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1. JOHN MARTIN of Dallas' THOMPSON & KNIGHT, and incoming president of theLAWYERS FOR CIVIL JUSTICE: "Tort reform in Texas provides some valuablelessons for any federal healthcare reform package. If there were to be federallegislation in an area, I think some aspects of the Texas medical malpracticelaws are good. I think the informed consent and expert reports parts are good,although the expert reports concept could be written much better than the onewe have in Texas so that less litigation is required. However, my personalbelief is that tort law should be handled at the state level, not the federallevel." News Contact: Barry Pound, Phone: +1-800-559-4534(9/16/09)

2. MARK LANIER, Dallas trial attorney of THE LANIER LAW FIRM: "One look atthe six years of tort reform in Texas should convince President Obama that theidea of national medical malpractice reform is a bad one. Doctors andinsurance companies claimed tort reform was the cure for our state'shealthcare problems, but six years of rising healthcare costs are all we haveto show for it. The president's hypothetical of keeping medical malpracticecases out of courtrooms by assigning them to special review panels ismisguided. Our Founding Fathers got it right by trusting juries to settledisputes, rather than politicians or hired committees." News Contact: BruceVincent, Phone: +1-800-559-4534 (9/16/09)

3. LINDA STIMMEL of STEWART STIMMEL LLP, a Dallas-based firm focused onhealth care law: "Even in a state such as Texas with caps on punitive damagesin medical malpractice cases, large verdicts can still occur. Once tort reformpassed, we saw an immediate drop in lawsuits, but the number of filings beganto rise as both plaintiff and defense attorneys learned the new rules andcourts began interpreting the practical limits of the new rules. It is not aperfect system, but it has been very beneficial in reducing the number offrivolous lawsuits, allowing reasonable settlements because of the definedlimits and allowing physicians to practice medicine without going broke tryingto pay their insurance premiums." News Contact: Barry Pound, Phone: +1-800-559-4534 (9/16/09)

4. MATT HARRISON, author and founder of the PROMETHEUS INSTITUTE whosemission is to involve young people in the issues of the day: "Obama's healthcare policy is bad news for young people. It is wrong to shift the cost of thebroken health care system to my generation, who are healthier and have lessneed for the services. Instead, we need a health care system where employerssimply contribute a specific and negotiable percentage of money to a personalhealth care fund, tax-free, and workers could then select the health careplans of their choice to apply the money towards. For employers, it would costthe same and would be one less thing to worry about. For workers, it would bea revolution." Harrison, a 25-year-old grad student, is the author of "TheAmerican Evolution: How America Can Adapt to the Political, Economic, andSocial Challenges of the 21st Century." He is based in Los Angeles. NewsContact: Scott Lorenz, Phone: +1-734-667-2090 Website: (9/11/09)



1. LAW: WHAT ATTORNEYS SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN INTERACTING IN ONLINE FORUMS.NICHELLE N. LEVY is an attorney with ROBINSON, BRADSHAW & HINSON in Charlotte,N.C., who practices in areas including corporate and commercial law,intellectual property (with a focus on trademark- and copyright-relatedmatters), and sports and entertainment: "The questions of 'if' and 'how' Rulesof Professional Conduct apply to an attorney and information they post or passon blogs or social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn may notbe answered, but they are questions that need to be considered. While it isdoubtful that any states will apply specific or relevant rules to theseelectronic communications, members of the legal community should exerciseextreme caution when engaging in these sites, to avoid significant problems."Levy is available to discuss what attorneys and firms should consider wheninteracting in these forums. News Contact: Michael Henry, mhenry@wrayward.comPhone: +1-704-926-1364 (9/16/09)

2. WORLD AFFAIRS: CHANGES LIKELY WITH NEW GOVERNMENT IN JAPAN. ALISA GAUNDER,associate professor of political science at SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY inGeorgetown, Texas: "Changes in both domestic policy and foreign policy arelikely when a new government takes over in Japan this week. Yukio Hatoyama isexpected to be named prime minister Sept. 16 after his party, the DemocraticParty of Japan, defeated the ruling Liberal Democratic Party led by PrimeMinister Taro Aso in an Aug. 30 election. The Liberal Democratic Party hasgoverned Japan for all but 11 months since 1955. Japan has been a democracysince the end of World War II, but this is really the first time the peoplehave voted a government out. Domestically, the DPJ will try to implement moresocial welfare policies. In foreign policy, they will try to build morebilateral relationships with other countries in Asia, such as China, SouthKorea and Taiwan. They won't ignore the United States, but they will try toestablish leadership and presence in the region." Gaunder is an expert onpolitical leadership in Japan, and is the author of a 2007 book titled"Political Reform in Japan: Leadership Looming Large." She and five studentsfrom Southwestern met Hatoyama during a 2005 trip to Japan that was funded byan ASIANetwork Freeman Foundation grant. Gaunder: "At the time, the DemocraticParty did not seem poised to take over the government in the near future, butwe knew it was a long-term possibility." Gaunder is fluent in Japanese. NewsContact: Ellen Davis, Phone: +1-512-863-1570 (9/16/09)

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