November, 2014

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Insurance company does not want to pay for Sir Mick Jagger’s grief

Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger, was diagnosed with acute traumatic stress disorder in the wake of long time companion L’Wren Scott’s death.  When he became depressed after Ms. Scott hung herself, he was told by a doctor not to perform for one month.  The Stones were subsequently forced to postpone the Australia and New Zealand part of their world tour.  The Rolling Stones had taken out a £15million policy to cover the costs if they were forced to cancel dates on their tour, as they were here.  Yet now the underwriters claim that because Miss Scott committed suicide, they do not have to pay out. The insurers argue that Miss Scott’s death was not “sudden and unforeseen” or “beyond her control,” and the Stones do not qualify for a payout.

Recently the insurers filed a lawsuit in New York’s Federal Court, and subpoenaed the executor of Scott’s will, the New York City medical examiner, and Ms. Scott’s assistant, in an attempt to gain access to any emails or messages about any attempts at or references to self harm by Miss Scott, in addition to information about her general mental health.  Sounds like this could be an ugly battle.  But perhaps it will lead to a good blues song.

Thanks to the Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog for pointing this out.

Caps on Medical Malpractice Recoveries Negatively Impact Safety — Northwestern Univ. Study

A recently published study from Northwestern University reviewed whether tort law deters negligent behavior.  The study found consistent evidence that patient safety generally falls after medical malpractice reforms, compared to control states.

The study examined whether medical malpractice reforms affected in-hospital patient safety, using Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) – measures of adverse events developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality – as proxies for overall safety.  In five states that adopted caps on damages safety fell after the reforms.

Chicagoans Contribute Facts to the Arguments About Caps on Medical Malpractice Recoveries | GlobalTort.