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How Is the Coronavirus Impacting Court Cases?

How Is the Coronavirus Impacting Court Cases?

By Rebecca Pirius Courts throughout the country are trying to operate as effectively as they can in the massive wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With little (if any) historical guidance, courts face the extraordinary challenge of attempting to balance public health and safety with constitutional rights. The Judicial Council of California, which is the policy-making body for the state’s court system, recently reflected on this critical task: The continuous operation of our courts to provide due process and protect the…

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Are Car Insurance Refunds and Rate Reductions On the Way?

Are Car Insurance Refunds and Rate Reductions On the Way?

From the It’s-Not-All-Bad-News Department (maybe it’s more like a wobbly desk these days, but it’s still a thing): With you and everyone you know probably driving next to never in these days of stay-at-home orders and social distancing, at least two insurance companies have announced that they’ll start sending refund checks to car insurance policyholders as a way of offsetting the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. And if your own insurance carrier isn’t offering a refund or rate reduction, there’s…

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Did 3M’s Lawsuit Worries Delay Mask Production?

Did 3M’s Lawsuit Worries Delay Mask Production?

As the coronavirus wreaks its unprecedented havoc across the country, it continues to expose serious deficiencies in adequate pandemic response preparation at both the state and federal levels. Stockpiles and supply chains related to N95 respirator masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE)—including surgical masks and isolation gowns—continue to fall well short of the monumental task, especially in the hardest-hit areas like New York City, forcing nurses, doctors, hospitals, governors, and even the CDC to come up with strategies to…

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Jury Links Roundup® Weed Killer to Cancer, Orders Monsanto to Pay $289M

Jury Links Roundup® Weed Killer to Cancer, Orders Monsanto to Pay $289M

Monsanto, the manufacturer of popular weed killers like Roundup®, has been ordered to pay $289 million in damages in a toxic tort lawsuit linking the company’s products to cancer. A California jury found in favor of the plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson, a 46 year-old who served as groundskeeper and pest control manager at a number of California schools. Johnson’s attorneys argued that he developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using Roundup® and other Monsanto products on the job. Glyphosate, an herbicide, is the…

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