Jay W. Belle Isle

Before becoming LegalReader's Editor-in-Chief, Jay W. Belle Isle worked as a freelance copywriter with clients on four continents. Jay has a degree in Business Administration from Cleary University and a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Jay has also worked as a contracts administrator for a DOD contractor specializing in vehicle armor.


U.S. Government Agreed to Pay a $125,000 Settlement Over a Missing Thumb

  5/29/2015 The U.S. government agreed to pay a $125,000 settlement over a missing thumb. Baelya Gutierrez, 11, lost her left thumb in a medical mishap at an urgent care clinic associated with the U.S. Navy. Despite the loss, Baelya is remarkably optimistic and approaches the situation with a great sense of humor. Playground stories



Young Girl Got a $15M Jury Verdict in Depakote Birth Defects Case

5/28/2015 A young girl got a $15M jury verdict for birth defects she suffered because her mother took Depakote, an anti-epileptic drug, while pregnant. The St. Louis, MO jury was unanimous in the verdict, which came down after only a few days’ deliberation. The $15M is just for damages; the jury is now considering adding


FBI Investigates the Cancer-Spreading Hysterectomy Device

5/28/2015 Last year a Johnson & Johnson medical device, the laparoscopic power morcellator, was removed from the market. This year the FBI investigates the cancer-spreading hysterectomy device. The power morcellator was a favorite of surgeons for doing minimally-invasive hysterectomies and removing uterine fibroids. The device worked by grinding up tissue that could then be removed


Costco May Be Double Dipping on Sales Tax

5/27/2015 Costco may be double dipping on sales tax according to a class action suit in California. The suit, filed by John Conrad, Thomas Brooks, Eileen Kolkey, Gloria Kent, Robert Kolkey, Jeffrey Sobel, Raymond Lee, Richard Parcel and Byram Williams, alleges that the wholesaling giant is breaking California law by overcharging customers for discounted items.


Pershing Park Protests Class Action Finally Settled!

5/27/2015 The Pershing Park Protests class action finally settled! The case dealt with the Pershing Park protests of 2002. Four hundred people were arrested by the UPSS in Washington D.C. on September 27, 2002. The plaintiffs alleged the arrests were illegal. Flashback to that date: it’s the first day of anti-globalization protests. Roughly 400 people


Walgreen Company Settles a Class Action Suit

5/26/2015 Walgreen Company settles a class action suit that alleged it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by calling customers via automated dialing system to remind them their prescriptions were due for refills. The mistake, it seems, is that Walgreen failed to get customer consent to receive these “robocalls,” thus forcing those who did


Separation of Church and State is Dead!

5/26/2015 Ding-dong, separation of church and state is dead! According to Right Wing Watch, the Republican National Committee is partnered with the American Renewal Project (ARP) with the goal of establishing Christianity as the official religion of the United States. David Lane, a Christian Nationalist and rabid anti-gay extremist lead ARP. It’s also strongly connected


Second Circuit Tells Actavis It Cannot Withdraw Namenda IR

5/25/2015 A recent ruling from the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit tells Actavis it cannot withdraw Namenda IR. The drug, a popular drug for treating Alzheimer’s disease, needs to be taken twice daily. Actavis, in a bold move to make more money, decided to remove Namenda IR from the market, prior to a


Tobacco Industry Doesn’t Have to the Tell Truth About Past Actions

5/25/2015 On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit handed down a ruling that tobacco companies must tell the public that cigarettes are designed to be addictive. However, the tobacco industry doesn’t have to tell the truth about past actions. The opinion’s author, Judge David Tatel, wrote that the court decided that,