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  • Trial lawyers want to drug test California doctors

    10/31/2014 3:36:02 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    HOT AIR ^ | 31 OCTOBER 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    California has turned itself into something of a joke over the years in large part because of their Rule by Referendum mentality. A sufficiently large group of people – and really not all that many – can get just about any idea that crosses their minds onto the ballot and have it enacted into law with a slick enough sales campaign. There are in excess of 100 of these proposals facing left coast voters this year, and one of them – Proposition 46 – seems to be pitting doctors against lawyers.
  • Passengers suing Carnival over crippled cruise seek $5,000 a month for life

    03/12/2014 1:21:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 11, 2014 | (with AP)
    A group of passengers suing Carnival Corp. for damages after sailing on the ill-fated Carnival Triumph cruise ship that drifted at sea for days are asking the company to pay $5,000 a month for the rest of their lives for ongoing medical and mental problems. The case stems from the February 2013 incident when a fire broke out in the ship’s engine room during a four-day cruise, leaving the ship without engine power and most of its electricity, forcing passengers to endure human waste running down hallways, limited water supplies, noxious odors and extreme heat. …
  • Alliance sees more lack of diversity on bench--Wants broader backgrounds

    02/11/2014 6:33:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 11, 2014 | Dave Boyer
    Not satisfied with President Obama for appointing record numbers of gay, female and minority judges, liberal groups and labor unions are now pressuring the president to nominate more jurists who have backgrounds working for unions and public-interest organizations. The Alliance for Justice, a coalition of more than 100 liberal groups, is lobbying the White House to “broaden the bench” with more judicial nominees who represent what it calls “professional diversity” — judges who are more likely to be aligned with the coalition’s liberal agenda. “We face a federal bench that has a striking lack of diversity,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts...
  • Sued over cuts and grazes: Schools rip out playgrounds as compensation claims soar

    04/14/2013 1:49:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Sunday Express (UK) ^ | Sun., April 14, 2013 | David Paul
    Schools have begun ripping out swings and slides from playgrounds because they can no longer afford huge compensation payouts when children suffer minor cuts and grazes. The claims have become so common that even school trips to the seaside are being canceled in case pupils injure themselves while paddling in the sea and their parents then sue. Education authorities face big bills even if a child is hurt while defying school rules by climbing walls or trees. Lawyers all over the country are fueling the problem by offering parents no-win no-fee deals. Some firms have even set up telephone hotlines...
  • Police officer gets £10,000 payout for falling off a chair

    04/12/2013 11:23:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    London Evening Standard ^ | 12 April 2013 | Dick Murray, Transport Correspondent
    A British Transport Police officer has been paid an estimated £10,000 ($15,371) compensation after falling off a chair while on London Underground premises. The award was part of nearly £5 million paid out by Transport for London over the past three years in compensation to people injured on the Tube, buses, railways, roads and pavements. The payouts were condemned as a “result of living in a compensation culture gone mad”. …
  • DA: Woman falls on SEPTA bus, 6 claim injuries (PHOTOS)

    12/12/2012 9:39:23 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10 Dec 2012 | Vernon Odom
    The Philadelphia District Attorney said six people filed false injury claims against SEPTA after a woman tripped and fell on a bus. The DA said the incident happened on Thanksgiving night in 2010. According to investigators, the woman involved fell while walking to the rear of the bus. The bus had not been in an accident, the DA said, and there were no sudden maneuvers that would have caused her to fall. Paramedics were called to the scene, but the woman refused treatment and declined to go to the hospital. The only other person on the bus at the time...
  • Chevron claims seen as not worth trouble

    08/09/2012 12:54:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/9/12 | Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Two days after toxic black smoke from the Chevron refinery fire enveloped Richmond, a second phenomenon swept through the city: the rush for money. More than 1,000 residents claiming to have coughs, nausea, scratchy throats and psychological trauma visited a downtown law office Wednesday in hopes of receiving a payout for their suffering. Another 1,000 contacted Chevron directly. Chevron was so overwhelmed, it set up a storefront downtown to accommodate the claims and answer questions. But what claimants are likely to receive - at the most, a few thousand dollars each - is not enough to buy a long-term solution...
  • Tort-Scam Takedown

