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JURY VERDICT | Jury awards $14 MILLION in asbestos case | DADE COUNTY

DADE COUNTY – According the the Miami Herald (5/21, Morales) reports, “A Miami-Dade jury has awarded a Sarasota man more than $14 million after deciding that the asbestos he inhaled in the 1970s caused his deadly abdominal cancer. Jurors found that chemical giant Union Carbide was negligent for selling asbestos fibers to other companies, which had… View Article

JURY VERDICT | Jury awards $29.1 MILLION to widow in tobacco case | BROWARD COUNTY

BROWARD COUNTY – Accoring to the Bloomberg News (5/20, Van Voris) reported, “R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. must pay $29.1 million to Connie Buonomo, the widow of a Florida man who started smoking at age 13 and died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in 2008, a jury in Fort Lauderdale said. The unanimous verdict today by… View Article

BLACK BOX ♦ Truck in Fatal Crash Lacked Recorder ♦ Truck driver may have been on cell phone

Federal investigators say there was no electronic recorder on a truck that crossed the median and killed the truck driver and 10 others. A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spokesman said, “along with lacking a recorder, the manual log kept by the driver was destroyed in the fire caused by the crash.” The manual log… View Article

TOY RECALL | Toy dart guns recalled after two deaths | WARNING to PARENTS

NATIONAL – The AP (5/17) reported, “The asphyxiation deaths of two boys prompted the government Monday to announce the recall of 1.8 million toy dart gun sets. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said a 9-year-old boy in Chicago and a 10-year-old boy in Milwaukee died after they chewed on the one-inch, soft-plastic darts, which slipped… View Article

JURY VERDICT | $29.1 million in damages over nursing home death | 28 million in punitive damages

NATIONAL – Recently a jury has awarded $29.1 million in damages against a nursing home. The jury found the nursing home staff guilty of elder abuse in the death of the plaintiff. In response to “hearing testimony about the company’s finances,” jurors determined the companies should pay $28 million in punitive damages to the plaintiff’s estate… View Article

TEEN DRIVING | Statistics | TEEN CAR CRASHES | Personal Injuries

NATIONAL – Recent studies have shown that teens that own their own cars are more likely to get into accidents than teens who share the family car.  Twenty-five percent of teens who have their own cars have been involved in crashes compared to eleven percent who shared the car. Teens who had parents, who set… View Article

TV ADS – Drug Advertisements on TV – The FDA rolls out “bad ad program” to identify misleading pharmaceutical marketing claims

NATIONAL – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced “it will begin asking doctors to keep an eye out for misleading drug advertisements as part of the agency’s latest effort to police the pharmaceutical industry’s multibillion-dollar marketing machine.” Specifically, the FDA’s “‘bad ad program ‘ urges doctors to report ads and sales pitches that… View Article

NHTSA opens new Toyota probe STEERING -RELAY ROD

NATIONAL – According to The Washington Post (5/11, Whoriskey) reports NHTSA is “opening a second investigation into whether Toyota delayed notifying government authorities of a dangerous defect, this one affecting the steering systems of nearly 1 million sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks. The probe…comes a little more than a month after the agency fined the… View Article

JURY VERDICT ♦ $36 MILLION DOLLAR VERDICT ♦ $36 million malpractice verdict

A Florida resident who was left partially paralyzed after a botched steroid injection was recently awarded a $36 million malpractice verdict. The jury awarded her this verdict because her former pain management doctor used steroids that destroyed tissue in her spinal cord. She was being treated by the doctor for personal injuries suffered in a… View Article

VETERANS DISCRIMINATION – Dept of Justice is cracking down – DENIED JOB

According to The National Law Journal, “The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is cracking down on employers that discriminate against returning injured soldiers, who are having a hard time getting their old jobs back, either being demoted, or denied work altogether. DOJ is suing employers nationwide – almost on a weekly basis – for failing… View Article