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June 5, 2014

Thank You, General Mills

Posted By: Anthony Leone

On a typical morning, 6:30 a.m. rolls around and the kids head downstairs. My daughter and I will often grab a box of Chex cereal for breakfast. Many of the Chex cereals have become a favorite in our house because most of them are both nut free and gluten free. You see, my daughter has a nut allergy, and I cannot eat gluten. With these food restrictions, it can be difficult to find foods that our whole family can enjoy, and ...

June 5, 2014

Access to Justice at Stake with Federal Rules Changes

Posted By: Arthur Bryant

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure matter. They can determine who wins and who loses. And they have been changing in the wrong direction for some time.  Now, proposed rule changes are moving forward and three things are clear: they are much better than what was originally proposed, they are still disturbing, and they demonstrate the critical importance of the Federal Rules process and access to justice advocates’ participation in it.

Last year, Professor Arthur Miller, perhaps the nation’s premier expert on federal civil procedure, published a landmark article, ...

May 21, 2014

AAJ’s Trial Lawyers Care Report to Congress Included in National September 11 Museum’s Collection

Posted By: Tanea Jackson

Washington, D.C.—When the National September 11 Memorial & Museum officially opens its doors to the public today, the American Association for Justice’s Trial Lawyers Care report to Congress, “Thousands of Heroes, The Rest of Us Could Only Help,” will be part of the museum’s collection.

Trial Lawyers Care is a non-profit organization created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to provide free legal services to any family who applied for help from the September 11th Victim Compensation...

May 21, 2014

Outpatient clinic misdiagnoses may harm six million adults annually

Posted By: Courtney L. Davenport

About 12 million U.S. adults are misdiagnosed in outpatient clinics annually, and half of those errors are potentially harmful, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal Quality and Safety.

“Keeping patients safe begins with a correct and timely diagnosis,” said Richard Kronick, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in a press release. “Diagnostic errors made in outpatient care can be difficult to measure, and this is a relatively new area for patient safety researchers. Health care professionals are typically accurate in making diagnoses, but...

May 21, 2014

Parents Seek Accountability After Children Die From Infection Spread Through Hospital Linens

Posted By: Courtney L. Davenport

The parents of a premature infant who died after contracting a flesh-eating fungal infection spread through hospital linens sued the hospital after learning through a news article many years later that he did not die of sepsis, as the hospital told them. Four other children also died from the infection. (Jones v. Children’s Hosp., No. 2014-3900 (La., Orleans Parish Civ. Dist. filed Apr. 21, 2014).)

Tyrel Gee was born prematurely in July 2008 at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. When he was 35 days old, his mother, Cassandra Gee, noticed a lesion on his groin. Within three days,...

May 21, 2014

TOP 10 MYTHS ON FORCED ARBITRATION YOU WILL LIKELY HEAR FROM THE U.S. CHAMBER’S LAWYER

Posted By: Brian Dupre
 
Today, the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Legislative Proposals to Improve Transparency and Accountability at the CFPB”
 
Among other witnesses will be the go-to hired gun lobbyist and lawyer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Andrew “Andy” Pincus, partner at the international law firm Mayer Brown, LLP. Below is a list of the top 10 myths on forced arbitration you will likely hear from the U.S. Chamber’s lawyer...
May 19, 2014

VIDEO: Paul Bland Discusses Class Actions and Justice with Media Mattters

Posted By: Jamar Hudson

Class actions are often the only way that individuals can seek justice when they are faced with widespread corporate wrongdoing, but a series of recent Supreme Court decisions threatens to eliminate the right of consumers and workers with similar claims to band together to hold corporations accountable. Without class actions, Americans will have to take on corporations alone – often in the rigged system of forced arbitration – if they have the will to take them...

May 13, 2014

Trial magazine delves into evidence-based medicine

Posted By: Allison Torres Burtka

In the May issue of Trial, “Stick to the Evidence-Based Medicine” explains how clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based medicine can help plaintiff lawyers show how and why the defendant medical provider should have followed the appropriate guidelines.

To read the article, click here

May 2, 2014

Trial Magazine on Medical Negligence

Posted By: Allison Torres Burtka

The May issue of Trial magazine focuses on Medical Negligence. Articles discuss audit trails, clinical practice guidelines, how defendants are trying to use the Affordable Care Act to undermine claims for future care, doctors overprescribing pain pills, and how to prove psychotherapist malpractice in outpatient suicide cases. Read the May issue here.

 

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