Top Lawyer to Medicaid Redesign Team: End “Litigation Lottery”

By–Scott Hobson At the October 27th meeting of the Medicaid Redesign Team, Corporation Counsel Michael Cardozo, the head of New York City’s Law Department, offered a list of twelve reforms to fix New York’s medical malpractice system and reduce costs to the Medicaid program. Mr. Cardozo has been the City’s top lawyer for nearly ten [...]

Court of Appeals Decision Dramatically Expands the Scaffold Law

On Wednesday, October 26, the highest court in New York State issued a decision on a case which will dramatically expand the scope of the “Scaffold Law.” In the case, Wilinski v. 334 East 92nd Housing Development Fund Corp, 2011 NY Slip Op 7477, a worker was demolishing the walls of a warehouse building. In front of [...]

U.S. Chamber Releases Study Demonstrating Economic Benefits for Improving State Legal Environments

“A report estimating the economic savings each state can realize by improving its legal environment was released at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s (ILR) 12th Annual Legal Reform Summit today. “Americans are rightly frustrated about the current state of the economy,” said ILR President Lisa A. Rickard at the Summit, which focused on [...]

New Tort Definition Expands Trespassers’ Right to Sue

A recent article  explains “a new Restatement of Tort (ROT) approved in April 2010 by the American Law Institute that alters the landowner-trespasser relationship—and has the potential to provide a trespasser with the legal means to sue a homeowner or association for injuries. It says what a court should do is give trespassers the same duty [...]

Tort Reform = Better Care

“Thanks to the passage of lawsuit reforms, medical care is now more readily available in many Texas communities. For many patients, this change has been life-altering; for some, life-saving. George Rodriguez walks today thanks to tort reform. Newly established Corpus Christi neurosurgeon Matthew Alexander urgently operated on Rodriguez’ spinal abscess, relieving the pressure on his [...]

Crain’s New York – Legal tactic or loan sharking?

“The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York is fighting Sean Coffey’s new venture to fund high-stakes litigation cases in exchange for a percentage of the lawsuits’ winnings. “This is lawsuit loan-sharking, plain and simple,” said Tom Stebbins, executive director of the alliance. He added that “alternative litigation funding” skirts the state’s consumer protection laws and will drive [...]

New York – Medical liability “crisis state”

The chairman of the American Medical Association (AMA) recently wrote a letter to the editor of a story published in the New York Times. The letter thanked the writer for stressing the need for tort reform and explained its benefits and widespread support: “To the Editor: The American Medical Association appreciates that your Oct. 7 editorial “Not Their Job” [...]

Lawyers in training sue New York Law School over misleading stats

A lawsuit was brought against the New York Law School in August by three former students who claim the school’s statistics on job success rates post-graduation were misleading.  The suit is seeking up to $200 million in tuition refunds for recent graduates as well as asking for clarity in its statistics. Last week, the New [...]

‘Over-the-hill’ actress sues Amazon over revealing her actual age

“In the entertainment industry, youth is king. If one is perceived to be ‘over-the-hill,’ i.e., approaching 40, it is nearly impossible for an up-and-coming actress, such as the plaintiff, to get work,” quotes the lawsuit filed by a US actress. The unnamed actress is suing Amazon, owners of the Internet Movie Database (IMDB),  alleging fraud, [...]

New York’s Insurance Rates Among the Highest in the Nation

By Scott Hobson – Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York A recent report by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (FLOIR) revealed that New York ranks worst in the nation for medical liability costs.  This troubling, but hardly surprising finding can now be added to New York’s list of dubious distinctions that include second highest [...]