for Savory Politics

NEW ORLEANS:  The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), meeting here this week for its annual meeting and policy summit, is justly known as a clearinghouse through which state legislators across the nation exchange helpful information about the successes and failures of various policy initiatives. Perhaps in no other area is there such…

8 Beating Rattlesnakes and Bottom Feeders: Congress Fights Frivolous Lawsuits

In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama promised to support legislation “to rein in frivolous lawsuits.” Early next month, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on a bill to make Obama fulfill that promise. Frivolous suits are a serious problem, especially for small businesses. In March 11 committee testimony, Elizabeth…

9 Kauffman Foundation’s “Rules for Growth” Is Roadmap Out of Recession

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s new book, Rules for Growth: Promoting Innovation and Growth Through Legal Reform, should be required reading for every federal policymaker trying to get America’s economy growing again.  That includes you, Mr. President.  The product of three years of intense study by experts in several…

10 Feds’ Pigford Settlements Leave Taxpayers Picking Up the Tab

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is not the problem in Washington, D.C.  If anything, the man frequently described as one of the most conservative members of Congress is standing up for the everyday Americans who are fed up with how liberal elites are fleecing taxpayers.  Like other Republicans, King wants to stop the out-of-control spending and eliminate…

11 The 15-Year Legal Farce Known as the Anna Nicole Smith Case May Finally Be Nearing Its End

Imagine a baseball game that appears almost over, but then goes into extra innings for almost 15 years. With that image in mind, one can begin to understand the nature of Marshall vs. Marshall, the endless Anna Nicole Smith inheritance litigation, which has become the farcical World Series of legal system abuse. In what may – hopefully &ndash…

12 Update on the Anna Nicole Smith Case: the Long, Strange Two-Pronged Trip through Our Legal System Continues

The fourteen-year jackpot justice abomination that is the Anna Nicole Smith case continues, but may hopefully reach a just conclusion soon. Although media attention understandably centers upon the tawdry celebrity element of this dispute, it has actually spawned an alarming Supreme Court decision that should trouble all Americans.  As readers…

13 Anna Nicole Smith Lives? A Vignette of the Continuing Breakdown of America’s Judicial System

An Update on the Interminable Marshall v. Marshall Saga Longtime supporters and activists may recall CFIF’s April 2007 commentary on the absurd Anna Nicole Smith courtroom drama, and why it mattered to otherwise-disinterested American citizens.  At that time, we described how the celebrity train wreck known as the late Anna Nicole…

14 Anna Nicole's Legal Legacy Lives Long After her Death

This week marks the one year anniversary of the death of former Playboy Playmate Anna Nicole Smith.  A mere 12 months after her passing, the lasting legacy of her endless pursuit of her late husband's fortune continues to play out.  In fact, perhaps no other case in the history of our nation better highlights the need for tort reform than…

15 Why the Anna Nicole Smith Saga Actually Matters

As tawdry and ridiculous as the tale of Anna Nicole Smith is, her saga has already had important real-world consequences to Americans.   By gaming our legal system in pursuit of her deceased husband's fortune, including a victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, Ms. Smith's tragic life leaves a legacy beyond tasteless late-night jokes and tabloid…

 
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