In the News Today - April 6, 2016

April 06, 2016
  • Damage Award Drastically Slashed in CO Case: A federal appeals court drastically slashed a $25.5 million punitive damage award for a woman who claimed a faulty furnace led to her carbon monoxide poisoning. Two of the three judges on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals endorsed a reduction to a $1.95 million award. Reuters reports that the case is “closely watched by business and tort-reform groups.” (Reuters)
     
  • Op-ed Cites Sheldon Silver in Call for NY Liability Reforms: In a commentary calling for medical liability reform in New York, the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York’s Adam Morey notes that convicted former New York Speaker Sheldon Silver “was well known to carry the agenda of the lawyer's lobby, blocking common-sense reform measures from ever coming to the floor.” He also notes that “the state's out-of-control medical liability costs are driven up by allowing ‘junk science’ and dubious experts. (Syracuse Post-Standard