New York’s High Court Properly Rejects Longtime Smokers’ Claims for ‘Medical Monitoring’
Not all news coming out of Judicial Hellholes is bad news, and a decision by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, rejecting a medical monitoring claim is very good news in light of New York City’s latest ranking as the nation’s #2 Hellhole.
The medical monitoring claims in Caronia v. Philip Morris were brought by longtime heavy smokers who have not been diagnosed with a smoking-related disease. The court said that medical monitoring is only available after a physical injury has been proven. The court explained that the “requirement that a plaintiff sustain physical harm before being able to recover in tort is a fundamental principle of our state’s tort system,” which “protects court dockets from being clogged with frivolous and unfounded claims.”
Can we get a hallelujah?
The court added that while it “undoubtedly has the authority to recognize a new tort cause of action, . . . this authority must be exercised responsibly….”
Amen to that.