    03/05/2012 7:53:53 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/05/12
    That $279 million no-fault insurance scam cops busted Thursday gives added value to the term “ambulance-chasing.” It also shows why New Yorkers, who indirectly foot the tab for the fraud, need serious reform from Albany. (And never mind the ambulance-chaser — er, trial-lawyer — lobbyists fighting for the status quo.) * * * [T]he crackdown casts a bright spotlight on the huge sums New Yorkers are paying unnecessarily for their auto insurance through the no-fault system. And for that, they can thank, in large part, the self-interested tort-law crowd. The fraud ring, dominated by immigrants from the former Soviet Union,...
  • Lawsuit filed in Reno air race crash

    11/01/2011 4:38:49 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 79 replies
    AP via San Jose Mercury News ^ | November 1, 2011 | Ken Ritter
    The family of a Texas man killed when a racing aircraft crashed into spectators in the National Championship Air Races in Reno filed a $25 million lawsuit Tuesday against the pilot's family, a mechanic on the World War II-era aircraft and the Nevada organization that hosted the event.
  • Medical insurers win big in California Supreme Court decision

    08/19/2011 8:39:38 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/19/11 | Dan Walters
    The state Supreme Court handed insurers and business groups a major legal victory – and personal injury lawyers an equally big setback – on Thursday by imposing limits on medical damages in one of the era's most closely watched civil cases. The issue in the case, Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, was whether an injured party could collect the full medical care costs billed by doctors and hospitals, or the lesser amount that the medical providers accepted from an insurance company.
  • Priest Sex Abuse Victim's Lawyers Claim Most of His $900,000 Settlement

    01/05/2011 8:32:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 1/4/11 | Aimee Green
    A man who was molested as a child by a Portland priest -- then secured a $900,000 settlement from the church -- has yet to see a penny more than seven years after the church paid out the money. In a lawsuit filed this week in Multnomah County Circuit Court, the man alleges that attorneys who represented him in the case managed to claim $877,000 of the settlement, leaving him with no more than $23,000. Yet the man, identified only by his initials, G.B., hasn't seen a check for any amount. According to the suit, G.B. has been living off...
  • Family: Racial Bias Caused Conn. Gunman to Snap

    08/04/2010 6:50:09 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 3, 2010 | Everton Bailey, Jr.
    Omar Thornton sat calmly in a meeting with union representative and his supervisors as they showed a video of him stealing beer from the distributor where he worked. Busted, he didn't put up a fight, company officials said. He quietly signed a letter of resignation and was headed for the door when he pulled out a gun and started firing — "cold as ice," as one survivor described it. In the end, Thornton killed eight people, injured two, then turned the gun on himself in a rampage Tuesday at Hartford Distributors that union and company officials said they would not...
  • Alleged Shooter: I Killed The Racists

    08/03/2010 6:30:10 PM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 115 replies · 754+ views
    “He said, ‘I killed the five racists that was there bothering me,’” said Will Holliday, Thornton’s uncle. “He said, ‘That’s it. The cops are going to come in so I’m going to take care of it myself.’” Holliday said Thornton had been complaining to relatives that in several years he worked at Hartford Distributors he was confronted with blatant racism. Holliday said, “He had some instances of racism at the company. They were hanging nooses in the bathroom and writing stuff like that. They were singling him out because he was the only black person there in that area.”
  • Spokane Popcorn Lover Sues After Contracting Rare Disease (ODed on Popcorn)

