Today’s Stories

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  • Study Finds Trend Toward Jury Trials Yielding Larger Patent Verdicts. I read this title with interest until I realized it said “patent” not “patient”. Little different.
  • The Drug and Device Law Blog suggests that campaign contributions might sway a Pennsylvania intermediate appeals court. Thankfully, the authors’ law firm, Dechert, does not practice in Pennsylvania. Wait! What?
  • Overlawyered puts up links every day. At this time, I would like to formally accuse Walter Olson of having an intern or something.
  • There is a judge in Kansas who was appointed by JFK who is 103 years-old. That is just plain impressive. Above the Law is reporting older judges as a problem. But I’m too busy being impressed. 103.
  • Plaintiff’s lawyers release a salacious videotaped deposition from an alleged whistleblower in a hospital wound care lawsuit. I’d be more impressed with actual evidence of negligence. If I had a quarter for every disgruntled employee who claims to have warned of the impending doom…I’d rather focus on evidence of the impending doom, not the person who said I saw it coming for years. Florida found flaws in the hospital’s wound-care program so there may well be evidence. But this ex-employee’s testimony is not it (at least based on this story).

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data from 2000 to 2009 found that nearly 80 people a year are killed in alcohol-related crashes on New Year’s Day. Seriously, take the next 347 days and plan a neighborhood only New Year’s Eve party.
  • Eric Turkewitz does not like Avvo’s lawyer rating system, arguing that it is a rating system for self-promoting lawyers. Please don’t tell Eric I have a perfect score on Avvo. I agree with Eric that all of these awards/recognitions are a little silly and are not exactly based on who really is a good lawyer. But, honestly, it is all kinda nonsense, all the way up to the Nobel Peace Prize. So I’m not ashamed to play along with Avvo, particularly because I’m sure potential clients and referring lawyers see it. Avvo also ranks traffic on lawyer related blogs which has Eric’s blog ranked 4 place ahead of the Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog. This ranking to me is the same: very cool but ultimately meaningless.
  • Connecticut gets its malpractice database for the public back in order.
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