May 22 roundup

  • Class action lawyer on the divvying up of $6.9M of attorneys fees among 79 attorneys: “There were two firms that . . . we generously gave a substantial award that really didn’t do anything for the common benefit.” But the award is still under seal; the Fifth Circuit is now considering. WSJ: “Unsealing the records would be a good first step, but Mr. Barrett’s statements suggest that the juiciest story is not how the money was divided among the lawyers, but how 79 lawyers extracted nearly twice as much from the defendant for themselves than they won for their 81,000 clients. Just another day at the office for the tort bar.” We reported Apr. 9. [W$J]
  • Street vendor sign of “180-degree coffee” reminds professor that McDonald’s coffee isn’t all that relatively hot. [Childs]
  • Briefing from the Pearson pants case (Apr. 26, etc.). [On Point]
  • FDA scandal! Or is it? Is it really the case, as some claim, that safety is never too expensive? [Point of Law]
  • Trial lawyers and Jay Angoff, at it again, incredibly accusing a non-profit mutual med-mal insurer of gouging. [RiskProf]
  • “Treating patients is a lot harder for this physician—and much less fun—in a climate of fingerpointing.” [Medical Economics via Kevin MD]
  • Are abuse victims squandering their moral authority? [Commonweal]

One Comment

  • Re the FDA report, it always amazes me how people will trumpet that no public cost is too high for any improvement in safety. However, when choosing something as fundamental as a car or child’s car seat, they obviously allow cost and convenience to factor in as they weigh the products available. Most wouldn’t buy a product they believe to be “dangerous” but might well choose one that is “safe” over one that is “the safest” for a variety of reasons.