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Around the web, September 12, a political edition

  • Austin American-Statemen, "Texas Democratic donor, GOP legislator spar over insurance settlement":
    Houston trial lawyer Steve Mostyn, arguably the most powerful Democratic donor in the state, has taken offense at a Republican lawmaker's effort to get information about a series of Mostyn's cases... The lawmaker, state Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood , said he is simply seeking information that fits under the purview of a legislative panel he leads...Earlier this week, Taylor asked the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association a series of questions about a $189 million settlement between the association and more than 2,000 Galveston-area property owners who were hit by Hurricane Ike and sued to get more compensation from the association.

  • Also, Texas Tribune, "Taylor 'Can't Believe Firestorm' Over TWIA Request."
  • CNN Political Ticker, "RGA launches new website targeting Barnes":

    Washington (CNN) - The Republican Governors Association is launching a campaign targeting Georgia gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes, a Democrat, over his career as a lawyer....The campaign centerpiece is a website, www.1888KingRoy.com, which plays off the trial lawyer meme, urging site visitors to "Act fast!" and "Call now!"..."Roy Barnes may have failed as a governor, but there's no doubting that he's thrived as a trial lawyer," said RGA spokesman Chris Schrimpf.

  • Myrtle Beach Sun News, "S.C. governor contest raises ethics issues," on the race between Republican Nikki Haley and Democrat Vincent Sheheen."
    [Haley] has characterized Sheheen as a rich trial lawyer and pressed him to release his firm's clients so voters know about any potential conflicts of interests....Haley has also criticized Sheheen for his role in a $2.5 million class-action lawsuit settlement against payday lenders, which could pay attorneys up to $1 million in fees.
  • Orlando Sentinel, "Funding Florida governor's race is an 'inside' deal":
    Republicans and lobbyists for Florida's biggest industries and interest-groups who gathered around their new gubernatorial nominee this weekend at Walt Disney World are opening their wallets for Rick Scott's expected $50-million general election campaign. Likewise, Democratic nominee Alex Sink is beating the bushes in Tallahassee to raise unlimited amounts of special-interest cash from businesses, unions and trial lawyers through a newly created electioneering committee called "Hold Them Accountable, Inc."...That's a lot of hustle to bypass Florida's $500 contribution limits for two self-styled "Tallahassee outsiders."

  • The Hill, "Trial lawyers tout new report on cost of medical malpractice":
    The nation's trial lawyers are trumpeting a new study indicating medical liability consumes 2.4 percent of the nation's healthcare spending each year....The new study -- published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs -- found the annual cost related to medical liability is $55.6 billion. Most of that spending ($45.6 billion) is related to defensive medicine -- the tests, drugs and other procedures that doctors prescribe in order to limit the risk of being sued for malpractice.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute


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