American Legal System

South Dakota Tort Reform Leaves Malpractice Victims Without Just Recovery

Chris Welsh, Esq. Lawyers in South Dakota are having to turn away serious medical malpractice cases–but why? A perfect storm of tort reform. Tort reform advocates have their theories, the most dedicated being that frivolous lawsuits are unpredictably costly and that they deter medical providers from doing their job. Lawsuits, they claim, can be especially damaging to health care systems in rural areas, where doctors may not be able to afford jury verdicts or malpractice insurance. Their hypothesis? Doctors will abandon rural towns. This is the hypothetical fear in South Dakota that was cemented into legislation from the 1970’s. Ironically, …


Washington State Files $17 Million Suit for Bridge Collapse

Chris Welsh, Esq. The Washington State Department of Transportation has filed a $17 million lawsuit for Skagit River Bridge Collapse of 2013. the lawsuit seeks damages to repay the costs of response and repair from over-height truck collision that caused the bridge to collapse into the river. In May 2013, a large tractor trailer with an over-height load collided with overhead braces of the bridge, severely damaging it and causing a collapsed that left two vehicles and the bridge in water. Thankfully there were no deaths, only minor injuries. The bridge, located 60 miles north of Seattle, has since …


More Guilty Pleas in NY Truck Test Cheating Scheme

Christopher Welsh, Esq. Two more people have pleaded guilty to charges in a Commercial Driver’s License test-taking scheme in New York State. Just days apart, Firdavs Mamadaliev pleaded guilty to identification documents fraud and Akmal Narzikulov pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York ( Their pleas follow five other pleas from last month, including from security guards and a couple who operated a commercial driving school in Brooklyn. The sweep of pleas is the result of an investigation that uncovered that cheating schemes occurred at five DMV’s in the New …


Jury Awards $4 Million to Family of SF Cyclist Killed by Big-Rig Collision

Chris Welsh, Esq. The family of a cyclist fatally struck by truck in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood was awarded $4 million by a San Francisco Superior court jury last month. On August 14, 2013, Amelie Le Moullac, 24, was commuting to work when she was struck and killed by big-rig driver Gilberto Alcantar. Her tragic death was a point of much contention and emotion in a city where bicycling as a mode of transportation has nearly doubled in the last decade. Following the incident, the San Francisco Police Department was criticized for its handling of the investigation …


Trial Lawyer Center Attorneys to Speak at Southern Trial Lawyer Convention

Tad Thomas, Esq. The Southern Trial Lawyers Association, a fellowship of trial lawyers from 13 southern states, will hold their 27th Annual Convention next month in New Orleans, February 11-15th. At the convention, plaintiff personal injury attorneys from across the country come together to share ideas and discuss issues in the field. This year, many of our contributing attorneys will be presenting and moderating on a range of topics, from relationship marketing, technological trial techniques, mass torts, and demonstrative evidence. On the line up we have Jay Urban, Mark Zamora, Elise Sanguinetti, Fred Schultz, Brian Nettles, Pamela Mullis, Tad Thomas, …


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