An elderly woman, Stella Liebeck, buys coffee at a McDonald’s drive-thru, spills it on her lap, sues and wins. This case caused quite the controversy, but also contributed to some dramatic changes in the law. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and co-host, Nolan Robinson, chat with Susan Saladoff, the producer and director of the documentary, Hot Coffee. Susan gives us the real story behind this notorious coffee case, talks tort reform, frivolous lawsuits and caps on damages and shares some other examples of how individuals are not getting a fair shake in this current civil justice system.
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Professor Renee Landers and Brendan Abel JD ’12 of Suffolk University Law School discuss their recent article entitled, “Supreme Court Review of the Health Care Reform Law.“
There is great debate over the current healthcare system and the treatment of the poor and women of color in a medical setting. In this edition of the BU Law podcast, host David Yas, a BU Law alum, former publisher of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and a V.P. at Bernstein Global Wealth welcomes Khiara M. Bridges, associate professor of law at BU School of Law and associate professor of anthropology, to discuss her new book, Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization. Professor Bridges talks about her observations at a public hospital in Manhattan, her views on the state of the current healthcare system, how the new healthcare law will impact women of color and what needs to change in our society when it comes to race, public health and women’s issues.
A Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) is the expected amount of money that Medicare would normally pay for medical and prescription drug expenses for a Workers’ Compensation or a third-party injury. On Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes colleague Cindy Chanley, to talk about Medicare set-asides and the need to become familiar with the Medicare process. Larry and Cindy chat about when Medicare set-asides come into play during the settlement process, how MSA’s are funded and the relationship between Medicare set-asides on the Medicare side, and the whole area of Medicaid.
On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and co‑host and Ringler colleague, Robert P. Caples, Jr. welcome Randy Sorrels, partner at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend of Houston, Texas, to take a look at a real life catastrophic case that ended with the claimants receiving a guaranteed reliable and sustainable source of income through a structured settlement. They discuss the case, how the structured settlement was organized and why structured settlements are appropriate for cases involving catastrophic injuries.