There is a very strong case that existing New Zealand law does not preclude a doctor providing a mentally competent, terminally ill patient with the means to achieve a peaceful death, according to a University of Otago law professor and a US lawyer well known for advocacy for such patients.
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Preliminary Approval Granted in DRLC's Class Action against the County of Los Angeles
On February 26, 2013, Judge Consuelo B. Marshall issued an order granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Approval of the Class Action Settlement between DRLC and co-counsel Disability Rights Advocates (DRA), and the County of Los Angeles in the precedent setting emergency management planning case Communities Actively Living Independent and Free, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al., Case No.: 2:09-cv-00287-CBM-RZ. A fairness hearing will be scheduled in the next few months. The class settlement, once approved, will require the County of Los Angeles to include the unique needs of people with disabilities in their emergency management plans, positively impacting the lives of some 800,000 persons. DRLC and co-counsel reached a similar settlement with the City of Los Angeles last year.
To view the Notice of Class Settlement, please click here.
To view a PDF of the Settlement, please click here.