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Tort Reformers Collect Huge Sums While Claiming to Oppose Lawsuits

February 19th, 2014

This blog has covered the United States Chamber of Commerce before, calling it in 2011 a“misleadingly named collection of businesses considered the largest pro-corporation lobbying group in the U.S.” We also pointed out that among its Board of Directors are executives from some of the …

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PA Supreme Court Allows Emotional Distress To Be Defined As Bodily Injury

February 12th, 2014

This past January, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court took up a question that had been addressed by lower courts in the state over the past few years: Does witnessing a family member’s death fall under an insurance policy’s coverage of “bodily injury to a person and …

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New OSHA Pamphlet Suggests Hospitals More Dangerous Than You Think

February 5th, 2014

A new pamphlet published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) called “How Safe Is Your Hospital for Workers?” includes some startling facts about the dangers that hospitals present not only to patients, but to their employees as well. For example, in terms of …

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Stops Immunizing Big Pharma for Harmful Products

January 29th, 2014

The seemingly never-ending products liability case in Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court Lance v. Wyeth has finally drawn to a close after more than three years of arguments and appeals. This case involves Catherine Ruth Lance, whose family argues that Wyeth (a pharmaceutical company) was negligent in …

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Generic Drug Industry Still Largely Unchecked

January 22nd, 2014

In the past few months, this blog has addressed issues concerning the safety of generic drugs. In July we published an article about the Supreme Court protecting manufacturers of generics in cases in which victims were harmed due to inadequate warning labels. Fortunately, the FDA …

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Bipartisan Budget Act Threatens Personal Injury Awards

January 15th, 2014

On December 26, 2013, President Obama and the House Budget Committee leadership reached a deal that set a new federal budget. The deal, according to Reuters, “reduces the risk of another government shutdown.” A less publicized section of the Bipartisan Budget Act, one that few …

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Compounding Pharmacies Come Closer to Regulation

January 8th, 2014

About one year ago, a fungal meningitis outbreak in New England affected nearly eight hundred individuals in twenty states, claiming over sixty lives in the process. The source of these infections was the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Massachusetts, which was an active distributor …

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Health Canada Warns Doctors Cancer Drug Xeloda May Cause Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

December 11th, 2013

Over a year ago, this blog published an article about the dangers of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a serious condition that causes a dark red rash to appear on the skin. Health Canada, Canada’s counterpart to the United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA), recently sent an …

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Study Claims Most Birth Asphyxia Cases Preventable

December 4th, 2013

Birth asphyxia, also known as birth hypoxia, or intrauterine hypoxia, occurs when a newborn is deprived of oxygen. This complication can lead to permanent brain damage and even death of the infant. In cases of brain damage, we typically see children diagnosed with cerebral palsy …

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