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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SCOTUS Should Affirm Federal Law Supremacy With FDA Authority Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to rein in state court rulings that impose liability on pharmaceutical companies that go beyond, and even contradict, the federal regulatory process of the FDA, according to Tiger Joyce, president of the American Tort Reform Association. He explains why it is imperative the high court review a case involving Janssen Pharmaceuticals.