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Archive for January, 2009

I saw an excellent post about how Congress, including Democrats, weakened oversight of the financial system in the 90’s by restricting investor lawsuits. It is located on John Russonello’s blog, and I caught it after seeing it referred to in that venerable blog, Tort Deform.  Here is Mr. Russonello’s opening salvo:

President Obama’s pledge to bring back some [...]

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We plaintiff lawyers see it all the time. Disability insurers commonly send injured people to their stable of doctors who say the person is able to work, often in contrast to the opinion of treating physicians, and then the insurance company denies the claim on that basis.  
In a way, it’s kind of like the equivalent of [...]

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Now that Obama has become our 44th president, a feeling of excitement has infused the nation. He is young, level-headed, dazzlingly articulate and intelligent, and seems to carry so much promise. But as the excitement begins to wane as his honeymoon gets underway and reality sets in, we should keep an eye out for whether [...]

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We’ve bailed out the banks, we’ve bailed out insurance companies, we’re bailing out the auto industry … you’d think by now that even the most die-hard Libertarians among us would throw up their hands and admit that some regulation of industry is good.
Well, not Richard Epstein, a Law Professor at the University of Chicago, who, [...]

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Here is a good op-ed from Leonard Sloane about how tort reform, if enacted, will lift the floodgates on corporate fraud and wrongdoing.
“Tort reform” doesn’t work. Texas is the national model for so called “tort reform,” but medical-malpractice insurance premiums there only went down by 1.2 percent… “Tort reform” leads to unsafe health care. What [...]

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Bloomberg reports that a recent study showed workers exposed to lead experience problems with memory and other cognitive function. In fact, as they reach the age where cognitive function slows, they have greater declines than unexposed workers.
The study was reported in the January issue of Neuropsychology which is published by the American Psychological Association.
I represent children [...]

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The New York Attorney General has entered into a settlement with UnitedHealth Group , the largest insurer in New York, concerning the method it used to calculate reimbursement for out-of-network services.
When an insured goes out of network, he receives a bill from the provider and the insurer customarily pays a percentage, say 70 or 80%, of what [...]

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Cass Sunstein has been appointed to run the OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which reviews major federal rules. While business has quietly applauded this move, liberals are worrying that Sunstein will not sufficiently support the rescinding of pro-business regulations enacted by the Bush administration or champion new ones pertaining to health and safety.
Sunstein, a prolific author and public intellectual, was [...]

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Elena Kagen, the well-respected Dean of Harvard Law School, has been nominated to be Solicitor General in the Obama administration. But is she qualified seeing that she has never argued a Supreme Court case, or for that matter, a single appellate case?
An article published in Legal Times discusses this issue and includes interviews with Supreme Court veterans [...]

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has for years been a champion for workers and consumers in Congress. You can check out his website which contains interesting updates and information.
Recently, he called it absurd that federal regulators put off until July 2010 new regulations that would protect consumers against credit card industry abuses. Read the article on [...]

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