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Friday, February 27, 2009

Personal Injury Roundup No. 26 (2/27/09)

On this day in 1922, the Supreme Court upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing the right of women to vote.   Now on to this week in torts...

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • Mandatory country-of-origin food labeling requirements will go into effect March 16th. (Progressive Grocer)
  • NY Court of Appeals urges legislative reform on insurance issues.  (Eric Turkewitz)
  • FDA meets with Dartmouth researchers about "drug fact boxes" (akin to the nutritional boxes on food products).  (NY Times)
  • White House moves forward on health reform.  (TortsProf, Politico, Politico II, CNN, Reuters)
  • New Mexico Senate rejects bill that would have required drug companies to report gifts that they give to health providers.  (Forbes/AP)
  • FDA consolidates operations at former Navy site in White Oak, Maryland.  (NY Times)

New Lawsuits

  • Four passengers injured in the Continental crash last December (where the plane veered off the runway into the ravine) have sued Boeing.  At least 8 other passengers already have suits against Continental.  (AP)
  • The woman injured in Morgan Freeman's car accident last August announced her intent to sue the actor.  (TMZ)
  • Three New Jersey women sue dentist who referred them to an oral surgeon who allegedly groped them as they recovered from surgery.  (They'd already sued the surgeon).  (Star Ledger)

Trials, Settlements & Other Ends

  • Strange things in Illinois - a settlement of $2.5 million in a suit against a homeowner who did not buy alcohol or even know that plaintiff was drinking in her home.  (Jonathan Turley)
  • California woman who was unknowingly infected with herpes wins $4 million compensatory damages, $2.75 million punitive damages, and a BMW.  (ABA Journal, Jonathan Turley)

Appeals

Miscellaneous

--SBS

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