May 5, 2007
Publicity, Tort Reform, Journalism, and More
May 4, 2007
Some Back Story on the OK Veto
LegalNewsLine.com has a story on why the governor of Oklahoma vetoed the liability changes passed by the legislature last week. As it notes, Gov. Henry cited in a press release the opposition by the attorney general as very important in his decision:
A major factor in the governor’s decision was the opposition of Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson. The state’s top law officer said Thursday that SB 507 would make Oklahoma’s efforts to protect water quality and prevent pollution virtually impossible. Edmondson also raised concerns about the state’s ability to pursue other legal actions designed to protect its citizens.
“Obviously, the attorney general’s opinion carries great weight with me. I think it would be a huge mistake to tie this attorney general’s hands or the hands of any future attorney general when it comes to protecting our state and its citizens,” said the governor.
P.S. How odd to have an official party blog hosted on BlogSpot...
May 3, 2007
SSRI Labels to be Updated
In a move that will be at least of interest to litigation over suicidality and anti-depressants, the FDA has directed (FDA press release) makers of SSRIs to modify the black box warning about suicidality among young users of the drugs. The FDA has a page about anti-depressants, including the proposed new labeling.
May 2, 2007
Jackpot Justice - More Discussion
(I'm off this evening for a law-and-science gathering put together by SKAPP - not sure how the internet connection is there. So it may be quiet until Saturday.)
May 1, 2007
CQ on FDA Overhaul Bill
A must-pass bill is attracting various amendments; yesterday's Congressional Quarterly has an overview.
More on the Yahoo Lawsuit
The ACSBlog has a lengthy piece about the lawsuit brought by Wang Xiaoning's wife against Yahoo, alleging complicity in human rights abuses in China.
April 29, 2007
Contracting Around Malpractice Claims
That's what's happening some in Jersey:
If you want to see Ridgewood gynecologist Ruth J. Schulze, you'll have to sign a contract promising never to sue her for malpractice.
The veteran physician and a dozen other gynecologists in New Jersey require the contracts as a condition of treatment.
Schulze sees it as the only way to control the rising malpractice premiums that have put some of her brethren out of business.
The story indicates that patients aren't really quite giving up all rights to sue; they are instead agreeing to arbitration, to caps on noneconomic damages, and to no punitive damages.
The contract came about by way of a particular insurer specializing in OB/GYN coverage. The rates for doctors using the contract are approximately half of what they would be otherwise; the group also claims that it is much more aggressive about monitoring physician practice than is typical.