Miles, by 1919 the AFTL
secured judicial approval of open price plans that set retail price schedules by manufacturers.
4, 2006) [hereinafter AFTL
interview] (transcript, 3 on file with author); Interview with Dr.
In September, several groups--including the AFTL
, the Florida Consumer Action Network, and numerous state trial lawyer associations on one side; and the American Medical Association, Florida Chamber of Commerce, and the Florida Insurance Council on the other--appeared before the court.
"This latest ploy by the FMA to strip patients of their rights to justice and fair compensation only proves once again that the organization was never interested in helping medical malpractice victims get more compensation, only in stopping them from being able to go to court in the first place," said AFTL
spokesperson Jacqui Sisto.
In opposition, the justices heard from Barry Richard, representing the Florida Bar; Joel Perwin on behalf of the Florida Consumer Action Network; and CCL President Robert Peck, representing the AFTL
The Center for Constitutional Litigation (CCL) has been working closely with the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (AFTL
) to defend two initiatives that provide greater protections for patients against medical negligence.
Both the FMA and the AFTL
expect to spend millions of dollars campaigning on the amendments this fall.
One of the AFTL
's amendments would amend the constitution to bar licensure of any physician found to have committed three or more incidents of malpractice.
Paul Jess, of the AFTL
, said so far Floridians for Patient Protection, the political action committee backed by the academy and which is pushing the three amendments, has collected more than 450,000 signatures for each of the three amendments.
president, adding that Roth has devoted many hours to the Academy at almost every level including legislative challenges, fundraising goals, and political endeavors.
As chair of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Family Law Section, she originated the Friends of the Guardian ad Litem Program in 1989, encouraging the AFTL
board to ask each of its 3,000 members to donate eight hours of legal service to the GAL program.
In addition to their election, the AFTL
named Richard M.