Lisa A. Rickard

Posted May 16, 2011

Recent class action reforms, such as the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, have helped the class action system in some ways.

Posted May 05, 2011

Imagine if a foreign government defined employees of General Motors and AIG as "foreign officials" of the United States government because the government owns portions of the company.

Posted October 05, 2010

Some in Washington are actually considering the creation of a new special interest tax break.

Posted May 26, 2010

John J. "Jack" McConnell should not serve a lifetime appointment on the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island. Here's why.

Posted August 31, 2009

New developments in consumer arbitration shed light on true motives of ‘consumer advocates’ and their pact with the plaintiffs’ bar

Posted August 06, 2009

In 1789, American forefather Benjamin Franklin wrote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Fast forward to 2009, and it seems that some of our elected officials are trying to amend Franklin’s two certainties by adding a third: lawsuits.

Posted June 09, 2009

America, the land of pioneers, has become known for its innovation. When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, the spirit of America’s ingenuity changed the world.

Posted March 11, 2009

Congress should examine the latest arbitration study before torching an 84-year-old method of consumer justice.

Posted September 17, 2008

In 1999, flush with more than a three billion dollar windfall from tobacco lawsuits, plaintiffs’ lawyer Ron Motley reset his crosshairs onto another “deep-pocketed” industry.

Posted September 17, 2008

In 1999, flush with more than a three billion dollar windfall from tobacco lawsuits, plaintiffs’ lawyer Ron Motley reset his crosshairs onto another “deep-pocketed” industry: companies that had ceased the manufacture and sale of lead-based paint 30 years ago or more.

Posted September 11, 2008

Like a bad cold you just can’t shake off, the infamous lost pants lawsuit is back.

Posted July 31, 2008

During these tough economic times, the roughly 50% of all Americans who have their retirement and other investments tied up in the stock markets have a lot to worry about.

Posted July 28, 2008

Every summer, I suspect that those who work at garden supply stores are inundated by people looking for advice on how to fight back against invasive vines and weeds that creep into their yards.

Posted June 27, 2008

I recently sat down with a reporter from the Ukrainian Service of the Voice of America to talk about the impact that lawsuit abuse is having on America’s small businesses.

Posted June 05, 2008

When the Energy and Tax Extenders Act of 2008 passed the House, Speaker Pelosi called it a tax cut for “millions of middle-income families."

Posted May 21, 2008

Interviewed after his trial, famous – now infamous – class action attorney Bill Lerach admitted it is “industry practice” to give kickbacks to certain plaintiffs.

Posted May 02, 2008

The Institute for Legal Reform’s seventh annual ranking of the 50 state lawsuit systems is out.

Posted April 03, 2008

Some are now suggesting that perhaps arbitration isn’t the success story it appears to be, and they want to take it away.

Posted October 03, 2007

America needs more lawsuits. That’s the message hundreds of plaintiffs’ trial lawyers from across the country are taking to Capitol Hill this week as they lobby Congress to make it easier to bring more lawsuits.