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  February 17, 2014

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Boy Scouts Sexual Abuse Suit to Proceed, Judge Says

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A sex abuse lawsuit filed against the Boy Scouts of America has been cleared to proceed in court. A judge has dismissed claims of negligence against the Scouts, but will allow a 13-year-old former Scout to pursue a lawsuit against the organization "for failure to properly educate Scouters about the dangers of sexual abuse." The teenager alleges he was molested by a volunteer at his troop's Christmas tree sale in 2007 when his mother stepped away and left the two alone. The lawsuit is scheduled for trial on October 3.
Wire Report, The Sacramento Bee 02/14/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Gas-Drilling Caused Arkansas Earthquakes, Suit Says

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Two companies are facing a lawsuit alleging that their use of natural-gas disposal wells caused thousands of earthquakes in Arkansas in 2010 and 2011. The lawsuit, filed by fourteen Arkansas families, claims that the earthquakes were caused by the drilling process of pushing fluids and wastewater back into the earth. The damage caused by the earthquakes was limited to cracked walls and did not include any deaths or injuries.
Wire Report, San Francisco Chronicle 02/15/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Suit Filed Against 3 Medical Facilities For Not Providing Interpreter

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The family of a deaf man who died of cancer has filed a lawsuit alleging that health care professionals repeatedly denied the deaf family's requests to receive accommodations including a sign language interpreter. The lawsuit accuses three New York medical facilities "of discrimination and violating the state Human Rights Law and federal Americans with Disabilities Act." The lawsuit is seeking a court order requiring that the medical facilities provide interpreters.
Darran Simon, Newsday 02/16/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Way Cleared for Medical Claims in 2010 BP Spill

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A federal appeals court has cleared the way for thousands of workers to be compensated for medical treatment for exposure to crude oil or chemical dispersants during the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' action Tuesday involves a settlement approved by a federal judge in January 2013 between BP, workers and some coastal residents from specified beachfront and wetlands areas who said they were injured or sickened during the spill cleanup. Objections by some members of the settlement class were withdrawn over the past year, resulting in the formal dismissal of appeals. The medical settlement is separate from a larger economic damages settlement, which remains the subject of an appeal.
Associated Press, Houston Chronicle 02/17/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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CA High Court May End a Protection for Party Hosts in Alcohol Suits

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A case which will soon be decided by the California Supreme Court, will determine whether young people who host underage drinking parties and charge for admission can be held liable if an intoxicated guest hurts himself or others. The ruling could create a significant crack in a legal shield that has long protected party hosts in California from alcohol-related lawsuits.
Maura Dolan, LA Times 02/17/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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Generic Drug Makers Fight Rule on Health Risk Warnings

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Companies that make generic drugs, the medications most Americans buy, are fighting to kill a proposed federal regulation that would require them for the first time to warn patients of all the known health risks of each drug they sell. At issue is a legal loophole created by Supreme Court rulings that drew a sharp distinction between brand-name drugs and lower-cost generics, which are the same products but usually are marketed under their chemical names. In 2009, the high court confirmed drug makers could be sued if they failed to warn patients that a brand-name drug carried a serious potential health risk. But the Supreme Court majority flipped when confronted with a generic drug that also caused a horrible side effect. The proposed rule change by the Food and Drug Administration "would be nothing short of catastrophic," said Ralph G. Neas, president of the Generic Pharmaceutical Assn., an industry trade group. It could raise healthcare costs and "create dangerous confusion" for doctors and patients, he said.
David G. Savage, LA Times 02/17/2014   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon

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