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January 2003 Archives

So-Called Insurance Crisis Not Caused by Lawsuits

Medical Malpractice Insurance Problems Due to Economic Cycle January 31, 2003 -- The medical malpractice insurance crisis in West Virginia is caused by the economic cycle, and not by excessive lawsuits, according to a recent report by the consumer group Public Citizen. Frequent medical errors and a lack of doctor...

New Priority 8 Veterans Not Eligible for VA Health Care

Priority 8 Vets Have Incomes Above Threshold WASHINGTON, DC -- January 24, 2003 -- The Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA), Anthony Principi, has announced that health care enrollment for new Priority Group 8 veterans will be suspended for one year (News Release, January 17, 2003). Priority Group 8 veterans are...

Large Award Against Philip Morris

Oregon Supreme Court Lets Tobacco Verdict Stand PORTLAND, OR -- January 03, 2003 -- The Oregon Supreme Court declined to review an $80 million verdict against Philip Morris, letting the Oregon Court of Appeals decision stand. The award, which included $79.5 million in punitive damages, was to the family of...