    06/19/2010 4:49:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 50 replies · 797+ views
    A Spokane man is the first customer to file a lawsuit against Conagra Foods for their microwave popcorn. The product in question was pulled from store shelves three years ago. That’s because a chemical inside was making its workers sick. It involves an artificial flavoring called diacetyl. For years it was put in popcorn to give it a nice smell but the aroma is allegedly what made one Spokane Valley man sick. A man who loves popcorn. Attorney Richard Eymann says the man had it in a bowl and sometimes “he’d lap it out of the bowl like a dog...
  • Washington man killed by urinating on live power line following crash

    03/03/2010 10:33:40 AM PST · by Willie Green · 61 replies · 1,790+ views ^ | Wednesday, March 03, 2010 | Nicole Howley
    Legal news for Washington personal injury attorneys. A man was killed after urinating on live power line in Grays Harbor County. Washington personal injury lawyers alert- A man was killed by electrocution after urinating on a live wire in Montesano, WA. Montesano, WA—A Washington man who escaped a single vehicle collision without any serious injuries, was then killed by electrocution while waiting for a family member to come pull his car from a ditch. The Grays Harbor County Sherriff’s Department reported that the man was killed on Friday, February 26, 2010, as reported by MSNBC. According to deputies, Roy Messenger...
  • Suit: Chicago archdiocese discriminated in sex abuse cases (give me a break alert)

    12/14/2009 2:24:59 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies · 519+ views
    Chicago Breaking News/ Chicago Tribune ^ | December 10, 2009 | Manya A. Brachear
    <p>A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago alleging that church officials discriminated against African-American victims of sexual abuse by trying to silence their claims and proposing smaller settlements than those offered to white victims.</p>
  • (UK) Doctors told to say sorry to patients more often

    11/19/2009 8:33:40 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies · 210+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/19/2009 | Rebecca Smith
    Doctors and nurses should be more honest and open when things go wrong and offer an apology to the patient or their family under new guidance to the NHS. Clinicians are often fearful of saying sorry when a patient has been harmed by a blunder because it may influence any future legal action, but it is the 'right thing to do, the head of the National Patient Safety Agency has said. When patients file complaints or litigation, their aim is often for the people involved to say sorry and to ensure the same thing does not happen to someone else,...
  • Are Lawyers A Productive Part of Society?

    10/05/2009 10:14:32 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 16 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 10-5-2009 | Paul Cassell
    The ABA Journal has this interesting thought attributed to Justice Scalia. Asked to comment on whether the quality of advocacy before the U.S. Supreme Court was too low, Justice Scalia is quoted as saying: “I used to have just the opposite reaction. I used to be disappointed that so many of the best minds in the country were being devoted to this enterprise. “I mean there’d be a … public defender from Podunk, you know, and this woman is really brilliant, you know. Why isn’t she out inventing the automobile or, you know, doing something productive for this society? “I...
  • MISSING RING (Liz Edwards kicks pony out, seeks shampoo, conditioner in divorce settlement)

    11/04/2008 9:23:10 AM PST · by presidio9 · 30 replies · 10,908+ views
    NY Post ^ | October 30, 2008 | Dick Johnson
    IS it over between John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth? "The wedding band is missing," the Washington Post reported yesterday after covering a speech the cancer-stricken mother of two gave in DC on Monday night. Edwards, the former North Carolina senator who ran for president twice, finally acknowledged three months ago that he had an affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter. He denies he's the father of Hunter's baby girl, although he has been spotted visiting mother and child. A source said Edwards is no longer living with Elizabeth and that the couple have separated. But reps for Elizabeth Edwards...
  • Parents to Sue Maker of Metal Baseball Bats Over Son's Injury

    05/17/2008 10:20:12 PM PDT · by MissouriConservative · 145 replies · 4,246+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 17, 2008 | Associated Press
    WAYNE, N.J. — A New Jersey couple, whose son was struck in the chest with a line drive, is planning to sue the maker of a metal baseball bat used in the game. An attorney says Domalewski will need millions of dollars worth of medical care for the rest of his life.
  • Elizabeth Edwards says shopping for U.S.-made toys is a challenge

