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Protest and Crane Dismantling Latest Developments Highlight Critical Importance of NYC's Proposed Legislation To Increase Construction Site Safety

Posted On Jun 22, 2008 @ 06:19 PM by SEO Admin

Families of the firefighters who died in last summer's fire at the former Deutsche Bank building held a demonstration at the Manhattan site yesterday morning to call for construction site safety and reform throughout New York City. Meanwhile, a Kodiak crane owned by New York Crane at a Washington Street construction site is being dismantled after inspectors found two cracks in the turntable of the tower crane. Kodiak cranes owned by New York Crane were involved in fatal crane collapses that occurred on March 15, 2008, and May 30, 2008. These developments and others make all the more critical passage of the aggressive legislative agenda that will equip the Buildings Department with additional oversight

New York State Bar Association Creates Task Force To Study Proliferation Of Wrongful Convictions

Posted On Jun 19, 2008 @ 03:21 PM by SEO Admin

The new President of the New York State Bar Association Bernice Leber, noting that the number of criminal convictions overturned in New York State is undermining public confidence in the justice system, recently announced the creation of a Task Force on Wrongful Convictions. The task force will study the systemic, procedural and statutory causes that contribute to wrongful convictions and propose solutions to this growing problem, and will begin work immediately. The Task Force will conduct an analysis of cases in New York State that have led to wrongful convictions, hold a series of hearings to provide for input from communities around the state and study the system-wide rules, procedures and statutes that may contribute to wrongful convictions. Among the many issues under review will be current legal remedies available to the wrongfully convicted, including the adequacy of compensation. Following the hearings and fact-finding period that embody the public education

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June Through August is the Deadliest Time of Year for 15-Passenger Van Occupants

Posted On Jun 17, 2008 @ 08:10 AM by SEO Admin

New research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found June through August to be the deadliest time of year for 15-passenger van occupants, due to rollover crashes. Statistics show that 31 percent of fatal rollovers involving 15-passenger vans occur during the busy summer travel months. The NHTSA also emphasizes that conventional 12 to15-passenger vans cannot be used as school buses because they are not certified to carry students on a regular basis, and thus cannot be sold or leased as new vehicles to carry students on a regular basis. NHTSA data shows a significant increase in rollover risk when the van is fully loaded with drivers and passengers. In 2006, 50 percent of occupant fatalities that occurred were in vans that were fully loaded. Fifty-nine percent of those killed were unbelted. Other factors that

From Cranes to Window Washers to Trenches, Construction Accidents Roil New York City

Posted On Jun 15, 2008 @ 02:07 AM by SEO Admin

It seems that troubling news regarding the construction industry and construction accidents in New York City are heard on a daily basis. 15 people in construction-related accidents have been killed in the city so far this year, compared with 12 in all of 2007. After the second of two recent crane collapses within 12 weeks of each other during which period the city held its 4th annual Construction Safety Week, a window into the world of New York City Buildings Department crane inspections and inspectors has been opened. Nine people, all but one of them construction workers, died in the two crane collapses. CRANE: On June 6, 2008, James Delayo, the Buildings Department chief inspector for hoist and rigging in charge of overseeing the i

Medtronic Recalls Selected Heparin-Coated Products

Posted On Jun 12, 2008 @ 01:35 PM by SEO Admin

Medtronic, Inc., in what is termed a precautionary measure, has voluntary recalled selected products featuring its Carmeda BioActive surface, a coating applied to some devices used in heart bypass surgery and dialysis, because the coating includes contaminated heparin, a blood thinner that has been linked to 81 deaths. Affected products include blood oxygenators, reservoirs, pumps, cannulae, and tubing packs. This action was taken subsequent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's April 8, 2008 recommendation to device manufacturers that heparin supplies be checked with newly-developed tests, and that affected products be evaluated for possible field corrective action. Limited lots of Carmeda-coated products were manufactured with heparin found to have been contaminated with oversulfated chondroitin sulfate (OSCS). The patient risk associated with the pr

