President Obama Mentions Tort Reform in his State of the Union Address

Last night, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama tenderly glossed over a subject that has been a source for much debate over the last few years; medical malpractice reform. The President stated that he was: "willing to look at other ideas to bring down [health care] costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year: medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits." Tort Reform Hurts Consumers As medical malpractice lawyers, we find that those who accuse medical malpractice claims of being frivolous do not understand the extent of the damage done to people's lives when negligent doctors make … [Read more...]

Defective Product Sales Cost GlaxoSmithKline $750 Million

An article published by the New York Times speaks of the $750 million settlement the British drug company GlaxoSmithKline has agreed to pay to end a number of civil and criminal complaints regarding knowingly defective medicines they put on store shelves for years. Such defective products include contaminated diaper cream, and an inaffective antidepressant. Twenty other medicines were sold with "questionable safety," including the diabetes drug Avandia, the heart drug Corteg, and the acid reflux drug Tagamet. The article goes on to say: "[New lawsuits] have asserted that drug makers misled patients and defrauded federal and state … [Read more...]