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Aug 29, 2018

Sovereign Immunity – A License for Abuse?

At what point is it no longer appropriate for government officials to hide behind sovereign immunity in order to get away with committing crimes?  Check out a recent abuse of power story involving Alabama sheriffs pocketing funds earmarked to feed inmates leaving inmates underfed and/or fed unfit food.

What is sovereign immunity?

“Sovereign immunity is a legal doctrine that protects a sovereign body (ie, the federal or state government and their respective agencies) from being … Read more

Jan 24, 2018

Is Tort Reform Fake News?

Fake newsDID YOU KNOW?

While much of the American public cries out for tort reform, only 0.002% of Americans filed tort lawsuits in 2015 compared to 0.01% in 1993; however, in November 2016, 87% of voters thought that too many lawsuits were filed in America according to this Wall Street Journal article. Fake news, anyone?

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Sep 22, 2017

The Way Some Lawyers are Trying to Make Money from Extreme Weather Disasters

HurricaneHurricane Harvey was a disaster for almost everyone it touched.  Yet, showing that no disaster is without profit to someone, lawyers are already thinking of ways to blame damage from the storm on governments, architects, builders and others.  As Reuters reports in a recent story by Sebastien Malo, those lawyers are trying to show that certain targets, all with presumably deep pockets, should be legally responsible for the damages and injuries millions suffered in the … Read more

Jul 27, 2017

OxyContin and Other Prescription Painkillers: Following the Tobacco Lawsuits Model?

Spilled prescription pills“Recently my advertising agency ended a long relationship with Lucky Strike cigarettes, and I’m relieved.” – Don Draper, “Mad Men”.

Like Don Draper “quitting” cigarettes, more lawmakers and health researchers are ready to fight the makers of OxyContin and other opioid painkillers.

In January 2017, the City of Everett, Washington filed a lawsuit against OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.  Purdue Pharma filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, and the court’s decision might come … Read more

Jan 18, 2012

Does the Internet Highway Lead to Court in a Distant State?

As businesses increasingly market and sell goods and services through the internet, they should consider the risk that their website activities may subject them to litigation in other states.  Individuals who buy and sell through such internet sites as eBay may also face a possible risk of litigation in a foreign court.  Litigation of any kind is expensive enough without the additional burdens and costs which defending in a distant court can impose irrespective of … Read more