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Should animals have the right to sue, too?

Posted on 04/24/2014 @ 10:00 AM

Middle-aged Tommy sits in confinement, day after day, with little contact with the outside world. Does Tommy have the right to sue his captors for his mistreatment and release? Yes, if Tommy were human.

Tommy is a retired circus chimp living in a trailer park in a too-small cage, in a darkened shed. Tommy is also at the center of a controversy – should animals have a right to sue, too?

In a recent New York Times article, writer Charles Siebert examines the ethics and ramifications of allowing such cases to reach a courtroom. To read the story, click here.

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Recent Opinion in Wall Street Journal Draws Attention to MICRA Initiative

Posted on 04/17/2014 @ 10:00 AM

Tags: MICRA

The Wall Street Journal recently published an opinion discussing the MICRA ballot initiative and its potential effects on the current state of the California medical climate.

The opinion outlines the historical aspects of MICRA before expanding on the possible implications of a increase in the cap limit. The economic effects of such a change were researched by The Berkeley Research Group, which found that a passed MICRA initiative could have a large impact on patients as an increased cap would increase malpractice premiums by between 16% and 38%.

To read the opinion piece, click here.

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California Tops the List of 5 Riskiest States for Employee Lawsuits

Posted on 04/03/2014 @ 10:00 AM

Tags: Legal Climate

California, Illinois, Alabama and Mississippi – along with the District of Columbia, are the top five riskiest places in the country for employee lawsuits according to study of employment practices litigation (EPL) data by specialist insurer Hiscox.

The report also reveals that California has the most frequent incidences of EPL charges in the country, with a 42 percent higher chance of being sued by an employee for establishments with at least 10 employees over the national average.

To read , click here.

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Trial Attorneys Blamed for Corruption Across the Country

Posted on 03/14/2014 @ 10:00 AM

Paul Barrett at Texans for Lawsuit Reform recently discovered that notable trial attorneys have been caught corrupting evidence in their cases in order to maximize personal profit.

Barrett points to notable cases involving BP and Dole, but claims that even with these abuses, there is little chance Congress will enact tort reform anytime soon.

To read about the abuses and problems surrounding the national tort climate, click here.

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District Court Judge Finds Fraud in Chevron Lawsuit

Posted on 03/14/2014 @ 09:00 AM

Tags: Lawsuit Fraud

U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Kaplan recently released a decision that accused trail attorney Steven Donziger and his associates of massive fraud in their case against the Chevron oil company.

To read about the decision, click here.

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