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Jun 05, 2014 G.M. Inquiry Cites Years of Neglect Over Fatal Defect

QUOTE: A sweeping internal investigation of General Motors released on Thursday condemned the company for its decade-long failure to fix a deadly safety defect, one that led to “devastating consequences,” including at least 13 deaths....The report offered an extraordinary window into a company where employees avoided responsibility...

New York Times
Oct 21, 2013 Not Just a Hot Cup Anymore

QUOTE: The jury awarded her $2.9 million. Her story became a media sensation and fodder for talk-show hosts, late-night comedians, sitcom writers and even political pundits....Back in February 1992, when Stella Liebeck ordered the 8-ounce cup of McDonald’s coffee that would famously spill and turn her, briefly, into a court-made millionaire — until the amount, the video reports, was lowered to about $500,000...

New York Times
Apr 11, 2013 Emirates’ Laws Trap a Doctor Just Passing Through

QUOTE: Foreigners have long faced unexpected legal trouble in the emirates, where the legal system often differs considerably from what they expect at home.

New York Times
Jan 26, 2013 Lawyers for Catholic hospital argue that a fetus is not a person

QUOTE: Life begins at conception, according to the Catholic Church, but in a wrongful death suit in Colorado, a Catholic health care company has argued just the opposite.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Oct 23, 2012 Italian scientists resign over L'Aquila quake verdicts

QUOTE: Earthquake experts worldwide expressed shock at the manslaughter convictions of six Italian scientists who failed to predict the deadly L'Aquila quake, warning that the decision could severely harm future research. Two scientists resigned their posts with the government's disaster preparedness agency Tuesday after a court in L'Aquila sentenced six scientists and a government official to six years in prison.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 20, 2012 Generic Drugs Proving Resistant to Damage Suits

QUOTE: Across the country, dozens of lawsuits against generic pharmaceutical companies are being dismissed because of a Supreme Court decision last year that said the companies did not have control over what their labels said and therefore could not be sued for failing to alert patients about the risks of taking their drugs. Now, what once seemed like a trivial detail — whether to take a generic or brand-name drug — has become the deciding factor in whether a patient can seek legal recourse from a drug company.

New York Times
Apr 20, 2011 Concern Grows Over Window Blind Safety

QUOTE: Critics of the industry complain that manufacturers have dragged their feet on addressing safety hazards for decades, making minor tweaks or putting the onus on parents to shorten cords or buy tie-down devices... “What they are really trying to do is reach a low price point.”

New York Times
Feb 22, 2011 Workers Sickened at Apple Supplier in China

QUOTE: 137 workers at a factory here had been seriously injured by a toxic chemical used in making the signature slick glass screens of the iPhone... But in interviews last weekend, nearly a dozen employees who say they were harmed by the chemical said they had never heard from anyone at Apple.

New York Times
May 12, 2010 The Price and Who Pays: Updates From the Gulf

QUOTE: attempts to shut off the flow of oil streaming into the Gulf of Mexico have been unsuccessful and the search continues for a cause and for ways to prevent such blowouts in the future. Questions persist about who will be liable for damage from the spill and the risks to local wildlife.

New York Times
Apr 05, 2010 Case Will Test N.F.L. Teams’ Liability in Dementia

QUOTE: California’s workers’ compensation system provides a unique, and relatively unknown, haven for retired professional athletes among the 50 states, allowing hundreds of long-retired veterans each year to file claims for injuries sustained decades before. Players need not have played for California teams or be residents of the state; they had to participate in just one game in the state to be eligible to receive lifetime medical care for their injuries from the teams and their insurance carriers.

New York Times
Feb 16, 2010 Hold vendors liable for buggy software, security experts say: Consortium led by SANS Institute, Mitre also releases 2010 list of Top 25 programming errors

QUOTE: The document provides user companies with a list of specific terms and conditions that should be included in procurement contracts to ensure that vendors are adhering to a strict set of software development security standards. In sum, the draft contract would leave development firms liable for software defects.

InfoWorld
Nov 09, 2009 Do We Have a Winner?: How to reform the broken medical malpractice system. (prescriptions)

QUOTE: here's the dilemma: On one hand, doctors believe—despite some evidence to the contrary—that there are too many frivolous lawsuits, and they respond by ordering a lot of unnecessary testing and treatment... On the other hand, patients often get harmed by negligent medical care, and lawsuits are their only way to fight back.

