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Illinois Supreme Court Debates Damages Measures for Malpractice in Securities Cases

Our reports on the oral arguments from the May term of the Illinois Supreme Court continue with Goldfine v. Barack, Ferrazzano, Kirschbaum and Perlman. Goldfine poses a number of issues about legal malpractice actions arising...more

Undoing MICRA

It has been over thirty-five years since California became a leader in healthcare reform, addressing the malpractice insurance crisis in a measured way. In 1975, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (“MICRA”) capped...more

Florida Supreme Court’s Decision in McCall v. U.S:

- Determined that the statutory caps on wrongful death non-economic damages (i.e., mental pain and suffering) provided in Section 766.118, Florida Statutes were unconstitutional because they violated the right to equal...more

Florida Supreme Court Holds Statutory Cap on Non-Economic Wrongful Death Damages in Medical Malpractice Actions Violates the...

In Estate of Michelle Evette McCall, et. al. v. United States of America, SC11-1148 (Fla. 2014), the Florida Supreme Court decided the following certified question: Does The Statutory Cap On Wrongful Death Noneconomic...more

Florida High Court to Examine Retroactive Application of Noneconomic Damages Cap in Med Mal Cases

On October 15, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court accepted review of a case to decide whether the retroactive application of the cap on noneconomic damages for certain medical malpractice cases found in section 766.118, Florida...more

Florida High Court Upholds Florida's Birth Injury Compensation Plan (NICA)

Last term, the Florida Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of a state plan that provides up to $100,000 to the parents or legal guardians of an infant found to have sustained a birth-related neurological injury. See...more

Indiana Supreme Court Upholds Punitive Damages Statute

This week's post explores last week's Indiana Supreme Court decision State v. Doe that upheld the punitive damages statutory cap and allocation of 75% of any award to the state. We also take a look at what this decision...more

Tort Reform Limiting Medical Malpractice Awards in Texas: It Ain’t Workin’

Health care costs in Texas did not drop after passage of a 2003 constitutional amendment limiting medical malpractice awards, despite promises made to voters by tort reform supporters....more

The Enduring Myth of Medical Malpractice Reform

Sometimes it seems like the drive to control the amount of damages awarded for medical malpractice is on some kind of political message loop. Often called “tort reform,” it frequently is fodder in election campaigns, and is...more

Thayer v. Kabateck Brown Keller LLP: Law Firm Prevails on Anti-SLAPP Motion Against Non-Client Who Sued the Firm in Connection...

On the appeal of a ruling on an anti-SLAPP motion, the California Court of Appeal (First Appellate District, Division Two) recently held that a plaintiff had no standing to sue a law firm for its alleged improper handling of...more

Do Damage Cap Laws Pass Constitutional Muster?

Nearly 30 states currently limit the amount of damages that can be received in a medical malpractice lawsuit, according to the American Medical Association. States with damage caps vary wildly in their limitations and the...more

Roberts v. McAfee, Inc.: Backdating-Related Malicious Prosecution Claim Dismissed

The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an important decision underscoring how serious an obstacle the element of lack of probable cause can be in trying to establish a claim of malicious prosecuton. ...more

La responsabilità' professionale dello psichiatra

La responsabilita' professionale dello psichiatra non si differenzia da quella degli altri medici....more

Why We Can't Sue Our Way to Prosperity

The House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing earlier this week on "Can We Sue Our Way to Prosperity?: Litigation's Effect on America's Global Competitiveness." Speakers included a public...more

Louisiana Appeals Court Rejects Malpractice Cap in Tragic Case of Child Cancer Victim

The Third Circuit Court of Appeal in Louisiana has ruled the state’s $500,000 malpractice cap to be unconstitutional. Joe and Helena Oliver had sought relief from the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act, which shrank the...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Medical Malpractice Cap Law Unconstitutional

Last Thursday, in LeBron vs. Gottlieb Memorial Hospitalt, Docket No. 105741, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s medical malpractice law, which imposed caps on damages awarded to victims. The now-overturned...more

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