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  • Candidate who didn't even vote wins Democratic nomination

    08/05/2015 7:15:42 PM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 19 replies
    The Journal ^ | August 5, 2015 | Rogelio V. Solis
    Robert Gray of Jackson, who won the Democratic primary for governor over two candidates, Vicki Slater, a trial lawyer backed by much of the Democratic establishment and Dr. Valerie Adream Smartt Short, an obstetrician-gynecologist, is interviewed in the hallway of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. Gray, a long distance truck driver, was a surprise winner, having spent virtually no money on advertisement and doing a limited amount of campaigning. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
  • Why Perry Won't Run for President

    07/19/2011 1:42:48 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 62 replies
    CarlParkerisms ^ | July 19, 2011 | Carl Parker
    .....Having been a watcher of Rick Perry’s career for many years, and having served with him in the Legislature, I believe that much like the leopard, his spots do not change. First of all, Perry is an opportunist; and a very lucky one at that. Perry got elected as a Democrat and switched to the Republican Party to run for Agriculture Commission after having advocated the end of that office because the incumbent had the audacity to insist that farmers reveal to farm workers what poisons they were spraying on them in the fields. Perry got elected Lt. Governor with...
  • Boy Scouts of America Found Negligent in Landmark Sex Abuse Case

    04/14/2010 2:48:20 PM PDT · by MrEdd · 35 replies · 911+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 13, 2010 | EMILY FRIEDMAN
    An Oregon jury found the Boy Scouts of America and the local scout chapter negligent today in a landmark case that accused the iconic organization of covering up alleged sexual abuse of several of its boy scouts for years. The Boy Scouts of America face charges of sexual abuse by scout leaders.The nine-member jury ordered the organization to pay $1.4 million in damages, and will now move into a punitive phase that could result in the Boy Scouts of America paying a penalty that could reach $25 million. That decision is not expected for weeks. ~ Skip ~ In the...
  • Oregon jury finds Boy Scouts negligent in sex case

    04/13/2010 12:31:03 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 21 replies · 1,014+ views
    hosted ^ | Apr 13 | WILLIAM McCALL
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Jurors on Tuesday found the Boy Scouts of America negligent and awarded $1.4 million to a former Portland man who was abused by an assistant Scoutmaster in the early 1980s, following a three-week trial in which secret Scout "perversion files" were used as evidence. The jury also decided the Irving, Texas-based Scouts organization was liable for punitive damages that will be decided in a separate phase of the trial. That would be in addition to the $1.4 million. The Scouts denied allegations of negligence and said the files actually helped them keep child molesters out of...
  • Attorney (John) O'Quinn killed in car wreck

    10/29/2009 10:20:10 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 57 replies · 2,785+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | October 29, 2009 | DALE LEZON
    <p>Prominent Houston attorney John O'Quinn was one of two men who died this morning when their SUV slammed into a large tree on Allen Parkway after the driver apparently lost control, police said.</p> <p>"I'm stunned. The community lost one of its biggest assets," said Rick Laminack, who worked with O'Quinn from 1987 until 2006. "He was a great lawyer who shared a lot of his wealth with people who needed help."</p>
  • Uncle Sam's Human Lab Rats

    05/21/2009 9:47:44 AM PDT · by BGHater · 4 replies · 351+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | 16 May 2009 | Bruce Falconer
    They say government scientists messed with their minds. Now, veterans of secret psychedelic tests want answers. Their stories are a staple of conspiracy culture: broken men, suffering hallucinations and near-total amnesia, who say they are victims of secret government mind-control experiments. Think Liev Schreiber in The Manchurian Candidate or Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory. Journalists are a favorite target for the paranoid delusions of this population. So is Gordon Erspamer—and the San Francisco lawyer's latest case isn't helping him to fend off the tinfoil-hat crowd. He has filed suit against the CIA and the US Army on behalf of the...

