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Posted 11 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Betsy Kim  
Express Your Views on Junk Food Laws [Poll]

Snacking on unhealthy foods is a known cause of obesity. The Harvard School of Public Health reports the U.S. spent $190 billion on obesity-related healthcare expenses in 2005. Similar to alcohol or tobacco, should there be regulations on junk food? The trend seems to say “no.” North Carolina recently passed a law barring obesity lawsuits against snack food makers. Plus, an appellate court ended New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg efforts to limit the sale of sodas to 16 ounces, …

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Posted 11 months ago in Medical Malpractice Products Liability by Michele Bowman  
NC Says No Obesity-Based Lawsuits Against Junk Food Makers

North Carolina on Oct. 1 enacted a law limiting the potential liability of the food and beverage industry for obesity-related claims.   Let the Big Gulps Flow The Commonsense Consumption Act (House Bill 683) does two things that the food and beverage industry in the state should appreciate. First, it forbids North Carolina cities and counties from prohibiting the sale of super-sized soft drinks. “For this reason, the Act has been jokingly referred to as the ‘Big Gulp’ Act,” notes …

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Posted 12 months ago in Jury Awards Medical Malpractice by Sylvia Hsieh  
Damages Cap Blocks $12M Award for Baby’s Botched Surgery

A jury in Oregon has awarded a couple $12 million for a botched liver surgery on a 9-month-old baby that required him to get an emergency liver transplant. But the state has a cap on damages by public entities, such as the public hospital in this case, of $3 million — an amount that doesn’t even cover the boy’s transplant surgery. Lori Horton in 2009 felt a lump on her 6-month-old son, Tyson, that turned out to be cancer. During …

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Posted 1 year ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Sylvia Hsieh  
ALEC Unveils Annual Agenda of Anti-Consumer Laws

This is Part 1 of a two-part report on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s latest slate of model legislation, released after the group’s annual meeting earlier this month. The American Legislative Exchange Council held its annual meeting in Chicago earlier this month. The conclave provides a venue for ALEC to disseminate model legislation to be carried back to state legislatures across the country. The group’s recent agenda to pass model laws written largely by its corporate funders reveals a renewed …

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Posted 1 year ago in Personal Injury by Aaron Kase  
Oklahoma Tort Reform Law Struck Down by Court

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has struck down the state’s tort reform law with a pair of decisions that eliminate certain obstacles to plaintiffs’ court access but leave a number of legal questions unsettled. The state’s 2009 Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act had been a huge blow to consumers, part of a larger nationwide trend aimed at keeping people out of court and limiting the damages they collect if they do successfully reach trial. Among a host of claim-specific limitations, the Act …

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