By Yul Ejnes, MD Physicians in California are mobilizing to oppose an initiative on the November ballot that will raise the cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. The current cap of $250,000 is part of California’s Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, or MICRA.
The Supreme Court on Monday gave companies more leeway to fend off securities-fraud lawsuits before trial, but it declined to overrule legal precedent that has undergirded investor class actions for more than two decades.
The Los Angeles Clippers have settled a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action lawsuit for $5.3 million. The lawsuit alleged the plaintiff and other class members received unsolicited text messages from an automated telephone dialing system that violated the TCPA.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today reacted to a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. that takes a step toward scaling back meritless securities class actions. The Chamber also urged Congress to do more to protect shareholders in these abusive cases.
In a recent issue of the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, retired Delaware Judge Peggy Ableman recalled a case she presided over in which a Florida firm recommended by Beaumont’s Brent Coon represented a woman and her son seeking damages from an asbestos company. Coon, meantime, had made claims for them against several bankruptcy trusts.
By Phoebe E. Stonbely, Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York Albany We applaud Sen. Schumer for proposing legislation to address New York’s doctor shortage (6/4/14 Troy Record: “Bill proposed by Sen. Charles Schumer addresses state’s shortage of primary care physicians”). The shortfall of doctors in New York is hardly a new problem; it has been a growing epidemic for decades, fueled in large part by a surplus of lawyers and inaction of the legislature in addressing the medical liability crisis faced by our state.
The Supreme Court of Mississippi has remanded an asbestos lawsuit, ruling the punitive damages award was improper because the trial judge influenced the jury when he asked them to clarify their verdict.
A $4.55 million settlement has been reached and finalized in a class action lawsuit against Best Buy after consumers claimed it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by making unsolicited telephone calls.