Every year, class action settlements bring $10-$20 billion into federal courts, and every year, federal judges award billions of these dollars to plaintiffs’ attorneys in payment of fees and reimbursement of expenses. But can we be sure those awards are set correctly? And, if they aren’t, what are the consequences for plaintiffs, attorneys, judges, and […]
Tag: Charles Silver
On May 24, 2011, Professor Charles Silver testified before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House Judiciary Committee. The title of the hearing was “Can We Sue Our Way to Prosperity?: Litigation’s Effect on America’s Global Competitiveness.” Silver discussed how civil justice mechanisms in the United States contribute to prosperity by protecting legal rights and enforcing legal obligations.
A study cowritten by two Law School professors, William Sage and Charles Silver, “Do the Elderly Fare in Medical Malpractice Litigation, Before and After Tort Reform? Evidence from Texas, 1988-2007,” was cited in a recent New York Times article about the effects of Texas’s tort reform laws on lawyers and patients.
Professor Susan Klein, Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law, and Professor Charles Silver, holder of the Roy W. and Eugenia C. MacDonald Endowed Chair in Civil Procedure, have written an opinion piece in Huffington Post on the controversy surrounding the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal probe into the recent oil spill in the Gulf Coast.