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July 2005 Archives

Medical Malpractice Premium Costs

Medical Malpractice Payouts Are Not the Cause of Rising Insurance Premiums, Another Study Finds WASHINGTON, DC -- July 29, 2005 -- A new study shows that medical malpractice payouts to injured patients are not the cause of increases in doctors' insurance premiums. Entitled "Falling Claims and Rising Premiums in the...

Arbitration Clause Was Contrary to Public Policy

California Supreme Court Strikes Down Class Action Limits in Arbitration Agreements SAN FRANCISO, CA -- July 15, 2005 -- An arbitration agreement in a consumer contract is illegal if it does not allow class actions, the California Supreme Court has ruled (Discover Bank v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, S113725)....

Vioxx® Linked to Heart Attacks and Strokes

Merck Sought to Revise Vioxx® Formula, News Sources Say NEW YORK, NY -- July 1, 2005 -- Merck publicly downplayed the hazards of Vioxx® (rofecoxib), even though it knew that the arthritis drug could increase heart attack risk, internal company documents imply. The documents were inadvertently given to plaintiffs' counsel,...