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'Superbug' Infects Patients of UCLA Medical Center

CBS Los Angeles reports that a deadly superbug - carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae - has apparently caused the deaths of two patients and has at this point infected five others at UCLA Medical Center. As per the report: "CRE germs are resistant to almost all antibiotics and are more deadly than the more widely-known superbug MRSA." Read on to learn more about this recent exposure.

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant Explore What It Means to Speak While Female

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One month ago today, the New York Times published an article titled "Speaking While Female," written by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. Sandberg, as many are aware, is Facebook's COO, and Adam Grant is a writer and the youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In their piece, they describe the phenomenon of women staying quiet at work because they perceive that "less is more."

But why would they feel that way? Why would women stay quiet in the workplace?

Small-Plane Pilot Risks It All - And Loses - For a Selfie

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USA Today's Mara Montalbano calls it "death by selfie," but there's nothing cute about what happened to 29-year-old Amritpal Singh and his passenger, who lost their lives when their Cessna 150 - the fifth most produced civilian plane ever, according to Wikipedia - went down in a field. The National Transportation Safety Board believes the evidence suggests the pilot was taking selfies on his smart phone shortly before the plane crashed.

In other words, this appears to be a case of distracted flying.

Super Bowl Sunday: Californians Risk Injury or Worse from DUI

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Super Bowl Sunday, the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks. It's the biggest game of the year in pro football on Feb. 1. But this Sunday is also the biggest day of the year for alcohol-related car wrecks, at least in California. As Jerry Hirsch reports for the Los Angeles Times, Sunday is the Super Bowl of drunk driving, and Hirsch shows us the numbers to prove it.

"Your chance of being involved in a crash tied to drunk driving," Hirsch writes, "can be as much as double that of a normal Sunday in January or February," based on crash data.

The 'Most Important' California Laws in 2015

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The annual KQED News "California Report" has spelled out the most important new state laws for 2015 (based on the opinion of its editors). Most important and/or interesting, according to KQED. Bearing in the mind the inherent subjectivity of such a list, it is fair to say that at least a few of these laws will have an impact on Girardi | Keese clients. They run the gamut from employment to sports-related injury to assisted living.

Out of roughly 900 new laws, KQED called out 26 of them. In this post, we call out just a few that we believe have the most potential to affect our clients.

Supervisory Pharmacist Criminally Charged in Case Involving Tainted Drugs

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This is perhaps one of the most striking examples of "malpractice," if you can call it that, perpetrated by a pharmacist. Indeed, the authorities took it a step further by calling it racketeering. The two terms generally aren't related, but in this case, supervisory pharmacist Glenn Chin is alleged to have caused the deaths of 25 people in seven states because of his "wanton and willful disregard," as Denise Lavoie reports for the Associated Press on Wednesday.

The Killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown

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A grand jury last month declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of young Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. This past Wednesday, a grand jury in another case (this time in NYC) declined to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who applied a chokehold on Eric Garner. Garner later died.

Woman Acquitted of Negligent Homicide Charge in Connection to Defective G.M. Ignition Switch

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We have yet another story involving G.M., which creates an image of a house of cards, a house that could eventually crumble given all the legal trouble piling on the automaker.  

In the latest news involving the defective G.M. ignition switch, Jeff Glor with CBS News reports that a woman, charged with criminal negligent homicide after she crashed her Saturn Ion and her fiancé died (in 2004), this week was acquitted of the crime after G.M. representatives provided a letter to the judge.

This letter indicated that Candice Anderson's Saturn Ion was defective - which put 10 years of "emotional guilt" to rest. "The emotional guilt - all these years," Anderson said, as Glor quotes. "You know, it's been a question if I was at fault for his death, and I've carried it for so long."

Auto Industry Continues to Face Tough Road Over Product Defects

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"I find it troubling," Sen. Claire McCaskill said, "but more importantly I am sad that I am not surprised, that we find ourselves examining another example of manufacturers' failure to fulfill safety obligations that could have saved lives."

The Future of Security on Campus and Elsewhere: Robot Security Guards

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As we've written on our page about premises liability cases (where someone is injured on someone else's property), the difference between a safe environment and a dangerous one can be small but important.

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