The American Law Institute News

'That can't be right': Group defending disputed insurance law project gets judges involved

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 21, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – It's curious that a group of lawyers and scholars that traditionally sought to help judges by restating existing laws - but has since been accused of trying to create its own - is involving federal judges as it explains itself, attorneys feel.

American Law Institute hits the road to explain controversial Restatement; It has been called 'litigation fuel'

By Nicholas Malfitano | Feb 13, 2019

PHILADELPHIA – After passing a controversial Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance at its annual convention last May, the American Law Institute is convening events across the country discussing the document in further detail.

A reputation is a terrible thing to waste

By The Pennsylvania Record | Nov 19, 2018

The American Law Institute is in danger of losing the influence its members have earned over the past century

Judge rejects ALI's controversial Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance theory

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 15, 2018

TOPEKA, Kansas – A recent decision reached in a federal court pertaining to breach of contract and bad faith claims in a fatal auto accident case rejects a theory from the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance, and its recommendations for insurer liability for defense counsel conduct as “premature.”

Ohio lawmakers send first-of-its-kind rejection to powerful legal group

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 3, 2018

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Through a bill signed into law by Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday, the State of Ohio has legislatively opposed the American Law Institute’s long-debated and recently-passed Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance wholesale, an unprecedented development in the 95-year history of the ALI.

Criticism follows powerful legal group to next project - a 'troubling' take on consumer contracts

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 26, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off a controversial eight-year project that was criticized even after its passage, an influential group that advises judges on the law is seemingly about to do it all again.

Even after eight years, criticisms of American Law Institute's insurance project remain

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 24, 2018

WASHINGTON – Not everyone is as excited as those who drafted new guidance for judges about its passage.

New guidance for judges handling insurance issues finally passes after resistance

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – New guidance for judges handling insurance issues finally passes after resistance

Lawmakers group discusses controversial liability insurance restatement; Parts of project called 'litigation fuel'

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 7, 2018

MANASQUAN, N.J. – Mere weeks away from the American Law Institute’s Annual Meeting in Washington D.C., where the group’s proposed Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance will once again be up for approval, speakers invited by the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) voiced their thoughts on the proposal in a recent teleconference call.

Florida tops tort reform group's list of ‘Judicial Hellholes,' while California No. 2

By Jessica Karmasek | Dec 5, 2017

California, City of St. Louis Circuit Court, New York City’s asbestos court and Philadelphia round out the American Tort Reform Association’s top five this year.

'Wacko': Insurance law project puts spotlight on American Law Institute's direction

By W.J. Kennedy | Aug 2, 2017

PHILADELPHIA - The American Law Institute (ALI) is as powerful as any society with a membership of 3,000 of the nation’s leading lawyers could be. And since its founding in 1923, the Philadelphia-based group of judges and academic and practicing lawyers has been as obscure as a group with so much power would want to be.

ALI's Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance the subject of strong debate at group's annual meeting

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 30, 2017

ALI's Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance the subject of strong debate at group's annual meeting

Jury instructions on product liability unlikely to change; Issues probably to be decided in court

By John Breslin | Nov 1, 2016

HARRISBURG – A subcommittee charged with developing jury instructions following a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision on product liability has no plans to change the language of its new instructions, for now.

ALI restating liability insurance law, final product on schedule for May meeting

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 19, 2016

PHILADELPHIA – A reporter chosen by the American Law Institute to re-interpret liability insurance law says he was encouraged by feedback at a meeting earlier this month.

ALI membership to convene in Philadelphia for conference on restatement of insurance liability law

By Nicholas Malfitano | Oct 6, 2016

On Thursday and Friday, Advisers and a Members Consultative Group from the American Law Institute (ALI) will be convening for a meeting regarding Restatement of the Law as it pertains to liability insurance.

Law prof: Lawyers did good job with complaint against Whirpool, 3M

By Emma Gallimore | Mar 29, 2016

Plaintiffs lawyers have done their job in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Pittsburgh couple against Whirlpool and 3M Purification that alleges a defective refrigerator caused more than $129,617 in damages to their home, a Widener University law professor says.

Saylor inducted chief justice of Pennsylvania Supreme Court

By Jim Boyle | Jan 7, 2015

HARRISBURG - Thomas G. Saylor was inducted Tuesday as Pennsylvania’s 56th chief

Supreme Court justice elected to American Law Institute

By Jim Boyle | Dec 12, 2014

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Debra Todd of Pittsburgh has been elected to the

Temple Law dean given '14 Justice Sonia Sotomayor Diversity Award

By Jon Campisi | Mar 6, 2014

JoAnne Epps, the dean of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, has

Pa. Bar Association presents Phila. attorney with business lawyer award

By Jon Campisi | Nov 26, 2012

A Philadelphia attorney last week was awarded with the state Bar Association’s first-ever

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