Unusually, the North Carolina Medical Society and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers have both agreed to support the same reform bill, a rare occurrence whose conventional meaning is "the doctors got rolled and now the question is how soon they find out". Seriously, the bill authorizes binding arbitration, but only in cases where both sides want it (can't they do that now, already?); monetary damages in those cases would be limited to $1 million and the arbitrations would be "fast-tracked", with limited rights of appeal. More: Jacob Goldstein, WSJ Law Blog.
North Carolina med-mal compromise