Daily Archives: August 3, 2012 - 3 results

Posted 5 years ago in Consumer Law by Staff Editor   
Video: Taking Away Consumer Rights with ‘Tort Reform’

  The myth that depriving citizens of their right to seek justice will lower insurance premiums and decrease the cost of medical care has been exposed by a study of the results of tort reform laws in Texas. Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine interviews attorney Mary Alice McLarty, Chair of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and an expert on these laws. McLarty explains how the spread of tort reform has progressively narrowed citizens’ right of access to the courts, in …

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Posted 5 years ago in Criminal Law by Josh Crank  
Los Angeles City Council Bans Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

After years of experimenting with regulations and ordinances, the Los Angeles City Council announced its harshest action yet in its struggle with the city’s medical marijuana industry, banning all dispensaries within city limits. Councilmembers voted to prohibit the pot shops by a count of 13-1 following hours of debate, and the lone dissenting councilman ultimately changed his vote in order to hurry the measure to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s desk. Villaraigosa, who supports the ban, has until August 6 to sign …

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Posted 5 years ago in Jury Awards by Sylvia Hsieh  
Editor’s Choice: Jury Awards Edition

Pregnant woman wins $117 million verdict for distracted ambulance driver A pregnant woman injured while the ambulance transporting her rear-ended a truck won a whopping $117 million jury verdict against the ambulance company for not supervising its driver. Whitley Lacey was a 21 year-old mother-to-be in December 2010 when she began experiencing stomach pains and called an ambulance. During the trip to the hospital, the ambulance driver was driving 60 mph without using the emergency lights or sirens. He crashed …

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