Archive for the ‘Personal Injury’ Category

$23 Billion Verdict Hits Big Tobacco

July 30th, 2014

In 2006, a Florida Court of Appeal established that individuals could not band together into a class to file a class action lawsuit against tobacco companies for misleading consumers and misrepresenting the dangers their products pose. So, instead of a few cases, courts across the country are hearing hundreds of cases that pit long-term heavy…

“Hide No Harm” Bill Targets Careless Corporations

July 23rd, 2014

As a consumer concerned with product safety, you might assume that it is illegal for corporations to knowingly cover up dangers associated with their goods and services, but you’d be wrong. Following dozens of highly publicized recalls—cars, automobile air bags, pharmaceuticals, and baby toys, to name a few—two senators (one of whom is Bob Casey…

Takata Air Bags Involved in Another Massive Auto Recall

July 9th, 2014

While the massive General Motors recall—involving over 20 million vehicles in only one year—has been getting a lot of news coverage (and a few posts on this blog), another recall may be nearly as dangerous for drivers. In fact, air bags manufactured by the Takata Corporation have “affected at least 10 million of the more…

Testosterone Treatment Linked to Cardiovascular Problems

June 25th, 2014

Over the past decade, according to the New York Times, testosterone replacement therapy (a form of hormone replacement) has quadrupled among men aged 40 and older. By 2011, about one in 25 men in their 60s was on a testosterone replacement plan. While this figure is staggering, this treatment initially offered a promising solution for…

NFL Settlement Hits Snag as Obama Addresses Concussion Hazards

June 18th, 2014

The lawsuit that has pitted several thousand retired professional football players against their former employer, the National Football League, has been receiving a lot of press over the past few months—and it shows no signs of ending anytime soon. When this blog last reported on the case in August 2012, about 2,000 players were involved,…

NuvaRing Settlement Offer Approved

June 11th, 2014

As far as birth control methods go, few have been as simultaneously popular and controversial as the NuvaRing. The vaginal ring, which slowly releases hormones into a woman’s bloodstream over the course of about three weeks, racked up about $686 million in 2013 alone for its manufacturer Merck. Around this same time, and after about…

Trucks Are More Dangerous Than You Think

June 4th, 2014

Motorists generally don’t like driving on the same highway with trucks, and it appears that this fear of heavy trucks is well founded. The New York Times recently reported on once-in-a-decade calculations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), specifically how much vehicle crashes cost Americans every year. The total is a staggering $871…

Technology Increases Hospital Transparency, Exposes Medical Errors

May 6th, 2014

All too often, news about medical safety is relegated to academic journals and other industry publications. So when a mainstream news organization publishes an article stating the sobering fact that medical errors kill about half a million patients every year in the United States (that’s more than 1000 a day), it is hard to ignore….

In an Attempt to Avoid Lawsuits, General Mills Pushes for Forced Arbitration

April 30th, 2014

The right to a trial by jury in civil matters is firmly entrenched in the United States Constitution. The civil justice system is the only tried and tested check on corporate malfeasance, and it is only in the courtroom where individual citizens can bring massive corporations to justice. Often, two adverse parties can agree to…

California Voters Push to Remove Cap on Non-Economic Damages

April 23rd, 2014

A few weeks ago, this blog published an article about the overturning of a non-economic damages cap by the Florida Supreme Court, one that prevented families of people who died through no fault of their own from collecting any more than half a million dollars in pain and suffering compensation. That post mentioned that several…

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