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Tort reform, apportionment and immunity

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

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?

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

Passive Trademark Licensor Held Not Liable for Product Defect

Can merely licensing a trademark result in strict liability for injuries resulting from a product bearing the trademark? A decision earlier this month says no....more

It’s an Election Year, So It’s Time for a Tort Reform Bill & Snappy Acronym

If it’s an election year, it must be time for someone in Congress to propose a tort reform bill and to come up with a snappy acronym—the more tortured, the better. And Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) has done just that, with...more

Obamacare in the Courtroom: In the Matter of Double Recovery

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a/k/a Obamacare, was drafted to make health care and health insurance more affordable and more available to more Americans as well as to relieve some of the burden on...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 22, 2016

IN THIS ISSUE: In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Queensland 12 February 2016 - Gobus v State of Queensland (Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and...more

The Question Remains Unanswered: Tennessee Supreme Court Rules that Ripeness Doctrine Precludes a Decision on the...

Commonly known as “Tort Reform,” the Tennessee Civil Justice Act of 2011 (the Act”), Tenn. Code Ann. 29-39-101 et seq., limits the amount an injured plaintiff may recover for non-economic damages to a cap of $750,000 (except...more

Denver City Council Passes Construction Defect Litigation Reform Ordinance

After successive failures to pass similar legislation at the state level, the Denver City Council is following Lakewood and other municipalities to pass reforms to curb construction defect litigation. Designed to address...more

The Constitutionality of Tennessee Tort Reform Will Have to Wait

On March 10, 2015, I posted a blog about a recent court ruling that the Tennessee Civil Justice Act of 2011 (Tennessee’s statutory tort reform) was unconstitutional.  The ruling, made in an automobile accident case, held that...more

Arbitration of Nursing Home Suits: Take Two

Quasi Tort Reform in Nursing Home Litigation Is on the Way! Last fall, I posted a blog about the national trend of including arbitration provisions in nursing home admission agreements. This trend peaked following the...more

The Insidious Myth of Tort Reform | Medical Malpractice

We all have the right to safety, to know that if we are harmed, those responsible will be held accountable, regardless of their occupation. For years, insurance companies and lobbyists have tried to sway state legislators and...more

ABA Hijinks – Defeat the Resolution Supporting Unlimited Punitive Damages

Most of us are members of the American Bar Association. Some of us are more active than others. At one extreme, Bexis has been in what the ABA calls “leadership,” as editor of the Mass Torts Newsletter, for some 15 years. ...more

Will HR 1927 Kill the Class Action?

Since HR 1927 was introduced, there has been an outcry that it will “kill the class action.” In fact, opponents (among them Professors Alexandra Lahav, Samuel Issacharoff (Issacharoff HR1927 Letter), and Arthur Miller...more

Practical Guidance on Application of Caps on Non-Economic Damages and Punitive Damages

In 2011, Tennessee joined a growing number of states that passed tort reform. In Particular Tennessee Code Annotated § 29-39-102 provides for caps on non-economic damages and Tennessee Code Annotated § 29-39-104 provides for...more

The Roof Is On Fire: Trial Court Finds Tennessee Non-Economic Damages Cap Unconstitutional

Just four years ago, the Tennessee legislature passed the Civil Justice Act of 2011, making it the latest in a growing number of states to statutorily cap the maximum amount of non-economic damages available to plaintiffs in...more

Tennessee Tort Reform Ruled Unconstitutional

On March 9, 2015, Judge W. Neil Thomas, III, Hamilton County Circuit Court, ruled that the Tennessee Civil Just Act of 2011’s cap on non-economic damages awarded to injured plaintiffs is unconstitutional....more

Does French law recognise a duty to mitigate?

Introduction - On 2 July 2014, the 1st Civil Chamber of the French Cassation Court reaffirmed that a tortfeasor is liable for all consequences resulting from his or her tort. The victim of the tort has no duty to...more

Missouri Supreme Court Holds Statute Capping Punitive Damages Violates Right To Trial By Jury

On September 9, 2014, in a unanimous opinion authored by the Honorable Patricia Breckenridge, the Missouri Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional a Missouri statute which imposed a cap on the amount of punitive damages...more

You Should Know - September 2014

In this issue: - Defend Your Rights - 10 Key Conversations - Conservative Opposes Tort Reform - Excerpt from “Tort Reform” Threatens Our Constitutional Liberties: Wednesday, Sept. 17...more

Deadly Bus-FedEx Truck Crash Highlights The Need For A Strong Civil Justice System Despite Lobbyists Push For “Tort Reform”

As families of those killed in the crash between a bus and a FedEx truck on April 10th begin to look for justice in this terrible crash, lawyers from all stakeholders take note of the NTSB report. While the families of the...more

Annual Report On “Judicial Hellholes”

The American Tort Reform Association has released its annual report on “Judicial Hellholes”—a term it popularized for jurisdictions in which defendants often contend that they can’t get a fair shake. This year’s report...more

Baseless Claims In Texas Now Have Financial Consequences

On March 1, 2013, Rule 91a of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect, permitting early challenges to allegedly baseless claims. The new rule permits a party to file a motion to dismiss a cause of action on the...more

Tort Reform in Oklahoma? Again??

In “The Godfather Part III”, Michael Corleone utters the famous line, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” Similarly, the Oklahoma Legislature is at this very moment (the one that is taking place as I type,...more

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