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Joanne Doroshow is Executive Director of the Center for Justice & Democracy at New York Law School (CJ&D), based in New York City. CJ&D is the first national consumer organization dedicated exclusively to educating the public about the importance of the civil justice system. She is also co-founder of Americans for Insurance Reform, a coalition of 100 consumer groups from around the country working to strengthen oversight of insurance industry practices. Joanne also helps to edit CJ&D's blog, ThePopTort.com

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Corporate Lawyers Breaking Bad

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 1:55 PM

I cannot wait for the new Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, about the always entertaining lawyer, Saul Goodman. For those unfamiliar with Breaking Bad, Saul's a criminal lawyer. No, literally, a CRIMINAL lawyer. Saul already has a new fake website complete with a banner ad,...

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An Asbestos Decision That Disserves Our Vets

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 5:27 PM

Asbestos is one of those lethal toxins that should not persist as a problem in this country, but it does. Companies still use it, workers are still exposed to it and 10,000 Americans still die from asbestos-related illnesses every year.

In January 2014, a new...

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Patient Safety Takes a Back Seat, Once Again

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 8:33 AM

If 20 jetliners began crashing weekly, said a safety expert recently, "There would be a national ground stop. Fleets would be grounded. Airports would close. There would be a presidential commission. The NTSB would investigate. No one would fly until we had solved the problems." You're probably now...

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Cookbook Medicine Is a Recipe for Disaster

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 11:24 AM

An astonishing new article from JAMA Internal Medicine reveals that at least 150,000 people per year may be needlessly killed, rendered disabled, or otherwise harmed due to misdiagnoses in doctors' offices. Johns Hopkins, whose researchers authored this study, have been documenting epidemic levels of preventable medical...

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The Slow Death of Justice in California

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 8:55 AM

Here's a little known bit of American history trivia: The American colonists fought the Revolutionary War in significant part over England's repeated attempts to restrict jury trials. Not only that, the U.S. Constitution was nearly defeated over its failure to guarantee the right to civil jury trial. (The Seventh Amendment...

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The Meningitis Outbreak: Don't Expect Miracles From the FDA

(3) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 1:53 PM

In one of this week's most anti-climatic news story, the Center for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally confirmed what everyone knew: The origin of the deadly meningitis outbreak was fungus found in steroid shots produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in...

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Yet Another Attack on Women -- The Medical Malpractice Bill

(54) Comments | Posted March 18, 2012 | 5:18 PM

This week, U.S. House leaders will bring to the floor H.R. 5, legislation that would limit the legal rights of injured patients and families of those killed by negligent health care. This bill is so outrageously broad that it covers not only cases involving medical malpractice, but also...

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Watch Hot Coffee, a Powerful New Film on HBO June 27

(14) Comments | Posted June 26, 2011 | 2:44 PM

If you know anything about the so-called "tort reform" movement in the United States, you may know that it has turned the civil jury system into an embattled and vulnerable institution. From at least the 1980s until today, this country has experienced a non-stop barrage of legislative and, in some...

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Why Medical Malpractice Reform Will Increase the Deficit, Not Reduce It

(76) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 2:20 PM

When people talk about medical malpractice "reform," they are usually not talking about reducing the epidemic of medical errors in hospitals or instituting proven measures to actually reduce injuries, deaths, claims and lawsuits. No, they're usually talking about making it more difficult for patients injured by...

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April 20, 2011, Is the Gulf Oil Spill Deadline for Claims Against Transocean

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 12:16 PM

The one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and disastrous oil gusher that followed isn't just a day to remember the 11 brave workers who were killed and fume about all that's gone wrong in the Gulf ever since. This day actually carries very real legal...

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A Three Mile Island Primer

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 1:46 PM

As the attorney who represented the community group TMI Alert during the legal battle over the "restart" of the Three Mile Island Unit 1 reactor (the sister plant to the damaged Unit 2), I learned quite a bit about this accident that was never supposed to happen (sound familiar?). Here...

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NY Hospital Execs Try to Change Medicaid Rules Behind Closed Doors

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 4:34 AM

Whatever has been going on behind the closed doors of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Medicaid Redesign Team, loaded with self-dealing lobbyists and hospital executives who make Wall Street level salaries, it's time for New Yorkers to say enough.

Many have already complained...

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A Medical Liability Reform That Will Actually Work

(55) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 5:10 PM

On Wednesday, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee began marking up a bill (H.R. 5) that is a top priority for some in the new Republican House -- federalizing state medical malpractice laws by taking away the legal rights of sick and injured patients. (Incredibly, Tea Party Caucus member Rep. Ted...

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BP, Feinberg and Some Shameful Legal Ethics

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 4:40 PM

I must admit that I'm new to the world of legal ethics. I don't practice law in the traditional sense. I don't have clients. It never seemed to be the most exciting or important area of law to study. I was wrong.

Late Wednesday, in a strong rebuke to BP...

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It's Time to Call Their Bluff: "Defensive Medicine" Is a Fraud

(27) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 6:40 PM

This week, our brand new U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) announced that he'll be convening hearings soon "to examine the constitutional concerns surrounding ObamaCare and the role medical malpractice reform can play in reducing health care costs." In other words, we once again...

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Senate Report: BP Pushed For Release of Lockerbie Bomber To Protect Its Oil Deals

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 1:05 PM

With so much happening legislatively this week and the holidays and all, even startling new Senate reports were somewhat overlooked. This one deserves attention, however.

On December 21, 2010, New Jersey Senators Menedez and Lautenberg and New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand released a scathing new report called,

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Doctors Don't Need Tort "Reform" -- They Need a Shrink

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 12:09 PM

About a year and a half ago, the New Yorker magazine published a widely-circulated article by Dr. Atul Gawande, called "The Cost Conundrum; What a Texas town can teach us about health care," which explored why the town of McAllen, Texas, "was the country's most expensive place for...

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Why I Care About BP's Legal Accountability

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2010 | 5:33 PM

Twelve years ago, I got together with some consumer advocates from around the country and formed the Center for Justice & Democracy. Our mission has always been to protect access to the civil courts for everyday people and fight attempts to limit corporate accountability for wrongdoing.

Our civil...

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Here's Really Why Your Insurance Rates Go Up - and Then Don't

(2) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 7:03 PM

Please bookmark this post and come back to it in a year or so. I say this because our collective memory, and especially that of mainstream news organizations, can be pretty short sometimes.

In case you haven't noticed, your liability insurance rates have been fairly stable for a few...

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Peter Orszag's Truly Bad Medical Malpractice Prescription

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 11:59 PM

Today's New York Times carries a column by recently-resigned budget director Peter Orszag, which begins with Orszag complaining that the health insurance reform bill did not do enough to federally "reform" state medical malpractice laws. He argues that Congress should "shield from malpractice liability any doctors who followed...

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