    08/13/2008 3:09:33 PM PDT · by Syncro · 36 replies · 323+ views ^ | August 13, 2008 | Ann Coulter
    EVEN BY TRIAL LAWYER STANDARDS, EDWARDS A REAL SLEAZEBAGAugust 13, 2008 The good news: DNA testing has confirmed that John Edwards is not the father of Rielle Hunter's baby. The bad news: The father is Bill Clinton. Ha ha -- just kidding! It's almost impossible to get pregnant by having the type of sex Bill Clinton prefers. Also, by now, everyone has heard the news that Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, has refused to grant a paternity test. I wonder if Edwards knew that when he was making his chesty offer to take a paternity test? Edwards gushed to ABC's Bob...
  • Edwards Admits Affair

    08/08/2008 11:57:31 AM PDT · by JennysCool · 764 replies · 2,562+ views
    ABC News ^ | 08-08-08 | ABC News
    ABC Radio news just announced Sen. John Edwards will admit to the affair with Rielle Hunter in an interview with the network, but insists the child is not his. We return you to your regularly-scheduled FReeping.
  • A New Excuse in Defense of Plaintiffs' Lawyer Misconduct Charges

    05/16/2008 7:31:29 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 1 replies · 71+ views
    ChamberPost ^ | 05/15/2008 | Lisa Rickard
    This seems to be the year of big-time plaintiffs’ trial lawyers facing bad behavior charges. The latest case is the Kentucky Three – wealthy trial lawyers who are now themselves on trial, accused of stealing $65 million from their clients in a diet drug settlement. During the ongoing – and increasingly bizarre – saga, a new excuse has been articulated by the defense attorney for Melbourne Mills, Jr.: the accused suffered from alcoholism, wasn’t involved in the case and therefore could not be held accountable.
  • Follow the money trail to see why Dem Congress shields trial lawyers

    05/09/2008 9:39:23 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 3 replies · 63+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 05/09/2008 | John Boehner
    A scandal has been emerging in the trial lawyer industry. It points to a potentially cancerous growth in our economy that is killing jobs and hampering prosperity at a time when families are being pummeled by the rising cost of living. What are Democrats in Congress planning to do about it? So far, the answer has been: nothing.
  • The Mortgage Rescue Bill... with a Trial Lawyer Earmark Thrown in

    05/08/2008 8:02:19 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 7 replies · 52+ views
    ChamberPost ^ | 05/08/2008 | Bryan Quigley
    Pop quiz question: Who are the victims of the recent housing crisis? A. Borrowers who signed mortgages they couldn't afford B. Owners who have seen the values of their homes plummet C. Local governments who are dealing with neighborhoods of vacant, foreclosed housing and a shrinking tax base If you chose any of the above, you are wrong. According to the latest legislation getting ready to pass the House, the answer is: D. Plaintiffs' trial lawyers.
  • Lerach sentencing shows need for congressional probe

    02/12/2008 8:33:50 AM PST · by MrLegalReform · 7 replies · 135+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 02/12/2008 | Washington Examiner
    Lerach claims kickbacks were commonplace among class-action litigators when he was practicing. "Everybody was paying plaintiffs," he said in a letter inadvertently made public by his own attorneys last week. This should trigger a wider-ranging federal investigation of the plaintiffs bar, if indeed such a probe is not already being conducted. Senate and House Democrats, many of whom in years past received multiple campaign contributions from Lerach and others at Milberg Weiss, could demonstrate a laudable independence by opening a congressional inquiry.
  • Ciresi insists Franken is not electable (MN Senate)

    02/11/2008 3:04:12 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 21 replies · 77+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 2/11/08 | Patrick Condon
    In the 1980s, Al Franken was cracking jokes on "Saturday Night Live." Mike Ciresi, his chief rival for the Democratic nomination for the Senate this year, was serving as general counsel to the government of India in a landmark lawsuit over a catastrophic industrial accident. A decade later, while Franken was writing books like "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big, Fat Idiot," Ciresi was leading the state of Minnesota's lawsuit against Big Tobacco, winning a $6 billion settlement. Despite his impressive resume, Ciresi finds himself trailing Franken in the Democratic contest. The comedian-turned-candidate has raised millions more, lined up the most...
  • John Edwards Talks Tough on Clinton, Limbaugh, Big Oil

