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.

Atheists, Agnostics Are Now Protected Under Madison Equal Opportunities Ordinance

In a groundbreaking move, the Madison, WI city counsel voted that atheists and agnostics are now protected under the city’s Equal Opportunities Ordinance. This change in law forbids landlords and employers from discriminating against people based on lack of belief in God. It also requires that city facilities and public accommodations are welcoming to nonbelievers.

BAP1 As a Possible Genetic Defense in Asbestos Exposure Litigation

BAP1 is a genetic mutation that may possibly increase the chances of developing mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. A few defense attorneys around the country are hoping they can use BAP1 as a possible genetic defense in asbestos exposure litigation. HeplerBroom attorney Rebecca Nickelson is heading the defense team for Georgia Pacific in an ongoing asbestos

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