May 20, 2008
Mandatory Disclosure of Malpractice Insurance Closer to Rule-Reality in California
Posted by Alan Childress
Mike Frisch had an earlier post in March on the move in California toward requiring disclosure to clients as to whether there is malpractice coverage. And HALT and the ABA tally states by their protecting clients this way, as I noted in 2006 here.
Now Law.com, via The Recorder's Dan Levine, reports that the California bar's board of governors "voted 16-4 on Friday to finally approve new rules on coverage disclosure, an issue that's been festering there for two years. Under the compromise -- which still must be approved by the state Supreme Court -- lawyers who expect to bill a client for more than four hours must pipe up if they aren't covered for malpractice." The governors rejected earlier versions which reached further -- such "proposals included noting a lawyer's insurance status on his or her Bar Web page."
The status of a similar proposal in Virginia [delayed] was noted by Mike here.
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Very timely. Texas is considering that as we speak: http://www.statesman.com/business/content/business/stories/other/05/21/0521malpractice.html
Posted by: Brooks Schuelke | May 21, 2008 7:39:13 AM
Thanks for the tip, Brooks, about Texas. If you see that it passes (or fails), I would appreciate another tip* like this! --Alan
*via posting a comment here, or emailing achildr[at]Tulane[dot]edu , but with a heading that makes it not get caught as spam, e.g., 'your blog on TX malpractice insurance' [rather than blank or erectile dysfunction news] Thank you again.
Posted by: Alan Childress | May 22, 2008 6:30:44 AM