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Judge Objects to Secrecy Clause In Medical Malpractice Settlement

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District Judge Eliza Ovrom has objected to a confidentially clause University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics medical malpractice settlements that require that plaintiffs are never to divulge the terms of the agreement including how much they were paid.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Ovrom initially refused to approve a deal between the estate of a veteran who died during a procedure that doctors at UIHC allegedly mishandled, that stated that the widow, children, and attorneys not reveal “any of the terms of the settlement of this lawsuit, including but not limited to the amount being paid to us by the parties released” unless they had written permission. She later approved the settlement but ruled the details were public under Iowa law. Ovrom questioned whether she had the legal authority to approve the confidentiality clause in certain cases, because settlements with governmental bodies are public records in Iowa.

Chief of Staff to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, Eric Tabor, “whose office represents the state and approves settlements, said the provisions have been in such settlements for years without objection from plaintiffs and will continue to be included.

“The purpose of the settlement is to buy peace,” he said. “If plaintiffs are able to basically try to re-litigate disputes in the press, that is not conducive to future settlements. … Clearly it’s worked well over many, many years,” ‘ Bloomberg reported. disclaimer: This article: Judge Objects to Secrecy Clause In Medical Malpractice Settlement was posted on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011 at 6:39 pm at and is filed under Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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