Monthly Archives: April 2009

Stalled Suits Against Drugmakers Proceeding After Supreme Court Preemption Decision

Bloomberg News reports, "Just two months after the U.S. Supreme Court decided patients can sue drugmakers over injuries from medicines approved by the government, long-stalled lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. are again moving toward trials." On March 4, the Supreme Court ruled that "federal regulatory approval of a medicine and information about […]

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Are you considering downsizing your home because of this recession? Many people are doing just that. My wife and I did a few years ago after our daughters got married and moved out. Downsizing can be taken to an extreme though, and a perfect example is found at Take a look at the video […]

Chamber of Commerce to Unveil Videos on Lawsuit Abuse

In the Law blog on the Wall Street Journal website Ashby Jones wrote, "Next month, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will unveil four short clips to run before feature films in Washington, D.C.-area movie houses." All of the clips will attempt to illustrate "supposed 'Lawsuit Abuse.'" Lisa Rickard, the president of the Chamber's Institute for […]

ABA GP|Solo Meeting Cancelled Due to Swine Flu in Mexico

In a disappointment to many people, members of the American Bar Association GP|Solo section received this e-mail today: April 28, 2009 To GP Members: Subject: ABA GP|Solo Spring Meeting is cancelled Dear ABA GP|Solo Member: Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at, the human swine flu outbreak continues to grow […]

Columnist Criticizes Chamber of Commerce Ad Campaign Against Arbitration Act

In a column in Bloomberg News Susan Antill writes that the Chamber of Commerce's "'Faces of Lawsuit Abuse' ad campaign is but a piece of a larger publicity war that's heating up as legislators begin considering the merits of the Arbitration Fairness Act of 2009, introduced Feb. 12 by Georgia Congressman Henry Johnson." The legislation […]

Associates Keep Quiet As Economic Downturn Increases Layoffs

The National Law Journal reported, "With law firms unloading scores of attorneys amid the economic downturn, associates are finding that the balance of power has shifted away from them and into the hands of law firm managers." Now, "with few ships for associates to jump to these days, young attorneys are increasingly reluctant to raise […]

House and Senate to Consider Credit Card Bill, Cramdown Legislation

The Hill reports, "House and Senate lawmakers are heading toward votes by the end of this week on legislation that would clamp down on two major segments of the financial industry that have long fought additional regulations." The Hill says, "In the Senate, Democrats are headed toward a vote on Thursday at the earliest on […]

Transportation Secretary Pushes Carmakers to Crash-Test Child Safety Seats

The Chicago Tribune reported, "U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Friday said he planned to urge carmakers to crash-test child safety seats in their vehicles and recommend which child restraints are the safest in each auto, responding to a Chicago Tribune investigation." The proposed "new system would be a victory for parents who struggle to […]

Latest Recession Victims: Laid-Off Lawyers

The Washington Times reports, "The number of unemployed lawyers surged from a nationwide average of 20,000 last year to 31,000 in the first quarter, the highest in at least 15 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics" and "three thousand lawyers lost their jobs in the first three months of the year." Jackie Finn […]

Washington Times Urges Senate To Reject Hurley Nomination For NHTSA

The Washington Times editorializes, "President Obama's pick to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration raises a few red flags. If confirmed by the Senate, Chuck Hurley, CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, will drive motorists over the cliff with regulation." The Times says, "Mr. Hurley has a history of pushing laws that harass millions […]

FAA to Propose New Medical Helicopter Safety Rules

The New York Times reports, "A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said Wednesday that the agency planned to propose new rules requiring medical helicopters to use additional safety equipment, including collision avoidance systems." The decision comes after "a series of fatal medical helicopter crashes over the last two years that have killed 35 people." In […]

Friday Fun

Easy Bar Tricks is just what the name implies – a series of very cool tricks you can play with beer bottle and other items you find in a bar. Here are some great ways to win a few free beers from your friends.

Blogging Presentation at Lawyers Inner Circle

I have the honor of making a presentation to the Lawyers Inner Circle group today. The topic is Attracting Clients With Blogging. I’m talking with the other lawyers about the importance of providing helpful information on their blogs. A good legal blog should be educational, not promotional. We are meeting in Cary, North Carolina, at […]

Featured Link – Lawyer Advertising Rules In Each State

Lawyers could avoid a lot of headaches if we'd just take a few minutes to brush up on the advertising rules before we start any new promotional efforts. The American Bar Association has a helpful Web page that lists links to the Ethics Rules Governing Lawyer Advertising, Solicitation and Marketing in each state. This is […]

Insurance Premiums Rise Due To Stock Market Losses

USAToday has an article today about the increases in auto, life and home insurance premiums, brought on by loss of insurance company investment returns. Normally, when there is a downturn in the stock market and insurance companies bring in less revenue, they start talking about tort reform, and blaming their decrease in profits on trial […]

Bankruptcy Filings Up Despite Law Meant to Make the Process Harder

Unfortunately, many of our personal injury clients and Social Security disability claimants suffer serious financial difficulties because of the length of time between suffering their injuries or disabilities and receiving settlements or benefits. As a result, some of our clients are forced to file for bankruptcy. In an effort to better serve our clients, our […]

Featured Link – Readability

Do you read a lot of articles on the Internet? If so, you're going to love this nifty tool. Readability is a Web browser plug-in that you add to your links toolbar. When you find a long article you want to read, just click on the Readability icon and suddenly everyone on the page disappears […]

Editorial: Safety vs. Car Weight Issue Seen As Largely Ignored

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Sam Kazman, general counsel of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, writes, "The super-high efficiency minicar has become the Holy Grail for many environmentalists," but an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study found that minis offer "significantly less protection for their passengers" during two car crashes. "That's not […]

Editorial: Lawmakers Should Correct Texas Supreme Court Workers’ Compensation Decision

The Austin American-Statesman ran an editorial today speaking out on a really bad decision by the pro-business Texas Supreme Court. The case is a little complicated, but boils down to allowing property owners to avoid liability for negligence if the owner declares itself to be a general contractor and buys workers' compensation insurance for the […]

Spending Bill Aims at Texas Nursing Home Fire Hazards

As reported in the Dallas Morning News today, a spending provision approved by the Texas House this week might reduce fire hazards at Texas nursing homes. This is a long overdue step, as safety conditions at many Texas nursing homes are atrocious. Standards are lax, and inspections are sporadic. Here are excerpts from the article: […]