    11/28/2007 9:13:00 PM PST · by writer33 · 137 replies · 226+ views
    The National Ledger ^ | 11/28/07 | Chris Davis
    Bow, NH—No longer satisfied with having an upbeat tone, John Edwards is ready to draw blood on the campaign trail, flogging any opponent that gets in his way. During his campaign, he plans to punch harder, especially when addressing Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh, and big oil. "Hillary continues to defend a system that does not work, that is broken, that is rigged, and is corrupt," Edwards said. “And if you think I’m going to let an emasculating woman become President of the United States, then you’re out of your mind." Critics say that he...
  • Edwards Touts Record As Trial Lawyer

    11/26/2007 10:17:55 AM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies · 131+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 11/26/7 | PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press Writer
    BOW, N.H. (AP) -- Democrat John Edwards says his experience as a trial lawyer makes him the presidential contender best able to give voters hope — and to give the establishment grief. Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, has focused his campaign on pledges to change a government system he says is rigged against most voters. "While you shop (for candidates), I hope you will think about two key things: Who can you trust to tell you the truth about what's wrong in Washington, and who can you trust to fight like hell to make it right?" Edwards said...
  • Texas US Senate Candidate Watts, Celis and the nude fleeing lady

    10/24/2007 6:54:20 PM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 16 replies · 400+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 23, 2007, 10:25PM | Rick Casey
    I often tell my lawyer friends I know they'll never lie to me. They'll always tell me half the truth. It's a lawyer's job to present the half that benefits his or her client. Or his or her own self. It's somebody else's job to tell the other half. So I believe Mikal Watts when he tells us he quit his quest to replace U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, after sinking millions of his own money into the campaign, because he wants to spend more time with his family. But I also wonder if it has anything to do with Mauricio...
  • Who's in charge of your health under socialized medicine?

    09/04/2007 4:44:13 PM PDT · by Orwells Ghost · 36 replies · 910+ views
    American Thinker ^ | September 4, 2007 | Peter Barry Chowka
    This is where things are heading. From the AP: “John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.” Edwards: “It requires that everybody get preventive care... you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked...” He noted that women would be required to have regular mammograms in an effort to find and treat “the first trace of a problem.” Edwards: "The whole idea is a continuum of care, basically from birth to death.” In NYC, already,...
  • Makeover, Trial Lawyer Style

    08/23/2007 1:53:14 PM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 5 replies · 478+ views ^ | 08/23/2007 | Lisa A. Rickard
    Last year, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America decided that a few among their ranks had brought disrepute to the trial lawyers' reputation. So they decided to take a stand against the bad actors in their ranks and call for reforms to reduce outrageous lawsuits. If only. At last year's meeting, the trial lawyers instead decided the easier solution was a new name: the American Association for Justice, a moniker created to be, in their words, "about what we do, not who we are."

    08/19/2007 8:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 1,315+ views
    The New York Post ^ | August 18, 2007 | ANDY SOLTIS
    Embarrassed presidential hopeful John Edwards promised yesterday to take millions of dollars of his own fortune out of a hedge fund tied to subprime lenders who foreclosed on victims of Hurricane Katrina. The populist candidate - who has denounced such lenders - invested $16 million of his $30 million in assets in Fortress Investment Group. The Wall Street Journal reported that 34 New Orleans homeowners struggling to overcome Katrina's aftermath faced foreclosure suits from subprime-lending units of Fortress. Yesterday, the red-faced Democratic candidate vowed to remove from his portfolio any Fortress funds that have a stake in those lender units....
  • Caption John Edwards at a house party

