Things to Check Out in Wisconsin, Mr. President: Liability Reform

By January 26, 2011Briefly Legal, Economy

President Obama spoke a sentence in general, theoretical support of medical liability reform in his State of the Union address Tuesday, saying, “Still, I’m willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year — medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits.”

Since you’re in Wisconsin today, Mr. President, we respectfully suggest you look at Senate Bill 1 of the special session of the Legislature. It’s a comprehensive liability reform bill that includes provisions to discourage frivolous lawsuits and punitive damages in malpractice suits. The bill has passed both houses of the Legislature and is on Gov. Scott Walker’s desk for his signature.

From  a statement on the bill by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, the state manufacturing association.

 “The swift, decisive action on common sense legal reforms is sending a message from Platteville to Wall Street that Wisconsin is open for business,” said James A. Buchen, WMC vice president of government relations. “With other states raising taxes, and passing other anti-business legislation, Wisconsin can stand apart and encourage businesses to create jobs.

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