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Widespread Shortage of Judges Derails Civil Justice System

September 12th, 2012

On July 11, this blog published a post titled “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied,” which dealt with the shortage of judges (and thus backlog of civil cases) in Union County, New Jersey. Upon further research, it has become painfully clear that this problem is not …

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The Scarlet Sticker: Kyleigh’s Law Upheld in New Jersey

September 5th, 2012

Reuters reported on August 8, 2012, that Kyleigh’s Law, which requires any New Jersey-licensed drivers under 21 with a provisional license to place a bright red sticker on the top left-hand corner of each of their two license plates for a year, has been upheld …

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Over 2,000 NFL Players File Brain Injury Lawsuit in Philadelphia

August 29th, 2012

Last month in Philadelphia, thousands of retired professional football players filed a personal injury class action lawsuit against their shared former employer, the National Football League (NFL). Also named as a defendant in the lawsuit is famous helmet manufacturer Riddell Sports, Inc. The heart of …

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Not Just for Planes: Automobile ‘Black Boxes’ will be Standard by 2015

August 22nd, 2012

In April 2012, the Senate passed a bill that would require auto manufacturers to install event data recorders (EDRs), also known as “black boxes,” in all cars. They have been around for more than a few years in automobiles: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal of PCWorld reports …

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Pennsylvania Judge Thoroughly Tackles Facebook Discovery

August 15th, 2012

As the relationship between technology and the law both widens and deepens, we were bound to see more rulings on issues of social networking and privacy. We have written about the issues, especially Facebook, on several occasions. Adding to this list is Allegheny County Common Pleas …

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Institute of Medicine Criticizes FDA for Unsafe Post-Market Inspection

August 8th, 2012

Do you remember Vioxx, the anti-inflammatory drug recalled and later withdrawn because it was linked with elevated risk of heart attack or Fen-phen, the weight loss drug that was found to cause potentially fatal pulmonary hypertension? These medications were once approved by the Food and …

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Distractions in the Dashboard: Should There Be a Limit to In-Car Technology?

August 1st, 2012

It’s safe to say that technology is here to stay. It’s spreading at an incredible rate and into previously unconnected places, like the dashboards of our automobiles. A particularly rich and detailed infographic posted on the tech website Mashable estimates that 15 percent of American …

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Lack of Training, Electrical Burns Lead to da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits

July 25th, 2012

When we think of robots easing burdens for humans, we may think of Rosie from The Jetsonsor the droids from Star Wars. But robots are already helping us with surgeries in real life. The robotics firm Intuitive Surgical has rolled out a product called the …

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Tort Reform State-by-State: Texas

July 18th, 2012

In today’s post, we again address the issue of tort reform. In previous months, we have published pieces on the pro victims’ rights documentary Hot Coffee, how tort reform has affected the healthcare system of Ohio and “loser pays” rules in Texas. As part of …

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Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied — Union City, N.J. Courts’ Civil Backlog

July 11th, 2012

As of April of 2012, courts in Union County, New Jersey had 863 civil cases in backlog, that is, 863 cases that could not be heard because there are no judges to preside. This is the largest backlog in this county’s history and will now …

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NuvaRing Birth Control Linked to Elevated Risk of Blood Clots, Pulmonary Embolism

July 3rd, 2012

The Guttmacher Institute (a non-partisan reproductive health think tank) conducted a survey from 2006 — 2010 in an attempt to determine how many American women have used birth control at some point in their lives. Birth control advocates trumpeted their findings throughout the media: 99 percent …

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Study Finds Mothers Taking Clomid May Face Greater Risk of Birth Defects

June 27th, 2012

In recent months, this blog has covered issues related to birth defects, specifically those that fall under the umbrella of neural tube defects (or NTDs) like spina bifida, anencephaly and encephaloceles, some of which are linked to a lack of b-vitamin folic acid or use …

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