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  • After Approval, FDA Decides to Give Low-Testosterone Drugs a Second LookSeptember 17th, 2014

    This past June, in an article about a potential link between testosterone treatment and cardiovascular problems, we explained that the FDA had (after about ten years of urging by researchers) decided to launch an investigation into the matter. It turns out that it only took a …

  • Healthcare-Associated Infections: How Hospitals May Be Keeping Patients in HospitalsSeptember 10th, 2014

    It often has been said that hospitals are the most dangerous places for sick people. Hospital acquired infections–also known as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)–present a genuine health risk to patients, leading to prolonged hospitalizations and higher rates of morbidity and mortality. Working from data in a …

  • U.S. District Court Awards $8.6 billion to Terror Victims and Their FamiliesAugust 27th, 2014

    Generally when we cover the American civil justice system on this blog, it is with respect to cases in which residents of this country alone have been physically, emotionally, or mentally harmed. This article, however, addresses a number of consolidated cases involving 284 plaintiffs–citizens of …

  • After Rebranding, Energy Drinks Still DangerousAugust 20th, 2014

    Over the past two years, manufacturers of energy drinks have been putting out fires on various fronts. In 2012, the New York Times reported that Monster Energy – a beverage that Consumer Reports measures at 184mg of caffeine per 16 fl. oz. can (equivalent to about …

  • Malpractice Suits as Industry ReformAugust 13th, 2014

    Although this blog spends a lot of time detailing medical malpractice cases and the jury awards or settlements that come with them. Forbes contributor Steve Cohen reminded us recently (and accurately) that “Malpractice Lawsuits Aren’t Just About Money.” Besides writing about compensation, many of the …

  • Hypocritical Lawmakers and their LawsuitsAugust 6th, 2014

    As many of our readers are surely aware, the United States House of Representatives in the last week in July voted to approve Speaker John Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama for allegedly exercising powers not granted to the highest office in the land. While we …

  • “Hide No Harm” Bill Targets Careless CorporationsJuly 23rd, 2014

    As a consumer concerned with product safety, you might assume that it is illegal for corporations to knowingly cover up dangers associated with their goods and services, but you’d be wrong. Following dozens of highly publicized recalls–cars, automobile air bags,pharmaceuticals, and baby toys, to name …

  • Wisconsin Tort Reform Slowly Creeps BackJuly 16th, 2014

    In a landmark decision in 2005, the Supreme Court of Wisconsin struck down the state’s strict cap on non-economic damages, which limited plaintiffs’ recovery to $350,000. Finding this law to be unconstitutional on the grounds that it violated the equal protection clause, the Court’s decision explains …

  • Testosterone Treatment Linked to Cardiovascular ProblemsJune 25th, 2014

    Over the past decade, according to the New York Times, testosterone replacement therapy (a form of hormone replacement) has quadrupled among men aged 40 and older. By 2011, about one in 25 men in their 60s was on a testosterone replacement plan. While this figure …

  • NFL Settlement Hits Snag as Obama Addresses Concussion HazardsJune 18th, 2014

    The lawsuit that has pitted several thousand retired professional football players against their former employer, the National Football League, has been receiving a lot of press over the past few months–and it shows no signs of ending anytime soon. When this blog last reported on …

  • Search Search NuvaRing Settlement Offer ApprovedJune 11th, 2014

    As far as birth control methods go, few have been as simultaneously popular and controversial as the NuvaRing. The vaginal ring, which slowly releases hormones into a woman’s bloodstream over the course of about three weeks, racked up about $686 million in 2013 alone for …

  • Takata Air Bags Involved in Another Massive Auto RecallJune 9th, 2014

    While the massive General Motors recall–involving over 20 million vehicles in only one year–has been getting a lot of news coverage (and a few posts on this blog), another recall may be nearly as dangerous for drivers. In fact, air bags manufactured by the Takata …

