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Environmental toxic exposure - may be the next trend in tort litigation - and chemical manufacturers should be concerned.

  The most recent ABA Journal had an intriguing excerpt from a book Poisoned – How a Crime Busting Prosecutor Turned His Medical Mystery into a Crusade for Environmental Victims – which might portend the next trend in tort litigation.   The book was written by Alan Bell, who in the 1980’s was a hotshot prosecutor in Florida.  He th… Read More
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Why Alexander Acosta should NEVER be Attorney General.

    The endless and exhausting breaking news generated by the White House sometimes overwhelms other important stories.  The Miami Herald had a story the other day about Alexander Acosta – the current Secretary of Labor – and his involvement in the remarkably lenient treatment of Jeffrey Epstein, a Florida billionaire, and serial sexual… Read More
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News that will shock no one: nursing homes are chronically understaffed.

The Illinois Trial Lawyers newsletter today included a stoary that won’t shock most lawyers handling nursing home cases – most nursing homes aren’t adequately staffed.  While Medicare doesn’t set a minimum staff to patient ratio, it does require that a registered nurse be on the premises at least eight hours a day and a licensed nurse… Read More
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Brafman admits what everyone suspected: he wanted to punch Shkreli in the face

    It was all over the news recently – the saga of “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli merifully came to an end.   Shkreli became notorious for any number of things including jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug by 5,000% and for unrelenting internet snark directed at his critics.  His smug appearance before Congress last year did… Read More
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The "Alford Plea": how to make sure victims of wrongful conviction never get justice.

  Megan Rose, a reporter for ProPublica, had a great op-ed in the New York Times detailing how prosecutors use the “Alford Plea” to insure that people who have been wrongfully convicted of crimes – and who have often been incarcerated for decades –  never get full justice. An Alford plea typically comes into play after facts or e… Read More
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The dreadful reality faced by women in lower paying jobs.

Claire Bushey had an excellent article in Crain’s Chicago Business a couple weeks ago detailing the awful reality female workers endure in lower paying industries.  Just a few of the dreadful statistics noted in the article: About 60% of women say they have been sexually harassed – typically at work; Minority women more likely to be targeted; Ac… Read More
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Trump Administration goes with Sgt Schultz approach to legal donations.

    This troubling development got some coverage today – but not enough.  The United States Office of Government Ethics[OGE] has quietly reversed an internal ruling that has, for decades, prohibited White House staffers from accepting anonymous donations to help pay legal fees.  Now government employees can solicit and accept money from peop… Read More
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New law says Illinois businesses can't stop bad online reviews through gag clauses.

Illinois Governor Rauner recently signed a law that prohibits businesses from enforcing “non-disparagement” or “gag” clauses in contracts for the sale or lease of consumer goods.  The gag clauses are typically placed in the Terms and Conditions portion of the contract.  Why there?  Simple.  Consumers don’t read Terms and Cond… Read More
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Is there a link between brain cancer and major league baseball?

    Is there a link between brain cancer and major league baseball?  Some people are wondering, as Jere’ Longman’s recent article in the New York Times pointed out. The Philadelphia Phillies played at Veterans Stadium from 1971 to 2003.   A number of Phillies who played at Veterans during those years have died of glioblastoma, a partic… Read More
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Trump Administration moves to strip victims of nursing home neglect of their right to sue.

  As recently reported by Robert Pear in the New York Times, the Trump Administration is moving forward on its promise to strip victims of nursing home neglect of the right to pursue justice in courtrooms.  For years, nursing homes have included “no sue” arbitration clauses in the documents patients [or their loved ones] sign upon admission… Read More
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