Oregon Supreme Court Strikes Down Noneconomic Damage Cap
The Oregon Supreme Court last month invalidated statutory limits on noneconomic damages for personal injury claims. The high court ruled that the cap enacted by the legislature in 1987 violates the legal remedy clause of the Oregon Constitution. The decision affirmed an appeals court’s reversal of a trial court ruling on an award for a […]
Cigarettes by prescription-only? Would you prescribe if a patient asked you?
A bill in the Oregon State Legislature, proposed by Rep. Mitch Greenlick of Portland, would make cigarettes available by prescription only and classify them as a Schedule III controlled substance. This means that they would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes…….without a doctor’s prescription. We don’t think this has any chance of passing, but […]
Oregon Governor Promises Medical Malpractice Tort Reform in 2013
Last year, the Oregon legislature voted to create an Oregon Health Insurance Exchange as called for under the federal Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. That legislation almost didn’t pass, as lawmakers argued over whether or not medical liability tort reforms, including a cap on non-economic damages, would be part of the new law. The […]
Oregon and Tort Reform Again
Side Note: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Hopefully, that will be the case with the state of Oregon when it comes to tort reform. Just this past year, the state introduced two bills: one that would establish a cap on non-economic damages and another that would establish a panel to review […]
Oregon to Re-join States with Caps?
Side Note: Oregon physicians once knew what is was like to practice medicine with caps on med mal lawsuits –and then they didn’t. But, maybe they will again? Gov. John Kitzhaber is in the midst of a broad health care overhaul for the state of Oregon. And, currently his “transformation team” is working to convert […]
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