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Topics: CongressChris PappasSteven Liebermansubstandard careveteran carehuman failinglicense requirementsrecent VA Inspector General report

  • In the past months, a former VA pathologist was charged with manslaughter in the deaths of three veteran patients and is alleged to have botched diagnosis in 3,000 cases, a former nurse has been charged with stealing pain medication from veterans, a VA staff member is accused of sexual assaults and another former staff member is a person of interest in multiple veteran homicides , among others.
  • "VA removes people who willfully cause harm in patient care," Lieberman said.
  • The Department of Veterans Affairs is "severely" short of nurses, psychiatrists, police and human resources staff.
  • A new bipartisan bill introduced into the House last week hopes to address some of those issues with HR staff -- reforming hiring practices.
  • Human resources management hires are the top non-medical staff shortage at VA, followed by police.

 

Veterans deserve the utmost care and medical assistance. We are here to provide justice for those who have been a victim of medical malpractice at a VA hospital or another medical facility. For more information, including an explanation of what to expect in the legal process, a checklist for parents and victims, answers to frequently asked questions, and other information, please click here, call or text Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. today at 312.553.4900.

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Topics: RemingtonSandy HookNational Rifle Associationfederal shield lawcriminal misusefirearm industryyear campaign

  • The Newtown families' lawyers have asked for internal Remington documents, market research, emails and other communications related to the company's marketing practices.
  • At the time, the firearms industry and President George W. Bush, who signed the law, said it was necessary to protect gun makers from " frivolous lawsuits " that could bankrupt the companies.
  • In a major blow to the firearms industry, the U.S. Supreme Court will not block the families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting from suing the gun maker Remington.
  • The nation's highest court on Tuesday denied an appeal by the Remington Arms Company to review a lower court's ruling that allowed the families to take on the gun maker in court over how it marketed the rifle used in the 2012 school massacre.
  • One of the weapons Adam Lanza used at Sandy Hook was an AR-15 style Bushmaster.
  • The Court's decision not to take on the Remington case is significant and suggests the court is not yet willing to weigh in on challenges to a federal law that has protected gun companies from lawsuits since it was enacted in 2005.
  • Remington argued it was protected under the law, but the families' suit said the federal law did not apply because they were accusing Remington of violating state laws in the marketing of the weapon.
  • The case will be remanded back to the state court for further proceedings against Remington.

 

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Topics: MolineBaby Powderovarian cancercase studiesTalctalc litigationcompelling causal evidence

  • In the paper, Moline and her colleagues present case studies of 33 people, mostly women, who were confirmed to have malignant mesothelioma, and whose only substantial exposure to asbestos was through the use of talcum powder-theoretically ruling out other causes of the disease, since asbestos exposure is the primary risk factor for malignant mesothelioma.
  • On one hand, Gold says, linking mesothelioma tumors to asbestos in talc offers compelling causal evidence.
  • On Oct. 18, J&J announced a voluntary recall of a single lot of its Baby Power, after the Food and Drug Administration found "sub-trace levels" of asbestos contamination in one bottle of powder purchased online.
  • "Asbestos of the type found in talcum powder was found in all six cases evaluated," reports lead researcher Jacqueline Moline, MD.
  • Since there was no other way for these patients to have come in contact with asbestos, Moline and her team conclude that regular use of talcum powder can cause mesothelioma.
  • Because of its strong link with asbestos, some people refer to mesothelioma as asbestos cancer.

 

 

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Uber: The ride-hailing app that says it has ‘zero’ drivers (ride.guru)

Topics: Uberusual courseindependent, third-party transportation providerschief lawyerMichael toddReality distortion fieldlegal strategy

  • Uber contract drivers helped bring in more than three-quarters of the company's revenue in this year's first six months.
  • "They are not Uber drivers," Valentino, Uber executive said. "They're independent, third-party transportation providers."
  • Uber faces many lawsuits, over issues ranging from fender benders to wage disputes to more-serious incidents. 
  • If Uber drivers are reclassified as employees, Uber is susceptible to a new range of liabilities and will be held more responsible for their actions. 


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Child Abusers Run Rampant as Tech Companies Look the Other Way (nytimes.com) (jamesmarshlaw.com) - Nov 09 2019

Topics: YahooTimesGoogleMicrosoftsexual abuseDropboxPhotoDNA detection toolknown illicit content

  • The scope of the problem is only starting to be understood because the tech industry has been more diligent in recent years in identifying online child sexual abuse material, with a record 45 million photos and videos flagged last year.
  • The largest social network in the world, Facebook, thoroughly scans its platforms, accounting for over 90 percent of the imagery flagged by tech companies last year, but the company is not using all available databases to detect the material.
  • The two sisters are among the first generation of child sexual abuse victims whose anguish has been preserved on the internet, seemingly forever.
  • Mr. Gonzalez told the authorities that he had used Microsoft's search engine, Bing, to find some of the illegal photos and videos, according to court documents.
  • The web addresses were sent to Microsoft's PhotoDNA service , which is used by technology companies to identify known abuse imagery.
  • Tech companies have known for years that videos of children being sexually abused are shared on their platforms, according to former employees at Microsoft, Twitter, Tumblr and other companies.
  • A Florida man, Gregory Householder, told investigators that he had used online platforms for eight years and had regularly shared logins to Dropbox accounts with other offenders.
  • Though platforms bar child sexual abuse imagery on the web, criminals are exploiting gaps.

 

Victims of sexual abuse and electronic child pornography deserve justice. We help them find it. For more information, including an explanation of what to expect in the legal process, a checklist for parents and victims, answers to frequently asked questions, and other information, please click here, call or text Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. today at 312.553.4900.

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