    07/30/2007 4:57:57 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 36 replies · 798+ views
    Yahoo! News Groups ^ | 7/28/07 | staff
    "Democratic presidential hopeful former Sen. John Edwards speaks to people in a crowded room at a house party in Nashua, N.H."
  • Couple Receives over $21 Million Dollars for "Wrongful Birth" of Handicapped Son

    07/25/2007 5:23:17 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 61 replies · 2,043+ views ^ | July 24, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    Couple Receives over $21 Million Dollars for "Wrongful Birth" of Handicapped Son Florida Right to Life says, "now we're holding doctors responsible to deliver a perfect baby" By Elizabeth O'Brien TAMPA, Florida, July 24, 2007 ( - A judge has awarded over $21 million dollars to a couple for the "wrongful birth" of their second handicapped son. The couple would have aborted the child if they had known about his disability, the Tampa Bay Tribune reports. Daniel and Amara Estrada have two sons who are both physically handicapped with the same genetic disorder, Smith-Lemli-Opitz, which does not allow them to...
  • Hunter’s First Rule of Holes: Keep Digging (Wife of Sun Times Publisher goes over the top?)

    07/24/2007 5:15:59 PM PDT · by Krankor · 3 replies · 755+ views
    Patterico's Pontifications ^ | 7/24/07 | Patterico
    After being called on the carpet for her misleading description of a trial lawyer as a “staunch Republican” — despite the fact that he had donated to Democrats over Republicans by a margin of nearly 8 to 1 — Jennifer Hunter first doubled down . . . and now doubles down again. Namely, she says today that it was a “truthful statement” that trial lawyer Jim Ronca is a “staunch Republican” who “was so fed up by the Bush White House that he was going to support and give money to Democrats.” Those who disagreed, based on his overwhelming pattern...
  • "Lifelong Republican" defends switch (LEFTY SUN-TIMES "REPORTER" CONTINUES SHELL GAME)

    07/24/2007 7:49:14 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 36 replies · 1,426+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 24, 2007 | JENNIFER HUNTER-CRUIKSHANK
    Here is a letter I received from Jim Ronca, the man I described as a staunch Republican in a news story I wrote about five Democratic presidential candidates last week. The Democrats spoke at a convention of the American Association for Justice (a group of trial lawyers). He told me he was a Republican but was so fed up by the Bush White House that he was going to support and give money to Democrats. This truthful statement caused a huge reaction from demagogic Republicans who seemingly couldn't bear one of their own turning to the Dems. He and I...
  • [John]Edwards Discusses Time at Hedge Fund ("Took Job To Learn About Poverty")

    05/08/2007 5:39:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,168+ views
    Breitbart ^ | May 8, 2007 | Nedra Pickler
    Democrat John Edwards said Tuesday that he worked for a hedge fund between presidential campaigns to learn about financial markets and their relationship to poverty—and to make money too. In an interview with The Associated Press, the former North Carolina senator said his yearlong, part-time position with Fortress Investment Group helped his understanding of the connection but he has more to learn. Edwards has made eradicating poverty a focus of his second White House bid. Edwards, a multimillionaire after years as a trial lawyer, would not disclose how much he got paid for a year of consulting beginning in October...
  • (John)Edwards has a whole lot of explaining to do

    04/29/2007 1:49:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 1,434+ views
    Townhall ^ | April 29, 2007 | Salena Zito
    During the lead-up to the 2004 Iowa Caucus, John Edwards was fond of saying that three tickets would be punched out of the state and he wanted to be one of those tickets. Come caucus night, Howard Dean sagged, John Kerry held on, and Edwards surged, prompting him to thank Iowa for punching his ticket. For Edwards, there has never been any doubt he would run again in 2008. So he kept his foot on caucus soil and spent four years devoting time, money and effort to Iowa. Would have been a great strategy, had the primary landscape not changed....
  • (John)Edwards getting 'aggressive' on energy (Re:GW)

