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 MARCH 19, 2017




Congress is About to Take Away Your Rights

The U.S. Congress is fighting hard to take away your rights and the power of individual states to protect those rights.The influence of BIG BUSINESS over your elected representatives is being used protect careless and greedy companies and their insurers from the responsibility to pay for their own misconduct. They are working to transfer to taxpayers



Americans' rights under attack

Legal Examiner

Without any empirical evidence of lawsuit abuse, state court juries not being able to handle their Seventh Amendment roles, medical malpractice ...


Florida Lawyers Win $46.5M Verdict for Baby's Bilirubin Brain Damage

Daily Business Review (registration)

South Florida attorneys won a $46.5 million medical malpractice verdict for an Arkansas toddler with profound brain damage. Two-year-old Kara ...


USC Wins Appeal Over Punitive Damages Bid In Med Mal Row

Law360 (subscription)

A three-judge Second Appellate District panel said the trial court should've granted a request made by USC, St. Vincent Medical Center and Dr. Rick ...


Ark. Parents Get $46.5M For Failure To Treat Baby's Jaundice

Law360 (subscription)

... agreeing that Dr. Jonathan Lewis and the Ouachita County Medical Center were liable for negligence for failing to properly treat infant jaundice the ...


Woman Can't Revive Med Mal Suit Over Psych Ward Admission

Law360 (subscription)

... being committed to a hospital's psychiatric ward was correctly dismissed in part because it did not properly allege any claims for medical malpractice ...


New Mexico Court Issues Ruling in Texas Medical Case

U.S. News & World Report

... New Mexico Supreme Court has overturned a ruling in a medical malpractice case that took aim at more favorable tort laws in the Lone Star State.


Widow, son file medical negligence claim against federal government over man's care

The Louisiana Record

... filed a complaint on March 6 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against United States of America citing medical negligence ...


Tenn. Court Upholds Vanderbilt Win In Med Mal Trial

Law360 (subscription)

... Tennessee state appeals court on Monday affirmed a jury verdict clearing Vanderbilt University Medical Center of medical malpractice in connection ...


Judge rules ASC should have access to malpractice insurer data to discover potential bias: 5 ...

Becker's ASC Review

the medical malpractice insurer that worked with the center after a 2003 incident at the center that lead to a malpractice suit — to discover whether the ...


Dr. Death” Victims Feel Robbed By The System

Legal Reader (blog)

If somebody has been the victim of horrific medical malpractice and they're not a high earner, then they're essentially denied access to the court ...



Missouri House OKs Bill to Limit Medical Malpractice Suits


JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A bill advancing in the Missouri Legislature would change whom patients could sue for medical malpractice. The bill ...


Allegation Added Three Years After Filing Is OK'd

New York Law Journal (registration)

A medical malpractice plaintiff properly amended his lawsuit three years after filing to add an allegation that his gastroenterologist failed to diagnose ...


Parents deserve full disclosure of reproductive circumstances

UT The Daily Texan

The thing is, I've practiced medical malpractice for 30 years and I have never brought one of these,” said Dallas attorney Kay Van Wey. “I know all the ...



Understanding Statutes of Repose

Daily Report (registration)

Finally, Georgia's statute of repose bars medical-malpractice claims after five years, except in cases of fraud, concealment or misrepresentation by the ...


Filing Deadline Makes All The Difference in Court of Appeal Legal Malpractice Claim

Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyer Blog

In 2012, William Lewis, representing himself and his company, Biosonix, LLC (Plaintiffs), filed a legal malpractice complaint against his attorney.


Rehab service alleges Baker Donelson law firm cost it $1 million

Legal News Line

The business has accused Baker Donelson of legal malpractice, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, unjust ...


Legal malpractice case raises exposure fears

Minnesota Lawyer

The fallout over a bungled prenuptial agreement could make it easier for clients to get around Minnesota's statute of limitations for legal malpractice ...


Calif. Ruling Starts Clock Early On Legal Malpractice Suits

Law360 (subscription)

Law360, New York (March 15, 2017, 7:47 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court's decision to toss a lawsuit against a Stockton firm for tardiness is fair ...