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.


Olympus Duodenoscopes Carry Deadly Disease? Company Didn’t Warn U.S.

Olympus Corp., manufacturer of the TJF-Q180V duodenoscope, might have known about a risk involving their product at least two years ago. At least that’s when it issued letters to European hospitals warning that, without proper cleaning, it’s a possibility that Olympus duodenoscopes carry deadly disease. Unfortunately, in the U.S. that possibility may have become a


Heritage Foundation Tells SCOTUS Legalizing Gay Marriage Kills 900,000 Fetuses

The once-taken-seriously Heritage Foundation filed a 100-page amicus brief as SCOTUS prepares to hear the issue again. In the brief, the Heritage Foundation tells SCOTUS legalizing gay marriage kills 900,000 fetuses. The “logic” behind this mind-numbingly stupid claim? If “the gays” can legally marry, there will be fewer opposite sex marriages, which means more women


Mirena IUD May Increase the Chances of Developing Pseudotumor Cerebri

The Mirena IUD may increase the chances of developing pseudotumor cerebri creating a potential new cause of action. Certain plaintiffs in a 2014 suit regarding the Mirena IUD even asked to have their pseudotumor cerebri claims separated into a unique class. The request was denied based on there not being enough pseudotumor cerebri claims to


Veterans’ Disability Disaster as the VA Delays Records for Years

Seven U.S. veterans filed suit over the veterans’ disability disaster as the VA delays records for years. This suit charges that the VA has “unreasonably delayed” delivery of the vets’ medical records, thus stalling their disability claims. The medical records are a vital part of the process, whether for initial applications or to get a



Pfizer wins first Zoloft birth defect case, Pesante v. Pfizer, Inc.

Pfizer wins first Zoloft birth defect case, Pesante v. Pfizer, Inc. On Friday, April 17, the verdict came in that mega-corporation Pfizer’s Zoloft anti-depressant was not the cause of plaintiff’s heart abnormalities. This is the first of over 1,000 such cases currently in the judicial system. The fact that Pfizer won will have widespread repercussions



The Trans-Pacific Partnership or Goodbye “Fair” Trade

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), on its face, sounds like the best idea since sliced bread. It gives the U.S. access to many more developing markets, a larger say in the trade rules of the Pacific Corridor and more enforceable mechanisms to crack down on environmental issues and abuses. In a perfect world, the TPP would


Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act – Congress’ Effort to Kill Common Sense

Meet the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act – Congress’ effort to kill common sense. Congress seemingly thinks it has nothing better to do than interfere with the court system. It’s currently debating LARA, a bill that directly bypasses a system that Congress itself had a hand in creating. Specifically, LARA flies in the face of The