Interrogatories and depositions in a tort case against a bankrupt firm are less likely to reveal exposure to asbestos in the firm's product than if the case had occurred before the firm filed bankruptcy.
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This report investigates whether bankruptcy reduces the likelihood that exposure to the asbestos-containing products of bankrupt parties will be identified in interrogatories and depositions. It also presents plaintiff and defense perspectives on whether the findings are a cause for concern and what, if anything, should be done in response.
Estimates the impact of Paragraph IV challenges and settlements on generic entry and evaluate the implications for drug prices and quantity.
RAND Corporation researchers review the current technical, regulatory, and economic context of the electricity market and theoretical benefits of developing a smart grid; discuss some entrepreneurial opportunities associated with smart-grid data; examine empirical evidence related to smart-grid adoption and implementation; and offer policy suggestions for overcoming identified barriers.
This report addresses the use of criminal sanctions to control corporate behavior — prosecutions both of corporations and of employees for actions taken on corporations' behalf. The authors describe the current state of the use of criminal sanctions in controlling corporate behavior, describe how the current regime developed, and offer suggestions about how the use of criminal sanctions to control corporate behavior might be improved.
Proposition 46 is a California ballot initiative to be voted on in November 2014. if approved, it will increase the state's cap on medical malpractice liability to more than $1 million and will automatically increase the cap in future years according to the rate of inflation. RAND research looks at how changes brought about by Prop 46 may affect patients, doctors, plaintiffs, lawyers, the health care industry, and the general public.
Transforming Compliance: Emerging Paradigms for Boards, Management, Compliance Officers, and Government 2014
RAND convened the symposium "Transforming Compliance: Emerging Paradigms for Boards, Management, Compliance Officers, and Government" in May 2014 in order to stimulate a forward-looking conversation about compliance as a field, factors that are likely to contribute to its transformational change, and practical implications for key stakeholder groups. These proceedings summarize the discussions and include the white papers.
Reviews the evidence on the relationship between tort reform and physician supply and assess the implications for any given state.
Shining a Light on State Campaign Finance: An Evaluation of the Impact of the National Institute on Money in State Politics 2014
The National Institute on Money in State Politics collects, processes, and makes public information on campaign contributions made to state-level candidates for public office. Drawing on experiences of a variety of users, as well as a review of the publications that have used the Institute's data and research reports, this report provides an evaluation of the Institute's impact on the public discourse over campaign finance at the state level.
RAND Corporation researchers surveyed experts from five states that use a variety of approaches to funding state court systems to assess financing, accounting, and governance issues under various systems.