Wisconsin Court Tosses Cap on Medical Malpractice Damages
MADISON, Wis. (CN) A Wisconsin appeals court ruled July 5, 2017 that the states $750,000 cap on medical malpractice damages is unconstitutional because it imposes an unequal disadvantage for catastrophically injured patients.
- Courthouse News Service
- SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA A federal judge denied...
the city of Vallejos attempt Wednesday to halt a defamation lawsuit stemming from its handling of a peculiar 2015 kidnapping case that garnered national attention. "Persons of interest" (a trendy euphemism for what used to be called "suspects" -- used to skirt constitutional restrictions on police behavior) in a criminal investigation sue the police department for defaming them with public accusations of "hoax" during the investigation. The judge refuses to dismiss the case- ruling the plaintiffs have the right to a jury trial
PROPOSALS FOR NEW CIVIL COURTHOUSE IN NEW ORLEANS:
PROPOSALS FOR $270 MILLION COURTHOUSE IN OLD CHARITY HOSPITAL - OPPOSED BY ALL - READ FOR DISCUSSION OF OPTIONS BACK IN 2013.
PROPOSALS FOR PRIVATE COURT FACILITIES:
Group proposes construction of modern, hi-tech privately owned courtrooms for the trial of lengthy civil cases in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. Leased and paid for by lawyers, their clients and insurors, private courts speed up the resolution of cases, more effectively present the evidence, eliminate the huge backload of pending cases, create jobs, reward investors -- and save taxpayers millions of dollars.
- "PRIVATE COURT - IS ITS TIME AT HAND?"
As civil courthouses age and decay, governments run out of money, courtroom technology becomes essential and trial backlogs escalate, is it time to build modern, hi-tech, privately financed "Private Courts"?
The decision could set back the Trump administrations broad legal strategy for rolling back regulations put into place during the Obama White House. It also underscores the extent to which activists are turning to the courts to block policy shifts.
By Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson
Washington Post 4 july 2017