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  • Deaths Lead Toyota to Recall Defective Cars

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Sep-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire According to an AP report, "Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will recall 3.8 million vehicles in the United States, the company’s largest-ever U.S. recall, to address problems with a removable floor mat that could cause accelerators to get stuck and lead to a crash." The auto-manufacturer said it was "still working with officials with ...
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  • Drivers Increasingly Distracted by Cellphone, Texting

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Sep-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Ashley Halsey III of the Washington Post reports that approximately "90 percent of Americans own cellphones, and one national survey found that eight in 10 drivers talk on their phones while behind the wheel, about 1 million of them at any given moment. Cellphone use has been cited as a factor in an estimated 342,000 auto accident injuries." The ...
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  • Metro Rail Cars To Be Equipped With Cameras

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Sep-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire According to James Hohmann of the Washington Post, WMATA "officials are preparing to install video cameras on an unspecified number of rail cars, the first step in what could become a systemwide surveillance network that officials say will help them better manage crowds and investigate criminal activity." This will be paid for through a grant from ...
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  • Hit-And-Run Car and Truck Accidents On The Rise

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Sep-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Ashley Halsey III of the Washington Post reports that AAA has announced that our area is experiencing an "alarming increase" in hit-and-run accidents. This public statement follows two such incidents last week — one that killed a pedestrian and another that critically injured a cyclist. The report goes on to state that "AAA Mid-Atlantic ...
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  • Drugmaker Hid Dangers of Drug from Public to Pad Profits

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-Sep-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire According to a Bloomberg report, a former GlaxoSmithKline executive testified under oath that the drug company knew as early as 2001 that its anti-depressant drug–Paxil–could cause birth defects in the fetuses of pregnant women. It has been alleged that this information was withheld from the public so the company could maximize profits at teh ...
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  • American Association of Justice Rightly Defends Access to Justice

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Sep-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire In a segment on CNN’s "Anderson Cooper 360" (9/15), the immediate past-president of the American Association of Justice, Les Weisbrod, and another past-president, Todd Smith, addressed the notion of placing artificial caps on medical malpractice claims. Weisbrod declared such a cap to be unconstitutional and made the well-known point that ...
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  • FDA Mandates “Black Box” Warning for Promethazine

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 17-Sep-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire The AP (9/17, Johnson) reports that the FDA has determined that "[m]akers of injected promethazine, a sedative also used to treat nausea and vomiting, are being required to put the strongest warning possible on the product because it can cause tissue damage leading to amputation." FDA regulators said that "makers of generic promethazine will ...
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  • Georgia’s Medical Malpractice Cap Law is Unconstitutional

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Sep-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire The highest court in the state of Georgia will determine whether a 2005 law that capped medical malpractice awards violates the state’s constitution. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (9/16, Rankin) reports that a 75-year-old Marietta, Georgia, woman was "permanently disfigured" after complications from facial surgery. The report also notes ...
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  • Pfizer Subsidiary Pleads Guilty to Illegally Promoting Pain Killer

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Sep-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire According to an AP (9/16) report, Pharmacia and Upjohn, a subsidiary of Pfizer, "has pleaded guilty to illegally promoting the pain killer Bextra [valdecoxib]" as part of "a settlement agreement announced earlier this month, when prosecutors slapped" Pfizer "with a record-breaking $2.3 billion in fines for illegal drug ...
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  • Caps on Malpractice Awards Not the Answer to Healthcare Crisis

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Sep-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire President Obama’s approach to medical malpractice laws is seen as "differing fundamentally" from idea of limiting awards, according to The Washington Post (9/11, Goldstein). "When President Obama broached medical malpractice laws in his speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, it was one of the few times that Republican ...
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  • CPSC’s “Back to School Safety Checklist”

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Sep-2009

    As a new school year gets underway, President Obama launched a major back-to-school campaign today aimed at keeping kids in the classroom. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) new Chairman Inez Tenenbaum carried the President’s message to South Carolina where she met with students and faculty at Rosewood Elementary School in Columbia. Tenenbaum, a former South Carolina ...
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  • Holiday Weekend Travel Safety Advice

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 4-Sep-2009

    Labor Day weekend is considered the last summer holiday period, that final trip to the beach, that long weekend get-away before getting back to the regular routine activities and travels. AAA projects that about 40 million Americans will be traveling for this year’s Labor Day weekend. Remembering some simple common sense tips should help drivers travel safely on this dangerous weekend. ...
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