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Here is a good op-ed from Leonard Sloane about how tort reform, if enacted, will lift the floodgates on corporate fraud and wrongdoing.
“Tort reform” doesn’t work. Texas is the national model for so called “tort reform,” but medical-malpractice insurance premiums there only went down by 1.2 percent… “Tort reform” leads to unsafe health care. What [...]

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Bloomberg reports that a recent study showed workers exposed to lead experience problems with memory and other cognitive function. In fact, as they reach the age where cognitive function slows, they have greater declines than unexposed workers.
The study was reported in the January issue of Neuropsychology which is published by the American Psychological Association.
I represent children [...]

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Cass Sunstein has been appointed to run the OMB Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which reviews major federal rules. While business has quietly applauded this move, liberals are worrying that Sunstein will not sufficiently support the rescinding of pro-business regulations enacted by the Bush administration or champion new ones pertaining to health and safety.
Sunstein, a prolific author and public intellectual, was [...]

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Bloomberg. com reports that billion dollar verdicts are vanishing from U.S. courtrooms. In 2008 no such verdict was rendered by a jury, and there was only one in 2007. But in the previous 14 years, there were a total of 26 billion-dollar verdicts.
One reason for this is that the Supreme Court and lower appeals courts have limited [...]

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A lawsuit was filed in Texas on December 28, 2008 against Southern Hardwood Company, the owner of a sawmill, by the widow of a worker who died as a result of a board edger that “shot back” a board into his chest. The worker, Jose Luis Flores Guadarrama, was pronounced dead at the hospital due to blunt force [...]

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Although I have been out of commission during the past week or so, seeing that it is the holidays, there have in the meanwhile been tragic accidents that have occurred as a result of unsafe products, insufficient warnings, and corporate negligence. Bringing them to your attention, I realize, is in a way Scrooge-like and the antithesis of spreading holiday cheer, but for [...]

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A few days ago, I posted a video that was recently released by the Chamber of Commerce entitled “Faces of Lawsuit Abuse” showing images of those who have supposedly suffered severe hardship as a result of so-called frivolous lawsuits.
The implication was of bankrupted individuals and ruined small businesses because of greedy trial lawyers. Of course, it was all [...]

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The WSJ reports that Mattel and its Fisher Price unit have settled a case with 39 states for $12 million based on the importation of toys with lead paint from China.
Millions of Chinese-made toys were recalled because they contained amounts of lead that exceeded U.S. standards.

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In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court allowed a class action lawsuit to go forward brought by smokers of light cigarettes against Altria and its Phillip Morris unit for fraud.
The case was brought by Maine smokers under the state’s consumer protection law alleging they had been harmed by the tobacco company’s false statements that “light” [...]

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This is the advertisement by the Chamber of Commerce that I made reference to in a recent post. Hmm… after further reflection, I think the word propaganda better describes it than does advertisement.
The piece obviously seeks to have a psychological effect on viewers seeing that it plays gripping music while a voiceover claims that lawsuits [...]

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