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  • Supreme Court ruling could limit trial lawyers

    02/25/2010 8:32:06 AM PST · by legalwatch · 36 replies · 1,610+ views
    Legal News ^ | 2-25-09 | Chris Rizo
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)-A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week could put a damper on the trial lawyer practice of filing lawsuits, particularly class actions, in vaguely related jurisdictions where judges are seen as plaintiff-friendly.
  • Calif. AG hopeful touts private rights of action

    02/21/2010 8:20:07 PM PST · by legalwatch · 1 replies · 204+ views
    Legal Newsline ^ | Chris Rizo
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)-Amid dwindling state resources, it will largely be up to California's trial lawyers to enforce consumer protection laws, a leading state lawmaker and candidate for attorney general said.
  • Judge approves settlement for Station fire victims (Great White concert gone wrong)

    01/08/2010 10:29:19 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 2 replies · 326+ views
    Providence Journal ^ | 09:55 AM EST on Friday, January 8, 2010 | Tracy Breton
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Calling it a “red-letter day,” a federal judge Thursday approved settlements earmarked for more than 300 victims of the 2003 Station nightclub fire and the mechanism through which payments will be made. The action taken by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux makes it likely now that the victims of the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history will get money from a $176-million settlement fund in a matter of months. But much remains to be done before payments are made. Probate judges have to approve the settlements in the 100 cases of those who died...
  • The REAL Reason Why There is NO Tort Reform in Obamacare

    12/21/2009 8:44:57 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 13 replies · 885+ views
    wasington examiner/the lid ^ | 12/21/09 | The Lid
    Many experts have pointed to tort reform as a key element of any effort to hold down the costs of health care: Old Democratic presidential aspirant John Edwards won $175 million in judgments over a 12-year period suing doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, everyone but the candy stripers, over infant cerebral palsy cases allegedly caused by mishandled deliveries. As the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists noted in a study in 2003, cerebral palsy could not be blamed on delivery trouble in the “vast majority” of cases. Using bad science, Edwards enriched himself by bankrupting innocent physicians. The effect is...
  • American Association for Justice is a Caricature

    11/11/2009 2:12:21 PM PST · by stan_sipple · 4 replies · 576+ views
    Risk Prof Blog ^ | 9-29-2009 | Lawrence Powell
    got a kick out of this article in the Washington Times on Sept. 28. The point of the story is that the trial lawyers' lobby might be having financial difficulty. The part I find interesting is that AAJ says they lost $670,000, but they sought $120,000,000 in the lawsuit. The article offers no explanation for the 17,900% mark up. "...AAJ lost a lawsuit against Wachovia Bank over the collapse of a 2007 loan deal to finance the association's purchase of an office building as its new Washington headquarters. The association lost more than $670,000 when Wachovia backed out of the...
  • Weighing True Cost Of Delays In The Drug-Approval Process

    11/04/2009 4:58:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 234+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 4, 2009 | THOMAS SOWELL
    This is the seventh installment of a nine-part series excerpting the chapter on medical care from the new edition of economist Thomas Sowell's "Applied Economics." All parts of the series can be seen at IBDeditorials.com.It is illegal for a pharmaceutical company to begin selling a drug without prior approval by the Food and Drug Administration. The drug-approval process tries to reduce the risks of new and untried medicines before they are made available to the general public. In addition to being reasonably safe for most people, pharmaceutical drugs must also be shown to be effective for whatever medical conditions they...
  • Pelosi Health Care Bill Blows a Kiss to Trial Lawyers(Prohibits state from limiting attorney's fees)

    10/30/2009 1:12:38 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies · 1,292+ views
    breitbart ^ | 10/30/09
    The health care bill recently unveiled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi is over 1,900 pages for a reason. It is much easier to dispense goodies to favored interest groups if they are surrounded by a lot of legislative legalese. For example, check out this juicy morsel to the trial lawyers (page 1431-1433 of the bill): Section 2531, entitled “Medical Liability Alternatives,” establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. [But]…… a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys’ fees or imposes...
  • Not thoroughly convinced Democrats and Trial Lawyers are loathsome creatures? Read this.

    09/29/2009 6:07:20 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 19 replies · 2,071+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | September 29, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    It’s doubtful you’ve read about because it shows Democrats and Trial Lawyers for what they really are: loathsome lying weasels. On September 15 three White Republicans and a Black Democrat ran in a special election for State Senate in Jacksonville Florida. A month before Election Day a racially inflammatory mailer reached 88,000 probably Black and Hispanic households in the district. It showed pictures of Barack Obama, Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan and several Blacks marching behind an ACORN banner. It asked, “Is this the change YOU want to believe in? Violence and intimidation at the voting booth.” The “sender” was:...
  • Tort Reformed

    09/23/2009 4:53:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies · 1,093+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 23, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Litigation: The Founding Fathers envisioned the states as laboratories for ideas and choices. If the administration needs a demonstration project for successful tort reform, it need look no further than Mississippi. When President Obama said during his health care speech to Congress that he would "look into" malpractice reform and support "demonstration projects" at the state level, Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi, a Republican, responded: "If they want a demonstration project, come down to Mississippi. I'll show you a demonstration project." Mississippi enacted tort reform in 2004, including caps on medical malpractice awards. As a result, the number of medical...
  • Calif. trial lawyers dole out campaign cash

    09/18/2009 2:14:13 AM PDT · by Ja7430 · 2 replies · 289+ views
    Legal News ^ | 9-18-09
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline)--California trial lawyers are expected to shell out big bucks to help their allies get elected in 2010, observers say. If the first six months of the year is any indication of things to come, the Civil Justice Association of California says plaintiffs attorneys are poised to give candidates for the state Legislature and statewide office, including attorney general, huge sums of money.
  • Lawyer may seek list of women from Steelers QB [Roethlisberger]

