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When the Insurance Industry Covets Our Rights

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 07.14.2016 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

In 1995, a part-time actuary for the Alabama Insurance Department achieved what the insurance industry had been trying to accomplish in state legislatures nationwide for years.

The Funny Thing About Forced Arbitration and the CFPB

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.10.2016 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

I've been digging for anything amusing I can find about this rule because, as Gawker put it, this CFPB rule is "one thing that is too boring for anyone to pay attention to and also will potentially destroy your life."

The U.S. Chamber's Defective Litigation Machine

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 04.08.2016 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

In 1998, I founded the first consumer organization in the nation with an exclusive mission to halt and reverse the momentum for so-called "tort reform...

It's Time to End Dirty Back Rooms of Injustice

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

For those who haven't read the series, let me summarize: If you have a credit card, bank account, purchased anything over the internet, rented a car, placed a loved one in a nursing home or even gotten a new job lately, it is likely that you have unknowingly agreed to have any dispute with the company resolved in a private, biased, corporate-controlled arbitration system.

When a Corporation Is 'Too Big to Care' About Breaking the Law

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 09.16.2016 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

Given the rash of corporate abuse in this country, limiting punitive damages seems like the worst possible idea at the worst possible time. Yet over the last few decades, U.S. Supreme Court decisions and state lawmakers have severely weakened punitive damages.

Congress Must Raise Amtrak's Liability Cap

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

While this terrible tragedy is still in its very earliest stages, it's important to talk now not only about infrastructure and how to prevent similar disasters from recurring, but also about the victims and what they may face because of what Congress has done to them, too.

Nuclear Workers Deserve Better from Bechtel

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

It's not too late for LLNS (Bechtel and The Regents) to do the right thing by these dedicated workers. But whether or not they do, one thing's for sure. As one op -ed put it, "If ever there were a poster boy for privatization gone bad, this is it."

Small Businesses' Infinitesimal 'Tort' Problem

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

For years, Big Business lobby groups have been advancing a legislative agenda to limit the liability of corporations that cause injuries. One of their principal arguments is that tort restrictions are needed to allow small businesses to survive. Yet internal business surveys have consistently shown this view to be utterly groundless.

Respecting the Seventh Amendment

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

We are seeing more proposals to limit the right to jury trial than ever before.

Malpractice 'Caps' Treat Women, Children and Seniors as Second-Class Citizens

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

When a state 'caps' non-economic damages, politicians have essentially decided to value the destruction of someone's life by what that person would have earned in the marketplace, since lost earning are never 'capped.' This promotes a kind of caste system.

How Tort 'Reform' Ruins Health Care for Everyone

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 12.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanne Doroshow

No matter where you live, you should find these results to be extremely troubling. These days, we must all be concerned about unsafe hospital care and understand, as a nation, that "tort reform" laws are making things worse for everyone.

Corporate Lawyers Breaking Bad

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

Some recent developments in high-profile cases of corporate misconduct have created real concern over the ethical actions of some corporate attorneys. Saul Goodman is an outrageous, fictional character. But lately, his moral compass -- or lack of one -- is feeling a little too familiar.

An Asbestos Decision That Disserves Our Vets

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 07.08.2014 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

Asbestos is one of those lethal toxins that should not persist as a problem in this country, but it does.

Patient Safety Takes a Back Seat, Once Again

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 03.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Joanne Doroshow

If 20 jetliners began crashing weekly, said a safety expert recently, "There would be a national ground stop. Fleets would be grounded. Airports would...

Cookbook Medicine Is a Recipe for Disaster

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Joanne Doroshow

When triggered by the desire to reduce unwarranted variation in practice and provide patients with benchmark quality care, adherence to clinical guidelines can often improve patient safety. But turning guidelines into legal standards would be bad for both patients and doctors.

Max J. Rosenthal

Businesses Face A 'Devastating' New Threat | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 12.15.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- With the economy still weak, businesses may face a fresh blow from insurance companies next year, according to a new report published Th...

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

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Joanne Doroshow

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 organ...

The Tortured "Torts" of Sarah Palin and Oil

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

If you're part of the "tort reform" movement, which is still out there calling for liability limits on BP's corporate recklessness, a scholarly endorsement from Sarah Palin is where you'd go.

America Wakes Up to the Importance of Liability and the Stupidity of "Caps"

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Teachable moments can come almost anytime, from anywhere. The recent history of corporate and professional breakdowns and mess-ups should provide a n...

From Three Mile Island to BP: The Corporate Culture of Catastrophes and Cover-ups

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joanne Doroshow

As the lead lawyer who tried to stop GPU from re-opening Three Mile Island after the nuclear meltdown, I'm made horribly uncomfortable by news of the BP calamity. Similarities between the situations abound.

Time to Reform That Other Insurance Industry

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

We all depend on reasonably-priced insurance to function and I'm not talking just about heath insurance. Without affordable property-casualty insuran...

Huff and Puff

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

I think all these neo-con "think tank" guys deserve our sympathy. Let's help them return from Bizarro World. In case you doubt my sincerity, I have a history of trying to "give to those who take."