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Opting out of Aetna’s class action settlement

While Aetna’s class action settlement appears beneficial, the financial relief for physicians with substantial claims against Aetna for past reimbursement problems may be less than adequate. If in doubt, a physician will protect his or her options by submitting an opt-out notice by the August 29 deadline.

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Physicians stand united in protest

The Code Blue Emergency protest overwhelmingly succeeded in achieving its primary goal of publicity: educating the public about tort reform, about why their physicians are clamoring for caps on noneconomic damages and attorney fees, and providing a glimpse at what will happen to their access to medical care if reform does not come soon.

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Impact of venue and certificate of merit reforms

The amended venue rules will likely provide a sturdy challenge for plaintiffs using venue to seek out sympathetic juries and, by requiring plaintiffs to find an expert to certify that a case has merit, the rules provide yet another layer of protection for defendants who in the past relied on preliminary objections and summary judgment to dispose of baseless lawsuits.

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