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The Judicial-Industrial Complex

David Bergstein | Posted 02.25.2014 | Los Angeles
David Bergstein

An increasingly alarming number of frivolous cases are being filed, both as class action suits and individual claims. Many proceed for years, sometimes for more than a decade. Even if a claim is defeated, the costs involved in defending a claim are exorbitant.

Verdict Is In: California Courts Hellish

Sara Warner | Posted 02.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

Isn't it funny when you totally agree with somebody, but for totally different reasons? The D.C. based American Tort Reform Association released a report on Tuesday designating California as the nation's leading "Judicial Hellholes," and cited Los Angeles for being its hell-raising center.

Toxic Chemical Reform Must Help, Not Hinder, States and Victims' Rights

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 12.29.2013 | Green
Sidney Shapiro

In the United States, the framework for safeguarding people and the environment against the dangers of toxic chemicals comprises three mutually reinforcing legal systems.

Florida's New Medical Malpractice Law Makes Suing Doctors and Hospitals More Difficult for Injured Patients

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 08.06.2013 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

These changes are yet another example of how seemingly minuscule tweaking of a statute can create a tectonic shifting of power by stripping away the legal rights of the weakest members of our community and handing them over to the rich and powerful.

Bob the Businessman: An American Success Story

Dave Johnson | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

This is the story of Bob The businessman. This fable in no way is meant to make you think about the way that modern American corporations and the current American political system operates.

Dead Gynecologist's Shocking Crime May Have Hundreds Of Victims

The Baltimore Sun | Scott Dance and Justin Fenton | Posted 04.22.2013 | DC

Nearly 100 women, fearing that a Johns Hopkins gynecologist secretly videotaped and photographed them, contacted police Tuesday, and some potential vi...

The Slow Death of Justice in California

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

The societal harm caused by judicial budget slashing to crisis levels obviously stretches far beyond the damage caused to parties in individual cases. It undermines our democratic system.

The World's Biggest Hypocrites Are At It Again

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 02.03.2013 | Business
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

Class action lawyers collect billions of dollars in attorney's fees filing lawsuits against companies for failing to disclose this, making false and misleading statements about that, and breach of fiduciary duty for the other.

The Most Notorious One-Percenters

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

When it comes to wealth inequality, riches for the 1% (the lawyers) and peanuts for the 99% (the class members) is justice as usual in our nation's courts.

Exposing the Lie of Tort Reform

Larry Bodine | Posted 12.18.2012 | Crime
Larry Bodine

We can only hope that the Missouri Supreme Court starts a nationwide trend, supported by these and other studies, to eradicate the disease of tort reform.

Obamacare Lost Obama At Least One Group Of Voters

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.03.2012 | Business

Looks like Obamacare is not what the doctor ordered. More than half of physicians say they’ll vote for Mitt Romney come November 6th compared to ...

Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform: Yes, Deal Better With the Issues but Don't Get Sidelined From More Costly, Needed Health Care Reforms

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Medical malpractice costs are a flash point for physicians and malpractice trial lawyers, each side claiming their solutions must be heeded to avoid potential disaster for patients and our health care delivery system.

The GOP's Redonkulous Alternative to Obamacare

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Taylor Lincoln

Policymakers more concerned with their legacies than scoring political points would do well to transfer the energy they have devoted to demonizing litigation to championing proven patient safety measures that would save lives.

I'm With Stupid: The Sudsy Bavarian Secret to Getting Along

Todd Hartley | Posted 08.22.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Real beer gardens, as I've learned since arriving in Munich, bring together people from all walks of life to sit at long tables, eat pretzels and quaff ale from steins the size of Delaware.

Why I Am Leaving... the Practice of Being a Plaintiff's Class Action Lawyer*

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 07.24.2012 | Money
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

I can no longer look judges in the eye and tell them I am entitled to millions in fees for so-called class member "benefits" which I believe actually harms the interests of class members, consumers, and society in general.

Health Policy Dogs That Won't Hunt -- Even in Texas and Georgia

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Yes, HSAs can be just what the doctor ordered for the young, healthy and highly compensated among us, but many others who enroll in these plans find out when they get sick that coverage is far from adequate.

Americare: The Prescription for America if Obamacare Is Struck Down or Repealed

Howard Barbanel | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Howard Barbanel

The White House says the bill is important to cover millions of Americans who currently are uninsured. However, the bill would not extend an insurance umbrella over every uninsured American at all.

Patients Beware

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Rep. Bruce Braley

The Seventh Amendment preserves our right to jury trials. The Tenth Amendment allows the states to run their own court systems. Under H.R. 5, these rights are turned on their heads.

Rick Santorum's Wife Sued Doctor For $500,000 In 1999

The Huffington Post | Anna Staver | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has advocated capping medical malpractice awards at $250,000, but in 1999, his wife sued her doctor ov...

Rick Santorum's (and the GOP's) Damage Cap Problem

Patrick Malone | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics
Patrick Malone

All the Republican presidential candidates -- this year and stretching back for many campaigns -- propose damage caps and other rollbacks to the public's right to sue when injured by medical mistakes.

"Occupy" Your Local Courthouse?

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

The Wall Street Malaise has Seeped Into Our Halls of Justice In the past we have commented about the dysfunctional class action system and how class ...

After Recent Revelations, Hospitals Must Finally Become Safety-First Environments

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

For decades, and through one administration after another, the lack of safety in our healthcare system has gone un-addressed, placing us at greater and greater risk.

Supremes Will Uphold Obamacare to Keep Insurance Market from Collapsing

Wendell Potter | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Moderate conservative Anthony Kennedy will, I'm confident, recognize that without the law, the free-market system of health insurance, so highly valued by conservatives, will implode, sooner rather than later.

Christina Wilkie

Koch, Big Pharma 'Educate' Congress With Free Vacations | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. -- A recently-formed judicial "academy" funded by industry groups and conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is offer...

Rick Perry's Snake Oil Cure for Our Sick Health Care System

Wendell Potter | Posted 11.01.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

In his quest to win the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is perpetuating a convincing hoax: that implementing Texas-style tort reform would go a long way toward curing what ails the U.S. health care system.