    12/21/2007 11:46:15 PM PST · by Baladas · 36 replies · 179+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 21, 2007 | Associated Press staff
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Elizabeth Edwards says avoiding the "Made in China" label on toys is not exactly child's play. With millions of recalls rolling in this year because of lead in toys, Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards vowed during a debate there would be no Chinese made gifts under his Christmas tree. But, the former North Carolina senator says he immediately had to check with his wife to make sure he was right. The Edwards campaign says the kids will be unwrapping U.S.-made toys, but wouldn't get into the specifics as not to spoil anyone's gifts.
  • Plane Crash: When a Plane Drops from the Sky

    12/10/2007 3:55:09 PM PST · by billorites · 13 replies · 86+ views ^ | December 8, 2007 | Gordon Gibb
    Augusta, GA: A plane crash that took 10 lives in October probably could have been prevented if alleged known faults inherent with the plane had been addressed prior to the fateful flight. Two lawsuits have been launched in recent weeks at the behest of the families of two skydivers killed in the October 7th airplane crash that left no survivors. A party of nine skydivers was returning from a sky diving event in Star, Idaho when the plane went down in rugged terrain west of Yakima, in the Cascade Mountains. The pilot was also killed, and there were no survivors...
  • She's Barely Legal! UCLA Grad, 18, Passes Bar Exam

    11/21/2007 1:55:23 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 20 replies · 462+ views
    ap/cbs ^ | Nov 20, 2007 12:07 pm US/Pacific
    LOS ANGELES Kathleen Holtz only got her driver's license two years ago. Now, at 18, she's got a law license. Holtz learned Friday that she passed the California bar exam. "It's not a big deal to me," Holtz said of her age. Eighteen is the minimum age to practice law in California but 30 is the average age of admission to the state bar. Holtz was 15 when she entered law school at UCLA, where she was a Law Review editor. "If you sat in the same class with her for a whole semester, you would never know she was...
  • Judge sends 3 fen-phen lawyers off to jail

    08/11/2007 12:21:16 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 43 replies · 1,746+ views
    Lexington HERALD-LEADER.COM ^ | Aug. 11, 2007 | Beth Musgrave
    Melbourne Mills' face went from shock to disbelief yesterday as he and co-defendants Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion were ordered out of a Covington federal courtroom to jail. Just seconds earlier, U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman granted the three suspended lawyers' request to delay a criminal trial until January but immediately revoked the suspended lawyers' bond. As Bertelsman walked off the bench, Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for Gallion, began to protest as the courtroom erupted. Bertelsman cut him off. "I told you that's what I was going to do," Bertelsman said as he left the courtroom. Mills, Cunningham...
  • Democrats Set To Join Parley of Tort Lawyers

    07/13/2007 7:18:36 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 8 replies · 912+ views
    New York Sun ^ | 07/13/2007 | Josh Gerstein
    Five Democratic presidential candidates are planning to pay homage to America's leading trial lawyers' group, the American Association for Justice, by turning out at its annual convention in Chicago this weekend. Senators Clinton, Obama of Illinois, and Biden of Delaware are scheduled to speak to the lawyers on Sunday, as are a former senator, John Edwards of North Carolina, and Governor Richardson of New Mexico.
  • VAWA Casts A Long Shadow Over The Duke Fiasco

    04/24/2007 5:18:46 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 10 replies · 622+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | 24 April 2007 | Carey Roberts
    VAWA Casts a Long Shadow over the Duke Fiasco April 24, 2007 at 4:55 pm · Was prosecutor Michael Nifong simply an over-rated ambulance chaser who rose to his level of incompetence? Was he a scheming opportunist who needed to boost his flagging re-election chances? Or did his dogged prosecution of the Duke Three reflect a deeper, more systemic problem in our criminal justice system? Here’s the dirty little secret of D.A.s who prosecute sexual assault and domestic violence cases: many of the claims they pursue are as flaky as a pie crust and their chances of winning a jury...
  • Former VP candidate John Edwards is considering presidential seat

