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Wisconsin “Tort Reform” Law Bars Some Health Care Inspection Reports from the Court

March 20th, 2013

This past February, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (WCIJ) published a two-document series called “A Frail System” about a measure billed as tort reform which has seriously affected people in nursing homes in that state. This legislation touches on two of the most prominent …

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Number of Asbestos and Pharmaceutical Lawsuits in Philadelphia Drops

March 6th, 2013

In June of 2012, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Philadelphia court officials predicted a drop in asbestos and pharmaceutical claims from 2,690 in 2011 to 1,068 in 2012. The numbers have now come in, and the actual drop was more than they anticipated: last year, …

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Understanding Issues of School Bus Safety, Accidents and Injuries

February 27th, 2013

Last April, we shared a blog about the alarming prevalence of school bus accidents in this area as if it were a tragic anomaly. We wrote about stories occurring “in recent months, locally, nationally and even internationally.” These crashes happened at least a year ago, …

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More Compounding Pharmacies Shut Down in Fungal Meningitis Scare

February 13th, 2013

On January 16 of this year, this blog published a post about an outbreak of fungal meningitis that has killed 39 people and infected 650 more. Inspectors have traced this event, which has hit the states of Michigan and Tennessee particularly hard, to a pharmaceutical …

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Title IX: 40 Years after Its Passage, Schools Still Working to End Discrimination

February 6th, 2013

2012 saw the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a portion of the Education Amendments of 1972 signed into law by President Richard Nixon. Many regard Title IX as a landmark piece of legislation that helped ensure that women have the same ability as men to …

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Could Imposing Liability on Gun Sellers Make Us Safer?

January 30th, 2013

Recent mass shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, a movie theater in Colorado, a shopping mall in Oregon and an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. have garnered a lot of media attention, but it is worth pointing out that since the shooting in Newtown …

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Hyundai and Kia Face Class Action Lawsuit over Inflated Mileage Claims

January 23rd, 2013

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia (owned by the same company, but operated independently) are facing a lawsuit over inflated claims about their vehicles’ fuel efficiency. According to Reuters, the company admitted in November that they “had overstated the fuel efficiency ratings on more than 1 million …

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Fungal Meningitis Linked to Tainted Steroid Injections

January 16th, 2013

One of the most debilitating conditions a person can face is chronic back pain, and unfortunately a majority of patients who suffer from the condition are not candidates for surgery. Back pain is usually caused by congenital conditions, most notably stenosis or a narrowing of …

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Toyota Settles Class Action Lawsuit for More Than $1 Billion

January 9th, 2013

This past December, automotive giant Toyota Motor Corporation settled a class action lawsuit filed in 2010 after a recall of many of its vehicles. The settlement totals over $1 billion, and comes in the wake of complaints that the accelerator pedals on some Toyota models became …

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