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ALEC Helps Big Business Invade Local Lawmaking State By State

Click here to read more Lawyers.com coverage of ALEC and the organization’s anti-consumer agenda. The American Legislative Exchange Council kicks off its annual meeting today in Chicago, celebrating its 40th birthday. The organization is a network of conservative state legislators and some of the biggest corporate giants in the world that work together to influence local lawmaking and put the corporate agenda on the books state by state. Yet in spite of its wide reach, few citizens are even aware …

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Posted 9 months ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Woman Paralyzed by Collapsed Car Seat Awarded $43M

In the largest verdict in state history, a jury in Vermont awarded $43 million to a woman whose seat back collapsed when her car was rear-ended, leaving her paralyzed. Dzemila Heco, a Bosnian refugee who survived the war in her country and immigrated to the U.S., was stopped at a traffic light in Essex town in 2007 when a car crashed into her from behind. The driver admitted she had fallen asleep. Heco, 51, was left paralyzed. Her lawsuit against …

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Posted 10 months ago in Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Surviving Spouses of Smokers Win Millions Against Big Tobacco

The widow of a lifelong smoker who died of lung cancer won a $2.5 million award against Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Beatrice Skolnick’s husband, Leo, began smoking Camel, Marlboro and Pall Mall brand cigarettes in his youth. He died of lung cancer in 1993 at the age of 75. “Mr. Skolnick smoked, and smoking caused his cancer,” said Scott Schlesinger, one of the attorneys for Mrs. Skolnick. “But he trusted the word of tobacco companies who told …

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Posted 10 months ago in Products Liability by Aaron Kase  
No Lawsuits For Defective Generic Drugs, Supreme Court Rules

Generic drug makers cannot be sued when their products injure or kill consumers, the Supreme Court ruled today, even if the drugs are defective. In Bartlett v. Mutual Pharmaceuticals, the court in a 5-4 decision continued its recent history of using federal protections for pharmaceutical companies to put them out of reach of state laws. The case started with the disfigurement of Karen Bartlett, whose skin suffered massive burns and who lost most of her vision after taking a generic …

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Posted 10 months ago in Elder Law Jury Awards Products Liability by Sylvia Hsieh  
Patient Wins $1 Million for Grisly Bedsores from Faulty Bed

A patient who fell through a kinetic therapy bed and as a result suffered gruesome bedsores and loss of his tailbone won a $1 million jury award against the bed’s manufacturer. Jim R. Walker of Tyler, Texas, was using the Triadyne TM II Critical Care Bed when he slid through the cushions and landed on a hard bed frame. He sued a unit of the San Antonio company, Kinetic Concepts Inc. that distributed the bed which is used for kinetic …

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