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A Tort Law Museum? Now We're Talking

"A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity." - Ralph Nader, activist, author, attorney


One of Ralph Nader's long-held ambitions has come true: the American Museum of Tort Law, located in Winsted, Connecticut, is a real thing now. According to its website, the museum's vision is to increase citizen understanding of tort law and its role in protecting personal freedom, health and safety through the civil justice system.

As law professor John Culhane writes for Politico Magazine (Ralph Nader's Strange New Museum), there are those who might imagine a "pedantic slog through the history of tort law" - in short, a rather unexciting museum experience - but the reality is anything but.

Like Bryan Stow, Another Dodger Stadium Fight Leaves Fan Critically Injured

fan-fight.jpgEerily similar to the assault that Bryan Stow sustained on the evening of the 2011 Dodgers Opening Day game, this past Friday night October 9, 2015, yet another opposing team's fan was brutally beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium. Witnesses said the ordeal began in the Dodger parking lot at around 10:30 PM. One man, identified as a Mets fan, was punched in the head so hard by a Dodgers fan, he fell, hit the ground and began bleeding profusely -almost in identical fashion and Bryan Stow. According to witness Maria Cerecer, it was other Dodgers fans who were first to the injured man's aid, "[T]here was a gentleman on the floor and [he] was bleeding profusely from the head. We got free rally towels that night, so they were holding the rally towels to his head." Like Bryan, the victim is now in critical but stable condition at an USC County Hospital.

Poison Pods: Lock Them Up


If you have young children, be sure to keep both your dishwasher pods and your laundry detergent pods safely locked away. Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich recently cautioned via Facebook that roughly one child per hour suffers poisoning from eating laundry detergent pods (Erin's information comes from a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics).

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The Balcony Collapse in Berkeley Was Preventable


In the weeks following the Berkeley balcony collapse, Aoife Beary was released from the high dependency unit and began intensive rehab six days per week, according to Irish Central staff writers, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Make no mistake: The fact that Ms. Beary will survive is great news. But there's also a question as to the extent of her injuries. A quick glance at the Irish Central article, and you might rush to the false conclusion that because Ms. Beary was released that she's well on her way to recovery.

Eric's Law: Ending Celebrities' and Performers' Backstage Pass for Weapons Checks

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Last year, a concert promoter named Eric Johnson was shot five times - police still have not located the suspect - while backstage at a Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy concert. It is thought that a member of Young Jeezy's entourage was the shooter.

Eric's Law would put an end to this sort of thing.

Eric's Law would make it so celebrities and performers, their security personnel, and their entourage, would all undergo weapons checks. "No one should be exempt from that," Eric's cousin said in a KRON 4 News segment.

Ferrari Is Latest Automaker to Recall Cars over Defective Takata Airbags


The Takata airbag problem caused "the biggest recall in US history," according to Business Insider, with seemingly every major brand forced to recall vehicles (look to the bottom of this post to see the list). All told, a staggering 30 million vehicles have been recalled.

The problem is one of shrapnel.

Berkeley Balcony Collapse: News Round-up for July 20, 2015

"It's hard to imagine the pain inflicted on these wonderful young students and the massive grief to moms and dads, brothers and sisters, and friends. The pain is even worse when you realize that this was totally preventable. This company has had to pay out millions of dollars for bad balconies causing harm to innocent people. One would think that any company with integrity, once they knew of a problem, would immediately do something about it. If it weren't fixing the balconies, then at least making them inaccessible. Our law firm, Girardi & Keese, is continuing to investigate every possible aspect of this terrible tragedy and we will continue to update the public."

- Attorney Tom Girardi

Number of People on the Balcony Not an Issue

Councilman Jesse Arreguin called the balcony collapse "one of the worst tragedies in Berkeley history." Arreguin said, "We have learned there are clear deficiencies in our existing building code." Of particular note, the Council went on to report that the number of people on the balcony was not an issue. Irish News: Berkeley council passes strict new building rules following balcony collapse tragedy (July 15, 2015)

Visit our updates page for more information on the June 2015 balcony collapse in Berkeley.

Poor Label Design May Put Surgical Patients at Risk, Study Finds


When you undergo surgery, you put your trust in the anesthesiologist (or nurse anesthetist) to ensure that you do not feel any pain during the operation. Because this is a very technical area of medicine and requires several years of training, you may believe that if an error occurs, it wouldn't be an obvious one. Unfortunately, a recent study suggests, this is not always the case. The study found something as simple as the design of IV labels can greatly increase the risk of an anesthesia error.

The Autism Spectrum: Justice Remains Blind


If you work in Human Resources - or you've ever been in a leadership role where part of your job duties include hiring and firing - then you know how tricky navigating the world of employment law can be. Myriad issues go into hiring practices (and employment in general). Do it wrong, handle problems poorly, or simply face a situation that goes south, and you can find yourself facing a lawsuit.

We know, because we often fight for justice in the workplace, for people who suffer retaliation, discrimination and harassment.

Though he doesn't explicitly say so, that's partly why 50,000 people with autism need jobs this year, as Jeff Chu writes for Inc. Magazine. Hiring is always a risk, even those who appear to be perfectly "normal," as one would have it. Chu argues that a growing number of adults on the autism spectrum want jobs but can't get them, likely because traditional employers view people with autism as "disabled" to one degree or another, and don't want to take on the risk of hiring them.

Are We Ready For the World of Self-Driving Cars?


Image: Google

Five short years. That's the prediction Alex Davies reports about Google's self-driving car. In his Wired article, Davies says that Google plans to eliminate human driving in five years - no small feat, he admits, but one that suits the tech giant's ambition and penchant for embarking on daring projects that don't necessarily resemble Google's core search business. (For years, Google has sponsored the Lunar X Prize, as one example, in a privately funded effort to send a robotic spacecraft to the moon.)


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