    03/21/2007 2:45:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 636+ views
    Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | March 20, 2007 | James Q. Lynch
    DES MOINES - John Edwards is in Iowa today laying out an energy "very much at the aggressive end of the scale," he said during a stop at the Statehouse. Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee who's campaigning to be at the top of the ticket in 2008, is calling for a cap on greenhouse gas, world leadership on reversing climate change -- including offering to share new clean energy technology with developing nations, meeting the demand for more electricity through efficiency rather than production and creating a new energy economy by investing at least $10 billion in support...
  • John Edwards feigns punch at Ann Coulter: Powderpuff Brawl Alert

    03/08/2007 7:53:13 PM PST · by rface · 54 replies · 1,723+ views
    COX News ^ | March 8, 2007 | COX Staff
    "...imagine that Ann Coulter is seated in Smith's place. Anything to say to her?"...... Edwards, his right fist curled, feigned a punch and said: "No, there's absolutely nothing. Grow up." AUSTIN -- Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards feigned a punch Thursday when asked what he'd like to say to Ann Coulter, the conservative commentator who seemingly characterized his sexual orientation in remarks at a political confab last week. Edwards, appearing on Texas Monthly Talks, was asked by host Evan Smith to momentarily imagine that Coulter was seated in Smith's place. Anything to say to her? Edwards, his right fist curled,...
  • Syndicator Keeps Ann Coulter

    03/08/2007 9:02:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies · 1,617+ views
    NewsMax ^ | March 8, 2007
    The distributor of conservative pundit Ann Coulter’s column, Universal Press Syndicate, has no plans to drop her column despite the flap she created with her recent "faggot” comment. Coulter used the gay slur in reference to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards during a March 2 speech at the American Conservative Union’s Political Action Conference. So far three newspapers that carried her column have announced that they would stop running it, and the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign has launched a letter-writing effort demanding that Universal stop distributing the column. But in a statement, Universal’s president and editor Lee Salem...
  • Edwards to Skip Nevada Debate Hosted by Fox ("progressive" gathers 250,000 signatures)

    03/08/2007 2:26:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies · 916+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 8, 2007 | Anne E. Kornblut and Chris Cillizza
    Former Sen. John Edwards campaign announced that he will skip the Nevada Democratic Party's planned August presidential debate, the latest fallout from the party's decision to have the Fox Network host the event. The move sparked an outcry, particularly among liberals and activist bloggers, who accused Fox of being too sympathetic to Republicans and demanded that the Democratic candidates boycott the forum., one of the nation's leading progressive organizations, gathered more than 250,000 signatures asking the Nevada Democratic Party to drop Fox as a debate sponsor. The group also created a web site -- -- to highlight the...
  • Iraq - Saddam Hussein trial on charges of genocide against Kurds begins

    08/21/2006 1:06:30 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 48 replies · 1,368+ views
    AP News Alert | August 21, 2006
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's trial on charges of genocide in connection with a crackdown on Kurds has begun. MORE...
  • Miers pressed Bush to let court decide lawyer fees

    10/07/2005 12:56:04 PM PDT · by DallasMike · 12 replies · 693+ views ^ | October 7, 2005 | Associated Press
    Miers pressed Bush to let court decide lawyer feesWASHINGTON -- President Bush praises Harriet Miers as an opponent of legislating from the judicial bench, but as a corporate lawyer she lobbied then-Gov. Bush to let the Texas high court rather than the Legislature decide if attorney fees should be limited. In the process, Miers unleashed a verbal assault on trial lawyers who typically file lawsuits and whose cases sometimes land in the U.S. Supreme Court, where Bush now has nominated her to serve. She suggested they were "greedy" and had "brought shame" on Texas. As a corporate attorney in 1995,...
  • Tort reform causes rush to file Law limiting lawsuits takes effect Monday.

