Monthly Archives: September 2006
Yet another state Supreme Court has held that an arbitrary cap on damages violates the state constitution.
In Arrinton v. ER Physicians Group, APMC, the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a $500,000.00 cap on medical malpractice damages was unconstitutional as failing to provide the plaintiffs an adequate remedy” as guaranteed under … Continue Reading
An article in today’s Dallas Morning News explains the obvious: "Trucking companies sometimes go to extraordinary lengths to avoid admitting fault in fatal accidents. They purge onboard computers, falsify records and destroy documents that federal law requires them to keep."
We’ve seen it too often.
The American Transportation Research Institute, the research arm of the American Trucking Associations, released the results Sept. 12 of its industry analysis of using the recorders to monitor driver hours. The ATRI research does contradict perceptions that the devices would hurt driver morale and retention. A surprising 76 percent of users … Continue Reading
Science magazine recently published a report on a young woman devastated by a car crash in England. For five months after the accident, tests showed no signs of awareness. Doctors declared her vegetative. Then, scientists put her in a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI) scanner, which tracks blood flow to different parts … Continue Reading
In a landmark decision released August 31, 2006, the Georgia Court of Appeals has resolved in one case two crucial issues on Uninsured Motorist (UM) insurance coverage:
A liability umbrella policy that includes automobile liability must include UM coverage equal to the liability limits unless the UM coverage is affirmatively rejected in writing, notwithstanding an exclusion … Continue Reading
The trucker who killed 5 students and injured 4 when he crashed into a Taylor University van in Indiana last April was grossly over the legal hours of service. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations limit interstate commercial truck drivers operators to no more than 11 hours of driving time following 10 hours off duty and … Continue Reading
The New York Times reports that big New York City law firms have raised the starting salaries for kids just out of law school to $145,000. (Large Atlanta firms raised starting salaries to $115,000 earlier this year.) The $145,000 starting salary figure is striking to me because, without adjusting for inflation, it is exactly ten … Continue Reading