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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 [...]

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U.S. Chamber Survey Ranks Friendliest Courts for Business

Delaware, home base of more than half of all Fortune 500 companies, also has the most business-friendly courts in the country, a survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce suggests. By contrast, when it comes to a ''reasonable and balanced'' approach to tort liability cases, West Virginia is at the bottom of the heap, the survey says, with Lousiana [...]

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Georgia, Texas Supreme Courts Uphold Limits on Malpractice Suits

In a 4-3 ruling, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld a state law making it more difficult for patients to win malpractice lawsuits in cases where emergency medical assistance was required. The law, passed in 2005, requires plaintiffs to establish that emergency healthcare providers knowingly mistreated patients. The Associated Press reports [...]


A Nonfrivolous Suit

Supporters of tort reform — and late-night comedians — like to make fun of what they say are frivolous lawsuits. One they particularly like to lampoon is the case of the woman who sued McDonald’s after she was scalded by too-hot coffee. What they don’t talk much about is just how hot the coffee was or that the 79-year-old woman was hospitalized with severe injuries. The two sides ultimately settled.

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Analysis: Medical Malpractice Payments Down Again in 2009

The costs associated with medical malpractice lawsuits totaled less than half of 1 percent of overall healthcare costs last year, according to an analysis by the advocacy group Public Citzen. Public Citizen analyzed data from the federal government’s National Practitioner Data Bank, which has tracked malpractice payments since 1990. The [...]

Legal Urban Legends Hold Sway

Tall tales of outrageous jury awards have helped bolster business-led campaigns to overhaul the civil justice system. First of two parts Merv Grazinski set his Winnebago on cruise control, slid away from the wheel and went back to fix a cup of coffee. You can guess what happened next: The [...]