    08/25/2005 12:30:40 PM PDT · by Ravi · 5 replies · 326+ views
    ST. LOUIS (AP) - St. Louis circuit clerk office workers are struggling to keep pace with the rush of lawsuits being filed - personal injury cases, wrongful death and medical malpractice suits. The dog days of August are normally slow, but not this year. Sunday is the last day before a new state law severely limits lawsuits. Starting Monday, restrictions are placed on where suits can be filed and how much can be awarded. The so-called tort reform measure was passed by lawmakers and signed by the governor earlier this year. In St. Louis, a city with the reputation for...
  • Are they? And who cares? (Florida AG Charlie Crist)(gay) (projectile vomiting alert)

    07/26/2005 3:19:06 PM PDT · by eartotheground · 27 replies · 8,951+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | February 6, 2005 | ERIC DEGGANS
    He has tackled the question in public twice now, with more politeness and directness than such an invasive query deserves. Still, there is a lesson in watching Republican Gubernatorial Candidate and Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist deal openly with an issue that has dogged him covertly for years: Is he gay? It's an oddly uncomfortable episode that reflects Florida's own contradictory relationship with gay people, gay rights and the question of whether an openly gay person can, as a practical matter, hold a major office in this state. Crist first faced The Question publicly Jan. 15 during a meeting of...
  • Black lawmakers urge Blagojevich to block caps (Illinois)

    05/27/2005 9:59:45 AM PDT · by Ravi · 9 replies · 533+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 5/27/05 | Ben Fischer
    SPRINGFIELD -- Black lawmakers lashed out Thursday against a deal struck earlier this week that would limit jury awards in medical malpractice cases, and warned Gov. Blagojevich not to count on their political support if he goes along with it. "Sooner or later, the black community is going to rise, and they're going to have to respond to us," said Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago). "I hope the governor thinks about that before signing this legislation. We've got an election next year, so the Black Caucus can be effective in that regard." A House committee approved the deal Thursday, and the...
  • "John Edwards Speaks Up" (Breck Girl Barf Alert)

    04/11/2005 6:26:59 AM PDT · by Lee'sGhost · 38 replies · 895+ views ^ | 4/11/05 | Greg Sargent
    John Edwards Speaks Up Don’t crown Hillary yet! Hillary Clinton may be all but declared the 2008 nominee here in New York, but don’t tell John Edwards that. “I think talking about a front-runner four years before an election is ridiculous,” he tells us. Edwards is coming to town this week to give a speech at the New School assailing Bush tax policies, and to visit his daughter, who works at Vanity Fair. Now at the University of North Carolina, his voting finger is clearly itchy. We ran through some talking points. The circus of legislative outrage surrounding Terri Schiavo?...
  • Malpractice Debate shuts down senate. (Illinois)

    03/18/2005 7:11:35 AM PST · by Ravi · 4 replies · 356+ views
    Southern Illinoisian ^ | 3/18/05 | Caleb Hale
    SOUTHERN ILLINOIS - Democrats and Republicans shouted at each other into an early shutdown of the Senate Thursday in Springfield over State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld's medical malpractice bill. Now, Luechtefeld, R-Okawville, fears the measure will be hopelessly lost in a committee backlog. Senate Bill 150 was postponed in a judiciary committee hearing Tuesday. The measure was never called for discussion, even though several physicians came to Springfield to testify on it. Luechtefeld said he suspected the committee, headed by State Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, was stalling and trying to keep the bill from getting to the Senate floor. When Senate...
  • Missouri lawmakers pass lawsuit limits.

    03/17/2005 6:58:59 AM PST · by Ravi · 10 replies · 499+ views
    St. Louis Today ^ | 3/16/05 | David Lieb
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Legislators delivered Gov. Matt Blunt the two pillars of his pro-business agenda Wednesday -- passing bills limiting injury claims in the state's courts and workers' compensation system. Business groups reveled in the victory -- the culmination of a three-year effort frustrated in the past by Democratic Gov. Bob Holden but embraced enthusiastically by Missouri's new Republican governor. "At long last!" declared a broadly smiling Dan Mehan, president of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "It truly means that Missouri is open for business again." But labor unions, plaintiffs attorneys and many Democrats predicted injured...
  • House, Senate to work out differences after reps pass bill limiting medical malpractice

