Structured Settlement Reform: S. 5697 (2003)
Provided for a fix to the Desiderio decision. The Desiderio
Provided for a fix to the Desiderio decision. The Desiderio decision resulted from poorly drafted language of a 1986 law designed to address tort liability and resulted in the double-counting of inflation on judgments against hospitals; in one case a $40 million judgment into an almost $140 million judgment, which was upheld by the New York State’s Court of Appeals. Other provisions were included that were favorable to the trial bar: accelerated payments to plaintiffs; a provision which allows up to $500,000 in damages for pain and suffering, or 35% of the pain and suffering award, whichever is greater to be awarded as a lump sum, rather than the old limit of $250,000; and a reduction in the time pain and suffering awards are to be paid from 10 years to 8 years.
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Florida Lawmakers Pass Landmark Legal Reform
HB 837 heads to Governor’s desk
Transparency in Tort Reform
This letter-to-the-editor was originally published by the Tampa Bay Times in response to their March 13, 2023 article “Florida lawmakers want to help insurance companies by limiting lawsuits.“ The “tort […]
The 3rd Circuit’s bankruptcy gift to the trial bar
Our civil justice system is intended to resolve issues among parties & provide clarity on the law. But in this situation, the 3rd Circuit failed to do either.
Florida Lawsuit Abuse Reform Prioritized by Governor and Legislative Leaders
American Tort Reform Association leads on advocating for transparency in damages in civil cases
A Time for Choosing at the National Association of Attorneys General
This op-ed was originally published by Real Clear Policy. There’s a growing chorus of criticism against the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) for the organization’s perceived political bias and […]
Lawyers Win Big From J&J Bankruptcy Decision
Over 40,000 claimants have been relegated to an overburdened and inefficient civil justice system.