    09/25/2006 11:43:26 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 74 replies · 1,257+ views
    Former vice presidential candidate John Edwards attended a corn roast for Congressman Ron Kind over the weekend, telling reporters he's thinking of running for president in 2008. The former North Carolina senator who was John Kerry's running mate in 2004 said he's hesitant to say anything for sure. "I'm seriously thinking about running for President, but I haven't made a final decision," he said Saturday night. He told the crowd of about 700 the national minimum wage should be raised and laws should be changed to make it easier for unions to organize. He joked about having sleepless nights worrying...
  • (BREAKING) Judge Rules Cigarette Companies Deceived Smokers

    08/17/2006 4:07:09 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies · 5,710+ views
    CBS 5 GREEN BAY ^ | 17 AUGUST 2006 | AP
    (AP) WASHINGTON A federal judge ruled Thursday that the nation's top cigarette makers violated racketeering laws, deceiving the public for years about the health hazards of smoking, but said she couldn't order them to pay the billions of dollars the government had sought. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler did order the companies to publish in newspapers and on their Web sites "corrective statements" on the adverse health effects and addictiveness of smoking and nicotine. She also ordered tobacco companies to stop labeling cigarettes as "low tar," "light," "ultra light" or "mild," since such cigarettes have been found to be no...
  • 9/11 Nun's Dying Plea: Autopsy My Body To Aid WTC Ailing

    08/13/2006 10:37:52 PM PDT · by Coleus · 54 replies · 1,747+ views
    NY Post ^ | Susan Edelman In New York And Julie Stapen In Aiken, S.C
    A nun who spent six months blessing human remains in the rubble at Ground Zero says she is dying of lung disease and wants her body autopsied to prove that she and her fellow 9/11 workers were sickened by the poisonous air at the site. Sister Cindy Mahoney, 54, summoned David Worby, the lawyer representing thousands of sick Ground Zero workers, to her Aiken, S.C., hospice last week and requested that he act as her guardian and fulfill her dying wish by overseeing her autopsy after she's gone. "I can still do God's work," Mahoney said Thursday in Aiken, her...
  • National trial lawyers group deletes 'trial lawyers' from name

    07/20/2006 2:45:41 PM PDT · by pissant · 30 replies · 602+ views
    AP via OregonLive ^ | 7/19/06 | staff
    SEATTLE (AP) — The Association of Trial Lawyers of America voted during its convention this week to change its name to the American Association for Justice. Spokeswoman Chris Mather said there was overwhelming support for the change, and that the new name "reflects whose side we're on in the fight for justice." The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, a critic of the trial lawyers group, called it "an astounding admission of the unpopularity of trial lawyers in America." The 60-year-old association has 65,000 members.
  • Lawyer who sued airlines crashes plane

    07/17/2006 1:31:52 PM PDT · by OldCorps · 107 replies · 2,661+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 17, 2006 | Unk
    An attorney specializing in suits related to aviation disasters has died after crashing his vintage plane at the Oregon International Airshow. Robert Guilford, 73, crashed his plane shortly after taking off Sunday at the airshow, the Portland (Ore.) Oregonian reported Monday. Guilford, a former federal prosecutor, was a licensed pilot and vintage airplane expert who worked at California law firm Baum Hedlund, which handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases related to commercial transportation accidents, the Oregonian reported. The law firm was employed in the cases of more than 55 airline crashes, including the 1996 wreck of TWA Flight...
  • Battle Brews As Porn Moves Into Mainstream

