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Southwestern Law School

Friday, May 8, 2009

Personal Injury Roundup No. 35 (5/8/09)

Happy Mother's Day to all moms!   Here's what happened this week in torts:

Reform, Legislation, Policy

  • Dr. Margaret Hamburg sailed through her confirmation hearing as FDA head on Thursday.  (NY Times, WaPo)
  • President Obama seeks 19% increase in FDA budget.  (Reuters)
  • "Sin" taxes on cigarettes, soda and alcohol being considered in Illinois.  (IL Register-Mail)
  • Illinois Senate and House Judiciary Committee held hearings on a tort reform to tighten expert witness rules.  (Madison County Record)

New Lawsuits

  • Queens residents sue city for improper sewer maintenance.  (NY Daily News)
  • Numerous women sue over device to stop urinary incontinence.  (NY Times)
  • Kentucky parents sue hit-and-run driver who killed their toddlers.  (Courier Journal)

Trials, Settlements & Other Ends

  • 3M water pollution trial started this week.  (TortsProf
  • Here's Johnny - Ed McMahon settles med-mal suit. (TortsProf)
  • New Jersey settles suit against Synthes, a medical products company, over its alleged financial ties with doctors involved in clinical trials of its products.  (Star Ledger)


  • Illinois Appellate Court finds lack of causation in "dead body at the foot of the stairs case."  (TortsProf)
  • New Jersey Supreme Court rules that bars can't be liable for drunk patrons unless they actually served them alcohol.  (Star Ledger, Court's Opinion (pdf))
  • Device preemption win in Connecticut Court of Appeals.  (Drug & Device)



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