Albany Times Union: Deciding When Statute of Limitations Begins …

Bill would have detrimental impact on access to care…

Op-Ed from LRANY’s Adam Morey

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo will soon decide whether to sign or veto a bill that would change the point at which the statute of limitations for medical liability claims starts to run. Currently, the period in which a lawsuit can be filed begins at the time of the alleged malpractice. The proposal awaiting executive action would instead start the clock on the date that the patient discovers the issue.

Advocates for the trial lawyers branded the bill as “Lavern’s Law” after a woman who was misdiagnosed in a New York City public hospital and was unable to file a lawsuit due to the passage of time. The legislative solution there should have been simple: extend the statute of limitations for public health-care providers to match the existing rule for private ones.”

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New York Post: Let New York Build

The New York Post Published a letter from LRANY’s Adam Morey calling for Scaffold Law reform following the recent natural disasters.

An excerpt:

“In the wake of devastating natural disasters, lawmakers in both Washington and Albany have much to learn (“Sandy’s rebuild a warning,”Sept. 14).

While congress looks to reform the flood-insurance program, New York’s legislative leaders must fix the state’s unique “absolute liability” Scaffold Law, which makes this city the most expensive lace on earth to build.”


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*LRANY STATEMENT* Congressman Faso Joins Assemblyman McDonald’s State-Level Support for Scaffold Law Reform with Federal Legislation


September 11, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Phoebe Stonbely
pstonbely@lrany.org
518-512-5265

STATEMENT FROM LRANY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RE: Congressman Faso Joins Assemblyman McDonald’s State-Level Support for Scaffold Law Reform with Federal Legislation

“This bi-partisan effort is an important step in the right direction and should be a wake-up call for Governor Cuomo and the legislature. New York’s unique Scaffold Law allows the politically influential personal injury trial lawyers to raid our public authorities of valuable taxpayers’ dollars. More concerning than the financial drain is that this law, dishonestly branded by supporters as a ‘safety law,’ has been proven to increase the rate of injury in New York. Members of both houses of the New York legislature have advocated alongside affordable housing groups, school boards, and even Habitat for Humanity to fix this law. As powerful hurricanes continue to devastate our nation, it is important to remember that New York has been slow to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy due to the costly barriers imposed by the Scaffold Law. Governor Cuomo himself called the law ‘infuriating.’ This is not a safety law, it is a costly and dangerous anachronism and it is time that Governor Cuomo and the legislature finally fix it. We hope that Congress’ involvement will help to inspire this overdue and necessary reform.”

-Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York

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The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit association of businesses, professionals, healthcare providers, membership organizations, taxpayers, and concerned citizens committed to changing New York’s legal system to help create jobs and energize our economy.

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The Journal News — Now Cuomo Should Fix Scaffold Law: Letter

A letter to the editor from LRANY’s Phoebe Stonbely calling to Cuomo to now focus on fixing the broken Scaffold Law now that the Tappan Zee Bridge project is complete.

An excerpt:

“With the first span of the newly constructed bridge, Gov. Cuomo is reminding New Yorkers that many said he’d never be able to pull it off — that the project was “too expensive” and there was “too much red tape.” Now that the new crossing at the Tappan Zee is nearly complete, the governor should aim to ensure that no project in New York will see so much state and federal money wasted due to cost-inflating “red tape.”

The main statutory barrier to fiscally responsible infrastructure spending is the state’s unique ‘Scaffold Law.’ Estimates show that the Scaffold Law inflated the cost of the new bridge by up to $400 million. And now there is talk of raising tolls and taxes to pay for similar infrastructure projects.”

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*LRANY STATEMENT* Re: Tappan Zee Bridge Opening


August 24, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Phoebe Stonbely
pstonbely@lrany.org
518-512-5265

STATEMENT FROM LRANY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

RE: Tappan Zee Bridge Opening

“As Governor Cuomo celebrates the completion of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, he should next set his sights on fixing New York’s ‘Scaffold Law.’ Experts estimate the law wasted up to $400 million in public money on this project alone.

Advocates from every sector of the state’s economy –  the Conference of Mayors, Manufacturers Association, Habitat for Humanity, New York State Association for Affordable Housing, New York State Farm Bureau, and 70+ other organizations –  have joined me in stressing the importance of reforming the costly ‘Scaffold Law’ since construction of the new bridge began five years ago. In fact, fixing the Scaffold Law was originally recommended by a liability reform task force put together by the late Governor Mario Cuomo.

Now, as more transportation infrastructure is in dire need of repair and Governor Cuomo continues to build like Robert Moses, he and the legislature must finally act. New York taxpayers cannot afford to keep lining the trial lawyers’ pockets to the detriment of everyone else.”

-Tom Stebbins, Executive Director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York

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The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York (LRANY) is a nonpartisan not-for-profit association of businesses, professionals, healthcare providers, membership organizations, taxpayers, and concerned citizens committed to changing New York’s legal system to help create jobs and energize our economy.

 

New York Post — Judges Expand ADA Rule to Include More Websites

“Ka-ching!

A gold mine for the plaintiff’s bar has recently gotten deeper and wider.

‘The lawyers are driving this litigation,’ according to Tom Stebbins, executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, who claims that most of these cases are brought by lawyers looking for plaintiffs rather than the other way around.”

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The Legislative Gazette — Doctors, Business Groups Urge Cuomo to Veto Malpractice Bill

“Others oppose the bill from a legal perspective, such as Tom Stebbins of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York, a coalition of builders, contractors and business groups who are pushing to change the state’s liability laws.

“The enactment of this legislation would increase the cost of medical liability insurance for doctors and hospitals and have a detrimental impact on New Yorkers’ access to care, especially when it comes to women seeking breast cancer screenings,” said Stebbins in a letter to the governor last week.” 

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NYLJ: Tort-Reform Group Champions Bill to Regulate Certain Litigation Funders

“Despite the legislative session concluding for 2017 late last month, a tort-reform business group is already pushing for a bill that would regulate the third-party consumer litigation funding industry.

The Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York is spending the next five months pushing lawmakers to regulate firms that advance funds to people who are awaiting legal settlements.’

The lawsuit against RD Legal Funding should be a “wake-up call” to lawmakers in Albany, said Tom Stebbins, the executive director of the Lawsuit Reform Alliance of New York.

“To end the abuse and predatory practices, these lenders should be subject to consumer protection laws just like every other financial institution. Injured New Yorkers cannot continue to be victimized by these legal loan sharks. We hope to see the Legislature come to an agreement on a reasonable interest rate cap and pass a bill in the next session,” Stebbins said in an email.”

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