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Legislation to Protect Patients in New York State Fails Again

September 16th, 2015

Back in the summer of 2013, this blog wrote about statute of limitations amendment that couldn’t make its way out of the New York state legislature. Lavern’s Law is named after a Brooklyn woman whose curable lung cancer went undiagnosed for years–despite several rounds of …

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Judge Allows BP Clean-Up Workers to Pursue Jury Trials

July 8th, 2015

The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has not been in the news a great deal over the last four or so years, but that does not mean all of the problems it created have been solved. As a part of …

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To Make Amtrak Crash Victims Whole, Congress Must Raise Rail Liability Cap

May 20th, 2015

Joanne Doroshow, founder and executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy at New York Law School, is also a columnist for The Huffington Post. In the past, she has covered discrimination in the tort reform movement, advocated for protecting the seventh amendment, (the …

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Caps on Non-Economic Damages Disproportionately Affect Women, Children, Seniors

December 31st, 2014

Last week’s post ended with a tentative prediction that over the next few years we will see a push at the national level to enact caps on damages in civil cases. To explain it simply, a cap on damages is the equivalent of denying a …

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Missouri Cap on Punitive Damages Overturned

October 22nd, 2014

Punitive damages–monetary amounts designed to be a deterrent for reckless behavior against defendants–are important to the civil justice system in this country. However, they are also often attacked by critics in the so-called “tort reform” movement for being disproportionately large and arbitrarily assigned. The headlines …

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Bipartisan Budget Act Threatens Personal Injury Awards

January 15th, 2014

On December 26, 2013, President Obama and the House Budget Committee leadership reached a deal that set a new federal budget. The deal, according to Reuters, “reduces the risk of another government shutdown.” A less publicized section of the Bipartisan Budget Act, one that few …

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Facebook and Discovery in Personal Injury Cases

February 1st, 2012

As Facebook encroaches more and more into our daily lives, it was only a matter of time before judges would begin taking it into account when making legal decisions. As reported recently by The Legal Intelligencer, a local judge has just weighed-in with his opinion …

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Unjust Lawsuits Claiming Legal Reform Thwart Rights of Americans in Personal Injury Cases

January 4th, 2012

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently published a short pamphlet catchily titled Do As I Say, Not As I Sue, an attack on the hypocrisy of the United States Chamber of Commerce, that shadowy pro-corporate lobbying group mentioned a few posts ago in reference to the …

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Philadelphia Personal Injury Law Firm Feldman Shepherd Selected as a U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2011 – 2012 ‘Best Law Firm’

January 3rd, 2012

  Personal injury law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP has been named a U.S. News — Best Lawyers® 2011 – 2012 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report, achieving a Philadelphia Tier 1 ranking in the areas of medical malpractice law …

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Feldman Shepherd Personal Injury Attorneys Carol Nelson Shepherd and Mark W. Tanner Present at Pennsylvania Association for Justice Medical Malpractice Seminar

December 14th, 2011

December 14, 2011 Philadelphia trial lawyers Carol Nelson Shepherd and Mark W. Tanner ofFeldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock Dodig LLP, recently served as faculty of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ) 6th Annual Full Day Medical Malpractice Seminar. Shepherd was the course moderator and addressed …

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Personal Injury — The Myth of the Frivolous Lawsuit — Hot Coffee Part II

November 23rd, 2011

As mentioned in Personal Injury — The Myth of the Frivolous Lawsuit — Hot Coffee Part I, after premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary Hot Coffee made its television debut on HBO. The movie addresses mandatory arbitration, corporate financing of judicial campaigns, …

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Personal Injury — The Myth of the Frivolous Lawsuit — Hot Coffee Part I

November 16th, 2011

After premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary Hot Coffee made its television debut on HBO. The first movie directed by former attorney Susan Saladoff addresses complex problems in the country’s civil justice system including mandatory arbitration, corporate financing of judicial campaigns, caps on …

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