Slate
Aug 24, 2009 Wyoming split over worker safety: It's the second time lawmakers are weighing measures to decrease the state's high rate of job fatalities, especially in the oil fields.

QUOTE: For the last several years, Wyoming has outpaced the rest of the country in occupational fatalities.

Los Angeles Times
Aug 06, 2009 Watch out, developers: Here come the lawyers (Tech's Bottom Line)

QUOTE: They [Microsoft and Linux Foundation] claim that the guidelines [to sue software makers for buggy software] are likely to lead to a flood of expensive lawsuits against both large commercial vendors and small-scale open source developers.

InfoWorld
Jun 15, 2009 How Much Does a Hospital Owe for Causing a Patient’s Death? The Verdict (Hear Ye! Hear Ye! )

QUOTE: In April 2008, the court upheld the gross negligence finding. Athena Hogue received the damages award earlier this year {for hospital gross negligence]

AARP
Apr 20, 2009 Suit Says Faulty Elevators in Public Housing Violate Rights of Tenants

QUOTE: The city’s public housing agency is violating the rights of tenants with disabilities and other health problems by failing to properly maintain its elevators, leaving them stranded for hours during frequent breakdowns, according to a federal class-action lawsuit expected to be filed Tuesday.

New York Times
Sep 19, 2008 Drug Label, Maimed Patient and Crucial Test for Justices

QUOTE: In legal jargon, the cases concern “pre-emption,” a doctrine that can bar injured consumers like Ms. Levine from suing in state court when the products that hurt them had met federal standards. The issue is less boring and more consequential than it sounds, and Ms. Levine’s case is shaping up to be the most important business case of the term.

New York Times
Sep 17, 2008 N.Y. City's Qualms Turned Aside in 9/11 Cases

QUOTE: [A New York judge] yesterday turned aside objections from New York City over how to proceed with the 10,800 claims of respiratory and other illnesses allegedly caused by toxic dust at Ground Zero.

New York Law Journal (NYLJ)
Jul 30, 2008 Yale Students' Lawsuit Unmasks Anonymous Trolls, Opens Pandora's Box

QUOTE: AK-47 was one of a handful of students heaping misogynist scorn on women attending the nations' top law schools in 2007, in posts so vile they spurred a national debate on the limits of online anonymity, and an unprecedented federal lawsuit aimed at unmasking and punishing the posters...Both women tried in vain to persuade the administrators of the AutoAdmit.com site to remove the threads

Wired
Jun 17, 2008 Virginia Tech families win $11 million settlement from state

QUOTE: The 24 victims included in the settlement were among the 32 killed by Seung-Hui Cho's April 16, 2007, shooting rampage. The settlement also compensates 18 people injured. "The commonwealth has endeavored to meet the needs and concerns of the victims, including family members, through both monetary and non-monetary provisions," said Chief Deputy Attorney General William C. Mims.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 18, 2008 Doctors Say ‘I’m Sorry’ Before ‘See You in Court’

QUOTE: For decades, malpractice lawyers and insurers have counseled doctors and hospitals to “deny and defend.” Many still warn clients that any admission of fault, or even expression of regret, is likely to invite litigation and imperil careers. But with providers choking on malpractice costs and consumers demanding action against medical errors, a handful of prominent academic medical centers, like Johns Hopkins and Stanford, are trying a disarming approach.

New York Times
May 13, 2008 Court Hears More Claims of Vaccine-Autism Link

QUOTE: In this hearing, parents are claiming that thimerosal, a preservative that contains mercury, damaged their children’s brains.

New York Times
May 10, 2008 That Must Be Bob. I Hear His New Hip Squeaking.

QUOTE: Already, dozens of patients have elected to endure subsequent surgeries to replace the noisy hips. Some have sued Stryker, the pioneer and market leader, which some doctors say has been slow to take their patients’ concerns seriously.

New York Times
Feb 21, 2008 Supreme Court Shields Medical-Device Makers: Decision Rules Out State Lawsuits Over Products That Meet FDA's Highest Standards

QUOTE: The Supreme Court yesterday protected the makers of medical devices that have passed the most rigorous federal review standards from lawsuits by consumers who allege that the devices caused them harm.

Washington Post
Jan 29, 2008 Can a Sandwich Be Slandered?

