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House Passes Bill to Limit Damage Awards in Medical Malpractice Cases
The U.S. House has passed a bill that would limit non-economic damage awards to $250,000 in medical malpractice lawsuits and impose a statute of limitations...
Dueling South Carolina Studies Disagree on Effects of Malpractice Award Caps
A new study by Clemson University's Center for Policy & Legal Studies concludes that caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice verdicts will not ...
Sen. Feinstein Drops Compromise Effort on Medical Malpractice Caps
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has dropped her efforts to broker a compromise on legislation placing caps on medical malpractice awards. Feinstein had been ...
House Passes Bill to Restrain Class Action Lawsuits
On June 12, 2003 the House passed a bill designed to put the breaks on class action lawsuits. The vote was 253-170. Under the legislation,...
Florida Close to Malpractice Cap, Bush Calls Special Session
Lawmakers in Florida have reached an agreement with Governor Jeb Bush limiting doctor's liability in medical malpractice cases to $500,000 for non-economic ...
Trial Lawyers Vow to Challenge New Florida Malpractice Law
Florida's trial lawyers are promising to challenge a new state law that caps the amount of money malpractice victims can receive for pain and suffering....
Farmers to End Policies for Malpractice
Farmers Insurance Group has announced it will stop selling new medical malpractice insurance effective as of September 19 and will halt renewals on January ...
Senate Democrats Derail Class Action Reform Bill
A filibuster by Senate Democrats has blocked action on a bill designed to limit the amount of damages in class-action lawsuits. Last week, the Senate...
Med Mal: An Alternative to Caps
In a December 22, 2003 editorial, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer threw its weight behind a medical malpractice insurance solution offered up by Washington Gov. ...
Large Jury Awards Hit Six-Year Low
An annual survey by Boston-based Lawyers Weekly USA indicates that the ten largest jury awards in 2003 totaled $1.27 billion, a six-year low. The year's...
Group Pushes Washington State to Consider Broad Tort Reforms
The escalating cost of insurance for professionals in a wide variety of fields means tort reform must extend beyond its traditional area of focus, medical...
Florida House Committee Passes Bill to Protect Fast Food From Lawsuits
Eat too many Big Macs, get fat, then sue McDonalds. The final step in that progression is what a bill making its way through the...
Lack of Tort Reform May Discourage Auto Safety Devices
A number of auto safety devices that are standard or optional equipment on vehicles in Europe have not been introduced in the United States and...
Gov. Schwartzenegger Says State Should Get Most of Punitive Damage Awards
California Governor Arnold Schwartzenegger recently proposed that the state take most of the money that courts award to the plaintiffs in lawsuits against ...
Mississippi House Passes Tort Reform Measure, Issue on Hold in Congress
Mississippi's House of Representatives has approved a tort reform measure (HB 13) by a 75 to 39 vote. The bill, already passed by the...
Class Action Bill May See Senate Action
As the Senate reconvenes this week, the topic of tort reform will be on the agenda. The Class Action Fairness Act (S. 2062) would allow...
Tort Reform Bill Stalls in Senate
An agreement hammered out months ago to pass a class-action reform bill backed by the insurance industry fell apart late last week in the U.S....
Medicare Decision on Obesity Could Spur Fast Food Lawsuits
Legal observers say a decision announced July 15, 2004 by Medicare that treatments for obesity will now be covered could open the door to more...
Majority of Doctors Experience Trouble Getting Med Mal or "Go Bare"
In a recent Medical Economics poll, doctors sounded off about their experiences obtaining medical malpractice insurance. When asked "Are you or your colleagues ...
Bush Signs Class Action Reform Into Law
One day after the House passed it, President Bush signed the Class Action Fairness Act (S. 5) into law. House passage by a 279-149 vote...
FL Lawyers Figure Way Around Med Mal Cap Amendment; Doctors Protest
"Please sign here to waive your constitutional rights." That's what some attorneys in Florida have been asking prospective clients ever since November, when ...
House Moves to Shield Manufacturers From Obesity, Gun Liability
Less than 24 hours after a House of Representatives vote in favor of a bill that would provide makers and distributors of food products immunity...
Plaintiff Who Lost Pants Loses $54 Million Lawsuit Against Dry Cleaner
In a ruling that's being widely hailed as one that restores some sanity to the legal system, a judge has dismissed as frivolous a lawsuit...
How Other Countries Judge Malpractice
In a June 30, 2009 opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, Richard Epstein, a professor of law at the University of Chicago, a senior...