March 9, 2010
An Orange County jury Tuesday declined to hold Botox maker Allergan Inc. liable in the death of a 7-year-old Texas girl being treated for cerebral palsy because it found the company’s warning labels adequate.
The closely watched case is believed to be the first to go to trial over allegations that the botulinum toxin-based drug contributed to a death. At issue was the safety of the blockbuster cosmetic drug in the higher dosages that are used in pediatric cerebral palsy cases and the adequacy of the Irvine manufacturer’s warning labels.
Read Article: Los Angeles Times
A lawsuit alleging that former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld authorized harsh treatment methods that led to the abuse of Chicago man in a U.S. military compound in Iraq cleared a critical hurdle Friday as a federal judge in Chicago shot down a government motion to have it thrown out.
“This is the first time where a court has recognized that the facts were sufficient to potentially hold a secretary of defense personally liable for authorizing torture,” said Mike Kanovitz, a Chicago attorney who represents the plaintiffs.
Read Article: Chicago Tribune
Lawsuit takes aim at stun-gun manufacturer; Watsonville man says he suffered permanent injuries after being shocked in 2006
SANTA CRUZ – Steve Butler knows Barack Obama is president, but that’s only because Butler has heard the information so many times.
Butler also knows he was shocked with a stun gun fired by a Watsonville police officer when Butler refused to get off a Metro bus on Oct. 7, 2006. But he has no recollection of the moment that changed his life forever.
The 51-year-old has no short-term memory, one aspect of a brain injury he suffered when he was hit with the stun gun darts, went into cardiac arrest and was deprived of oxygen for 18 minutes, according to his attorney, Dana Scruggs of Santa Cruz.
Read Article: Mercury News.Com
In what experts say could be a landmark decision, a Michigan school district has been ordered to pay $800,000 this week to a student who claimed the school did not do enough to protect him from years of bullying, some sexually tinged.
This week’s jury verdict against Hudson Area Schools puts districts on notice that it’s not enough to stop a student from bullying another. There needs to be a concerted effort to stop systemic bullying, too.
Read Article: Freep.Com
HARTFORD — The mother of a 7-year-old girl seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident in Canton has sued the teen who is accused of driving the car.
Karie H. Ogonoski filed a lawsuit Friday against Leonita Scanlon, 18, in Superior Court. The lawsuit accuses Scanlon of hitting the girl while speeding on Dowd Avenue in January. Ogonoski is seeking more than $15,000 in damages.
Read Article: Courant.Com
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