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Veteran’s Administration Hospital Scandal with Secret Appointment Lists Appears to have been Nationwide, Not Just in Phoenix

Outrageous and unforgivable is the situation with hidden lists at the Phoenix Veterans Administration hospital as well as it appears many other Veterans Administration hospitals, using secret appointment lists to hide they weren’t making their appointment goals at the expense of the lives of Veterans. But here is a better question. Many of those who died had CANCER. Why should those patients even wait for two weeks! Why aren’t they seen within 24 hours? For


Follow up on Levin v. United States

We now have the answer to the question regarding the Federal Tort Claims Act and the Gonzalez Act that was argued to the United States Supreme Court in Levin v. United States.  We wrote about this a few weeks ago. The starting point is that the United States has immunity from lawsuits filed against it.  If the U.S. wants to waive that immunity, it may do so.  The FTCA is one such example where the


Levin v. U.S., or Reconciling the FTCA and the Gonzalez Act

An interesting case was recently argued in the Supreme Court that concerns various aspects of our practice.  The case is entitled Levin v. United States, and it is an appeal from the Ninth Circuit case 663 F.3d 1059 (2011).  Of concern to our practice is how the courts will interpret certain aspects of the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), specifically with regard to suits against medical personnel employed by the U.S. government. In this case,


How to Limit Tort Awards from the Government

Very interesting article here.  This article is interesting because it analyzes different ways that governments can deal with the perceived problem of excessive tort awards that go against the government.  Because our practice sometimes involves litigation against government at all levels, this issue is important to us. The issue here is the classic tension that exists in citizens when they find out that people are suing their government and winning large monetary awards.  Naturally, while


Federal Tort Claims Act & Sovereign Immunity

It’s hard to really gauge what the lay person on the street thinks about sovereign immunity. To clarify, that term applies to a type of immunity from litigation that the United States enjoys simply by virtue of being the nation that it is. The concept comes from British common law, where, many years ago, the king enjoyed complete immunity from lawsuits. Of course it’s a good thing that our country has modernized quite a bit,


Army Removes 2 Doctors

In Feb. 2012, two doctors on a Madigan Army Medical Center team have been temporarily removed from clinical duties as the Army reviews the team’s handling of post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses of more than a dozen soldiers.