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Trial lawyers qualify Wash. med-mal initiative

The ballot battles continue: trial lawyers and allies in Washington state have gathered enough signatures to qualify a ballot initiative that would (as with recently successful Florida measures) curb peer-review confidentiality and bar doctors from practice after three findings of medical negligence. It would do other things, too, including outlaw confidentiality agreements in settlements, start a supplemental insurance fund, and, so it is said, sanction lawyers who file frivolous lawsuits. Doctors have their own proposal which hasn't qualified yet (via KevinMD).



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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