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Nearly Half a Century Later, Damage Caps in California Are Still Harming Victims of Medical Malpractice

September 7th, 2022

Recent legislative developments in California are instructive as to how justice gets turned on its head when damage caps are imposed on victims of medical malpractice. In 1975 — the same year that the Vietnam War ended, Patty Hearst was arrested for armed robbery, and the …

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baby rocker injuries

4moms Recalls More Than 2 Million Baby Swings and Rockers Due to Strangulation Hazard for Crawling Babies

August 23rd, 2022

As federal regulators continue to warn consumers about the risk of suffocation associated with using inclined infant products — such as rockers, nappers and loungers — for infant sleep, a new safety hazard has emerged for crawling babies: strangulation in dangling restraint straps. On August 15, …

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CFTC Whistleblower Program

WHAT LEGAL PROTECTIONS ARE PROVIDED TO CFTC WHISTLEBLOWERS?

August 8th, 2022

Exposing unlawful conduct by a business often creates significant monetary exposure for that company and any individual employees engaged in wrongdoing. While the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is focused on preserving the confidentiality of whistleblowers’ identities, individuals who step forward to report securities fraud …

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FinCEN Whistleblower Program

WHAT IS THE FinCEN WHISTLEBLOWER PROGRAM?    

August 8th, 2022

In 2021, Congress passed the Anti-Money Laundering Act and, in doing so, created a whistleblower program focused on receiving information concerning violations of the anti-money laundering laws.  The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a bureau of the United States Department of the Treasury, is tasked with …

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crib bumpers

Safe Sleep for Babies Act Bans Two Deadly Infant Sleep Products

August 5th, 2022

Two infant sleep products that together have been linked to more than 200 infant deaths have been banned from the U.S. marketplace under the Safe Sleep for Babies Act, signed into law by President Biden in May 2022. The new law, which will go into effect …

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Practice Tips for Litigating Third-Party Bad Faith Insurance Claims

August 1st, 2022

Third-party bad faith claims are not a slam-dunk, and like all litigation, they require a thoughtful and planned approach. While not meant to be exhaustive, this article written by Mark W. Tanner​ and Peter M. Newman published by The Legal Intelligencer on July 26, 2022, outlines practice tips for prosecuting this …

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NHTSA Whistleblower Program

WHAT IS THE NHTSA WHISTLEBLOWER PROGRAM?

July 26th, 2022

The Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act of 2015 created the whistleblower program administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Program pays monetary rewards to auto safety whistleblowers who provide information leading to the resolution of an enforcement action, such as an investigation, recall, …

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neck floats

FDA Warns Against Use of Baby Neck Floats

July 18th, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning parents and caregivers not to use baby neck floats due to the risk of death or serious injury. Baby neck floats — a questionably designed infant product — look similar to inflatable innertubes that older children use …

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IRS whistleblower program

WHAT IS THE IRS WHISTLEBLOWER PROGRAM?

July 7th, 2022

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has administered its whistleblower program in some form since 1867. But the Program has become much more active in the wake of improvements made by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act in 2006, which, among other things, made certain …

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