The fund-raising success of the DMLR stands in contrast to those of the AMA--an organization that made federal tort reform its number one legislative priority in June 2002.
Plested's presence and said DMLR is "taking a different approach than AMA.
At that initial meeting, the DMLR strategy was laid out--an aggressive public relations campaign to "reclaim the moral high ground from the trial attorneys.
Plested said the AMA leadership "is in contact with DMLR," but he conceded that specialty societies appear to be more willing to give money to the new coalition than to the ongoing AMA tort reform campaign.
Stuart Weinstein, second vice president of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and vice-chair of DMLR, said his liability premiums increased by 400% last year.
One consumer group, however, saw the DMLR campaign as an attempt by wealthy physicians to enact severe restrictions on the patient's legal rights.