Legislative News

Medical malpractice settlements nosedive
Jonathan Ellis, The Argus Leader
July 11, 2017

Insurance company settlements in medical malpractice cases in South Dakota sunk to below $2 million in 2016, less than half what they were a year ago. Companies that insure health providers for medical liability reported paying $1.8 million in settlements. There were a dozen settlements that resulted in cash payments. The numbers were reported to the South Dakota Division of Insurance and analyzed by Argus Leader Media.
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AAJ RESPONSE TO HOUSE PASSAGE OF BILL THAT DECIMATES PATIENTS' RIGHTS
Sammi Swing, Amerian Association for Justice
June 28, 2017

Washington, DC - The following is a statement from American Association for Justice (AAJ) President Julie Braman Kane in response to todays vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the "Protecting Access to Care Act" (H.R. 1215), a bill that strips patients and nursing home residents of their rights to hold the health care industry accountable in court for injuries or death caused by medical negligence, intentional abuse, and defective or dangerous products. The bill faced robust bipartisan opposition and narrowly passed by a vote of 218-210.

"With todays vote, the House once again prioritized the interests of health care corporations and the insurance industry at the expense of safe, affordable medical care for Americans. AAJ stands with patients and calls on the Senate to protect the people of this country by rejecting H.R. 1215."
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House GOP quietly advances key elements of tort reform
By Kimberly Kindy, The Washington Post
March 9, 2017

House Republicans are advancing a series of bills that would make changes to the civil justice system long sought by doctors and U.S. corporations, including a cap on some medical malpractice awards and new roadblocks for classes of people seeking to sue jointly to address harm.
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The LA Times Blasts Forced Arbitration
Monday, May 04, 2009
Linda Lipsen
Senior Vice President for Public Affais

I wanted to share with you an excellent article on the issue of forced arbitration that appeared in the LA Times Saturday.  AAJ is part of the Fair Arbitration Now Coalition working to pass the Arbitration Fairness Act.  If you would like to learn more about this legislation or send a letter to Congress, visit: www.fairarbitrationnow.org

The LA Times Blasts Forced Arbitration
Monday, May 04, 2009
Linda Lipsen
Senior Vice President for Public Affais

I wanted to share with you an excellent article on the issue of forced arbitration that appeared in the LA Times Saturday.  AAJ is part of the Fair Arbitration Now Coalition working to pass the Arbitration Fairness Act.  If you would like to learn more about this legislation or send a letter to Congress, visit: www.fairarbitrationnow.org


Sue the company? Most contracts force consumers to forfeit that right

David Lazarus, The Los Angeles Times
May 3, 2009

If you have a credit card, a cellphone or even just a job, chances are you've already signed away your right to sue if something goes wrong.

Mandatory arbitration clauses have become a routine part of the fine print in most financial, telecom and employment contracts, as well as numerous other customer agreements.
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