Each week the ABPLA  provides a summary of news articles of interest to attorneys who practice professional liability and the consumers of legal services. The majority of the stories provided each week will be from various mainstream media outlets around the country.  If you have a news story you think would be of interest please contact the ABPLA.  





Week ending April 3, 2017



Fewer Successful Malpractice Claims in US, But Higher Payouts

U.S. News & World Report

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of paid medical malpractice claims in the United States has declined significantly, dropping ...


Congress eyes stop-loss, 
medical malpractice bills

Employee Benefit News

A pair of legislative proposals pending in Congress could help employers in their ongoing struggle to slow the growth of health benefit costs.


Editorial: Bill capping malpractice awards is frivolous


Iowans file fewer medical malpractice lawsuits per capita than residents in ... Less than 1 percent of civil lawsuits filed in Iowa are related to medical ...


Poll: Arizonans Reject 
Medical Malpractice Bill

Public News Service

PHOENIX – More than two-thirds of Arizonans reject a bill proposed in Congress to make it much harder to sue for medical malpractice, according to a


Should Doctors be able To Express Sympathy without Fear of a Lawsuit?

Legal Examiner

However, that isn't the case in the medical community. Why? Malpractice insurance coverage and the fear of a medical malpractice lawsuit have ...


Panos out of prison, faces medical malpractice lawsuits

Poughkeepsie Journal

Spyros Panos is out of federal prison after serving less than three years of his 4 ½-year sentence. The former orthopedist and Hopewell Junction local ...


Hail Mary Passes & Banana Peels

JD Supra (press release)

March 23 saw a rare spectacle in the courtroom of the Indiana Supreme Court: lawyers for a medicalmalpractice case plaintiff, supported by the ...


Medical Malpractice Immunity Laws

Eye on Texas Blog (blog)

INTRODUCTION: Medical Malpractice Immunity Laws. If states are the laboratories of democracy, Texas is one of the largest proving grounds in the ...



Pa. Atty Beats Malpractice Suit Over Failed Med Mal Case

Law360 (subscription)

... 2017, 7:46 PM EDT) -- A split Pennsylvania appellate court panel on Monday affirmed the dismissal of a legal malpractice suit accusing an attorney ...


Legal Malpractice Claim Tossed Based on Her Failure to Demonstrate "But For" Causation

JD Supra (press release)

Plaintiff then filed her legal malpractice action against defendants. Plaintiff claimed, inter alia, that defendants should have advised her that she was ...


Court OKs $550K estate deal, half goes to Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH — A judge has approved a legal malpractice settlement that will give the city police and fire departments another quarter-million ...


Judge revives RHONJ star's 
legal malpractice lawsuit


A Morris County judge has reinstated a legal malpractice lawsuit filed by Teresa Giudice, of the “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” alleging that her ...


Doctor Sues McGuireWoods for 
Legal Malpractice

Texas Lawyer

A southeast Texas doctor is seeking more than $5 million in damages from McGuire Woods in a malpractice lawsuit alleging the firm negotiated ...