Month: March 2011


Mar. 28, 2011
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Cuomo and Tort Reform
Selling Out Injured Baby Rights
from www.nader.orgBy RALPH NADER
 
New York State’s Governor Andrew Cuomo will be judged harshly by history if he doesn’t reverse his position supporting limiting the legal rights of brain damaged babies. Imagine a life-time $250,000 cap on pain and suffering and families having to endure a burdensome and humiliating struggle to get medical bills paid as they arise from an insurance funded entity.
 
Governor Cuomo is hiding behind the recommendations of his Medicaid Redesign Team, which has more than a sprinkling of hospital and industry lobbyists, and which was the stalking horse for this heartless proposal.
 
Why you might ask would Andrew Cuomo, the son of Mario Cuomo, a man widely regarded as a champion of the underdog, advance such a mean-spirited and wrong-headed measure?…

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Homeowners Can’t Sue Insurers? ‘Bad Faith’ Bill Troubles Some Senators
Sen. John Thrasher’s bill gets skeptical review, even from supporters
Gray Rohrer
Posted: March 23, 2011 3:55 AM
A bill limiting the ability of homeowners to sue insurers moved forward Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee, but will likely see significant changes before making it to the Senate floor.
 
Senate Bill 1592 barely squeaked through the committee in a 4-3 vote, with Republican Sen. David Simmons of Maitland joined two Democrats in voting against it.
 
The bill decreases the amount of time a homeowner has to file a claim, and protects insurance companies against lawsuits filed after a claimant has withheld information about the claim.…

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From www.TAIBF.com
 
How Does Insurance Bad Faith Happen?
 
ABC Trucking Company, a successful, multi-generational, family business employing 100s of workers, buys $2 million of liability insurance from XYZ Insurance Company to protect it from being put out of business by a lawsuit. ABC pays thousands of dollars in premiums to XYZ over the years, which XYZ dutifully pockets giving nothing in exchange but its promise to be there if a terrible day ever comes. Then, one day, while delivering food to a grocery store, one of ABC Trucking Company’s drivers loses his concentration and runs into the back of a minivan, paralyzing a child. The child’s parents, faced with $8 million of future medical care needs for their child, have a choice.…

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Lawlor, Winston, White & Murphey want to bring to your attention an important issue pending before the Florida Legislature THIS session: Attempts to do away with Insurance Bad Faith laws which make is possible for anyone with insurance to sue their own Carrier for failing to protect them!
 
Introducing Taxpayers Against Insurance Bad Faith (www.TAIBF.com):
 
From the TAIBF website:
 
“We are opposed to the lobbying efforts by liability insurance companies in Tallahassee, which seek to eliminate one of the only protections that taxpaying businesses have from tort lawsuits.
 
Every day, insurance companies sell high-premium liability coverage to their business customers with the promise that the coverage will protect the business from tort lawsuits brought by trial lawyers.…

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Merrick Pet Care, Inc. of Amarillo, Texas is recalling the Jr. Texas Taffy pet treat (ITEM # 27077, UPC # 02280827077, All Lots up to and including 10364) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.  Merrick Pet Care has made the decision to recall all Jr. Texas Taffy pet treats in the abundance of caution. Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. People handling the treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products.  Consumers should dispose of these products in a safe manner by securing them in a covered trash receptacle.…

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