Saturday, February 7, 2009
Obamas economic stimulus plan for lawyers
I guess the possible hard times for attorneys in the present economic climate must have sent shock-waves through the numerous attorneys that comprise our government and they felt obliged to support their collegues in the Stimulus Bill. Hidden deep inside of it, they managed to expand the already messed up HIPPA laws by allowing expansion of the ability to sue for "possible violations" and to be sure that trial-lawyers could even go after "big buck third parties". They also made sure that the door is open for every state attorney general to hire private firms for this. OR better yet, let private firms just bring in the cases to them. http://www.dcexaminer.com/opinion/Buying-off-trial-lawyers-to-grease-the-stimulus39234732.html Up til now there have not been a lot of HIPPA based suits, I can only imagine that this will now be one of the newest growth areas for trial attorneys. I guess Obama and the trail attorney congress feel that the way to stimulate the economy is to expand the ability to sue over a poorly conceived and understood law and crush what ever business they can.