Friday, January 9, 2009

Personal Injury Roundup No. 20 (1/9/09)

I hope you are making progress on your New Year's resolutions.  Here's what happened in torts for the first week of 2009:

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • FDA announced a new rule that will require food and cosmetic labels to disclose color additives made from insects, specifically,  carmine and cochineal extract made from the cochineal insect, by 2001.  Notably, companies will not have to disclose that the ingredients are made from bugs, only their existence in a product.  (FDA Final Rule (pdf), Bloomberg)
  • Oregon med-mal fight looms.  (TortsProf)
  • Daschle promises health care reforms if appointed health secretary.  (LegalNewsline)

New Lawsuits

  • Vogue model filed suit in Manhattan seeking to compel Google to disclose identity of anonymous commenter who made allegedly defamatory statement about the model.  (How Appealing, Turley). 
  • Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorist attacks have sued various U.S. oil companies under the Alien Tort Claims Act alleging that the companies indirectly financed Hamas by giving kickbacks to Saddam Hussein in the Oil for Food Program.  (BLT)
  • Florida woman plans to sue hospital for leaving part of a knife in her head. Not that it matters but the knife was not from the surgery, but rather left behind after an assailant stabbed the woman. (Fox News, UPI)
  • Veterans bring class action against the CIA and Defense Department alleging that they were used in biological and chemical experiments without sufficient consent.  (San Jose Mercury News, Bloomberg)
  • San Fran chiropractor brings libel and invasion of privacy suit over negative Yelp review.  (SFGate)
  • Family of man shot on New Year's Day by San Francisco transit police files $25 million suit against Bay Area Rapid Transit. (Pop Tort)

Trials, Settlements & Other Ends

Appeals

  • The Eighth Circuit affirms dismissal of suit seeking to hold cold medicine manufacturers liable for methamphetamine epidemic in Arkansas.  (Court's opinion (pdf), How Appealing, Drug & Device)
  • The Pants Lawsuit:  Roy Pearson seeks rehearing from D.C. Court of Appeals.  (Point of Law

Miscellaneous

  • Bill gets curious about Asbestos.com. (TortsProf)

- SBS 

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