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Meet Rick Perry's Religious Right Patron | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry is expected to rally Christian conservative leaders in Texas this weekend to discuss strategies for his bid for th...

40 Years Ago This Week: The Blueprint for Corporate Rule

Charlie Cray | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business
Charlie Cray

Forty years ago this week, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., an attorney from Richmond, Virginia, drafted a confidential memorandum for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that described a strategy for the corporate takeover of the dominant public institutions of American society.

Apology Statutes Preserve Relationships

Brad Reid | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business
Brad Reid

A lack of an apology in tort claims causes some persons to sue to vindicate their sense of injustice and to ease their emotional pain. An apology may facilitate healing pain and preserve relationships.

Deeper Lessons of the Debt Crisis

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics
Arthur Rosenfeld

The ludicrous circus called the debt crisis reveals very interesting things not only about our political tendencies, our economic system, and the way ...

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

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 08.26.2011 | Entertainment
Joanne Doroshow

The name comes from the infamous "McDonald's Coffee Case," which most people believe involved a greedy coffee drinker who spilled hot coffee on herself and won millions for no reason. When you see this film, you'll learn what really happened.

Supreme Court Ruling Is Not Bad News For Consumers, the Class Action System Is the Real Culprit

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

Our local newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, published an editorial headlined, "Supreme Court Ruling Is Bad News For Consumers," which reflects t...

Bill Falls Short on Protecting Patients

Gibson Vance | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Gibson Vance

Congress must put more important priorities, like patient safety, first. H.R. 5 certainly is no answer to addressing the real problems in America's health care system.

Lone-Star State 'Reform' a Texas-Sized Distortion

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Wendell Potter

When Republicans talk about how health care should be reformed, they typically mention malpractice reform, citing Texas as a role model. But a closer look at Texas raises doubts its claimed benefits.

Wikipedia Wars

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

Recently, I noticed that someone (a plaintiff's class action lawyer perhaps?) wrote a Wikipedia page about so-called "professional objectors" in class...

Class Warfare III -- Losing Your Right to Fight Back

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Larry Beinhart

Litigation seems to be a particularly American disease. Why? We don't believe in collective responsibility and collective solutions.

The Class Action Mess in a Nutshell

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

Warren Buffett presciently observed that financial derivatives were economic "weapons of mass destruction." Judge for yourself whether class action litigation has achieved "weapon of mass destruction" status.

Our Unsafe Healthcare System Is The Issue, Not Caps on Tort Settlements

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

A little-noticed proposal in the President's budget managed to squeak by without a ripple in the media, or comment from savvy political pundits and progressive activists.

A Medical Liability Reform That Will Actually Work

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

H.R. 5 imposes cruel measures on the backs of the innocent and injured. How could so many doctors be sued, when almost no one sues and those who do are not suing frivolously?

In Memoriam: Christina Zisa

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Christina Zisa's story is worth telling, particularly in light of our President's speech last night in which he expressed interest in bringing down healthcare costs by enacting "medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits."

Weekly Pulse: Don't Snort Bath Salts, Kids

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger According to Robin Marty of, today's young whippersnappers are snorting bath salts and pl...

Shoot This Stalking Horse for Tort Reform -- The Debt Commission's Bait and Switch

Martha Burk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha Burk

It was just a lone sentence tacked on to the very end of a long New York Times article titled "Panel Seeks Social Security Cuts and Higher Taxes," abo...

US Health Care Reform, As Seen From the Trenches (Part 2 of a 6 Part Series)

S.I. Adam, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
S.I. Adam, M.D.

Medical-legal reform received only lip-service during the Federal health care legislative process in the spring of 2010 -- drastically disregarded as fundamental contributors to high health care costs.

Question: What Do Wells Fargo Bank and Class Action Lawyers Have in Common?

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

When is the judiciary going to examine the schemes of class action lawyers with the same zeal with which it scrutinizes the business practices of American corporations?

Partisan Justice

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andrea Lyon

Justice of a state supreme court is not a police officer or sheriff. He or she is there to follow statutes and case law precedent and to mete out justice. Sometimes that might mean making a decision that requires siding with someone unsavory or unpopular.

Obama Calls Out Bankers, but What About the Class Action Lawyers, Mr. President?

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

Class action lawyers regularly receive huge bonuses for winning less than stellar results for their clients. Mr. President, you can help by using your bully pulpit to call attention to this misuse of our legal system.

A Luxury America Can No Longer Afford

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

In one of the largest securities class actions in history, the best the plaintiff's lawyers could do was a settlement in which class members got 1¢ for every $1 of damages claimed.

The Class Action's Frankenstein Status Confirmed

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

We all know the story of Dr. Frankenstein, whose well intentioned discovery of reviving the dead regrettably creates a monster who wreaks havoc on his...

A New Model for Mass Torts?

Charles M. Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles M. Silver

President Obama's treatment of BP doesn't worry me much, but a general shift of responsibility for mass torts from the courts to the executive branch certainly would.

Toyota -- The Latest Lawyer Feeding Frenzy

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

The Toyota lawsuit spectacle continues with hundreds of ambulance-chasing plaintiff's lawyers traveling to San Diego to get the court system to award ...

Obama Gives Historic Speech on Tort Reform Part II: Vows to End Lawyers' Disgraceful Misuse of Our Legal System for Private Gain

Lawrence W. Schonbrun | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lawrence W. Schonbrun

Thank you. Thank you. Hello my fellow American citizens. Some of you may have heard the speech I gave recently on the need for tort reform, and, in...