Giuliani speaks on litigation reform at Chamber summit

by Walter Olson on October 30, 2012

C-SPAN has the speech here. From Blog of Legal Times coverage:

Giuliani said at the Chamber’s Legal Reform Summit that almost every year he was mayor, the city’s tort bill for hospitals was $300 million because of all the malpractice lawsuits. “I would have to say without even worrying about being contradicted that half of that and more was just absolutely phony claims because we have a tort system in new York that is completely unfair, completely biased,” he said. …

As an example, Giuliani cited the case of a man who was fleeing from the police when he tripped on a pothole and became paralyzed. The man recovered a $70 million dollar settlement, he said. The number was reduced to $4 million–but it still made him the richest man his prison, he said.

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1 Ron Miller 10.30.12 at 12:12 pm

He had a “settlement” of $70 million that got “reduced” to $4 million. How does that work?

Did he explain why the tort system is unfair and how he would change it?

2 peter 10.31.12 at 8:48 am

Examples of changes from the Tort Division Chief
“enact laws that would reduce the interest rate on unpaid settlements held in escrow; limit the city’s liability in cases when the plaintiff is partially at fault; and expand the ability to bypass juries with cases adjudicated by judges”

Google is your friend

3 mike 10.31.12 at 4:48 pm

Here is a change I would make: slip and fall claims are no longer valid.
(or at a minimum, when outside, or when running, or when fleeing the police)

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