Monthly Archives:' September 2015

Law enforcement claims cost state $17 million

By: Tim Smith. Source: The State.

Stanley Brown lay on the ground on a Charleston street for about two minutes following a police chase in 2010 when he felt “something hit me in the back” and he blacked out, he later testified.

Police testified an officer had made a “knee strike” aimed at Brown’s upper thigh that ended up near his rib cage after Brown moved.

Although Brown complained he could not feel his legs, an emergency room doctor received no information indicating any significant trauma, the records show, and did not look at his vertebrae before clearing him to be transferred to the detention center.

Martin Shkreli Is Big Pharma’s Biggest A**hole

Thanks to Martin Shkreli, life-saving drug Daraprim will now cost $750 per pill—up from $13.50. And no one, not even the FDA, can stop him.

By: Samantha Allen, Source: The Daily Beast

Hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli is 32 years old but he’s acting half that age on Twitter today after news broke that his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, had raised the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill.

Daraprim is used to treat toxoplasmosis, a condition caused by a parasite that exists in nearly a quarter of the U.S. population over age 12, but which can prove deadly for the unborn children of pregnant women and for immunocompromised individuals like AIDS patients. These vulnerable populations will now have to pay over 5,000 percent more for their treatment.

The Best Lawyers Money Can Buy

By: The Editorial Board, Source: The New York Times, Originally Published: 12.25.14

The United States Supreme Court decides cases involving the nation’s most pressing legal issues, affecting the daily lives of hundreds of millions of Americans — and yet so much about its functioning is shrouded in mystique and exclusivity. The court’s front doors are locked and its vast “public” plaza is off-limits to protesters. Alone among the branches of government, it refuses to televise its proceedings, even though its gallery can seat only 250 members of the public.

After tide of recalls, auto industry does some soul-searching

Source: Boston Globe, By: Bill Vlasic and Hilary Stout, Originally Published: 12.31.14

DETROIT — Spurred by a decade-old ignition switch defect in millions of General Motors vehicles, the auto industry this year has issued more recalls involving old models — those made five or more years ago — than ever before, an analysis of federal recall records by The New York Times shows.

More than 60 million vehicles have been recalled in the United States, double the previous annual record in 2004. In all, there have been about 700 recall announcements — an average of two a day — affecting the equivalent of 1 in 5 vehicles on the road.

A Blind Mother

Cynthia Darling, author of Shunned: Outcasts in the Land, wrote the below op-ed to describe her experience with her son’s antidepressant use. Antidepressants can have many side effects, including depression. If you or a loved one is feeling depressed, help can be reached from a number of different avenues, including 24 hour hotlines like the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).  

Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America: Social dysfunction can be traced to the abandonment of reason

By: David Niose, Source: Psychology Today, Originally Published: 6.23.15

The tragedy in Charleston last week will no doubt lead to more discussion of several important and recurring issues in American culture—particularly racism and gun violence—but these dialogues are unlikely to bear much fruit until the nation undertakes a serious self-examination. Decrying racism and gun violence is fine, but for too long America’s social dysfunction has continued to intensify as the nation has ignored a key underlying pathology: anti-intellectualism.

This Year’s Five Most “Frivolous” Lawsuits by “Greedy” Trial Lawyers

By Arthur Bryant

Corporate America and irresponsible government officials consistently trash lawsuits as “frivolous” and trial lawyers as “greedy.” Why? Because lawsuits and trial lawyers hold them accountable when they abuse their power, break the law, and violate people’s rights.

Want proof? Just look at the five finalists for Public Justice’s 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. This coveted honor goes annually to the lawyers who won the verdict or settlement that made the biggest contribution to the public interest in the past year.