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Michael Phelan

Americans’ rights under attack

Have you ever read the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution?  It says “the right of trial by jury shall be preserved.” (emphasis added).  Wouldn’t it be great if our elected officials were as concerned with preserving consumers’ Constitutional right to […]

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Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)

The Senate voted overwhelmingly today to override President Obama’s veto of JASTA. Senators voted 97-1 to override the veto.  The lone “no” vote was cast by Harry Reid.  The House vote on the president’s veto is expected later today.  If […]

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Pinnacle Hip Implant Trials to Continue

The multidistrict litigation (MDL) regarding allegedly defective Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants made by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. unit is being overseen by Texas U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade.  The first bellwether trial in the Pinnacle hip implant MDL […]

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Donald Trump tries to prejudice Trump University case

The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, which have been adopted by all 50 States and the District of Columbia, forbid a lawyer who is participating in a litigation from making public statements about the case “that the lawyer knows […]

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Takata Airbags and Products Liability Law

As the lawsuits on behalf of the families of victims killed by metal shrapnel from defective Takata airbags mount, it is interesting to read about the strategy of plaintiff’s counsel in these cases.  The most recent Takata lawsuit was filed […]

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Karl Storz Threatens to Sue Doctor Who is Campaigning Against Power Morcellators

The case of Dr. Amy J. Reid has helped bring world-wide attention to the risks that power morcellation procedures can spread cancer inside a woman’s body.  Dr. Reid, a 41 year old radiologist and mother of six children, had a […]

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Power Morcellator Recall by J&J’s Ethicon Unit

Medical devices known as power morcellators are a set of spinning blades used during laparoscopic surgeries to cut tissues.  Morcellation refers to the division of tissue into small fragments, which allows the surgeon to remove the tissue through small incission […]

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Six Things to Know about Pooled Special Needs Trusts

I am posting this article for a friend and guest blogger, JoAnn Marcus.  JoAnn is the Executive Director of Commonwealth Community Trust, a nonprofit organization that administers pooled special needs trusts.  Her post follows:   Special needs trusts are a […]

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Patients Should Know: Power Morcellation to Treat Uterine Fibroids May Spread Cancer

The surgical procedure called power morcellation has become a popular treatment for uterine fibroids.  Laparoscopic power morcellators are electric surgical devices.   Morcellation refers to the cutting up of tissue into smaller pieces or fragments.  The technique involves insertion of […]

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Low T – A Common Effect of Aging, Not Another Reason to Push Drugs

Testosterone therapy has been widely advertised as a way to help aging men improve low sex drive and regain their energy.  Indeed, the television ads are ubiquitous.  An athletic looking man who appears to be in his forties applies a gel […]