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Around the web, August 18

The Examiner newspaper's new Sunday edition has a package on William Lerach, the trial lawyer extraordinaire now imprisoned for the Milberg Weiss class-action fraud.


  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch: "A lawsuit testing the constitutionality of Illinois' medical malpractice reforms is expected to come before the state's Supreme Court this fall -- and with it the very real possibility that the law will be nixed."
  • Letter to the editor, New York Times, "Settle, or Go to Trial?": "We are concerned that a study previewed in "The Cost of Not Settling a Lawsuit" (Business Day, Aug. 8) reinforces ingrained negative misperceptions of how our legal system works." John H. Martin, Marc E. Williams, Huntington, W.Va., president and president-elect of DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar.
  • Birmingham News, "Candidate calls for an appointed judiciary": "Deborah Bell Paseur, a Democratic candidate for Alabama Supreme Court, said Thursday she favors appointing judges and letting voters decide if they should be retained. "
  • Los Angeles Times, obituary for James E. Ludlam. "Ludlam probably will be best remembered as one of the principal authors of the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975, which alleviated a crisis in California because physicians were leaving the state and giving up their practices over prohibitively high malpractice insurance premiums caused by runaway jury awards. ...The landmark legislation, which brought down malpractice insurance premiums in California and, among other things, set a limit of $250,000 on damages for pain and suffering, is considered a national model for tort reform."

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