U.S. Justices Agree to Weigh Defendant’s Self-incrimination Claim

Thomson Reuters; February 25, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider whether a criminal defendant’s right against self-incrimination is violated when a psychiatrist who examined him testifies about his mental state. Scott Cheever was sentenced to death … Continue reading

Supreme Court to Hear Claim over Withdrawn Guilty Plea

Thomson Reuters; February 25, 2013 The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider whether a lower court erred in throwing out a murder conviction of a transgender man accused of killing his wealthy uncle so he could use money … Continue reading

Pharma Execs Shape Industry Response to Litigation – Study

Thomson Reuters; February 25, 2013 Pharmaceutical executives play an important, but often unseen role in how their companies react to product liability lawsuits, says a new paper from the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, a centrist research and policy think … Continue reading

To Practice Law, Apprentice First

The New York Times, February 17, 2013 THE American Bar Association, which sets the standards for accrediting law schools, met recently in Dallas at a time of existential crisis for legal education. The job market for law school graduates is … Continue reading

Lawsuits Begin Over Carnival Cruise Ordeal

NewsInferno; February 18, 2013 Less than 24 hours after the Carnival Triumph cruise ship docked in Mobile, Alabama, a Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Line over the “horrifying” conditions on the ship. Cassie Terry of Brazoria … Continue reading

Merck to Pay $688M to Settle Vytorin Lawsuits

NewsInferno; February 18, 2013 After reportedly reaching an agreement in principle, Merck has reached a settlement in which it will pay $688 million to resolve two class-action lawsuits over its cholesterol drug, Vytorin (ezetimibe/simvastatin). Merck said it reached the agreement … Continue reading

Study: Hip Implants Likelier to Fail in Women

NewsInferno; February 19, 2013 Hip implant failure rates are greater in women than men, according to a recent study conducted at the Southern California Permanente Research Group in San Diego, California. The research revealed that hip implant failure rates were … Continue reading

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Will New Lawsuit Help to Clarify the Legal Status of Daily Fantasy Sports?

Forbes; February 19, 2013 Most sports fans are probably unfamiliar with the pending lawsuit Langone v. Kaiser & Fan Duel.  However, this case is likely to shape the future of the daily fantasy sports industry. The case’s plaintiff, Chris Langone, is an Illinois lawyer … Continue reading

Merck to Pay $688M to Settle Enhance Lawsuits

Thomson Reuters; February 14, 2013 Merck & Co has agreed to pay $688 million to settle two U.S. lawsuits by shareholders who said they lost money because it concealed the poor results of a clinical trial involving the anti-cholesterol drug … Continue reading