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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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