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  January 30, 2014

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Developing Nursing Home Rules to Frame Your Case


The Ethics of Medicare Secondary Payer: How Present Practices Pose Practical Problems for Plaintiff Practitioners


Dealing with Protective Orders – Another View


New Strategies for Hospital Acquired Infections


From First Consult to Complaint: Basic Tips for Representing a Client With a Sexual Harassment Claim


Social Media: Identifying the Ethical Pitfalls of the Communications Revolution




TTLA Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Seminar | April 3-4 | Royal Sonesta, Houston

In April 2014, something BIG is coming to TTLA! Planning is underway, and the 2nd Annual TTLA Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Seminar will be bigger and better than ever. You won’t want to miss this sell-out seminar with its lineup of in-demand topics, storied speakers and unparalleled insight. Watch your e-mail for more information coming soon and save the date: April 3-4 in Houston. Think BIG. Think TTLA PMD.  





In Katrina Flood Trial, Who Knew About Jefferson Parish's 'Doomsday Plan'?


During the first eight days of testimony, the jury in Jefferson Parish's Hurricane Katrina flooding trial has heard numerous witnesses insist they knew nothing before the storm about the "doomsday plan" that pulled drainage pump operators far from their posts. Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard testifies he was not present when drainage pump operators were ordered to evacuate on the day before Hurricane Katrina struck. Whether the testimony thus far persuades the jury to hold the local government and Broussard liable for the flood damages is an open question. In the trial unfolding in the 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, the defense says Jefferson is immune from liability under Louisiana emergency law and that parish officials' actions did not constitute "willful misconduct."
Paul Purpura, New Orleans Times-Picayune  01/30/2014  Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn icon

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Lawyers: $9M Settlement for Boy’s Cerebral Palsy

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Attorneys for a Virginia boy with cerebral palsy say his family and the Honolulu military hospital where he was born have reached a tentative $9 million settlement. The amount, put on the record in federal court in Honolulu on Monday, is subject to final approval by the U.S. Department of Justice one of the family’s attorneys. According to the family’s lawsuit, Noah Whitney was born in 2010 at Tripler Army Medical Center with “catastrophic brain injury†because of medical negligence. Allegations in the lawsuit include failing to respond appropriately to signs and symptoms of uterine rupture and taking too long to perform a cesarean section.
JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, AP, Washington Times 01/30/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Tulsa, Okla. Pays $425K to Settle Corruption Lawsuit

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The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma has agreed to pay $425,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged he was imprisoned as a result of police corruption. The plaintiff was released from his 66-month prison sentence for two 2008 drug crimes after only serving 16 months. An investigation into the Tulsa Police Department revealed several instance of corruption, leading to the release of the plaintiff and nearly 50 other inmates. The city has already reached settlements in several other lawsuits over the corruption and an investigation has found four officers convicted for misconduct.
Wire Report, The Republic - Columbus, Indiana 01/30/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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City of Chicago Sued Over Public Strip Searches by Police

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The city of Chicago is facing a federal lawsuit over police officers who allegedly strip-searched three people in public and falsely accused them of heroin possession. The lawsuit states that the three plaintiffs were pulled over by police officers and forced to undergo a strip searches in the street. After moving to an alley to continue the searches, the officers allegedly ordered one of the plaintiffs to remove her pants and planted cocaine on her. The three plaintiffs were later charged with delivery and possession of a controlled substance.
Wire Report, San Francisco Chronicle 01/29/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Seat Fabric May Force Toyota Recall in US, Canada

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Toyota Motor Corp. is in discussions with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about a possible recall in the U.S. and Canada covering several car models, including the popular Camry, for a problem with seat fabric. The automaker has already halted sales of the problem vehicles, which are only those equipped with seat heaters, because the fabric may not clear flammability standards, company spokesman Naoki Sumino said Thursday. Affected models are the Camry, Camry hybrid, Avalon sedan, Avalon hybrid, Corolla subcompact, Sienna minivan, Tundra and Tacoma trucks sold since August 2012, when the fabric supplier was changed, he said.
Associated Press, ABC News 01/30/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Gree Recalls Another 350,000 Dehumidifiers

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Gree Electric Appliances is recalling an additional 350,000 dehumidifiers because of a risk that they could overheat, smoke or catch fire. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has received 16 reports involving the humidifiers, including five reports of fires resulting in about $430,000 in property damage. No injuries have been reported. They were sold at Sam's Club, Walmart,, and other outlets from April 2008 to December 2011 for $180 to $270.
Associated Press, ABC News 01/30/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Pacifiers Recalled Over Risk That Baby Could Choke

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Fred & Friends is recalling 200,000 pacifiers because of the risk that a baby using one could choke. Young children should stop using the pacifiers immediately, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. No injuries have been reported. The CPSC said three different pacifiers are involved in the recall. The Chill Baby Artiste Pacifier has an attached plastic mustache and beard, which can break off. The Chill Baby Volume Control Pacifier has a volume knob that can detach and its ventilation holes are smaller than federal regulators require. The Chill Baby Panic Button Pacifier also has ventilation holes that are too small.
Associated Press, ABC News 01/30/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Report: Deadly Anacortes Refinery Blast ‘Could Have Been Prevented’

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A 2010 explosion and fire at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes, WA, which killed seven workers, “could have been prevented†if safer equipment construction materials had been used, according to a long-awaited report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. The draft report, unveiled to victims’ families, details causes of a “catastrophic rupture of a heat exchanger†in the largest fatal incident at a U.S. petroleum refinery since the 2005 BP Texas City accident. Nearly four years in coming, the federal report sheds light on overshadowed disaster, an “incident†that was preventible and avoidable.
Joel Connelly, Seattle Post-Intelligencer 01/30/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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