After a 13-day trial in a Dallas County Courtroom where a jury heard accounts and statements from more than “a dozen patients,” Christopher Duntsch was sentenced to life in prison. Nicknamed “Doctor Death,” Duntsch was accused of “crippling four patients and causing the deaths of two others between July 2012 and June 2013” while working as a neurosurgeon for a number of different hospitals throughout Dallas and Collin counties.
Valentine’s Day brought more than candy hearts and sweet cards for LGBTQ residents of Jacksonville, Florida this year. Justice was done as Jacksonville passed an ordinance protecting LGBTQ residents from housing and employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It took five years of fighting, but the Jacksonville City Council finally did the right thing despite opposition from some Christians focused on cherry-picking arguments from the Bible.
Accidents happen all the time, but they’re even worse when lives are lost because of them. Unfortunately for Marlins pitcher, Jose Fernandez, and two of his friends, a boating accident last September ended their lives, sparking lawsuits. So far, two lawsuits have been formally filed against the estate of Jose Fernandez. Both of the lawsuits allege that Fernandez “owed his passengers a reasonable degree of care on the morning his boat crashed into a jetty.”
Food recalls have been a hot topic in the news lately, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. Recently, Sargento Foods Inc. decided to expand it’s “voluntary recall of cheese due to potential listeria contamination.” Based in Plymouth, Wisconsin, the company has recalled a total of 14 different cheese products so far, including consumer favorites like “sliced Colby, muenster, pepper jack, tomato & basil jack; shredded reduced fat Colby-jack, chef blends four cheese pizzeria, artisan blends double cheddar; ultra thin sliced longhorn Colby; chef blends shredded nacho and taco; off the block fine cut shredded Colby-jack and cheddar-jack.”
A recent study commissioned by the AARP Fraud Watch Network found that “older people who are active investors and who prefer unregulated investments may be more susceptible to investment fraud.” The study was carried out by reaching out to “200 known victims of investment fraud” for telephone interviews, as well as conducting “800 interviews with members of the investing public.”
Casual readers skimming the headline of a recent Washington Times opinion piece, “Protecting consumers from swindlers,” would be forgiven for assuming the author advocated cracking down on scammy businesses. After all, with the new administration taking aim at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and legislation like Dodd-Frank, consumers need all the protection they can get. Alas, the “swindlers” in the article aren't businesses that cheat customers, but the lawyers who take them on. The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, sponsored by Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), would limit the scope of class action lawsuits to bring justice for vast numbers of injured consumers.
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