Tagged: matt keil

Controversial Class-Action Settlement Approved in Polk County

by Mark Friedman 12/23/2015 10:27 am

A Polk County Circuit Court judge has approved a class-action settlement that a federal judge said he wouldn't have. Judge Jerry Ryan awarded $1.85 million in fees and expenses to attorneys John Goodson of Texarkana, his law partner Matt Keil, and W.H. Taylor and other attorneys in a case against United Services Automobile Association

Goodson, Taylor Threatened With Sanctions Over Class-Action Abuse

by Gwen Moritz 12/22/2015 10:09 am

Attorneys John Goodson of Texarkana, W.H. Taylor of Fayetteville and others involved in a class-action lawsuit against the USAA insurance company have been ordered to explain why they shouldn't be sanctioned for abusing the federal court system.

John Goodson's New Class-Action Strategy Takes Place of One Blocked by US Supreme Court

by Mark Friedman 12/14/2015 12:00 am

Since the U.S. Supreme Court found a previous strategy to be illegal, Keil & Goodson and other class-action attorneys have taken a different approach to keeping their class-action settlements out of the hands of federal judges: strike a deal with the defendants to settle the case in state court.

Arkansas Supreme Court Ruling Unleashes Flurry of Lawsuits

by Mark Friedman 12/14/2015 12:00 am

Just months after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down a class-action strategy that had been wildly lucrative for Keil & Goodson of Texarkana, a ruling by the Arkansas Supreme Court opened up a new business opportunity.

Judges of Integrity (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 12/14/2015 12:00 am

There is a reason that class-action law is viewed with suspicion. In 2005, Congress did what it could to rein in documented abuses of the system, especially those that unfairly favored the plaintiffs or their lawyers. And in 2013, in an especially odorous case out of Miller County, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a strategy designed to pummel defendants into settlements was patently illegal.

A Look at the 3 Law Firms Who Pulled in Profits from Class-action Suits in Miller County

by Mark Friedman 3/25/2013 12:00 am

Although there’s no sign advertising the fact, the Craftsman-style brick house with its wraparound porch at 406 Walnut St. in Texarkana is the home of Keil & Goodson, one of the most lucrative law firms in Arkansas.

Inside the Miller County Class-Action Strategy Invalidated by U.S. Supreme Court

by Mark Friedman 3/25/2013 12:00 am

The high court agreed with dozens of other corporations that have complained that Miller County Circuit Court is a legal backwater where friendly elected judges help prolific local class-action attorneys exploit a loophole in federal law to force giant settlements in cases whose legal merits are never even considered.