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Underfunding of Judicial System Threatens Basic Nature of American Government

December 15th, 2011

The international weekly newspaper “The Economist” published an article in its September 29, 2011 issue about the judicial branch of the government, calling it “the feeblest branch,” due to the lack of funding and public and media attention it receives relative to legislators and executives. …

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Texas Tort Reform: Loser Pays Legislation Adds Insult to Injury

December 7th, 2011

As an addition to the tort reform legislation passed in Texas in 2003, the state’s government is now in the process of implementing a “loser pays” law, which is one of the most contentious recent developments to fall under the umbrella of tort reform. In …

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Personal Injury — The Myth of the Frivolous Lawsuit — Hot Coffee Part II

November 23rd, 2011

As mentioned in Personal Injury — The Myth of the Frivolous Lawsuit — Hot Coffee Part I, after premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary Hot Coffee made its television debut on HBO. The movie addresses mandatory arbitration, corporate financing of judicial campaigns, …

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Personal Injury — The Myth of the Frivolous Lawsuit — Hot Coffee Part I

November 16th, 2011

After premiering at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary Hot Coffee made its television debut on HBO. The first movie directed by former attorney Susan Saladoff addresses complex problems in the country’s civil justice system including mandatory arbitration, corporate financing of judicial campaigns, caps on …

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Yaz Birth Control: Federal Oversight, Conflicts of Interest, and a Billion-Dollar Settlement

September 3rd, 0214

On the topic of birth control, this blog has focused much of its attention on the NuvaRing, whose links to deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and death (among other side effects) resulted in a $100 million settlement spread over 700 plaintiffs. Were every patient to …

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$23 Billion Verdict Hits Big Tobacco

July 30th, 0214

In 2006, a Florida Court of Appeal established that individuals could not band together into a class to file a class action lawsuit against tobacco companies for misleading consumers and misrepresenting the dangers their products pose. So, instead of a few cases, courts across the …

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