    09/11/2009 11:27:00 AM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 56 replies · 1,631+ views
    Associated Press via Google ^ | 10 September 2009 | Sandra Chereb
    CARSON CITY, Nev. — The lawyer for a woman who is accusing Ben Roethlisberger of rape is prepared to ask a Nevada court to compel the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback to name all the women he has had sex with, court documents show. Reno lawyer Cal Dunlap also said that if Roethlisberger's request to waive court rules and speed up the evidence-gathering process is granted, he also should be given immediate access to the quarterback's phone records, Internet communications, and names of any women who have claimed improper sexual conduct by the two-time Super Bowl winner.
  • Trial lawyers oppose special med-mal courts

    09/11/2009 11:00:52 AM PDT · by Ja7430 · 24 replies · 1,604+ views
    Legal News ^ | 9-11-09 | C.Rizo
    WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline)- A U.S. Senate panel is considering proposals aimed at decreasing the number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed in already bogged down courts.
  • In Gesture of Bipartisanship, President Obama to Discuss Medical Malpractice Reform Tonight

    09/09/2009 2:57:15 PM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 39 replies · 1,125+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2009-09-09 | Jake Tapper
    But today, the White House indicated that as a gesture of bipartisanship, President Obama would discuss malpractice reform. “The president is going to talk about the downside of what many doctors have told him is the practicing of defensive medicine, where doctors because they are worried about this order more and more tests in order to make sure that they don't get sued,” Gibbs said on CNN. “That costs our system billions and billions of dollars every year.”
  • Howard Dean claims TORT reform would 'make enemies' (And Deathcare™ won't?)

    08/28/2009 9:57:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 749+ views
    Examiner ^ | 8/28/09 | Christina Wijfjes-Smit
    Howard Dean claims TORT reform would 'make enemies'August 28, 10:07 AM Mesa Independent Examiner Christina Wijfjes-Smit There is a new battle cry being touted in the ongoing debate of health care reform by a growing number of Americans; TORT reform. TORT reform would limit the circumstances under which injured people may sue or limit the amount a jury can award at trial, or both. Doctors are forced to spend an enormous amount of money on mal-practice insurance due to the ever growing number of frivolous law suits filed. The increase of cost to the doctor trickles down to the patient...
  • Caving to Trial Lawyers -- It's necessary to tie any health-care reform to tort reform.

    08/29/2009 5:09:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies · 796+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 7, 2009 | Fred Barnes
    We've always suspected that fear of angering trial lawyers was the only reason President Obama refused to embrace tort reform as a crucial part of achieving his goal of reduced health care costs. Now we know for sure. A moment of candor by Howard Dean, the former chairman of the DNC and an enthusiastic backer of Obama's health reform initiative, confirmed our suspicions. "The reason that tort reform is not in the bill is because the people who wrote it did not want to take on the trial lawyers in addition to everyone else they were taking on," Dean said...
  • Krauthammer Says "the Trial Lawyers Own the Democratic Party" - Video 8/27/09

    08/28/2009 9:34:17 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 716+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 28, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Fox News' Contributor Charles Krauthammer commenting on Howard Dean's admission that there is no "Tort Reform" in their Health Care Bill because they did not want to take on the "Trial Lawyers." Krauthammer said Howard Dean "speaks the truth," and the fact is there is no frivolous lawsuit reform in ObamaCare legislation because "the trial lawyers own the Democratic Party." . . . . (Watch Video)
  • EDITORIAL: Health care run by trial lawyers

    08/27/2009 11:32:55 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 12 replies · 711+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | August 27, 2009 | THE WASHINGTON TIMES
    Political power, rather than substance, is at the heart of the Democrats' proposed health care legislation. Admission of that power-politics reality was the most significant occurrence in a very odd town-hall meeting Tuesday night held by Virginia Democratic Rep. James P. Moran. It is now clearer than ever that plaintiffs' lawyers collectively are the political powerhouse running the health care show. A constituent at the meeting, quite reasonably, asked Mr. Moran the following question: "There is $200 billion of savings over 10 years if you have [lawsuit] reform, and nobody loses but the lawyers. Why isn't [lawsuit] reform in the...
  • Howard Dean's Stunning Admission on Tort Reform

    08/27/2009 4:08:40 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 25 replies · 1,297+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/27/2009 | Mike Volpe
    This video is so stunning that I am embarrassed I didn't notice it until now.
  • Howard Dean Brain Farts, Admits Democrats Are Afraid Of Trial Lawyers

    08/27/2009 12:31:56 PM PDT · by sdkruiser · 2 replies · 415+ views
    Stephen Kruiser ^ | 08/27/09 | Stephen Kruiser
    Looks like I'm not the only one who wonders why tort reform isn't at least part of the Teddy's Dead Health Care bill. First, enjoy the hypocritical Democrat congressturd asking his constituent for ID before he'll answer the question. When the question is finally asked, Rep. Braindead punts to Howard Dean. Dean is, of course, Crazy Joe Biden Lite. The brain farts come at a pace that make it seem as if his synapses were packed with garlic. As is the case with Biden, when he speaks about his own party the powers that be get ulcers because the mouth...
  • Video: Dean Says Tort Reform Left Out Of Health Care Bill For Fear Of Trial Lawyers

    08/26/2009 4:21:22 PM PDT · by careyb · 39 replies · 1,181+ views
    CNS ^ | 8/26/09 | Howard Dean
    Give him props for honesty.