F.B.I. Investigating Purported Failure to Test More than 200,000 Used Football Helmets At a Time When More College Players are Sustaining Concussions

The F.B.I. is investigating how it was that more than 200,000 amateur football players in the United States wore used helmets this fall that were returned to the field without proper testing.

The investigation concerns the purported failure of Circle System Inc., of Easton, Pa., in an apparent effort to save on labor and insurance costs, to perform a formal drop-testing procedure in which helmets are subjected to strong forces in different locations on about 2 percent of the helmets they handle as part of a safety protocol mandated by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (Nocsae).… Read the rest

Latest Brain Scan Technology May Help Increase Recovery for Conscious Pain and Suffering of “Vegetative” People

Brain scans using the most recent technologies are challenging the decade-old doctors’ assumption that patients who have been diagnosed as vegetative lack any capacity for conscious thought. Most of these patients are previously healthy people who suffered a traumatic brain injury such as in a car accident, or oxygen deprivation after a heart attack or stroke or perhaps even due to medical malpractice. Although most brain scans show what is wrong with someone’s brain, sophisticated brain scans are showing what parts of the brain are working, with surprising results.

What is lacking in these patients is not necessarily … Read the rest

Con Ed Seeks Pretrial Coordination of Actions Arising Out of July 18, 2007 Steam Pipe Explosion

Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and Consolidated Edson, Inc. have filed an application in New York State Supreme Court, New York County, requesting that the Justices of the Litigation Coordinating Panel accept this matter for the scheduling and completion of pre-trial matters in New York County regarding all lawsuits thus far filed and those to be filed regarding the steam pipe explosion of July 18, 2007.

As part of its motion Con Ed is requesting that the court issue an interim stay of all such actions. According to Con Ed, sixteen (16) cases have been filed to recover … Read the rest

FDA Warns Off-Label Prescription of Painkiller Fentora Can Cause Death and Life-Threatening Side Effects

The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning today about the risk of potentially fatal overdoses with Fentora, a narcotic painkiller manufactured by Cephalon. The action comes less than two weeks after the company sent a letter to doctors notifying them of three drug-related deaths.

The FDA has received reports of death and life-threatening side effects in patients who have taken Fentora. The reported deaths were the result of improper selection of patients, dosing, or improper product substitution, according to the FDA. One of the deaths was a suicide.

Last October, the FDA approved Fentora for use in cancer patients … Read the rest

Levine & Slavit Launches Radio Campaign

Following its successful television advertising campaign on New York Mets and Yankees games, Levine & Slavit has begun an advertising campaign on New York City based all-news radio station 1010 WINS.

Set to begin on August 27, 2007, the ad reads: “Many people are not prepared and dont know how to proceed when injured in an accident. The law firm of Levine & Slavit has been representing accident victims for 50 years, located in Manhattan with an additional office on Long Island. We handle cases in New York City and surrounding counties. If you have been injured through the negligence … Read the rest

Mayor Bloomberg Serves Jury Duty

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg reported for jury duty at the New York State Supreme Court, New York County,on August 6th, 2007. He was called for voir dire along with others into a courtroom where attorneys were set to begin picking a jury for a wrongful death lawsuit brought by a woman whose husband had died after years of operating a printing press that attorneys said contained asbestos in its brakes. The Mayor was not selected for that case.

Mayor Bloomberg returned to the Manhattan courthouse the following day where he was considered as a juror in a personal Read the rest

Tragic Drowning of 3-year old Spurs Legislation to Require Alarms on All Pools

Every year, about 260 children under the age of five die from drowning in swimming pools. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under 14, with motor vehicle accidents being the first. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that most children who drown are found after about 10 minutes of being submerged. Children usually lose consciousness after being under water for only two minutes and irreversible damage to the brain often occurs after approximately four to six minutes of being under water. There are currently no national laws governing the safety of pools.

In December of … Read the rest