Archive for the ‘Personal Injury’ Category

Generic Drugmaker Makes Potentially Dangerous Product, Sues FDA for Slowing Its Sale

December 17th, 2014

This blog has been covering issues related to generic drugs—warning labels, FDA oversight, and legal immunity—for more than a year, but this industry is nothing if not persistent. One of the largest manufacturers of generic pharmaceuticals in the world—Ranbaxy Laboratories, with net revenue of $2 billion in 2012—has provided material that lends itself to an…


$15 Million Herbalife Settlement Raises Questions about Dietary Supplement Regulation

December 10th, 2014

In the past few months, this blog has explored ways in which class action lawsuits and FDA regulation affect the lives of everyday Americans. Today we will discuss the corporation Herbalife—which sells “nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness, and personal care products”—in a story that combines both of these topics, adding to the mix an active…


More Evidence Tort Reform Doesn’t Lower Healthcare Costs

December 3rd, 2014

One of the issues this blog has covered tirelessly is tort reform, which (in states that have passed such legislation) has neither created more doctors nor lowered overall healthcare costs. Writing for the New York Times’ healthcare blog The Upshot, medical school professor Aaron E. Carroll provides a really informative and easy-to-understand primer on the…


More Seniors Means More Falls, More Deaths

November 26th, 2014

Americans are living longer due to advances in medicine, but the physical safety of the elderly population is becoming even more precarious. According to a New York Times article published in late October, “The number of people over 65 who died after a fall reached nearly 24,000 in 2012 […], almost double the number ten…


Understanding the Dangers of Trucks in the Wake of the Berks County Tragedy

November 20th, 2014

Over the past few years, this blog has discussed the dangers of trucking from various angles, covering the government’s efforts to keep drivers off their cell phones and reporting about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s findings that tractor-trailers killed nearly 3,800 people in 2011. Tragically, our focus for this story shifts from the national…


Campaign Finance Undermines Americans’ Faith in Judicial Branch

November 19th, 2014

Tort reform is hardly a headline-grabbing subject, and it’s not all that often that a high-profile news outlet runs a thorough and insightful piece on the subject. The magazine Mother Jones has done so, however, in an article targeting interest groups’ financing of judicial elections called “Is Your Judge for Sale?” (thanks to civil justice…


Takata Air Bag Recall: Worse Than We Thought

November 12th, 2014

Back in July of this year, we published an article about a recall that happened at the same time as the 20 million-vehicle GM recall, which despite being nearly as dangerous was not as well-chronicled. While GM was trying to deal with cars that powered off without warning—deactivating power braking and power steering while vehicles…


How Class Action Lawsuits Help All Americans

November 5th, 2014

In the past, this blog has covered the issue of forced arbitration (through contracts of adhesion), a practice that enables corporations and other businesses to avoid lawsuits from consumers in favor of mediation with a company-appointed arbitrator. The consumer has no idea that he/she is bound to litigate any dispute by arbitration due the inclusion…


Are Punitive Damages in Texas Punitive Enough?

October 29th, 2014

In mid-September of this year, a jury in Texas awarded Martha Salazar $73 million dollars—including $50 million in punitive damages—after she brought a lawsuit against Boston Scientific, the company responsible for manufacturing the Obtryx transvaginal mesh sling. Salazar, who received the pelvic implant to clear up minor urinary leakage at the age of 38, can…


Missouri Cap on Punitive Damages Overturned

October 22nd, 2014

Punitive damages—monetary amounts designed to be a deterrent for reckless behavior against defendants—are important to the civil justice system in this country. However, they are also often attacked by critics in the so-called “tort reform” movement for being disproportionately large and arbitrarily assigned. The headlines that accompany recent cases—like Cynthia Robinson’s $23 billion punitive damages…


 
 
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