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Tort Reform

CSX Civil Lawsuit, Midterm Victories Are Tort Reform Victories (Update)

Sara Warner | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

Don't look now, but the midterm elections are not the only huge November win for the politically conservative Koch brothers, and likely not even their most relevant. The CSX Transportation company, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, also scored a huge civil court victory.

No Bull: Vote YES on CA Propositions 45 & 46!

Ellen Snortland | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Ellen Snortland

Don't be fooled by insurance companies and the obscene amounts of money they're spending to defeat these measures.

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

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 10.29.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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.

Sue the Republican Majority in Congress

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 10.04.2014 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Whereas full-body contact and the use of firearms may be a preferred tactic to settle individual grievances for those with less financial means, the elite class prefers to fight through their lawyers, a form of legal combat with established rules.

Pandora's Box: Dems Should Pay Close Attention to Victims Facing Asbestos Perjury Claims

Sara Warner | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

It's one thing to embrace political allies like the trial lawyers, but I'm hoping my fellow Democrats shed light on this gray area. By doing so, and by focusing on protecting victims, we can avoid some of the election-year debris from this particular train wreck.

Florida's Supreme Court Finally Takes a Stand for Victims of Medical Malpractice

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 05.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Spencer Aronfeld

As a Florida personal injury attorney who has worked hard to help injured patients and their families, I believe that this decision comes 11 years too late.

Justice Takes the Slow Lane

Sara Warner | Posted 04.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Sara Warner

Access to justice in Los Angeles has become more difficult than it is elsewhere, even in much of California. And while I'm not the first to note that whatever happens in California eventually makes its way across the country, that trend is coming to deny access to a courthouse near you.

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...

Maybe It's Time to Find a New Word for "Reform"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Today, as Orwell predicted, we need a new political language. "Reform" is being used in our political discourse by the wealthy and corporate mouthpieces as code for privatizing and deregulating every public service they can get their greedy hands on.

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.