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- This week I got 6 requests for codes and fortunately I had them all. Remember a) do not guess and b) you cannot find the codes yourself. We certainly invite you to ask for codes but if we do not reply, it is because we do not have that particular code.
- We continue to get requests for referrals to lawyers in other states versed in the Reptile©. We got 3 case referrals this week. There’s no charge for this service so if you need an out-of-state lawyer for one of your cases, just ask.
Verdicts & Settlements: $7.73 million
Grand Total: $7,920,432,971.85
Koon Opinion & Use of Statistics
Via Chris Finney via Reptile Missouri Listserv
We should all look at the recent opinion in Koon v. Walden, ED104987. It has fantastic language to allow use of statistics. Great work we can all use from John Simon and Tim Cronin.
“The information was discussed in the context of how the opioid epidemic was well known: Dr. Genecin talked about how it was covered in the media, and Dr. Heaney talked specifically about SLU’s and its physicians’ awareness of the problem. Dr. Gunderson’s explanation of the epidemic gave further context to a physician’s decision to prescribe opioids in this environment. All of this evidence was probative of the critical issue for finding Defendants conduct to be negligent, which required a determination of how their conduct compared to what others in the profession were doing under similar circumstances.”