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"Deep Pocket Jurisprudence™" and Meaningful Civil Justice Reform

Litigation Practice Group Teleforum Friday, March 24, 01:00 PMFederalist Society Teleforum Conference Call

This Teleforum will discuss what Victor Schwartz has labelled "Deep-Pocket Jurisprudence™." According to Mr. Schwartz, this occurs when state appellate courts expand tort law to include an innocent defendant because the wrongdoer is "judgment proof" or cannot be reached by the judicial process. The Supreme Court of Iowa has used the term and condemned the practice.

This call will also focus on the possible enactment of federal civil justice reform. On March 9 and 10th 2017 the House of Representatives passed three federal civil justice reform measures, namely the H.R. 720, Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, H.R. 725, Innocent Party Protection Act and H.R.925, the Fairness in Class Litigation Act. Each enjoy strong support from Speaker Paul Ryan and this marks the earliest in a congressional term that such federal civil justice reform measures have passed the House. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether they will pass through the Senate and be approved by President Trump.


  • Victor E. Schwartz, Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Spring Social for Lawyers & Law Students

Tallahassee Lawyers Chapter Wednesday, March 29, 06:00 PMHarry’s Seafood Bar & Grille
301 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

**Happy Hour from 6:00 to 7:00**

No RSVP is necessary.
Appetizers (calamari,shrimp, seared ahi tuna, and boudin balls) will be provided to all attendees free of charge!


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