Will Recent ET-Plus Guardrail Settlement be Death of Trinity Industries?

6/13/2015 Tuesday’s, $663 million settlement against guardrail manufacturer Trinity industries includes the largest-ever award given to a whistle-blower under the False-Claims Act, a whopping $199 million given to former competitor, Virginian Joshua Harman. Harman sued on behalf of the government claiming that Trinity defrauded taxpayers by failing to notify the Federal Highway Administration of a


National Cannabis Bar Association: Mainstream Marijuana

6/12/2015 Perhaps it was inevitable, or perhaps it is a stroke of genius, but a coalition of attorneys has launched the National Cannabis Bar Association (NCBA) in order to help people navigate what has been called the “green rush.” Medical marijuana is legal in some form in 23 states, and recreational marijuana is legal in


Judges OK Texas to Close Abortion Clinics

6/11/2015 In one of the most asinine rulings to be handed down this year, appellate judges OK Texas to close abortion clinics. This is all in the name of protecting “the unborn and ensur[ing] Texas women are not subjected to unsafe and unhealthy conditions,” according to Ken Paxton, Texas’ Republican AG. The federal appellate court


Big Pharma’s Sneaky Profit-boosting Tactics

6/10/2015 No one, other than Big Pharma employees probably, thinks the industry is entirely trustworthy. There are good reasons for that opinion, too. Big Pharma’s sneaky profit-boosting tactics only add to the list. Little surprise that the bottom line is more important to Big Pharma than actually helping customers. Federal and state officials smacked the


Supreme Court Case Review may Limit Class-Action Lawsuits

6/10/2015 The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday, June 8th that it will be reviewing a federal appeals ruling in its next term, petitioned by Tyson Foods, challenging a $5.8 million judgment against the company over unpaid work time at an Iowa pork-processing plant. While the sum of the judgment is miniscule in cases of


Johnson and Johnson settles Arkansas Risperdal Suit for $7.8B

6/9/2015 Johnson and Johnson settles Arkansas Risperdal suit for $7.8B. The suit has been ongoing for eight years and the state’s AG alleges that J&J’s marketing of the psychiatric drug was flawed. The AG claims J&J misrepresented the drug’s safety and effectiveness, especially concerning diabetes risks. The state will take $2M of the settlement to


Whitening Teeth in Alabama is a Crime

06/8/2015 Whitening teeth in Alabama is a crime… Unless you’re a licensed dentist. The State Supreme Court handed down a decision upholding a lower court’s ruling that only licensed dentists can provide teeth bleaching services. One wonders, if it’s a violation of public health and safety to bleach teeth as a non-dentist, can non-dermatologists do


R-E-S-P-E-C-T Plus Fair Wage Makes Buffalo Jills Cheer

6/5/2015 A new bill from Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, D-Queens that may provide employment protection makes Buffalo Jills cheer. If passed, professional sports teams will have to treat cheerleaders as employees and pay at least minimum wage. The bill would give the independent contractor cheerleaders the “rights, benefits and protections” of team employees. Rozic was inspired