Tag: Tort Reform

Tech Companies Work to Tame Patent Trolls without Government Help »

In the wake of Congress failing to pass patent litigation reform this year, the private sector has gotten into gear and has taken matters into its own hands. Tech companies have formed LOTNet. This article from Motherboard sums up this new idea: As they say, if you can’t go through, go around. Enter the License...
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Patent Trolls and Trial Lawyers Thwart Patent Reform »

Time reports that Sen. Pat Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has pulled the patent reform legislation from the Senate’s agenda. Here is a snippet from the article: Needless to say, trial lawyers are among the groups that benefit the most from rampant patent litigation. Engine Advocacy, a non-profit group that works...
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Apple and Google Announce a Ceasefire in the Patent Wars »

Time has a good story on the decision of Apple and Google to dismiss all the current IP lawsuits between the two companies. They have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. No doubt patent trolls were sorry to see the two giants redirect resources. The millions that went into...
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Reforming the Tort System, Part 3: Freeing the Experts and the Courts »

In earlier installments of this series I discussed some of the problems with the current malpractice system, proposed a contractual, no-fault alternative, presented ten principles to guide tort reform, and explained how my proposal would free the patient and the doctor. In this post I explain how it would free expert witnesses and the...
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Medical Malpractice Reform: Ten Principles of a Rational Tort System »

The medical malpractice system in the United States has a poor track record and imposes heavy social costs—up to $2,500 per household, including defensive medicine. In a recent blog post, I proposed a voluntary, contractual, no-fault alternative to the current system. Here, I name some of the principles that should guide tort reform. Principle...
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Hospitals and Doctors’ Offices Can Be Hazardous to Your Health »

Hospitals are dangerous places to be. Doctors’ offices aren’t very safe either. By one estimate, as many as 187,000 patients die every year for some reason other than the medical condition that caused them to seek care. By another estimate, there are 6.1 million injuries caused by the healthcare system, including hospital-acquired infections that...
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