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April 06, 2011

Suit over Drowned Minor Settled

Gender Discrimination Suit Filed Against Eaton Corp.

Infant's Death Leads to Malpractice Lawsuit

CT Scan Surge for Kids' Emergencies Raises Concern

Texas Supreme Court: Civil Practice/Torts

 

 

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Suit over Drowned Minor Settled

A lawsuit has been settled over the death of an 17-year-old girl in Plainville, Mass., who drowned in 2008 after wandering away from an outdoor underage drinking party. The lawsuit targeted the two people who allegedly supplied the alcohol for the party. The terms of the settlement were undisclosed.  Wire Report, Boston Herald  04/06/2011

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Gender Discrimination Suit Filed Against Eaton Corp.

Two former female Eaton Corp employees have filed a $150 million discrimination lawsuit against their former boss. The lawsuit claims the women were passed over for promotions in the electrical sector's general sales department despite being the strongest candidates. The suit accuses the company and department of being a "boys club," and is seeking class-action status on behalf of hundreds of current and former female employees.  Jonathan Stempel, Reuters  04/05/2011

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Infant's Death Leads to Malpractice Lawsuit

A Chicago couple has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill., over the death of their infant son. The lawsuit claims the infant, who was kept in the hospital after being born 16 weeks premature, was mistakenly given an IV containing "60 times the prescribed dose of sodium chloride." When no corrective measures were taken, the infant went into cardiac arrest and died. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.  Dawn Rhodes, Chicago Tribune  04/05/2011

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CT Scan Surge for Kids' Emergencies Raises Concern

Soaring numbers of kids are getting CT scans in ERs, a study found(led by Dr. David Larson at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center), raising concerns some may be exposed to adult-sized radiation doses and potential risks for cancer down the road. The number of kids' ER visits didn't increase measurably during the study, but the percentage of visits involving CT scans climbed from about 1 percent to almost 6%.  Associated Press, Yahoo News  04/06/2011

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Texas Supreme Court: Civil Practice/Torts

In this dispute, parents brought wrongful death claims against a physician who allegedly caused their adult child's death. The parents attempted to toll the statute of limitations by sending pre-suit notice of their health care liability claims to the physician shortly before the statute of limitations ran, but failed to accompany it with an authorization form for the release of their daughter's medical information as required by Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code Chapter 74. After the parents filed suit, the doctor moved for summary judgment, arguing that the notice alone did not toll the statute of limitations, and the suit therefore was untimely. The trial court denied the motion and entered an agreed order permitting appeal. The court of appeals affirmed the denial. Because Chapter 74 requires that an authorization form accompany the provision of notice for the statute of limitations to be tolled, the judgment of the court of appeals is reversed; the parents take nothing. Carreras v. Marroquin, et al, Texas Supreme Court, No. 09-085¸ 04-01-2011  , Texas Lawyer Opinions (TTLA Members Only)  04/06/2011

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