    04/01/2006 5:37:42 PM PST · by Panerai · 304 replies · 6,353+ views
    Breitbrat ^ | 04/01/2006 | David Crary
    The industry's VIPs mingle at political galas and Super Bowl parties. Their product is available on cell phones, podcasts, and particularly the Internet _ there it's an attraction like no other, patronized by tens of millions of Americans. It's pornography. And if you're a consumer, John Harmer thinks you're damaging your brain. Harmer is part of a cadre of anti-porn activists seeking new tactics to fight an unprecedented deluge of porn which they see as wrecking countless marriages and warping human sexuality. They are urging federal prosecutors to pursue more obscenity cases and raising funds for high-tech brain research that...
  • [Tennessee] Legislators kill medical malpractice relief

    03/29/2006 3:46:45 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 291+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 3/29/6 | TOM HUMPHREY
    NASHVILLE -- Despite a massive lobbying effort and doctors declaring that Tennessee faces a "crisis," legislation to put new state limits on medical malpractice lawsuits has been killed for another year. The bill backed by the Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) and a coalition of 46 other organizations was defeated in the five-member Civil Practice subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. Two members voted for it; three against. Rep. Rob Briley, D-Nashville, who chairs the subcommittee, said proponents simply had not presented any objective evidence that lawsuits have really caused a problem in Tennessee and that the proposed limits would be...
  • Settlement Reached in John Ritter Suit

    03/16/2006 5:07:35 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 7 replies · 863+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Mar. 15, 2006
    LOS ANGELES - The family of late actor John Ritter has reached a tentative settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, where the actor died, an attorney for the hospital said Wednesday. "There is an agreement in principle," attorney Rory Hernandez told The Associated Press. "But we still have to follow the legal procedure." Hearings will be held to finalize the agreement, he said, with the next court session set for Friday. Hernandez declined to disclose details of the settlement. The hospital will issue a statement in several weeks, he said. Court documents...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 03-01-2006

    03/01/2006 6:03:11 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 190+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 03-01-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. The Times let itself in for flame When it published that aspartame was involved in a suit but their point, it is moot: There's neither case, lawyers, plaintiff, nor blame!
  • Families of Victims of Helios Flight 522 File Lawsuit Against Boeing in United States Court

    02/23/2006 12:20:56 PM PST · by pabianice · 12 replies · 487+ views
    Seawaves ^ | 2/23/06
    Chicago February 22, 2006 - Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, in cooperation with the Cyprus law firm Phoebus, Christos Clerides, N. Pirilides & Associates, of Nicosia and Limassol, announced that families of victims of the crash of Helios Flight 522 filed a lawsuit yesterday against The Boeing Company in United States District Court in Chicago, Illinois. One hundred and fifteen passengers and six crewmembers died on August 14, 2005, when the Boeing 737-200 apparently flew without cabin pressure and then crashed north of Athens, Greece. The investigation of the crash of the Helios Airways Flight 522 has reportedly found...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 1-17-2006

    02/17/2006 10:18:34 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 242+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 2-17-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See this thread first, for example.\ A jury has just now cleared Merck They said its Cox-2 drug will work Sing, "Vioxx for pain!" And here's the refrain: "A class action lawyer's a jerk"
  • John Edwards has tough words for Bush (...hesitates to put himself into the presidential race)

    02/02/2006 1:27:05 PM PST · by presidio9 · 63 replies · 1,201+ views
    Akron Beacon Journal ^ | Fri, Jan. 27, 2006 | Sandra M. Klepach
    He's quick to call George W. Bush ``the worst president'' of his lifetime and criticize Bush's lack of vision. But former U.S. senator and vice presidential candidate John Edwards hesitates to put himself into the next race for president. If he does run, he'll keep a close eye on Ohio, still ``the consummate swing state,'' he said Thursday before a speech at Mount Union College. ``Had Ohio voted differently in 2004, I wouldn't be here right now -- or I'd be here with a different title,'' he said. ``... I think this is a state that will be critical for...
  • Finger-linger on the iPod can hurt

