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Applying evidence in fraudulent claims. How these cases are decided will have a potentially far-ranging impact on American citizens, insurers and personal-injury litigation from coast to coast. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Americans often jest about the differences between our right (East) and left (West) coasts and their differing impacts on American culture, lifestyles and politics. Civil cases pending in California and New York could have lasting impact on automobile personal-injury litigation if the decisions percolate into other jurisdictions, often called fly-over states.

In New York, radiologist Andrew Carothers filed 20,000 lawsuits against auto-insurance carriers. Carothers formed a professional services corporation that leased three MRI clinics in the New York City-area. Like many states, New York law prohibits the corporate practice of medicine. Simply put, only licensed physicians may own a medical practice.

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