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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Empirical Studies of Civil Liability at Northwestern

The Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth presents a Research Symposium on Empirical Studies of Civil Liability which will be held at Northwestern University School of Law, Thursday, October 9th-Friday, October 10th, 2008. This symposium brings together leading empirical legal scholars to evaluate the effects of civil liability on economic activity. The topics addressed are broad ranging and include alternative dispute resolution, tort reform, settlement behavior, and securities litigation.  The conference is organized by Professor Max Schanzenbach, Benjamin Mazur Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law.  Kip Viscusi is the Keynote Speaker.

The torts portions of the conference look promising.  There are panels on medical malpractice and punitive damages.  A sample of the panels: 

"The Cost of Representation:  Plaintiff's Legal Fees and Expenses in Texas Personal Injury Litigation" by David Hyman, Bernard Black, & Charles Silver

"Judicial Treatment of Noneconomic Compensatory Damages" by Ronald Allen & Alexia Brunet

"Why Do States Adopt Caps on Punitive Damages?" by Cathy Sharkey

"The Impact of Tort Reform on Health Insurance Premiums" by Ronen Avraham

"Does Medmal Reform Improve Access to Care in Under-Served Communities?" by Jonathan Klick

"Do Physicians Who are Sued for Malpractice Lose Market Share?" by David Dranove, Subramaniam Ramanarayanan, & Yasutora Watanabe

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