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May 11, 2011

Federal Officials Investigating F-150 Trucks

Hip Makers Told to Study More Data

Man's Passport Refused at Chipotle, Lawsuit Filed

NY Top Court Reinstates Product Liability Suit

Massey Energy Says it Faces More Lawsuits

Healthcare Law Gets Hearing in Appeals Court

Antipsychotic Drugs Called Hazardous for the Elderly

Column: Hospitals Overhaul ERs to Reduce Mistakes

 

 

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Share with your FB friends: Legislature loses its way with ‘loser pays’ blow-up

Editorial: Legislature loses its way with ‘loser pays’ blow-up, Dallas Morning News 5-10-11. Lawmakers were debating a measure dubbed “loser pays” Saturday when the Legislature melted down. While the bill in question seeks to limit lawsuits, its moniker seems a fitting reminder that Texans could be the losers who ultimately pay for the bad governance in evidence recently in Austin. Click on the headline to read more.  

 

TTLA Annual Conference has moved to June 1-3 in Austin

We’ll be hosting all the events you’ve come to expect from our December conference. Between the 2-day CLE, parties, meetings, legislative update & special events, you’ll leave the live music capital of the world feeling energized, connected, and bad to the bone! Check out the CLE program agendas for Wednesday and Thursday, which include a live video presentation with David Ball plus family friendly events to make this a true vacation opportunity. Click on the headline to register!  

 

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Federal Officials Investigating F-150 Trucks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun investigating potential fuel tank problems in Ford F-150 trucks that could affect more than 2.7 million vehicles. The agency said "the steel straps holding up the truck's gas tank can rust and break, possibly causing a fuel spill and fire." Ford has received 243 reports of tanks falling from the trucks and two fires starting as a result.  Wire Report, San Francisco Chronicle  05/09/2011

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Hip Makers Told to Study More Data

In an unusual move, the Food and Drug Administration has ordered all producers of a popular category of artificial hip to undertake studies of the implants, which have been linked to high early failure rates and severe health effects in some patients. Under the order, producers of “metal-on-metal” hips will have to conduct studies of patients who received the device to determine, among other things, whether the implants are shedding high levels of metallic debris. Some patients have encountered that problem, including soft tissue damage that has disabled them.  BARRY MEIER, The New York Times  05/11/2011

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Laws/Cases

 

Man's Passport Refused at Chipotle, Lawsuit Filed

A Hispanic man has filed a lawsuit against Chipotle after he attempted to purchase a beer from a Chipotle in Minnesota using a Mexican passport but was denied. The man, who was 37 at the time, claimed he was humiliated over the event, as he was repeatedly told that only an American passport could serve as identification. Minnesota law, however, allows a foreign national's passport as proof of age when buying an alcoholic beverage.  Jonathan Stempel, Reuters  05/11/2011

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NY Top Court Reinstates Product Liability Suit

New York's top court on Tuesday reinstated a Manhattan restaurant worker's product liability lawsuit over a lye-crystal drain cleaner, concluding that the companies behind it have to do more than simply state the chemical compound is inherently dangerous and everyone knows it. Yun Tung Chow, who couldn't read the directions in English, was burned and blinded in one eye in 2001 when he mixed three times the usual amount of lye crystals with water, poured that down a clogged floor drain, and it splashed back. His lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and package designer of Lewis Red Devil Lye claimed defective design and inadequate warning. It was dismissed by a judge before trial and that was upheld by a divided midlevel court.  Associated Press, Wall Street Journal - $$ Subscription Required  05/11/2011

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Massey Energy Says it Faces More Lawsuits

Massey Energy Co. says it is facing more lawsuits filed by miners and the families of miners killed in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion last year. The Richmond, Va.-based mining company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday that the number of wrongful death suits has risen to 13. The company says it also faces lawsuits filed by four employees who claim they were hurt or suffered emotional distress as a result of the explosion on April 5, 2010.  Associated Press, The Washington Post  05/11/2011

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Healthcare Law Gets Hearing in Appeals Court

The Obama administration received a friendly hearing for its defense of the new national healthcare law from three judges of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, all of whom were Democratic appointees.By their comments and questions Tuesday, the judges signaled they were likely to uphold provisions in the law that require virtually all Americans to have health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty.  David G. Savage, LA Times  05/11/2011

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Healthcare

 

Antipsychotic Drugs Called Hazardous for the Elderly

Nearly one in seven elderly nursing home residents, nearly all of them with dementia, are given powerful atypical antipsychotic drugs even though the medicines increase the risks of death and are not approved for such treatments, a government audit found. More than half of the antipsychotics paid for by the federal Medicare program in the first half of 2007 were “erroneous,” the audit found, costing the program $116 million for those six months.  GARDINER HARRIS, The New York Times  05/11/2011

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Column: Hospitals Overhaul ERs to Reduce Mistakes

Hospitals are drawing on lessons learned from these worst cases of missed or delayed diagnosis to overhaul emergency departments, where errors, oversights and a lack of teamwork between doctors and nurses can harm or kill patients. They are adopting new triage systems to ensure doctors and nurses jointly see at-risk patients soon after they arrive, requiring physicians and nurses to huddle to make sure no information is overlooked, and using time-outs at discharge to prevent patients with unresolved problems from leaving the ER.  Laura Landro, The Informed Patient Column, Wall Street Journal - $$ Subscription Required  05/11/2011

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