Daily Archives: March 19, 2013 - 5 results


Posted 2 years ago in Crime by Josh Crank  
Transocean CEO Says Gulf Oil Spill ‘Certainly Preventable’

The top executive for Transocean, owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon oil rig, testified today that the rig’s crew “should have done more” to prevent the April 2010 blowout that killed 11 workers and fouled the Gulf of Mexico with millions of barrels of oil. Asked by a Transocean attorney if the crew was to blame for the accident, CEO Steven Newman testified that while the crew didn’t do enough, “I’m not sure that that’s the same emotional context as …

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Posted 2 years ago in Products Liability by Aaron Kase  
Supreme Court to Decide if Generic Drug Makers Can Be Sued

The U.S. Supreme Court today heard arguments in a case that will further refine to what extent the makers of generic pharmaceutical drugs can be sued in state court. In Bartlett v. Mutual Pharmaceuticals, the justices will decide if federal law that governs the design of generic drugs preempts state consumer protection laws in cases where the drugs injure patients. Karen Bartlett was blinded and suffered horrific skin problems in 2004, with two-thirds of her body becoming an open wound, …

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Posted 2 years ago in Traveling Your Personal Rights by Larry Bodine  
Your Legal Rights While Traveling

Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine addresses About.com writer David Kelly’s questions on how to avoid legal problems when traveling. The About.com article republished below is the first of a two-part series, in which Larry answers legal questions relating to your trips abroad. Today’s Q&A outlines your basic legal rights. Tomorrow, we’ll post the second article. It delves into what happens if you find yourself in legal trouble in a foreign country. “Legal Tips for Business Travel”  By David Kelly, About.com Guide …

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Posted 2 years ago in Consumer Law by Aaron Kase  
Zip Codes Are Private Info, Says Massachusetts Supreme Court

Zip codes are considered personal information when it comes to Massachusetts consumer privacy laws, the state Supreme Court ruled last week in a decision that could have national implications for large retail chains. In Tyler v. Michaels Stores, the court unanimously agreed that “a zip code constitutes personal identification information” and therefore could not be solicited during credit card purchases unless the consumer volunteers to provide it, with the knowledge that it could be used for marketing purposes. The suit …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
No Email Message Is Private if You Get It at Work

It’s pretty clear that using your employer’s email system for personal business is not a good idea and can get your fired; it could also send you to jail, if your emails reveal a crime. Employees have very little to no expectation of privacy in emails received through employer accounts. An employee at Aeropostale, the clothing company, found out that not only can his employer use a personal email to fire him, but the government can also use it against …

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