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Tort Reform Bill to Narrow Definition of Employee in Medical Negligence Actions

by Lathrop & Gage LLP on

SB 237 is a bill designed to limit the liability of hospitals and other healthcare providers for the actions or omissions of those who are not within a narrow definition of “employee.” SB 237 is designed as a legislative fix...more

Bunch of Bad Bills Brings Up Denial of Citizen Rights

Fast-Track Legislation Appears To Attack 7th Amendment - Tort reform has become a hot potato again as a series of proposed bills have been unleashed that impinge on the rights of people harmed or injured by product...more

Bill Would Impose New Restrictions On Class Actions

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 9, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (“H.R. 985” or the “Bill”), a bill that, if signed into law, would significantly modify class action...more

Evidence grows on lack of merit in GOP attack on harmed patients’ legal rights

Doctors should hold the prime role in the nation’s medical policy making, Tom Price, the orthopedist who is the Trump Administration’s top health expert, has insisted. But will the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary...more

The House Has Passed H.R.985: The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

by Benesch on

On March 9, 2017, at 6:53 p.m., by a vote of 220 to 201, with seven abstentions, the House of Representatives passed The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017. All 220 “ayes” were Republicans and of the “nays,” 187...more

House Passes Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

by BakerHostetler on

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985) (the Act). The Act – introduced by Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte – makes...more

Take Two!: Congress Revives the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act

This week, the House of Representatives is debating the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 (H.R. 985; the Act), a Republican-sponsored bill that, if passed, will critically change the procedures governing class...more

Curtailing Abusive Litigation: Congress to Consider Important Legal Reform Legislation This Week

If your organization is facing abusive litigation—or is concerned about that possibility—you may be pleased to know that, this week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to consider and pass four bills aimed at...more

President Trump Announces Health Care Priorities: Repeal/Replace of Obamacare; Tort Reform on Agenda

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On February 27, 2017, President Trump gave his first address to a joint session of Congress, outlining key points of his administration’s agenda. In his speech, the President reiterated his desire to repeal and replace the...more

GOP campaigning to strip patients of key legal protections

We all know how con artists work the streets. One might bump into you in a train or in a crosswalk, while the other grabs your wallet. Or one might smile and chat with a mom at a playground, while her partner nabs the purse....more

New Political Climate May Lead to Class Action Changes

by Lathrop & Gage LLP on

The election of a Republican President, along with a Republican U.S. Congress, and the election of a Republican Missouri Governor, combined with a Republican state legislature, are all spurring potential changes on the...more

Pay Back to Big Corporations — Unneeded Laws

It seems when Congress tries to pass a law taking away peoples’ rights they tack on a title that sounds like they are just trying to “tidy up” or do us a favor. Such is the result of House bill H.R. 985, which they have...more

Will Congress Overhaul Class Action Practice? A Quick Look at the Proposed Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

In 2016, House Republicans sponsored legislation aimed at curbing “no injury” class actions, which was supported by testimony from DRI, among others. The legislation passed the House but died in the Senate. Earlier this month...more

What Can the Business Community Expect from a Trump Administration

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

As Donald Trump’s administration takes shape, the business community stands watch expecting a business-friendly White House. Trump’s promises of fewer regulations and lower taxes have small and large businesses alike feeling...more

The 2016 Judicial Hellholes Report Is Out!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Each year the American Tort Reform Association (“ATRA”) publishes its “Judicial Hellholes Report” and examines problems in state court systems and challenges for corporate defendants in the fair and unbiased administration of...more

Be wary of counterfactual assertions about Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid

As speculation explodes about what the GOP and the president-elect will or won’t do with the Affordable Health Care Act (aka Obamacare), Medicare, and Medicaid, skeptical citizens would be well-served to learn as much as they...more

Replacing The Affordable Care Act: A Reality Infusion

by Dentons on

During the course of his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly promised to repeal and replace President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Certainly the Republican Party's continuing...more

"Looking Ahead: The U.S. Legal and Regulatory Environment Under a Trump Administration"

Election Day brought an end to a long period of uncertainty that caused market fluctuations and delayed business planning decisions. As we navigate the post-election landscape, many questions remain regarding the potential...more

How Might a Trump Administration Affect Our Sandbox?

by Reed Smith on

No, we’re not here to muse about how our lack of contact with advanced extra-terrestrial civilizations might be due to an unfortunate proclivity for “intelligent” life to invent technology that destroys their home planets...more

Probably the Best Wisconsin Law Decision We’ve Ever Seen

by Reed Smith on

Bexis, who took some lumps in probably the worst Wisconsin product liability decision ever (he filed PLAC’s amicus brief in Thomas v. Mallett, 701 N.W.2d 523 (Wis. 2005)), just read what we believe is the best Wisconsin law...more

Massachusetts Rebuffs Latest Plaintiff Attack on Reproductive Choice

by Reed Smith on

We’ve often thought that tort reform should be a major goal of those interested in preserving women’s reproductive choice. Every prescription medicine has risks, which is why the FDA requires a prescription in the first...more

Tort reform, apportionment and immunity

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Applying Ohio’s tort reform legislation to a situation where a non-party is immune from the tort liability in issue has resulted in contradictory holdings. This article originally appeared in the 2016 September/October...more

Punitives Slashed in Wyoming Carbon Monoxide Case

by Snell & Wilmer on

In a case closely watched by tort reformers, a federal appeals court has whittled a $25.5 million punitive damages award to $1.95 million in a carbon monoxide poisoning lawsuit in Wyoming. Reversing much of the lower...more

Nader’s latest crusade: falsehoods about lawsuits, suspect tort reform

Americans have been brainwashed into disbelieving a fundamental truth about their legal system: Lawsuits actually are good for the country. They aren’t as costly nor as numerous as conventional wisdom holds. And they play a...more

Everyone Must Get Sued – Really?

by Butler Snow LLP on

In his famous August 13, 1987 opinion granting summary judgment in W.B. Crain v. Cleveland Lodge 1532, Order of Moose, Inc.; in the Circuit Court of Bolivar County, Mississippi, Second Judicial District; No. 7887,...more

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