Friday, February 12, 2010

Personal Injury Roundup No. 66 (2/12/10)

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • A lower pain-and-suffering damages cap for med malpractice suits under consideration in Utah.  (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • FDA considers changing serving size information.  (NY Times)
  • Connecticut gubernatorial candidate calls for medical malpractice tort reform.  (Stamford News)
  • First Lady Michelle Obama discusses health care reform and obesity on Larry King. (CNN)

New Lawsuits

Trials, Settlements and Other Ends

Appeals

  • Third Circuit holds that Federal Tort Claims Act suits must state "sum certain" even if treatment is on-going.  (NJ Law Journal/law.com)
  • Washington Supreme Court rejects nationwide consumer fraud class action against AT&T.  (Mass Tort Defense)

Damages

  • Florida judge says he intends to reduce $224M punitive damages award to individual smoker.  (Cal Punitive Damages)
  • Meanwhile, a Philadelphia judge reduced the punitive damages against Wyeth in a Preempro case from $75M to $5.6M.  (Mass Torts Profs)

Miscellaneous


--SBS

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