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6 INCL Brief 1 (1976-1977)

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F.W. Beck
Vice President and General Counsel,
American Mutual Insurance Alliance

Those of you who attended the Annual Meeting In
Atlanta during Augus' had the opportunity to
experience again the outstanding programs and
speakers unequaled In quality or breadth of subjects
by any other Section of the ABA.
It has been my pleasure to work with the past
Chairmen, as well as the officers and Council of your
Section for several years. Now, as Incoming
Chairman many challenging opportunities lie ahead.
With your support and Interest much can be
accomplished within our oroad range of Interests.
Do you realize that our membership of the INCL
Section alone numbers over 15,000? The potential
Impact of this group on the law of our land Is
staggering. But it Is necessary for you to
communicate your thoughts to your committee
chairmen, the Section's officers and its Council.
The Section of Insurance, Negligence and
Compensation Law continues as the ABA leader In
continuing legal education, especially through Its
national institutes. Agaili this year plans are already
in process to present four or more Institutes on such
subjects as Public Regulation of Insurance,
Professional Liability of Trial Lawyers, Construction
Contract Claims and Products Liability In carefully
selected contexts.
Your dedicated committee chairmen are already at
work structuring various mid-year committee
meetings, as well ,%s programs for next August In
Chicago where we will be housed in the world's
largest hotel, the Conrad Hilton.
Many controversial legal Issues are surfacing
which have a direct bearing on all of us. In
subsequent issues of this publication I plan to point
up some of them and suggest ways in which our
Section can contribute significantly to possible
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Copyrlght © 1976 American Bar Association

November 1976    Vol. 6, No. I


Iowa            New York
Kansas*         Nevada
Kentucky*       Ohio
Maine           Pennsylvania
Maryland        Rhode Island*
Massachusetts   South Carolina
Minnesota*      Tennessee
Mississippi*    Texas
Missouri'       Utah*
New Hampshire   Virginia*
New Jersey*     Wisconsin
New Mexico* (Continued on page 6)
Produced by the ABA Press

This is an updated report on the status of state
medical malpractice legislation which has been
prepared by the staff of the American Mutual
Insurance Alliance. Because of the rapid pace of
enactments and amendments, a reference guide
such as this must be reviewed in the light of
subsequent developments. Please note that states
with an asteris!k (*) denote 1976 legislation.
The Malpractice Legislative Survey lists the
states which have enacted significant legislation
designed to assure the availability of malpractice
insurance, tort reform or civil practice, regulation
of the medical profession, or other noiable
malpractice legislation.
The 1976 Malpractice Report is a state-by-state
summary of the legislative activity throughout the
1976 legislative sessions.
Malpractice Legislative Survey
I. Malpractice Availability Legislation
Throughout the 1975-76 legislative sessions, most
of the states have considered legislation designed
to assure that medical malpractice insurance will
be available. The types of laws that have been
enacted Include the formation of malpractice
pooling devices or market mechanisms and laws
authorizing the formation of physicians and
hospitals mutuals or reciprocals.
A. Malpractice Pooling Devices have been estab-
lished or are authorized by law in:

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