Tort Reform

Online Media Mislead Readers About Jury Awards, Report Says

The news media often are criticized for distorted coverage of the legal system. But is digital journalism – news distributed via websites, Facebook, Twitter and other electronic channels – making matters worse? A report from a New York-based consumer advocacy group, the Center for Justice & Democracy, contends that is exactly the case. The center […]

Consumer Group’s Report Disputes Notion of Runaway Jury Awards

Are personal injury lawsuits, as many business groups contend, often frivolous and damaging to the nation’s economy? And are juries apt to side with plaintiffs and give them huge, unwarranted punitive damage awards? Quite the contrary, says a report by the Center for Justice & Democracy, a New York-based non-profit consumer group. The center’s analysis, based […]

Medical Malpractice Claims Usually Come Up Empty, Study Says

Each year, about one in 14 doctors gets sued for malpractice, but only one claim in five results in a settlement or other payout, according to the most comprehensive study of these claims in 20 years. While the findings might suggest that most of these claims are meritless, authors of the study in the New England […]

High Court Revives Suit Against Ford Over Death of Ejected Passenger

Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court decision opening the way to more consumer safety lawsuits against automakers already has revived a case filed by a woman who blames her son’s death on the window glass used in a Ford pickup truck. The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled last year that Mary Priester could not sue Ford […]

Minnesota’s ‘Cheeseburger Bill’ Seeks to Ban Obesity Suits

Minnesota could become the latest state to pass a so-called cheeseburger bill banning lawsuits by consumers who blame their obesity on the high-calorie offerings of fast-food restaurants. According to the National Restaurant Association, such bills have passed in 23 states, but similar legislation has failed twice in Minnesota, most recently in 2005. State Rep. Dean […]

Congrats, Philly! You Top the List of “Judicial Hellholes”

Philadelphia, home to the cheesesteak sandwich and the Liberty Bell, now has a new distinction: It just was rated the worst place in the country for a company to be sued. (Or perhaps, if you have a different perspective, the best place to be a plaintiff.) The “worst” ranking comes from the Judicial Hellholes list. […]

New Frontier in Investing: Lending Money for Lawsuits

Searching for money to go the distance in costly legal battles, many alleged victims of medical malpractice or corporate misdeeds are getting help from outside investors, including some financial heavyweights, says a report by the Center for Public Integrity and The New York Times. Always looking for lucrative projects to back, hedge funds, banks, and private investors are getting into the litigation business, laying […]

Health Experts Sound Off on Ways to Reduce Radiation from Scans

Health professionals agree that some radiation scans are unnecessary, and potentially harmful, but there is considerable debate over what needs to be done to protect patients. The discussion played out in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, where one health expert called for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to strengthen regulations, and two others […]

Malpractice Concerns Lead to More Cardiac Tests

About one in four cardiologists say they order tests to avoid being sued, a new study shows. The Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at Maine Medical Center in Portland surveyed nearly 600 doctors to determine, among other things, how non-medical issues influence their decisions to order invasive heart tests. From the Associated Press: Doctors […]

AMA: Georgia Court Overturning Medical Liability Caps Risks Healthcare Access

The president of the American Medical Association says a recent decision by the Georgia Supreme Court to strike down medical liability caps could limit patients’ access to healthcare. The reaction came in response to the court’s ruling on Monday, which said the $350,000 cap defined under a 2005 state law violates the right to a […]