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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Do you remember Vioxx, the anti-inflammatory drug recalled and later withdrawn because it was linked with elevated risk of heart attack or Fen-phen, the weight loss drug that was found to cause potentially fatal pulmonary hypertension?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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Will Text Messages Be Allowed as Evidence in Pennsylvania Criminal Trials?

June 20th, 2012

On May 18, 2012, Ben Present of The Legal Intelligencer wrote an article called “State Supreme Court to Address Admissibility of Text Messages” which, as its title suggests, explains the circumstance surrounding what will surely be a noteworthy precedent regarding whether or not “unauthenticated” text …

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Prescription Pad vs. iPad: Safer Electronic Prescriptions on the Rise

June 13th, 2012

Some medical errors are more avoidable than others, and some of the most avoidable must be prescriptions. To clarify, the issue is not the drugs themselves, but the slips of paper on which a doctor writes drug information to be decoded later by pharmacists. Many …

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Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal — Victims Are Striking Back

June 6th, 2012

The sex abuse scandal that has publicly rocked the Catholic Church for more than a decade has actually been around much longer than that. Rachel Zoll of The Associated Press writes that one priest, who happens to have founded an entire religious order dedicated to rehabilitating …

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Delay of Treatment of Priapism Can Lead to Permanent Erectile Dysfunction

May 30th, 2012

Priapism is a prolonged, unwanted and often painful erection which requires prompt medical treatment to avoid the risk of permanent sexual dysfunction and impotence. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic of priapism, sufferers may be hesitant to report it, but delay by the …

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