Settlement nearly reached in 9/11 rescuer claims
Earlier this month, it was reported that 9/11 rescuers and cleanup crews finally reached a settlement in regard to their claims against New York City. Over 10,000 plaintiffs sought compensation for injuries, many of which were respiratory-related, alleged to have been incurred while working at ground zero. The settlement amount of up to $675.5 million […]
Should the government protect drug companies from vaccine-related injury lawsuits?
The United States Supreme Court will soon hear Bruesewitz v. Wyeth, No. 09-152, a case in which the parents of a child who suffered injuries after receiving her 6-month DPT vaccine are seeking to overturn the current administrative processes established for lawsuits of this type. (Hat tip: Day on Torts) Most people are unaware of […]
HITECH Act: Does it apply to your law practice?
Lawyers take note: on February 17, 2010, the HITECH Act (“Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act”) went into effect. This act extends HIPAA confidentiality, monitoring and compliance tracking requirements to certain classes of businesses (“Business Associates” as defined by the Act) that receive personal health information from, among others, doctors, hospitals and […]
Illinois court considers the applicability of the “logo liability doctrine”
U.S. Bank v. Lindsey, 920 N.E.2d 515 (2009), is an unusual case recently handed down by the Illinois First Appellate District. In this case, the Estate of a truck unloader killed when a truck backed into him brought negligence action against truck driver and the truck leasing company. The theory of liability against the truck […]
SCOTUS hears arguments in McDonald v. City of Chicago
McDonald v. City of Chicago (08-1521) is a highly publicized United States Supreme Court case that many guns rights activists are watching carefully. This case has generated an enormous amount of attention from both sides of the issue and, as a result, over 50 amicus briefs have been filed with the Court. At issue in […]
Traumatic Brain Injuries: Are They Ever “Mild”?
Traumatic brain injuries have been in the news a lot lately, as more is learned about the long term effects of these injuries on professional athletes or anyone injured as a result of a blow to the head. As reported in this LA Times article, the NFL is now focusing on preventing brain injuries from […]
Is a golfer liable for an errant golf ball that injures another?
So, is a golfer liable for injuries to an adjacent homeowner resulting from an errant gold ball? In Illinois, the answer may be “yes”, whereas in New York and California, the answer may be “no.” Both California and New York have passed laws stating that those who purchase homes adjacent to a golf course assume […]
Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Round Up
Here’s what other personal injury and worker’s compensation bloggers, and more, have been talking about over the past few weeks: Southwest Airlines Feels the Wrath of Twitter (And Kevin Smith) (bNet.com) EEOC Socked with $ 4.5 Million Attorneys Fees Award (Workplace Prof Blog) Some Fosamax Users Have Had Their Femur Fracture Without Any Fall Or […]
Much Needed Food Regulations May be on the Way
Recalls of tainted food seem to be an ever increasing phenomenon. In January there was a massive recall of ground beef products. As reported in USA Today, a California meat-packing company recalled 864,000 pounds of beef due to fears it had been contaminated with E. coli. In another case, as reported by ABC News, there […]
Chicagoans Should Receive Photographic Evidence of Parking Violations
In December of 2008, the Chicago City Council approved Mayor Daley‘s plan to lease the City’s parking meter plan to a private company for 75 years. This was done in an attempt to increase revenue and pay down the City’s budget deficit. As a result of this plan, some areas of the City saw their […]