Thursday, July 14, 2005

Hush Money for Malpractice Settlements?
In California, plaintiffs who win malpractice lawsuit settlements often must promise not to notify state authorities. But in cases of true wrongdoing, critics say such agreements amount to hush money.
So what if it is hush money? Since when has it been illegal to require silence as a condition of a settlement of a civil case? We've seen plenty of cases that could be construed as criminal where the plaintiffs/witnesses/victims are required not to go to the authorities as a condition of the settlement (see Michael Jackson).