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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…

Takata Corporation Faces Wider Recall, Fines, and a Class Action Suit

April 15th, 2015

Last year saw more auto recalls in the United States than any other year in the country’s history (one trade publication has even dubbed 2014 “the infamous Year of The Recalls”). This blog has been covering the massive Takata airbag recall—which has officially claimed the lives of at least six people and is thought to…

5 Hospitals Report Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Outbreaks

April 8th, 2015

Having covered the dangers that hospitals pose (on several occasions) and the previous failures of the FDA to keep consumers safe (again, on several occasions), it will come as no surprise to readers to learn that the topic of this post brings the two together. Several hospitals—spanning from coast to coast—have announced outbreaks of what…

Some Wins, Some Losses in Tobacco Class Action Suits

April 1st, 2015

In November, this blog published an article about the ways in which class action lawsuits—cases in which a group of individuals (a class) may stand together against wrongdoing—have the ability to protect Americans from a variety of threats: discriminatory and predatory lending and insurance policies, invasion of privacy, racial and gender discrimination, and mortgage loan…

New York Doctor Database—Including Malpractice Information—Is Facing Elimination

March 25th, 2015

Health experts have long pointed to increased transparency as a way of eliminating medical errors and reducing healthcare-associated infections, not to mention making patients aware of potential risks. In the past year, this blog has published two articles about programs aimed at making this goal a reality across the country. In New York State, however—which…

Many Generic Herbal Supplements Not Herbal At All

March 18th, 2015

Health experts have long criticized store-brand herbal supplements. And finally they have been vindicated. The Attorney General’s office recently oversaw testing on products from nationwide chains like Walmart, Walgreens, Target, and GNC, finding that only a very small minority contained any of the ingredients listed on their labels. The office also sent messages to these…

Youth Football League Faces Brain Injury Lawsuit

March 11th, 2015

Last June, this blog published an article about President Obama’s so-called “concussion conference,” which he called to address mild traumatic brain injuries in young athletes that many alleged were leading to mental illness and other adverse effects. This came around the same time that about 5,000 former NFL players brought a lawsuit against the league,…

Antidepressants, Sleep Aids, and Allergy Drugs Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

March 4th, 2015

For many years, consumers have taken Benadryl as a sleep aid, assuming that it is a safe and non-habit forming solution for occasional insomnia. A recent study, however, led by Dr. Shelly Gray of the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that several over-the-counter drugs—Nytol, Benadryl, and Piriton—may…

The Right to Jury Trial in Civil Cases: Reasserting the Importance of the Seventh Amendment

February 25th, 2015

The right to a jury trial in criminal cases is well known, but the right to a jury trial in civil cases is also a sacrosanct right under the United States Constitution. The Seventh Amendment is under attack, argues Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy at New York Law School….

Campaign Finance Threatens Political and Judicial Impartiality

February 18th, 2015

Back in November, we argued that in recent years campaign finance—especially among potential judges—has undermined Americans’ faith in the judicial branch. Thanks to, we’ve got more bad news on that front after only a few months’ time. The legal blog mentions the recent case of Altria, Philip Morris’ parent company, whose executives contributed half…

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