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Folos: Med-Mal Crisis; Judicial Uncertainty

A post here last week, Study Debunks Med-Mal Crisis, discussed a new study conducted by researchers at Suffolk University Law School in Boston and published in the journal Health Affairs that questioned claims of a medical-malpractice premium crisis in Massachusetts. That prompted a post by Ted Frank at PointofLaw.com criticizing the study, describing it as based on "the chutzpah approach to empirical research." As you might expect, Frank's post drew a response from one of the study's authors, Suffolk Prof. Marc A. Rodwin, who wrote that Frank was not accurate in his post. Yesterday, Frank shot back, calling the study's conclusions "cherry-picked non sequiturs from the underlying data."

Earlier this week, in Somma: On the Bench or Off?, we wrote about uncertainty in New England over the status of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert Somma, who resigned then un-resigned after his DUI arrest while crossdressing. News of that lack of news caused Mark Obbie at LawBeat to bemoan the dearth of shoeleather reporting in Boston's courthouses. "[I]t's downright lame that the papers are so out of touch with the courthouse crowd that they are either silent or publicly confess their cluelessness instead of digging up the news."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on May 23, 2008 at 11:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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