    03/04/2005 6:52:09 AM PST · by Ravi · 2 replies · 296+ views
    wistv ^ | 3/4/5 | Chris Rees
    (Columbia) March 3, 2005 - The South Carolina House of Representatives on Thursday voted in favor of medical malpractice bill. It faces a third reading Friday before heading back to the Senate next week, where similar legislation has already been passed. The Tort Reform Act of 2005 Relating to Medical Malpractice limits the liability on non-economic damages to $350,000 per health care provider or institution up to $1.05 million for each plaintiff. Under the act physicians rendering care in life and death emergency cases and obstetricians who provide care in life and death emergency cases to patients who have had...
  • Tort Reform will butcher "do no harm" (barf alert)

    02/17/2005 7:33:27 AM PST · by Ravi · 17 replies · 426+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 02/17/05 | Jay Bookman
    The "tort reform" bill approved by the Georgia Legislature and signed into law this week by Gov. Sonny Perdue may prove to be one of the most destructive pieces of legislation enacted in the state in years. Senate Bill 3 cripples the legal system, not accidentally as a wayward scalpel might, but intentionally. It is designed to prevent juries from delivering the justice that they are charged to produce, even in the worst cases of malpractice by doctors and hospitals. Even in the most egregious cases of incompetence or negligence, such as those that end in the unnecessary death or...
  • Perdue to sign medical malpractice reform today (Georgia)

    02/16/2005 8:53:52 AM PST · by Ravi · 7 replies · 457+ views
    Gov. Sonny Perdue is scheduled to sign into law today the sweeping medical malpractice bill authored by state Sen. Preston Smith, R-Rome. Smith will be at the governor’s side during the signing, set for 3:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Women’s Center at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, according to Smith’s spokesman Brian Knight. “The governor and Sen. Smith will make some remarks, then take a tour of the hospital,” Knight said Wednesday morning. Senate Bill 3 passed the House on Thursday and a change raising damage award caps for pain and suffering to $350,000 from $250,000 was ratified by...
  • Limits on malpractice awards in final phase (Georgia Tort Reform)

    02/11/2005 6:12:23 AM PST · by Ravi · 2 replies · 255+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 02/10/05 | Bill Rankin
    Sweeping civil justice legislation that limits medical malpractice jury awards is all but assured of enactment after an agonizingly close vote Thursday in the Georgia House of Representatives. By an 86-85 vote, the House rejected an amendment that would have imposed no limits on jury awards for patients killed or catastrophically injured by a doctor's negligence — a provision opponents said would have gutted the legislation. The House then approved a bill capping jury awards for pain and suffering — beyond recovering lost wages or medical bills — at $350,000, or up to $1.05 million if multiple defendants are found...
  • House passes tort reform with $350K caps (Georgia Tort Reform)

    02/10/2005 12:09:38 PM PST · by Ravi · 11 replies · 1,219+ views
    Atlanta Business Chronicle ^ | 02/10/05 | Ryan Mahoney and Steven Sloan
    The tort reform legislation that has been placed on the fast track by the Republican leadership sailed through the Georgia House of Representatives today, which passed its version of Senate Bill 3 by a 136-34 vote. The measure was the only legislation considered by the House today. It was approved with an amendment limiting noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases at $350,000 for a single defendant -- $100,000 more than the Senate version would allow -- or up to $1.05 million when multiple defendants are involved. The Senate must now decide whether it will accept the higher caps and an...
  • Ob-gyns see hope in law; Malpractice bill could help premiums (Georgia Tort Reform)

    02/09/2005 1:01:54 PM PST · by Ravi · 12 replies · 504+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 02/09/05 | ANDY MILLER
    The new math isn't working for Dr. Louis Mameli. Mameli belongs to a Thomaston-based obstetrician-gynecologist practice that's straining to cover eight central Georgia counties. Four years ago, it was a five-doctor practice, with each paying $25,000 for medical malpractice insurance, he says. Dr. Nancy Rampell, a neurologist at DeKalb Medical Center, visits the Capitol to lobby for medical malpractice reform. Now two of the ob-gyns work in other states, and the remaining three doctors pay $95,000 each in malpractice premiums, Mameli says. "My income is down 50 percent,'' he says. Because of liability concerns, Mameli says, the practice avoids taking...
  • House panel OKs malpractice award caps

