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71 percent of young people surveyed would favor an individual over an insurance company at trial

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50.7 months—or almost 11 percent of a 40-year career—is how long the average physician spends with an unresolved, open malpractice claim.

Source: Health Affairs, January 2013.

71% of survey respondents between the ages of 18 and 29 say they would be more likely to favor an individual over an insurance company in civil litigation, according to the Defense Research Institute.

In 2012, equity partners in large law firms reported an average compensation of $896,000 while nonequity partners reported earning an average compensation of $335,000.

Source: Major, Lindsey & Africa’s 2012 Partner Compensation Survey.


News about law firm layoffs in the U.K. and Australia suggest that “2013 is going to be a tough year for lawyers,” says the

18 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, 9 states have legislation pending to legalize medical marijuana, 8 states have legalized commercial hemp growing.



It’s been less than six months since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, but Philadelphia-based Duane Morris has formed a Superstorm Sandy practice group to assist clients with recovery efforts in the aftermath of the storm.


Researchers at Yale University found that defendants’ body weight and gender can influence jurors’ perceptions of guilt and responsibility. A recent Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity study found that obese women were more likely to be seen as guilty than were normal-weight women or men or obese men.


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