Toxic Torts. Legal news and articles for March 28 - 29, 2012

Obamacare & Federal Tort Reform, Perfect TogetherHouse Panel Grills Consumer Protection Chief on What Defines 'Abusive' Lending ...Johanns suggests health care reform a step at a timeChilling New Ways Patients Are Suing DoctorsContentious legislative session comes to an endThe Nation: Obamacare Is Not Dead YetMTN Promised Money, Weapons, UN Votes in Iran, Rival SaysAudio: 10 moments from the Supreme Court debate on healthcareRepublican Sen. Mike Lee Again Opposes Federal Tort ReformJudge upholds Texas' 2003 tort reformObamacare: Not Dead YetLive Blog: Obama Health Law at the Supreme Court, Day 3Tower of Power Sues Warner Music Group Corp. Over Digital RoyaltiesRottenstein Law Group Learns of Research Showing SSRI Use By Pregnant Women Is ...Hear the Justices speak: 10 moments from the Supreme Court hearing on healthcare

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Can Foreigners Sue International Corporations in US Courts?
ABC NewsMarch 4, 2012

The company has denied involvement in atrocities. Normally, such a suit would be filed in Nigeria, where the events took place, or in the Netherlands or the United Kingdom where the corporate subsidiaries are based. But lawyers for the villagers ...more »

Rottenstein Law Group Pleased by FDA Device Chief's Recommendation to Close ...
WebWire (press release)March 6, 2012

The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, a lawyer with over two decades of experience in compassionate representation of clients in consumer ...more »

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Obamacare & Federal Tort Reform, Perfect Together
InjuryBoard.comMarch 29, 2012

Constitutional conservatives and states' rights advocates consistently oppose both Obamacare and federal tort reform. That's why VA AG Ken Cuccinelli sued to block Obamacare and promised to sue to block any federal law to limit medmal awards.more »

House Panel Grills Consumer Protection Chief on What Defines 'Abusive' Lending ...
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)March 29, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Act that created the CFPB gives the agency the authority to police lending practices that are unfair and deceptive – both familiar terms from other consumer protection statutes – but added a new standard: abusive.more »

Johanns suggests health care reform a step at a time
Lincoln Journal StarMarch 29, 2012

Mike Johanns said Congress should move "a step at a time" in making improvements to the health care insurance system if the US Supreme Court strikes down the health care reform law. Tort reform headed the list when Johanns was asked Thursday during his ...more »

Chilling New Ways Patients Are Suing Doctors
MedscapeMarch 29, 2012

Several novel approaches for bringing suit diverge from standard medical malpractice cases. Plaintiff attorneys have attempted to expand tort law to successfully sue physicians, such as "loss of chance," failure to medically monitor, and civil rights ...more »

Contentious legislative session comes to an end
WisBarMarch 29, 2012

This degree of control allowed Republicans to steer the tort reform bill through the Legislature quickly and with few changes that they didn't want, foreshadowing how much of the rest of the legislative session would unfold. The new tort reform law has ...more »

The Nation: Obamacare Is Not Dead Yet
NPRMarch 29, 2012

Justice Kennedy asked whether the law should be required to meet a higher burden of justification because it "fundamentally alters the relation between the government and the people." As he explained, tort law generally does not place affirmative ...more »

MTN Promised Money, Weapons, UN Votes in Iran, Rival Says
BloombergMarch 28, 2012

Today's complaint cites violations of the Alien Tort Statute, a 1789 law that gives US courts' jurisdiction in some instances to consider claims by foreigners for illegal conduct that occurred in another country. The law is usually cited in ...more »

Audio: 10 moments from the Supreme Court debate on healthcare
Chicago TribuneMarch 28, 2012

Justice Antonin Scalia by Los Angeles Times Justice Kennedy takes a critical stance on the healthcare law by reflecting on the nature of tort law. Kennedy questions whether the government can force a person to do an "affirmative act.more »

Republican Sen. Mike Lee Again Opposes Federal Tort Reform
InjuryBoard.comMarch 28, 2012

It's the states that come up with the system of tort laws that govern medical malpractice lawsuits. So states control all these drivers of health care costs. It's entirely appropriate for states to engage in more comprehensive types of reform.more »

Judge upholds Texas' 2003 tort reform
Legal News LineMarch 28, 2012

BY JOHN O'BRIEN MARSHALL, Texas (Legal Newsline) - A federal judge has upheld Texas' cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. On Tuesday, US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap adopted the report and recommendation submitted by Magistrate ...more »

Obamacare: Not Dead Yet
The Nation.March 28, 2012

Justice Kennedy asked whether the law should be required to meet a higher burden of justification because it “fundamentally alters the relation between the government and the people.” As he explained, tort law generally does not place affirmative ...more »

Live Blog: Obama Health Law at the Supreme Court, Day 3
Wall Street Journal (blog)March 28, 2012

The Supreme Court on Wednesday is entering the last of its three days of arguments over the Obama health-care law, with justices set to weigh what happens to the rest of the overhaul if the court strikes down the requirement that individuals carry ...more »

Tower of Power Sues Warner Music Group Corp. Over Digital Royalties
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)March 28, 2012

?California-based trial law firm,? ?and the Law Offices of Lopez? & ?Associates,? ?have filed a class action complaint? (?Case? ?#? ?1531?) ?in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against? ?Warner Music Group Corp.more »

Rottenstein Law Group Learns of Research Showing SSRI Use By Pregnant Women Is ...
PR Web (press release)March 28, 2012

The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based law firm that represents clients in mass tort actions. The firm was recently founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients in consumer ...more »

Hear the Justices speak: 10 moments from the Supreme Court hearing on healthcare
Chicago TribuneMarch 28, 2012

Verrilli asserts it is an economic problem that the law addresses by bringing reforms to the insurance market for individuals, all of whom will need medical services at some point in their lives. Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli Jr. by Los Angeles Times ...more »

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