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Health Courts? No Thanks, Say Trial Lawyers

Law360 (July 13, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A proposal to create health courts that would exclusively handle medical malpractice disputes has gained some momentum, with bills pending in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. But consumer advocates and trial attorneys say it’s an idea that doesn’t deserve to fly.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) would finance pilot health courts in certain states. The bill had a hearing in June before the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has...
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