Access to Justice at Stake with Federal Rules Changes

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure matter. They can determine who wins and who loses. And they have been changing in the wrong direction for some time.  Now, proposed rule changes are moving forward and three things are clear: they are much better than what was originally proposed, they are still disturbing, and they demonstrate the critical importance of the Federal Rules process and access to justice advocates’ participation in it.

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May 21, 2014 05:13 PM

AAJ’s Trial Lawyers Care Report to Congress Included in National September 11 Museum’s Collection

Washington, D.C.—When the National September 11 Memorial & Museum officially opens its doors to the public today, the American Association for Justice’s Trial Lawyers Care report to Congress, “Thousands of Heroes, The Rest of Us Could Only Help,” will be part of the museum’s collection.

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May 21, 2014 03:18 PM

PNLR: Outpatient clinic misdiagnoses may harm six million adults annually

About 12 million U.S. adults are misdiagnosed in outpatient clinics annually, and half of those errors are potentially harmful, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal Quality and Safety.

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May 21, 2014 02:53 PM

PNLR: Parents sue after children die from infection spread through hospital linens

The parents of a premature infant who died after contracting a flesh-eating fungal infection spread through hospital linens sued the hospital after learning through a news article many years later that he did not die of sepsis, as the hospital told them. Four other children also died from the infection. (Jones v. Children’s Hosp., No. 2014-3900 (La., Orleans Parish Civ. Dist. filed Apr. 21, 2014).)

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May 21, 2014 02:12 PM

TOP 10 MYTHS ON FORCED ARBITRATION YOU WILL LIKELY HEAR FROM THE U.S. CHAMBER’S LAWYER

 
Today, the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Legislative Proposals to Improve Transparency and Accountability at the CFPB”
 
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May 13, 2014 02:35 PM

Hospital Errors Remain Too Common Because of Doctor Deficiencies

The high rate of hospital medical errors has been acknowledged in all quarters of the health-care industry, and we’ve certainly done our share of blogging about it (“Why Can’t Hospitals Clean Up Their Medical Errors?”). Certain measures, such as the federal government’s error-reporting systems have been developed to address the problem.

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