On the topic of medical malpractice, Szucs said that his organization has done a good job in recent years maintaining an open dialogue with organizations like the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
on issues like the medical malpractice cap and last year's bill to create a cause of action for loss of consortium.
On appeal, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
asked the justices to embrace the innkeeper-guest standard.
An amicus brief submitted by the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
had emphasized the "notice pleading" standard of Virginia courts.
Yet that is precisely what the majority opinion concludes," Wynn wrote, saying settled state law holds that ambiguous terms should be construed in favor of coverage.<br />Amicus briefs<br />The 4th Circuit appeal brought amicus briefs from both sides of the civil litigation arena.<br />The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
cited broad policy considerations.
16 letter was signed by representatives of the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
, the Fairfax Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, the Old Dominion Bar Association, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Hispanic Bar Association of Virginia.