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October 28, 2011

Jury Awards $144 Million in Suit Against Doctors

Maryland to Pay $18.5 Million in Inmate's Death

Suit Filed Over Fatal Grizzly Bear Attack

Family of Sacramento Girl Who Needed Amputations Due to ER Delay Agreed to Settlement

Judge Overturns $9.9M Judgment Against IASIS

Suit: Chicago Gives More Police Help to White Areas

Suit: School Failed to Protect Student from Teacher

 

 

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The Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), an arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has the sole mission of restricting the ability of individuals harmed by negligent corporations to access the civil justice system. According to the multinational corporations that finance ILR, American businesses are hindered by too many lawsuits. Yet these same corporations show no hesitation in liberally using the courthouse themselves. Click on the headline to read more.  

 

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Laws/Cases

 

Jury Awards $144 Million in Suit Against Doctors

A woman has been awarded $144 million by a jury in a lawsuit filed against a Michigan hospital and doctors over permanent brain injuries her daughter suffered at birth 15 years ago. The lawsuit claimed doctors forced the 10-pound baby through the birthing canal instead of doing a Caesarean section, and the child suffered "a fractured clavicle, hemorrhaging and severe brain trauma." The jury verdict will be enough to provide medical care for the girl for the rest of her life.  Staff Report, United Press International  10/19/2011

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Maryland to Pay $18.5 Million in Inmate's Death

A Baltimore jury has awarded $18.5 million to the family of a local man who was murdered by a fellow inmate on a prison bus in 2005. The jury ruled the state and the correctional officers on the bus were negligent in failing to prevent the murder. The state argued that the incident was not preventable because it happened so fast and was in a darkened area of the bus, but the jury disagreed.  Alison Knezevich, Baltimore Sun  10/24/2011

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Suit Filed Over Fatal Grizzly Bear Attack

An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit against the federal government after her husband was killed by a grizzly bear while hiking in Yellowstone National Park. The man was attacked by a bear that had been "snared, tranquilized, collared and released hours earlier by government scientists." The suit accuses the government of failing to warn campers and hikers of the trapping activity in the area. The suit is seeking $5 million in damages.  Ruffin Prevost, Reuters  10/26/2011

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Family of Sacramento Girl Who Needed Amputations Due to ER Delay Agreed to Settlement

The family of a Sacramento girl who waited for hours for treatment of an infection that resulted in the amputation of parts of all four of her limbs has agreed to a $10 million settlement with Methodist Hospital and various emergency room workers. Attorneys for the hospital's parent company, Catholic Healthcare West, Thursday declined to comment on the settlement. Lawyers for both sides said the settlement included a confidentiality agreement that precludes them from discussing it. Court documents provide details of the settlement. Methodist has agreed to pay $9 million, and the other $1 million is to be paid by Emergency Physicians Medical Group of Sacramento.  Cynthia Hubert, The Sacramento Bee  10/28/2011

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Judge Overturns $9.9M Judgment Against IASIS

A multi-million judgment won against the healthcare corporation that owns Medical Center of Southeast Texas has been overturned on appeal. The civil case was originally filed against IASIS Healthcare Corporation by Dr. Kirk Williams, a local physician and owner/operator of Apollo Emergency Services of Texas. In the suit, Williams charged that he not only lost a contract to provide emergency room services to two Port Arthur hospitals, but through IASIS’ actions lost his company in the process. A Jefferson County jury in Judge Bob Wortham’s 58th District court agreed, and awarded Williams $9.9 million in damages in December 2009. A week ago, on Oct. 20, Justice John G. Hill, presiding judge of the Thirteenth District Court of Appeals, reversed the jury’s judgment.  Sherry Koonce, Port Arthur News  10/28/2011

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Suit: Chicago Gives More Police Help to White Areas

A lawsuit has been filed against the city of Chicago that claims the city has slower response times to 911 calls in minority neighborhoods than white neighborhoods. The suit cites a study that shows "minority neighborhoods had disproportionately fewer officers than white districts as measured by response times to emergency calls and rates of serious violent crime." The suit says even minority neighborhoods only a few blocks from police stations receive less attention than farther-away white neighborhoods.  Jeremy Gorner and Kristen Mack, Chicago Tribune  10/27/2011

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Suit: School Failed to Protect Student from Teacher

A former high school student in Des Moines, Iowa has filed a lawsuit against the Des Moines School District, claiming she was subjected to sexual advances from a teacher. The lawsuit claims a teacher sent inappropriate texts and e-mails to the student and she became pregnant after one of their encounters. The suit also claims the high school principal knew the teacher was acting inappropriately toward the student and did nothing to protect her.  Sheena Dooley, DesMoines Register  10/26/2011

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