COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT

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THIS COURT SHOULD TAKE CLOSE, INDEPENDENT SCRUTINY OF LEGISLATION LIMITING THE RIGHT OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VICTIMS TO REMEDY 9 A. It is the Constitutional Role of the Judiciary to Declare Invalid Acts of the Legislature Which Exceed the Authority Granted by the People of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 9 B. The Circumstances Surrounding the Enactment of the Statute Undermine the Presumption of its Constitutionality 11 1. The Proponents of the Statute May Have Misled the Legislature as to the Nature of the "Insurance Crisis" 12 C. Limits on the Right to Remedy and Limits on the Rights of Children Warrant Strict or Heightened Scrutiny Under Equal Protection 14 D. The Medical Malpractice Statute of Repose and Shortened Statute of Limitations for Children Should be Stricken as Violative of the Right to a Remedy Guaranteed by the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights and of Equal Protection and Due Process 16

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COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTSSUPREME JUDICIAL COURT SJC No. 08356____________________MATTHEW HARLFINGER, a minor,By Marlee Harlfinger and Robert HarlfingerPlaintiffs/Appellantsv.HOWARD MARTIN M.D., Defendant/Appellee____________________BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAECHILDREN'S WATCH____________________On Appeal From An Order Of The Suffolk Superior Court____________________Susan Vanessa ORourke von Struensee, Esq.Children's WatchCambridge, MA 02138(617) 492-4890Table of Contents PageTable of AuthoritiesiIdentity of Amicus Curiae1Statement of Interest of Amicus Curiae1Statement of the Issues Presented for Review1The Nature of the Alleged Medical Malpractice Insurance Crisis 2The Legislative History Surrounding c.231 sec. 60D7 Summary of Argument 7Argument 7I. THIS COURT SHOULD TAKE CLOSE, INDEPENDENT SCRUTINY OF LEGISLATION LIMITING THE RIGHT OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VICTIMS TO REMEDY 9A. It is the Constitutional Role of the Judiciary to Declare Invalid Acts of the Legislature Which Exceed the Authority Granted by the People of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts9B. The Circumstances Surrounding the Enactment of the Statute Undermine the Presumption of its Constitutionality 111. The Proponents of the Statute May Have Misled the Legislature as to the Nature of the "Insurance Cri

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