Friday, September 5, 2008
In a week that saw hurricanes and the Republican National Convention, here's what happened in torts.
Reform, Legislation, Policy
- TX liability reforms and a plunge in premiums and lawsuits (amednews.com) (Via Point of Law)
- A call for a cerebral palsy fund in Australia by University of Melbourne prof David Studdert (Univ. of Melbourne News) (Via Point of Law)
- The Pop Tort offers critiques of medical malpractice caps here and here.
- Punitive Damages now available in Thailand (Cal Punitive Damages)
- The family of the man murdered on a Greyhound bus is suing the suspect, Greyhound, and authorities. (CBCNews.Ca) (Via Overlawyered)
- No preemption in Paxil suit (Via Products Liability Prof Blog)
Trials, Settlements & Other Ends
- Two class actions skews statistics showing a big uptick in trials (ABA Journal)
- "Case of the Collapsing Office Chair" decided by AK Supreme Court (Via Products Liability Prof Blog)
- A San Diego jury has awarded $40 million in punies in a case in which a helicopter crash killed 4 Marines. (Cal Punitive Damages)
- Walter Olson on comments on personal injury blogs ("A Comment about Comments")
- John Day on evidence of a plaintiff's extramarital conduct ("Your plaintiff is a scumbag")
- Ron Miller responds to this post from Mass Tort Defense ("Plaintiff's Lawyer are Committing Fraud and Defense Lawyers are Powerless to Stop it")