Court Victories Last Week for Fantasy Baseball and Mayor Bloomberg

Posted On Jun 9, 2008 @ 07:55 AM by SEO Admin

Last week, the United States Supreme Court declined to accept an appeal of an 8th Circuit decision that upheld a fantasy baseball companys right to use, without license, the names of, statistics and information about major league baseball players in connection with its fantasy baseball products. Fantasy sports are estimated to generate $500 million in revenue per year from more than 19 million participants, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association. The circuit court had held that CBC's first amendment rights in offering its fantasy baseball products supersede the players' rights of publicity. The Supreme Courts denial of the petition for writ of certiorari in Major League Baseball, et al. v. C.B.C. Distribution & Marketing effectively allows the circuit courts decision to stand. C.B.C. Distribution and Marketing, Inc., brought the action for a declaratory judgment against Major League Baseball Advanced Media, L.P., to establish its right to u

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Litigation Again Reveals What Big Pharma Wants Kept Secret

Posted On Jun 5, 2008 @ 02:06 PM by SEO Admin

Recent federal court filings in the Ortho Evra products liability litigation disclosed that Johnson & Johnson hid data from the FDA about their birth control patchs side effects and failed to address flaws in the manufacturing process which could increase the risk of serious and potentially fatal problems. The factual allegations were publicly released as part of the plaintiffs opposition to a motion by Johnson & Johnson to dismiss the claims of women injured by their birth control patch. The allegations include that Johnson & Johnson applied an apparently random correction factor of 60% to tests that measured the level of estrogen in the blood, which resulted in a false reporting of 60% less estrogen to the FDA. Without litigation, this information might never have been disclosed. Johnson & Johnsons determination to hide its knowledge of the dangerous properties of its product

Toughen the Federal Worker-Safety Law: Make It a Crime

Posted On Jun 2, 2008 @ 03:35 PM by SEO Admin

Although it is certainly too early to cast blame, if any, for this past Friday's fatal crane collapse on the East Side, with the Manhattan district attorneys office having opened a criminal investigation into the collapse, the death and injuries sustained in the accident is perhaps just the lastest example of why the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the primary federal worker-safety law in the United States, is in need of more powerful enforcement penalties. So cogently argues David M. Uhlmann, a law professor at the University of Michigan, in a recent New York Times op-ed article. About 6,000 workers are killed on the job each year, many in cases where the deaths could have been prevented if their employers followed the law. The Manhattan district attorneys criminal investigation is apparently focusing on whether a rotating apparatus, o

The Crane Brethren

Posted On May 31, 2008 @ 03:22 AM by SEO Admin

Yesterday our office received a call from a client involved in the March 15, 2008, collapse of a crane at a construction project on East 51st Street in Manhattan. The news that another crane had collapsed when the top of the crane on an East 91st Street construction site had snapped off, crashed into a building across the street and killed two construction workers had hit our client personally; he had received a telephone call from a crane operator that he knew from his work that identified the crane operator who died in the latest collapse as a friend of our client. Our client felt like he had lost a member of his family. The dead workers were identified at Donald Leo, 30, of Staten Island, and Ramadan Kurtaj, 27, of The Bronx. A third worker, Simeon Alexis, had his "chest slashed open" and remained hospitalized today. Investigators are focusi

Direct to Consumer Advertising of Cypher Stent Draws Heavy Criticism and Points to Need for Legislation

Posted On May 28, 2008 @ 07:40 AM by SEO Admin

For several years the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been reviewing a set of guidelines proposed in 2004 for advertising medical devices. Now, a television advertisement for a heart stent, metal mesh devices that are used to prop open arteries after they have been cleared of blockages, has been scrutinized and attacked in an op-ed article for failing to adequately warn consumers about the potential dangers of receiving a stent, including a ruptured coronary artery. The ad does warn of heart attack and stroke. The ad for the Cypher stent, made by the Cordis subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, was the first to market a stent directly to consumers on television and uses the tag line life wide open. Similar ad campaigns have promoted hip and knee implants, including one featuring the golfer Jack Nicklaus, who underwent a hip replacement in 1999 using a device made by Stryker. According to the article by cardiologists Dr. William E. Boden and Dr. George A. Di

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