The Danger of Ag-Gag Laws
Contracts are important business instruments. When businesses (or the people that run them) have reached what is commonly known as a “meeting of the minds”, a written contract allows the parties to memorialize their agreements. While it is true that certain contracts do not need to be in writing, it is better practice to make sure that all of your “contractual” agreements are written down and acknowledged by all parties.
In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published a startling report revealing that 98,000 patients die in hospitals each year as a result of preventable medical errors. Even more startling – that number now appears to have been far too low. A new study published in the well-respected Journal of Patient Safety (Sept.
More than twenty-five years ago, on April 15, 1989, thousands of soccer fans set out to enjoy an afternoon football match (i.e. soccer) between the Liverpool and Nottingham Forest football clubs at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. A recent documentary airing on ESPN captures the chronology of the tragedy and its aftermath. Barely six minutes into the match it was stopped, and within hours ninety-six fans would be crushed to death, while more than seven hundred fifty fans were injured.
Here’s the last couple of minutes of last night’s “Smerconish” on CNN. It’s about as good a closing speech in support of our ultimate client — the civil justice system — as I can imagine.
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The Danger of Ag-Gag Laws
In 1974, the endocrinologist, Julianne L. Imperato-McGinley, heard about a large group of pseudo-hermaphrodites that were found living in a remote mountain village in the Dominican Republic. These pseudo-hermaphrodites had ambiguous genitalia with “labial-like scrotums” and “blind vaginal pouches,” and were thought to be girls at birth by the other villagers. Upon puberty, however, their clitorises enlarged to resemble small (micro) penises, their testes descended, muscles developed, and their voices grew deep. But, their sexual organs remained severely undeveloped.
A faulty ignition switch in thousands of GM cars has killed 13 people and injured countless others, ultimately prompting GM to recall more than 2 million of its vehicles. Astonishingly, GM knew about this defect for more than a decade. Instead of immediately recalling the vehicles or issuing a safety alert or taking any one of numerous steps it could have taken to prevent horrific deaths and injuries, GM engaged in another great corporate cover-up.
Across the country, more than 230 people have been convicted of crimes that they did not commit. After some or all of their sentences, often more than a decade in prison, they were exonerated through DNA or other forensic testing. Of those wrongful convictions, 75% were based in large part on misidentification by an eyewitness. The actual number of wrongful convictions is actually much larger, and very easily runs into the thousands, as the exonerations have come only in recent years with the availability of newer technology and forensic capabilities. In this article, Romano Law Group a