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Archive for November, 2008

OSHA has joined together with the Iron Workers Union and Steel Erectors Association in Philadelphia to form a program to promote workplace safety and provide training with a particular emphasis on fall prevention. This came after the death of a 44-year old ironworker who fell five stories to his death while performing construction work at Temple University.
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After a trial in a New Jersey state court in Atlantic City, a jury awarded three plaintiffs $12.9 million in damages against Roche for inflammatory bowel disease that each claimed was caused by its acne drug, Accutane.
The plaintiffs were all Florida residents and each is under age 30. They claimed that Roche failed to provide a [...]

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Read an excellent blog post in the New York Personal Injury Law Blog about the thousands of attorney hours wasted each year at the Central Compliance Part (CCP) in Kings County Supreme Court (the civil trial court in Brooklyn).
Ten minutes worth of work can take hours as attorneys (myself included) twiddle their thumbs waiting for their cases to get called and the [...]

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You’ve heard stories of the illegal and abusive tactics employed by debt collectors on the phone – we’re going to have you arrested at your job, you’ll never be able to get a loan again, and so on. In fact, I blogged about this a few weeks ago.
Here is a recent incident that happened to [...]

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Project Runway has been a huge hit for Bravo with an estimated 4 million viewers per episode. But now it is “frozen on the catwalk,” according to a New York Times article, after a New York state court judge issued an injunction preventing the sale of the show to the Lifetime channel. 
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A Nov. 12, 2008 decision from the Second Department of the New York Appellate Division entitled Coque v. Wildflower Estates Developers, Inc. has clarified the law about when an illegal alien can make a claim for lost wages as the result of a workplace accident.
To all New York law geeks who have been on the [...]

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“It’s been a long, a long time coming, but a change gonna come, oh yes it will” sang the legendary Sam Cooke. It’s rumored that the democrats have some changes in mind when they take charge in January. (We know some things will stay the same like Lieberman’s committee chairmanship). Here are two good ones reported [...]

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New York City is probably the most rough-and-tumble jurisdiction there is when it comes to guerilla tactics in depositions. Rules prohibiting speaking objections – the term for improper interruptions during questioning by opposing counsel - were enacted a couple years ago, but still attorneys routinely disregard them in order to suggest answers to witnesses and place soliloquies [...]

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It has been reported that David Frederick, who argued against federal preemption in Wyeth v. Levine before the Supreme Court, may be selected as Solicitor General in the Obama administration. If so, let’s hope that Mr. Frederick will be an advocate for pro-civil justice causes.

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The ACLU has begun awarding students who blow the whistle on constitutional violations with college scholarships.  Hey, I wish that had been the case in my hometown of Sterling, Mass. back in the days when me and my classmates were all made to stand and say the pledge of allegiance – although it did provide a good [...]

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