QUOTE: The dispute over an ad is fairly standard...but the [Quiznos] video contest [the rules of which made it clear that the videos should depict Quiznos sandwiches as “superior” to Subway’s] raises a novel legal question: Quiznos did not make the insulting submissions, so should it be held liable for user-generated content created at its behest?

New York Times
Jan 19, 2008 Birth, The American Way

QUOTE: Natural-birth advocates say that hospitals, driven by profits and worried about malpractice, are too quick to intervene....If something does go wrong, in the eyes of the courts "a normal birth is a risk. The courts reward action," Block says.

Newsweek
Nov 24, 2007 Contracting? Cover Your Bases.

QUOTE: If you are planning to work with a construction or remodeling contractor, there are a number of steps you should take to protect yourself.

Washington Post
Nov 14, 2007 Colombian families' suit says Chiquita liable for torture, murder

QUOTE: Earlier this year, Chiquita, as part of a plea agreement, admitted that what it called protection payments had been given to Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia, or AUC. AUC was named a terrorist organization by the United States in 2002, making it a crime to give them money.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 09, 2007 Merck Agrees to Pay $4.85 Billion for Vioxx Claims

QUOTE: Based on the fact that the 27,000 suits cover about 47,000 sets of plaintiffs, the average plaintiff will receive just more than $100,000 before legal fees and expenses, which usually swallow 30 percent to 50 percent of payments to plaintiffs. Plaintiffs who do not want to accept the settlement can pursue their own claims, but with so many of the top trial lawyers in the United States agreeing to the deal, they may have difficulty doing so.

New York Times
Oct 24, 2007 BP Settlements Seen on Safety and Price Cases

QUOTE: The expected settlement in the refinery case signals the government’s willingness to take a hard line in forcing companies to redress environmental and worker safety problems. Officials said that the Texas City case would not resolve accusations against BP executives who may have failed to take steps to make the refinery safer and that those investigations would continue.

New York Times
Oct 01, 2007 Lead-paint suit may thin burden of proof

QUOTE: What sets it apart is a 2005 Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that Thomas' attorneys don't need to prove the companies manufactured the specific paint that made him sick. All they have to prove is that the companies were making lead paint when the homes in which Thomas lived were built, from 1900 to 1905, that the paint sickened him and that the manufacturers knew of that danger.

USA TODAY
Sep 04, 2007 Little Noticed 9/11 Lawsuits Will Go to Trial

QUOTE: Lawyers for the defendants in the coming damages trials — United and American Airlines; airport security companies; Boeing, the aircraft manufacturer; and others — say the lawsuits are misguided, that the aviation industry played by the government rules at the time, and that the terrorists knew what they could get away with.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2007 'You Can't Put a Dollar Sign' on Trauma: Victims of Abuse By Clergy Speak About L.A. Payout

QUOTE: Those alleging sexual abuse by clergy members in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles said yesterday that the record $660 million settlement from the church will go only part of the way toward healing their wounds.

Washington Post
Jun 26, 2007 Supreme Court to Weigh Limits on Cases Involving Medical Devices

QUOTE: Setting the stage for a confrontation between the states and manufacturers, the Supreme Court said on Monday that it would hear an appeal raising the issue of whether the makers of medical equipment approved by the federal government may be sued under state law by patients injured by those devices.

New York Times
May 15, 2007 Major Sports Team Up to Battle Drugs: Professional, Amateur Governing Bodies to Tap Federal Resources

QUOTE: The unprecedented collaboration is indicative of an emerging consensus among sports bodies that the use of performance-enhancing substances is a mounting health and legal concern that potentially threatens the multibillion-dollar professional sports industry in the United States.

Washington Post
Mar 16, 2007 History of Hernia Patch Raises Questions on Implant Recalls

QUOTE: Still, at a time when the use of implanted medical devices is growing sharply, the episode of the hernia patch is an example of what some experts say is a far wider problem: that some major manufacturers, while contending that they carefully monitor product safety, are not as rigorous as they should be.

New York Times
Feb 20, 2007 Supreme Court Nixes Award Against Philip Morris

QUOTE: Justice Stephen G. Breyer said jurors may take into account that harm caused to others shows reprehensible conduct, but "a jury may go no further than this and use a punitive damages verdict to punish a defendant directly on account of harms it is alleged to have visited on nonparties."

