California Rejects Jury Consideration of Immigration Status in Personal Injury Suits

On August 17, 2016, Governor Brown signed AB 2159, ensuring equal treatment of injured Californians regardless of immigration status when they seek damages in Court.  This bill prohibits consideration of an injured person’s immigration status in personal injury and wrongful death suits.  This bill will become law on January 1, 2017. Currently, juries consider immigration [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|General Interest|Comments Off on California Rejects Jury Consideration of Immigration Status in Personal Injury Suits

Why Are Drugs More Expensive in U.S. than in Other Countries?

Across America and throughout the world people with the same condition take the same drugs.  However, the prices vary greatly.  Take asthma, which affects 40 million Americans and countless millions throughout the world and is estimated by the Center for Disease Control and prevention to cost Americans $56 billion annually. One of the leading asthma [...]

By | October 14th, 2013|Drug and Medical Device Litigation, General Interest|Comments Off on Why Are Drugs More Expensive in U.S. than in Other Countries?

The US Supreme Court Again Sides with Big Business

Today, the United States Supreme Court held that an arbitration clause in a contract was more important the federal antitrust law.  This decision is incredibly damaging to antitrust, civil rights, and consumer rights laws because of its far-reaching scope and the ability of the more powerful party to a contract to block the path to [...]

By | June 20th, 2013|General Interest|Comments Off on The US Supreme Court Again Sides with Big Business

Is the Supreme Court Truly Neutral When a Business is Sued?

When a business is a party, does everyone stand the same before the US Supreme Court?We know from the controversial decision in Citizens United corporations have been allowed to spend as much as they wished in the election process.  In other decisions the Roberts Court has shielded corporations from class action suits (Wal-Mart vs. Dukes), [...]

By | May 21st, 2013|General Interest|Comments Off on Is the Supreme Court Truly Neutral When a Business is Sued?

Protecting Your Head: Knowing the Risks of Novelty Motorcycle Helmets

Although they look cool and stylish, novelty helmets present a catch-22. What may look cool does not necessarily work well as these helmets do not provide the adequate protection needed to prevent injury to your head. Even as more than 800,000 novelty helmets are sold in the U.S. every year, and as motorcycle crash deaths [...]

By | April 29th, 2013|General Interest, Product Liability|Comments Off on Protecting Your Head: Knowing the Risks of Novelty Motorcycle Helmets

Bells Sports Recalls BMX Bike Helmets

On March 28, 2013, Bells Sports recalled 2,500 Bell Full Throttle Bike Helmets, full coverage bicycle motocross [BMX] helmets with a chin bar.  These helmets were sold exclusively at Toys R Us between July 2012 and January 2013.  The reason for the recall is that the buckle on the helmet’s safety strap can release in [...]

By | April 10th, 2013|General Interest, Product Liability|Comments Off on Bells Sports Recalls BMX Bike Helmets

Dietary Supplements: Helpful or Harmful?

A recent review published in the Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition found that with a very few exceptions, dietary supplements offer no benefits to well-nourished adults eating a Western diet and may in some cases actually be harmful.  Dietary supplements are defined by law as products intended to supplement the diet that contain a [...]

By | January 14th, 2013|General Interest|Comments Off on Dietary Supplements: Helpful or Harmful?

Bouncing Your Way to Injury?

Inflatable bounce houses are becoming more and more popular at children's birthday parties and other types of events such as amusement parks and fairs.  A recent study in the journal Pediatrics discussed the increasing rate of injuries associated with these bounce houses.  In the US, thirty children a day, or about one in every 45 [...]

By | January 8th, 2013|General Interest|Comments Off on Bouncing Your Way to Injury?

Monster Enery Drinks: A “Killer” Energy Brew?

The FDA is investigating Monster Energy Drinks after receiving reports that it is linked to five deaths and one non-fatal heart attack.  The energy drink, which comes in a 24 oz. can, contains 240 mgs. of caffeine which is 7 times  the amount of caffeine in a 12 oz. cola.  It has been linked to [...]

By | October 24th, 2012|General Interest, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Monster Enery Drinks: A “Killer” Energy Brew?

Watch Your Head! Post-Concussive Syndrome and You

By Mylene Reuvekamp With the recent injury to quarterback Colt McCoy, there has been a lot of discussion about concussions.  Most people assume that a concussion or post-concussive syndrome can't occur unless there has been a loss of consciousness.  In fact, this is not the case and generally no physical swelling or bleeding are seen [...]

By | December 21st, 2011|General Interest|Comments Off on Watch Your Head! Post-Concussive Syndrome and You