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Here are some law-related articles that recently came out:

The Chicago Tribune reports that Afni, Inc., a debt collection company, must pay damages to 7,000 Cingular Wireless customers in Wisconsin who were illegally assessed collection fees.
Florida attorney Tomas Gamba writes in a Miami Herald op-ed that stronger disclosure laws are needed for contributions made to and [...]

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The Chamber of Commerce has begun a campaign highlighting what it claims are the abundance of frivolous lawsuits filed in the courts that are supposedly plaguing small businesses.
Whenever a politician or interest group for business tries to limit the rights of ordinary citizens to bring a lawsuit, it’s commonly done in the name of small business. [...]

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Surprise, surprise … the WSJ editorial board is in favor of imposing caps on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. For good measure, here are a couple of other equally surprising facts: Bill O’Reilly thinks there is a “war on Christmas,” and Britney Spears is, well, a little nutty.
In a December 1, 2008 editorial, the [...]

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The NY Times ran an article today about how 5-year old Jacob Neuman, who was on his way to school with his brother, Israel, 8, both got stuck in the elevator ten floors up in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn public housing complex where they lived. The elevator door opened because of a malfunction and the boys [...]

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It was disgusting — frankly disgusting — to hear that on Black Friday a Wal-Mart employee in Long Island was trampled to death by stampeding customers who apparently forced their way into the store in the early morning hours.
It’s bad enough that the holidays have become so blatantly commercial; the death of a retail salesperson underneath the [...]

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My first exposure to a NY Times video op-ed came today with one entitled, “Physician, Say You’re Sorry.” It is a well-produced piece consisting of interviews of doctors and patients about how physicians need to learn how to acknowledge error with patients and try to understand the impact it has on them.
Indeed, most of the [...]

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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.
New [...]

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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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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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Every so often I get an email update from AAJ (American Association for Justice) about recent legal developments that affect the rights of individuals and consumers. Here are a couple of items that I cherry-picked from it this week that concern toy safety:

The AP reports that federal safety officials are worried that the economic downturn [...]

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