    02/04/2005 2:39:44 PM PST · by Ravi · 10 replies · 478+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 02/04/05 | Bill Rankin
    Stymied for years by House Democrats who are no longer in power, caps on malpractice jury awards were approved by a House committee and are headed for a floor vote. With little debate, the Special House Committee on Civil Justice Reform approved sweeping tort reform legislation that caps jury awards for a malpractice victim's pain at suffering at $250,000, or up to $750,000 if multiple defendants are liable. The vote followed two days of hearings. "It's light years from where we've been in years past," committee chairman Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) said after the vote. "This bill should help us recruit...
  • Edwards hints at future in farewell speech

    11/29/2004 12:14:09 PM PST · by kattracks · 68 replies · 1,935+ views ^ | 11/29/04 | Paul Nowell
    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Greeted by an enthusiastic crowd, John Edwards kicked off a farewell tour as U.S. senator Monday but left little doubt he wasn't saying goodbye to politics. "One thing you can count on is that this fight is not over," the former vice presidential candidate told supporters. The visit to western North Carolina's largest city was the first of six stops Edwards plans across the state over three days. "It's just good to be home," Edwards said after arriving more than an hour late for the rally. "My blood pressure goes down when I cross the line...
  • ZOT!!! Vice President Cheney says the zot system is filled with too many zotsuits

    11/08/2004 7:14:55 PM PST · by flopper · 35 replies · 931+ views
    Vice president Cheney says he believes the number of personal injury lawsuits has skyrocketed over the years and is supporting tort reform legislation designed to stop it.
  • Looking for the following Edwards audio or video (Reeves/stem-cell demagoguery)

    10/12/2004 11:08:51 PM PDT · by Mia T · 4 replies · 402+ views
    10.13.04 | Mia T
    Looking for the following Edwards audio or video: 'We will stop juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other debilitating diseases... When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.' John Edwards Newton High School gym Newton, Iowa...   THE MAN FROM HOPE: been there, done that (viewing movie requires Flash Player 7, available HERE)special thanx to moola man for the movie  COPYRIGHT MIA T 2004

    10/10/2004 3:01:48 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 21 replies · 1,952+ views
    The Emperor Has No Clothes By: Brian Tracy John Kerry is neither a “war hero” nor a “patriot.” It is about time that someone pointed out that “the emperor has no clothes” and that Americans are being presented with a false choice. If you read the newspapers long enough, a series of facts emerge that appear undeniable and irrefutable. But no one seems to want to “connect the dots” for fear of offending the powers that be in the national media, such as CBS. Here is what we know. First of all, Kerry did not “volunteer” for service in Vietnam....
  • LIVE THREAD: The 2004 Vice Presidential Debate: Cheney v. Edwards

    10/05/2004 3:59:57 PM PDT · by Howlin · 4,205 replies · 196,133+ views
    Free Republic ^ | October 5, 2004
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  • Gloves could come off in heated debate

    10/05/2004 11:32:15 AM PDT · by subterfuge · 20 replies · 743+ views
    Washington Bureau Chief ^ | October 5, 2004 | Tamara Lytle
    By Tamara Lytle | Washington Bureau Chief Posted October 5, 2004 CLEVELAND -- With the race for the White House drawing significantly closer in national polls, tonight's vice-presidential debate between Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat John Edwards could take a harsh turn. Because both men seek the No. 2 role in the White House, neither must act especially presidential. And that, experts say, could mean the debate equivalent of a bare-knuckled brawl. . SNIP... John Parmelee, assistant professor of communications at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. "It's going to be a shootout. Attack, attack, attack from the moment...