    12/06/2005 7:15:55 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 4 replies · 163+ views
    UPI ^ | Dec. 6 2005
    Finger-linger on the iPod can hurt LONDON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- The latest high-tech ailment emerging from Britain is "iPod finger," a repetitive-strain injury from pressing down on the little music player's tiny buttons. "Handheld music machines are extremely popular and users are constantly using small, difficult buttons with the same finger in a repetitive motion," said Carl Irwin from the British Chiropractic Association. "The nature of modern technology means that these devices are only going to be getting smaller." Some patients have reported soreness in the hands, and in some cases even problems with moving their elbows and necks,...
  • ACLU: 'Plaintiffs Wanted'

    11/26/2005 8:05:48 PM PST · by Nasty McPhilthy · 21 replies · 1,224+ views
    MND ^ | November 26, 2005 | by Lee Duigon
    Six months ago, a senior at Jonesboro High School, Arkansas, gave a graduation speech that included an invitation to audience members to use the moment to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. As you can well imagine, the ACLU of Arkansas has its knickers in a twist [see ID=47572]. The ACLU is frothing at the mouth to visit the Jonesboro school district with a hefty lawsuit, probably to the tune of millions of local taxpayer dollars. There's just one thing that stands in their way. They can't find a plaintiff! It's been six months, and in all that...
  • 10 Most Dangerous Toys

    11/19/2005 5:43:41 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 83 replies · 2,661+ views
    CNN Money ^ | 11/18/2005 | CNN
    10 most dangerous toys Toys ranging from a pair of oversized fists to plush ponies and energy beam blasters make the list. NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - What do dolls and ponies have in common with crossbows and energy beam blasters? They're all toys that have the potential to cause childhood injuries, or even death, according to an organization advocating toy safety. World Against Toys Causing Harm, also known as W.A.T.C.H., issued its annual 10 Worst Toys list for 2005 on Thursday. Most of the toys on the list -- which aren't ranked in a particular order -- could cause choking...

    11/03/2005 7:38:42 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 146 replies · 5,595+ views
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- In a major victory for Merck & Co., a jury has found the drugmaker properly warned consumers about Vioxx risks. The finding means Merck will not be held liable for the 2001 heart attack suffered by a man taking the painkiller.
  • The Vatican's Terrorism Omission (Vatican Wrong To Exclude Israel From Terrorism Condemnation Alert)

    08/01/2005 6:26:22 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 348+ views ^ | 08/01/05 | Alan Dershowitz
    Let us now try to understand the Vatican’s bizarre policy on terrorism. Recently Pope Benedict XVI condemned terrorist attacks against civilians in Great Britain, Egypt, Iraq, and Turkey. In a pregnant omission – very pregnant in light of the Vatican’s long history of silence in the face of attacks against Jews – the Pope omitted any mention of the country that has suffered the largest number of terrorist attacks against civilians since 9/11, namely, Israel. When the Israeli government understandably protested the omission, the Vatican’s position became even more troubling. It singled out Israel for criticism, saying that that beleaguered...
  • In the pursuit of safety, teeter-totters and swings are disappearing from playgrounds (whimpy libs)

    07/19/2005 6:59:02 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 59 replies · 1,043+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 7-18-05 | Chris Kahn
    Andrea Levin is grateful that Broward County schools care about her daughter's safety. But this year when they posted a sign that demanded "no running" on the playground, it seemed like overkill. "I realize we want to keep kids from cracking their heads open," said Levin, whose daughter is a Gator Run Elementary fifth grader in Weston. "But there has to be a place where they can get out and run." Broward's "Rules of the Playground" signs, bought from an equipment catalogue and displayed at all 137 elementary schools in the district, are just one of several steps taken to...
  • Lawyer Accused of Being a Paid Plaintiff

