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Check out a recent piece published in The Nation by Kia Franklin, the author of the Tort Deform blog and a strong voice in support of our civil justice system, who has also been kind enough in the past to cross-post an article on that blog from Yours Truly.
Kia focuses the spotlight on the continuing [...]

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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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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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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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Long Island Business News recently published an article concerning new laws that are going into effect this year that will affect business and consumers. Here they are in capsule summary form, but you can also check out the article for more detail:

Repeal of the no-prejudice rule that allowed insurers to deny coverage if the insured failed [...]

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Perhaps no other public agency is the butt of as many jokes as the post office. But the mailing, and alleged late receipt of, a premium payment was no laughing matter for the petitioners in a Long Island based life insurance dispute. (See Fidelity Nat’l Title Ins. Co. v. Regent Abstract Serivces Ltd., N.Y. Cty. 110144/08, [...]

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Check out this post by Ezra Klein, a young hotshot journalist at the American Prospect, entitled “Your Insurer Is Not Your Friend.” 
In a nutshell, he explains how the scaremongering tactics of Republicans and insurance companies when it comes to universal health care – warning that government and bureaucrats will come between you and your doctor – [...]

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