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.


Drug Giant Novartis Settles Zometa “Bone Death” Case

Drug giant Novartis settles Zometa “bone death” case, Meng v. Novartis, one of two cases in New Jersey concerning the bone loss drug to make it to trial. The settlement was reached at the last minute before the case was to go before a state appeals court. The three-judge panel that was to hear the


Data Breach Case Against Insurance Company Dismissed Due to Lack of Standing

U.S. District Judge Claire Cecchi of the District of New Jersey dismissed a class action suit against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey over a data breach. Two laptop computers were stolen from Horizon’s Newark office in November 2013. Data for 839,000 members was compromised, including names, addresses, dates of birth, medical histories


Cut the Cake Owner Faces Death Threats Over Refusal to Provide Anti-Gay Cake in Wake of Religious Freedom Restoration Act Controversy

Despite the revised version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) recently put into place, the battle over cake continues. “I believe that tolerance should be a two-way street,” says former televangelist Joshua Feurstein of his foiled attempt to get a homophobic message on a sheet cake in the name of religious freedom. He called



Will a $1B Lawsuit Finally Bring a Fair Conclusion to Unethical Medical Experiments in Guatemala?

A $1B lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Johns Hopkins University, the Rockefeller Foundation and pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb on behalf of the nearly 800 former research subjects, their families and estates, over the role these institutions played in government-sponsored unethical medical experiments in the 1940s and 1950s in Guatemala. During these experiments, hundreds of unknowing



Chemical Safety Reform: Two Bills & Impact on the TSCA

Two bills that would reform the federal Toxic Substances Control Act are before Congress. One increases protections against exposure to potentially deadly chemicals and the other… well, the American Chemistry Council (ACC), which is the leading trade organization and lobbyist for the chemical industry, allegedly penned the other. In my grandparents’ day, that was called


Florida Crash Brings 15-Passenger Van Safety Issues Back to the News

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating a recent crash involving a 15-passenger van, a vehicle that’s been under scrutiny for years regarding safety issues. The crash killed eight members of a Florida church. The deadly accident occurred at an unlit T-intersection in farm country. NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said the agency plans to


Human Nature and the Push to Legislate Safe Driving

Vehicle safety groups are always working toward making our highways and byways safer and some of their efforts have paid off. Seat belt use in some states is up and “no texting and driving” laws are in place to cut down on the incidence of distracted driving. All of this has, of course, led to


Premature Removals as Underhanded Defendant Tactics

No one can reasonably deny that law often resembles a game of chess, in which the filing of a claim is the opening salvo. However, there is a disturbing new trend that would have Bobby Fischer throwing up his hands in disgust, namely, premature removals of cases from state to federal courts. Some background is