Washington Post
Oct 31, 2006 Supreme Court case: Are jury awards too high?: The High Court hears Tuesday a case where the widow of an Oregon smoker got $79.5 million.

QUOTE: The case...is being closely watched to see whether a majority of justices are willing to issue strict guidelines to identify when a punitive damage award is unconstitutionally excessive.

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 14, 2006 Federal Judge Questions Data Used by Smokers to Define Class

QUOTE: A federal judge Wednesday expressed skepticism over a proposed class action lawsuit that would seek as much as $200 billion in damages against the tobacco industry for its allegedly deceptive marketing of light cigarettes.

Law.com
Sep 07, 2006 Merck Inquiry Backs Conduct Over Vioxx

QUOTE: Merck took “reasonable steps” to research Vioxx’s health risks. He said that no one at the company could have known that Vioxx was dangerous to the heart before 2004, when Merck withdrew the drug after a clinical trial revealed its risks. Evidence produced in lawsuits against Merck has shown that company scientists repeatedly discussed Vioxx’s potential dangers as early as 1997.

New York Times
Aug 18, 2006 New Limits Set Over Marketing for Cigarettes

QUOTE: A federal judge ordered strict new limitations on tobacco marketing on Thursday after finding that cigarette makers deserved to be punished for a decades-old conspiracy to deceive the public about the dangers of smoking.

New York Times
Aug 03, 2006 Inquiries in Britain Uncover Loopholes in Drug Trials

QUOTE: New tests and investigations into the incident have highlighted loopholes in a drug-testing system that in some instances seems better devised to bring drugs to market than to protect human safety...

New York Times
Jul 25, 2006 Summer sport: Inflatable raft flies ... into controversy: A brand of tube-kites was recalled this month after two riders were killed and several others injured.

QUOTE: tube-kites, or inflatable flying watercraft, are also flying headlong into controversy, as deaths and injuries mount and the Army Corps of Engineers bans them from federally managed waters...The government action and SportsStuff's decision to recall the product raises questions about what role the US government should play in restricting behaviors that involve some degree of risk.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 10, 2006 Massachusetts weighs criminal charges in Big Dig collapse: Such a move would set a new legal precedent and might encourage other prosecutors to bring similar charges in structural failures.

QUOTE: Massachusetts' attorney general is mulling whether to press criminal charges against the state authority that oversaw the [Big Dig] project and some of the contractors.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 13, 2006 Product Defects and Whether to Report Them

QUOTE: The Consumer Product Safety Commission has proposed new factors for determining when manufacturers have to report defective products to the agency. Some industry groups have pushed for and welcome the changes, while one commissioner and some consumer groups warn that the result may be less reporting of safety hazards.

Washington Post
May 30, 2006 Complaint Accuses Sullivan & Cromwell of Fraud

QUOTE: a recent complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court against Sullivan & Cromwell...that it helped a leading tobacco company cheat victims of asbestos exposure out of a huge pile of cash, or the idea that the firm would squabble with a former client over some files and a measly $100,000.

Law.com
Mar 12, 2006 A Wrongful Birth?

QUOTE: cases are exposing...the relatively new belief that we should have a right to choose which babies come into the world.

New York Times
Feb 15, 2006 Senate Foes Block Proposed Trust Fund For Asbestos Victims: Vote Short Against Budgetary Challenge

QUOTE: ...the Senate derailed legislation to create a trust fund for asbestos victims, a victory for Democrats and their trial-lawyer allies who waged a relentless campaign to defeat a bill that took five years to negotiate.

Washington Post
Feb 02, 2006 The Lawsuits over James Frey's "A Million Little Pieces": Although the Author Has Conceded Fabrication, The Suits Should be Dismissed

QUOTE: ...James Frey's best-selling memoir, A Million Little Pieces, contains inaccuracies and fabricated events....Some readers have now decided to sue the book's publisher, Random House and the relevant subdivision, Doubleday, in three separate class action lawsuits, in Los Angeles, Illinois, and Seattle. Each suit alleges breach of contract, and negligent misrepresentation as well as consumer fraud...

Findlaw
Jan 19, 2006 FDA Tries to Limit Drug Suits in State Courts: Agency's 'Federal Preemption' Policy Included in Labeling Guidelines for Medications

QUOTE: People who believe they were injured by drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration should not be allowed to sue drug companies in state courts, the agency said...

Washington Post

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