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Congressional Bill Threatens Federal Class Action Lawsuits

June 24th, 2015

This blog has long advocated that the class action suit is a core component of the civil justice system, one that provides a class of plaintiffs redress from corporate wrongdoing. (See our previous post, “How Class Action Lawsuits Help All Americans” for a more detailed discussion.) Class actions are not limited to consumer protection, but…

Markups on Brand-Name Medication Strain Hospital Budgets

June 17th, 2015

A revelatory article in a recent edition of the Wall Street Journal sheds light on one of the most important factors influencing prescription drug pricing: their brand labels. The authors of the story, which ran with the headline, “Pharmaceutical Companies Buy Rivals’ Drugs, Then Jack Up the Prices,” tell just that story. They lead with…

Evidence-Based Medicine Activist Explains Our Expensive Health Care System

June 10th, 2015

WNYC’s Freakonomics Radio—named after a book series by journalist Stephen Dubner and economist Steven Levitt—recently ran a two-part series about the American health care system. The first hour (about randomized controlled medical trials) was interesting enough, but its sequel proved highly relevant to subjects this blog has covered over the past four years, like the…

Feldman Shepherd Attorneys Sue IKEA on Behalf of Bereaved Parents

June 3rd, 2015

Everyone who owns a piece of IKEA furniture knows that it can be a real pain to assemble. But, tragically, items from the Scandinavian retailer have proven to be dangerous—and in some instances even deadly. Such is the terrible case of Curren Collas, a two-year-old boy who died last February after being crushed in his…

Retired NHL Players File Class Action Suit Against League

May 27th, 2015

In 2013, more than four thousand former NFL players settled a class action suit against their former employer for $765 million, alleging that the league knew about the long-term risks associated with sub-concussive and concussive injuries. Many of these men—battling problems like chronic depression, dementia, ALS (better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease), and Parkinson’s disease—are…

To Make Amtrak Crash Victims Whole, Congress Must Raise Rail Liability Cap

May 20th, 2015

Joanne Doroshow, founder and executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy at New York Law School, is also a columnist for The Huffington Post. In the past, she has covered discrimination in the tort reform movement, advocated for protecting the seventh amendment, (the right to have your case heard by a jury) and…

Doctors, Attorneys Allege Low Testosterone “Disease Mongering”

May 13th, 2015

When we first covered the alleged link between testosterone drug therapy and cardiovascular problems—particularly in older men—last June, there were about 50 such cases pending across the country. Now there are at least 1,500, and that number is growing every week. Reports do not vary much from individual to individual; complaints of heart attack, stroke,…

Feldman Shepherd Attorney Sues Bayer’s MiraLax for Kidney Failure

May 6th, 2015

Since at least 2009, researchers have been aware that MiraLax, an over-the-counter laxative manufactured by Bayer Corp., is not safe for patients who suffer from kidney disease. But this did not stop the company and is affiliates from allowing the drug to be taken by patients—under supervision from a doctor—whose medical history would put them…

Record Number of Cases Sitting in Judicial Limbo

April 29th, 2015

The American judicial system is overstressed, underfunded, and underserved. This blog has been covering court backlogs at the local level since 2012, but now the Wall Street Journal has dedicated an article to the massive wait times for a case to be heard at the federal level (the Journal requires a subscription to read the…

Judge’s Decision Protects GM from Billions in Damages

April 22nd, 2015

As one of the largest automotive recalls in American history, this blog has been covering the massive and tragic GM ignition switch failure—which has killed at least 84 and injured at least 157—for more than a year. As we previously reported, GM had been covering up known problems for about a decade. Recently, the Associated…

 
 
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