Friday, March 6, 2009
Here is the Spring Break edition of the Roundup. Notice it's shorter than usual.
Reform, Legislation, Policy
- Hawaii's House Judiciary Committee approved a bill on Tuesday that could lead to caps on noneconomic damages in med mal claims against doctors in five specialties. (Honolulu Advertiser)
- Utah Senate gives initial passage to a bill raising the burden of proof in emergency room med mal cases to "clear and convincing" evidence. (Salt Lake Tribune) Arizona has attempted to pass this legislation several times. I commented on it in this post.
- Oklahoma House passes a tort reform bill that would, among other things, cap noneconomic damages at $300,000. The bill moves on to the Senate. The Governor has not yet weighed in. (NewsOK)
- Physicians rally in Albany for decreased med mal insurance premiums and the ability to collectively bargain with insurers. (Times Union)
- The Massachusetts AG's office has criminally charged a man for insurance fraud. After legitimately breaking a tooth while eating in a restaurant, the man has collected approximately $36,000 for repeatedly making the same claim at different restaurants. (ABA Journal)
Trials, Settlements & Other Ends
- Chesapeake, VA settles a wrongful death case of a man hit by an animal control truck for $275,000. (VLW Blog)
- 9/11 settlements approved (WSJ Law Blog)
- Wyeth v. Levine has finally been decided, and the blogosphere is full of commentary. (Drug & Device Law, Public Citizen, Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog, Point of Law, Overlawyered, Consumer Class Actions & Mass Torts)
- Although in the intellectual property context, there is a podcast available here that features a punitive damages panel including Cathy Sharkey (NYU), Thomas Colby (GW), and Dan Markel (FSU). (Via Solove/Co-Op)