For decades, plaintiffs throughout the U.S. have been filing fewer tort lawsuits. According to recent news reports, about 10 out of every 1,000 Americans filed tort lawsuits in 1993. By 2015, the number was down to less than 2 in 1,000 Americans.
The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has declared the fundamental importance of appropriate service of process to the viability of a lawsuit.
In compromising on and even killing some proposed changes to the state’s tort laws, supporters say they have furnished proof they are not mindless puppets controlled by outside interest groups. But plans already are afoot to resurrect some of the tort proposals that did not make it through the Legislature this session.
The state Assembly approved on a voice vote Tuesday on a bill that would let doctors and other medical providers apologize or express fault for botched medical procedures without having to worry their words would be used against them in court.
It’s too bad for the Republicans who control the statehouse that tort reform seems to be far less of an issue of public concern than the economy.
Republican state senators shot down four amendments Democrats offered Tuesday to a bill that would place a $30 million cap on the contingency fees the state can pay to law firms.
The state Assembly voted 60-36 Wednesday in favor of a bill that would cap at $30 million the amount of contingency fees lawyers can collect for doing state work.
Two Wisconsin tort reform proposals received approvals from a legislative judiciary committee Thursday and one more or less died.
Lawmakers pushing for tort reform at the state Capitol paint a colorful picture of soaring attorney fees and malpractice lawsuits.
If tort-reform bills now before state legislators had been laws two years ago, Lindy Orlowski would be out about $60,000.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether federal law deregulating the trucking industry preempts state consumer protection and tort claims alleging the wrongful disposal of a towed vehicle.
After the first case involving a vaginal mesh product to go to trial ended in a $5.5 million verdict for a California woman, plaintiffs’ attorneys are optimistic about the ongoing litigation against four manufacturers of similar products.
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