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Rosen, Montgomery: A year later, opinion on informed consent has broad implications

In April 2014, Maryland’s highest court laid down a seminal opinion restating the doctrine of informed consent in Maryland, while addressing important issues of proof in informed consent lawsuits. The decision is a mixed bag for health care providers in Maryland. On the one hand, the decision helpfully makes expert testimony a legal requirement for informed consent cases, and sets a bar for that testimony to clear. On the other hand, that bar is set low and can now be cleared by a wider range of experts.

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Ramesh Ponnuru: Plenty of bad Social Security fixes

Social Security Works, a left-wing group, was quick on the draw. Within an hour of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s announcement that he was running for president, it issued a news release attacking him: “If Senator Marco Rubio had his way, Social Security’s very modest benefits, averaging just $1,330 a month for retired workers, would be cut.”

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Jack L. B. Gohn: Admirable disloyalty

E.M. Forster famously wrote: “If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.” I was reminded of that line watching Amy Herzog’s 2010 play After the Revolution, now in revival at Center Stage.

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