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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Around the web, 10.5.10

Panel To Study Concept of Requiring Malpractice Insurance for Lawyers

By Charles Toutant | New Jersey Law Journal

October 4, 2010

The state Supreme Court has formed a committee to weigh the benefits and burdens of mandatory malpractice insurance and a requirement that lawyers disclose whether they have such coverage.

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Court Term Features Wrongful Death, Malpractice Cases With Unique Issues

By Mary Pat Gallagher | New Jersey Law Journal

October 4, 2010

The state Supreme Court this term has agreed to decide some prickly issues affecting wrongful death and medical and legal malpractice cases.

The wrongful death case is Aronberg v. Tolbert, A-15-10, an appeal from a June 8 Appellate Division holding that even though drivers without insurance are not allowed to sue for personal injury, their heirs can sue for their own losses.

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Merck to appeal $4.6M verdict in Mass. fraud case

By Linda A. Johnson | The Associated Press

September 30, 2010

Trenton, N.J. -- Drugmaker Merck & Co. plans to appeal a federal court verdict that a former subsidiary caused the commonwealth of Massachusetts to overpay pharmacists for a widely used asthma medication, the company said Thursday.

After a three-week trial, a jury in Boston found Merck liable for about $4.6 million in compensatory damages. The judge hearing the case, U.S. District Judge Patti Saris, is to decide later on potential punitive damages, which Merck said could be substantial.

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