A 38 year old Florida man, Tallmadge Wakeman D’Elia, was killed when a vape pen exploded and shot fragments of its casing into his skull.  Alexandra Ma, “A Vape Pen Killed A Man After It Exploded And Pierced His Skull,” Business Insider, May 16, 2018. According to the medical examiners, the man died on May…

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The Museum has stories about women who used tort law to ‘right wrongs’ that impact all of our health and safety. This Mother’s Day we encourage you to hear about their stories while you enjoy delicious appetizers from Noujaim’s restaurant and desserts from Hunny Bunns Bakery and Cafe.

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In 2012, the unspeakable happened. A madman, armed with rifle designed for war, slaughtered little children in a school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Butchered them. Left their small lifeless bodies bleeding. An act of horror. The horror deepened when conspiracy theorists began claiming that the parents of the dead children were “actors in an elaborate…

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The gigantic March for our Lives event on March 24, 2018 was, perhaps, a watershed moment in American efforts to get some measure of control over gun violence and the all-too-frequent mass slaughter of civilians.  Those efforts have been mischaracterized as an effort to repeal the Second Amendment, but that is too simplistic a view.…

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The Georgia Supreme court just upheld a $40 million dollar verdict against Chrysler in a case where a little boy burned to death in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The problem was a plastic fuel tank, at the rear of the jeep, which ignited, so that the child died.  That, in and of itself, is tragic. …

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The future is racing up on us with breathtaking speed. New products, new technologies are constantly being touted and developed, often before they are fully understood; often before safeguards are put in place.  Sometimes new technologies bring with them unintended harm.  And worse, sometimes that harm, even though it is unintended, is foreseeable.  Everyone who…

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The Berkeley Law School at the University of California announced the creation of a major new consumer center, funded by a generous 3.5 million dollar grant from noted attorney Elizabeth Cabraser.  The Berkeley Center for Consumer Law and Economic Justice is intended to become a national leader in the study, research, and practice of consumer…

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Everyone knows that there has been terrible carnage in America, caused by heavily armed shooters massacring unarmed citizens, including, tragically, school children.  America leads the world in gun violence (among nations not engaged in civil war), and the number of deaths is terrifying, and terribly, heartbreakingly sad. We have the Second Amendment to the Constitution,…

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The White House Fiscal Year Budget for 2019 contains proposals that would gut the ability of injured patients to hold healthcare providers accountable for the consequences of medical errors.  It would also usurp state laws, and eliminate constitutional rights.  And cost taxpayers money, while resulting in more injuries and death. Fortunately, the Center for Justice…

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It is well-established that football causes C.T.E. a devastating injury responsible for dementia, and even death.  See last week’s note, “Football Settlement Excludes Players”. The NFL has even created a billion-dollar fund to pay the claims of players who suffer from CTE as a result of playing football. And yet, the pipeline is full:  Hundreds…

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