    06/25/2005 7:19:07 AM PDT · by baystaterebel · 5 replies · 317+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 25, 2005 | Amy Argetsinger
    Federal prosecutors here have charged a retired Palm Springs, Calif., lawyer with taking kickbacks from a prominent New York law firm in exchange for serving as plaintiff in dozens of class-action and shareholder lawsuits that earned the firm $44 million over 20 years. The indictment against 78-year-old Seymour M. Lazar, unsealed Thursday, stems from a years-long investigation by the U.S. attorney's office into the practices of Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, which before splitting into two firms last year had led the largest of the investor suits against bankrupt energy trader Enron Corp. Lazar's attorney condemned the indictment Friday...
  • Man wins $340,000 in bottled fly lawsuit

    04/27/2005 10:51:32 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 67 replies · 6,852+ views
    winsdor star ^ | 4 26 05 | Chris Thompson
    A Windsor hairstylist who suffered "recognizable psychological injury" after discovering a dead fly in a bottle of Culligan water has been awarded more than $340,000 in damages. Waddah (Martin) Mustapha, who operates two outlets of Martin's Coiffure and Spa at the Radisson Hotel and Casino Windsor, claimed "nervous shock, emotional distress and resulting anxiety, depression and physical and psychological conditions" arising from a breach of contract with Culligan. "It's long overdue," Mustapha said of the settlement. On Nov. 21, 2001 Mustapha and his wife Lynn, who was seven months pregnant, were preparing a new bottle of Culligan water to put...
  • Bush Puts Compensation Lawyers In The Dock

    03/27/2005 5:18:39 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 642+ views
    Bush puts compensation lawyers in the dock (Filed: 28/03/2005) In a nation so litigious that one attorney found he was suing himself, the White House's attack on frivolous lawsuits is proving popular, reports Alec Russell Michael Cogan paces his office with the predatory panache that has won over many a jury in his brilliant career. From his ninth-floor window he has a premier view of Chicago's skyscraper skyline, a testament to his success as one of America's top medical malpractice lawyers. Michael Cogan is now defending himself against President Bush's anti-litigation policy But now his oratory and flair are facing...
  • President close to getting limits on lawsuits

    02/08/2005 3:00:04 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 414+ views
    AP ^ | 2/8/5 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON - Congress is close to making it easier for corporations to dodge many of the class-action lawsuits that businesses say are bankrupting them while rewarding lawyers and doing little to help victims. The measure, headed for a vote this week in the Senate and probably next week in the House, would be the first fulfillment of one of President Bush's priorities for his second term. But a fragile compromise could come unglued if senators make changes in the bill, such as giving federal judges a little more discretion to keep lawsuits alive. "If the Senate passes any amendment, then...
  • Judge in Binion case chastises defense lawyer for memo

    01/27/2005 12:11:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 1 replies · 383+ views
    AP ^ | 1/27/5
    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The judge in the Ted Binion murder case sharply criticized a lawyer representing Montana contractor Rick Tabish for writing a letter outlining questionable legal strategies. "This is why the public hates lawyers, why lawyers have a bad rap," Bonaventure told lawyer Joseph Caramagno during a contentious hearing Wednesday. "It's because of tactics like this." Bonaventure was enraged about a two-page note Caramagno wrote to Tabish's brother earlier this month, which was contained in a motion filed by co-counsel J. Tony Serra. In the letter, Caramagno detailed a plan to hire a high-profile lawyer to goad Bonaventure...
  • UK Music Stars Rally to Raise Tsunami Aid Funds

    01/04/2005 4:38:42 PM PST · by pissant · 28 replies · 498+ views
    reuters ^ | 1/4/05 | Katie Allen
    LONDON (Reuters) - Veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard, flamboyant singer Boy George and other British musicians plan to release a song to raise money for victims of the devastating Asian tsunami, the tune's composer said. Radio DJ Mike Read wrote the song "Grief Never Grows Old" before the Dec. 26 disaster, but said he was now getting stars on board to release it within weeks. "We've tracked down quite a few people, who have said,'Yes I would love to do a few lines on it,"' Read told Sky News television, adding that Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees and...