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Daytime speed limits would be repealed under a bill proposed in the state legislature. In 1999, the state enacted a 75 m.p.h. daytime speed limit on highways and a 70 m.p.h. limit on most two lane roads. Prior to 1999, Montana was the only state without a numeric daytime speed limit. State representative Steve Vick,…
For PI Lawyers, What’s Next?
Has the personal injury boom ended? Or did it never really begin in the first place? Those questions are central to the debate over what the future holds for personal injury law. Spurring the controversy are statistics that show that personal injury filings are on the decline and jury verdicts are shrinking. Recent studies reveal…
Lawyers line up with creditors as their clients go bankrupt
As more individuals and businesses succumb to bankruptcy, lawyers will have to get in line with other creditors to recover their legal fees. Recent numbers indicate that bankruptcy filings continue to soar, with 2009 filings up 35 percent over 2008 for the fiscal year ending in September, according to statistics from the Administrative Office of…
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Lawyers changing firms: Who will represent their clients?
You don’t have to memorize rafts of statistics to know that lawyer mobility is far more common today than it was even 10 years ago. Depending on the size of the firm, the prominence of the departing lawyer, the amount of work in progress and other factors, such as the costs incurred by the firm…
Allstate’s Anti-Lawyer Campaign Lands Company in Hot Water
Litigation is heating up against Allstate Insurance Company for its controversial “Do-I-Need-An-Attorney?” campaign. Two recent cases suggest the company may be in for a costly reprimand for contacting potential claimants and advising them against hiring a lawyer. In late January, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Dan Pellegrini ruled that Allstate is liable for statutory consumer fraud…
Allstate Tells Car Crash Victims, ‘You Don’t Need a Lawyer’
Plaintiffs’ Attorneys Fight Back, With Little Success…
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Tort Reforms Force Plaintiff Lawyers To Be Circumspect…
Train Hits a Car; Railroad Is Sued Under State Law
Where a train hit a car at a railroad crossing, the railroad can be sued under state law for inadequate warning signs – even though the signs were paid for with federal funds, says the Sixth Circuit in affirming a $600,000 jury verdict. This is true despite a 1993 U.S. Supreme Court decision which has…
Bus driver on cell phone results in $18.5M verdict
A 12-person jury in Texas has awarded more than $18.5 million to two women injured when the Greyhound bus they were riding flipped over while the driver was making calls on his cell phone. Ashley Reedy and Janie Reeves filed suit against Greyhound and driver Rashad Nichols after they were both seriously injured in the…

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