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March 2010 Archives

Federal Reserve Issues Proposed CARD Act Regulations

Late last week, the Federal Reserve Board issued its proposed regulations (to be codified as Regulation Z) governing the final sections of the CARD Act, which will go into effect August 22, 2010. Though the proposed regulations would significantly limit lenders’ imposition of penalty fees

Tort Reform Hypocrisy: 'Do As I Say, Not As I Sue'

Anthony Tarricone, President of the American Association for Justice, addresses the hypocrisy of tort reform opponents only too eager to file lawsuits when it fits their personal and political agendas.

Georgia Supreme Court Declares Noneconomic Damages Cap in Medical Malpractice Cases Unconstitutional

Last week, the Supreme Court of Georgia declared that a recently-enacted state law capping noneconomic damages violated the right to a jury trial bestowed by the Georgia Constitution.

North Carolina Court of Appeals Upholds Securities Fraud Verdict Obtained by Martin & Jones

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently upheld a jury verdict that Martin & Jones obtained on behalf of two senior citizens who were defrauded in an investment scheme.

Federal Reserve Issues Publication Explaining New Overdraft Rules

As new regulations governing overdraft fees will soon go into effect, the Federal Reserve Board has compiled a summary of the new rules. The Board’s publication “What You Need To Know: New Overdraft Rules for Debit and ATM Cards” can be assessed at the Federal Reserve Board’s website, www.federalreserve.gov.

More Proof That Calls For Tort Reform Are Just Political Games

Even though malpractice awards are dropping to near-record lows, medical negligence -- the errors that injure and kill patients -- have not similarly dropped. Calls for tort reform ignore the most important concern: improving patient safety by reducing medical negligence.

Health Care Reform Is The Issue - Tort Reform Is The Opponents' 'Distraction'

While I was visiting a neurosurgeon’s office in the recent past, he took the occasion to show me all the medical charts he was reviewing for medical negligence. As I gazed upon the many stacks of medical records, he asked me why there were so many medical malpractice lawsuits.

Hospital Acquired Infections Kill Thousands and Cost Billions

Investigators reviewed hospital discharge records from as many as 69 million in-patient hospital admissions between 1998 and 2006, and found that these infections lengthened admissions from eleven to fourteen days and added approximately $33,000 to $46,000 in costs to those admissions.

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  • "Forest, once again, my family and I thank you for obtaining another settlement on behalf of my Father. It's almost uncanny that these checks seem to come at very opportune times. This one comes as we are expecting our fourth grandchild. It will provide her some sound footing towards her future college education, plus help Mom and Dad with the medical expenses. Sometimes, I think my Dad is helping you guys with this. Maybe so. Anyway, thank you again for your hard work."

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    Connie M. whose husband Carl worked as a brakeman for CSX Transportation and died of mesothelioma
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  • "I would like to leave a testimonial thanking Steven and Allison for their care and understanding. Steven's pursuit and success in getting some compensation for our loss. A final closure of our loss of brother Mike. Thanks to Martin & Jones for looking after Mike's care since his injury in 2005. You have been there for Mike and his family for a long time. Mike passed in 2016 and you stood for the family up to the present (July 2017). Many thanks."

    Dan I.
  • "We would like to express our gratitude to you (Hunt Willis) for accepting our case. First of all, when I called this law firm, a very sweet and kind lady answered the telephone and gave me assurance by asking and going over the accident with me, while my husband was in the hospital. I felt assured I was doing the right thing for us. She was so helpful in so many ways. What a professional lady. Secondly, we are much pleased that you have settled this case with the insurance company to receive the proper amount to assist us in so many ways. My husband and I are very happy with you and the firm in handling our case. You made us have confidence in your professional and integrity along with your assistant Ms. Routh, when you both came to see us in our home, in which we saw your compassion and thoughtfulness at that time. We will never forget what you have done for us, and we thank the lord for directing me to contact this firm. I’m glad I did."

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"Thank you for your concern of my well-being every time I spoke with you. It always meant so much. I hear nothing but awful stories of dealing with attorneys and their offices, but I have had nothing but positive experience. You have many special ways of working with people in need of help. Words can never express the way your support has been so helpful. I pray you will continue to help others. I wish you all the best."

Mary C
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