  • Trucks Are More Dangerous Than You ThinkJune 4th, 2014

    Motorists generally don’t like driving on the same highway with trucks, and it appears that this fear of heavy trucks is well founded. The New York Times recently reported on once-in-a-decade calculations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), specifically how much vehicle crashes …

  • Surgical Robot Mistakes: More Prevalent Than Ever, Still UnderreportedMay 28th, 2014

    This blog began covering Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot in July of 2012, but we have not followed up on the outcomes of lawsuits against the manufacturer since last year. A year ago, we reported on the first case to result in a verdict. The …

  • The Real Villains of Tort Reform Debates: Insurance CompaniesMay 21st, 2014

    This month, pro-civil justice blog ThePopTort.com ran a story on an article published by the nonpartisan policy group the Center for Public Integrity called “Keeping an Eye on Insurance Companies that Refuse to Pay Claims.” Author Wendell Potter, a former VP at insurance giant Cigna, …

  • Debunking Even More Myths about Medical MistakesMay 14th, 2014

    In a post published last week, this blog detailed a fledgling platform called Leapfrog, which assigns over 2,000 American hospitals letter grades based upon safety records and patient reviews. The goal of this system is to increase hospital transparency by publicizing and hopefully preventing recurring …

  • Technology Increases Hospital Transparency, Exposes Medical ErrorsMay 6th, 2014

    All too often, news about medical safety is relegated to academic journals and other industry publications. So when a mainstream news organization publishes an article stating the sobering fact that medical errors kill about half a million patients every year in the United States (that’s …

  • In an Attempt to Avoid Lawsuits, General Mills Pushes for Forced ArbitrationApril 30th, 2014

    The right to a trial by jury in civil matters is firmly entrenched in the United States Constitution. The civil justice system is the only tried and tested check on corporate malfeasance, and it is only in the courtroom where individual citizens can bring massive …

  • California Voters Push to Remove Cap on Non-Economic DamagesApril 23rd, 2014

    A few weeks ago, this blog published an article about the overturning of a non-economic damages cap by the Florida Supreme Court, one that prevented families of people who died through no fault of their own from collecting any more than half a million dollars …

  • GM Recall, Now Linked with Safety Cover-Up, GrowsApril 16th, 2014

    In the month or so that has elapsed since we reported on General Motors’ massive recall, the automakers’ problems have not improved. Our article’s headline claims that 1.6 million vehicles have been affected, but apparently that estimate was on the low end and on April …

  • Florida Supreme Court Removes Non-Economic Damages CapApril 9th, 2014

    Last month, Florida’s Supreme Court attacked the state senate for creating what one justice called an “alleged medical malpractice crisis.” The court was referring to the legislative “tort reform” package first formulated in 2013 which placed caps on non-economic damages i.e. compensation for pain and …

  • Parallel Claims Alter Medical Products Liability ClaimsApril 2nd, 2014

    The last week in February, Michael Walsh published an article in the New Jersey Law Journal claiming that courts are “relegating failure-to-warn claims, the decades-old staple of medical products liability, to the trash bin of tort jurisprudence” in favor of parallel claims. Walsh points to three …

  • Temple Student Takes Philadelphia Police to Court Over Arrest PhotographsMarch 26th, 2014

    Despite that Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey wrote a memo in 2011 advising all officers that civilians are permitted to take photographs or video footage of them in public places, some in the department have been slow to adapt. A year after Ramsey informed police …

  • Another Oversight Failure – GM Recalls 1.6 Million CarsMarch 19th, 2014

    General Motors has recently announced a recall of 1.6 million of its vehicles, some of which are linked with thirteen deaths over the past eleven years. And federal safety regulators have announced that since 2003, they have received 260 complaints–two per month–specifically about how these …

  • California Nursing Homes Attempt to ‘Clean Up’ ComplaintsMarch 12th, 2014

    Kaiser Health News recently revealed that several hundred nursing home cases in Los Angeles County were closed without any investigation as part of the so-called “Complaint Workload Clean Up Project.” Anna Gorman, the author of the exposé, notes that this is not the first time …

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