• Manufacturer Hit with $5.5 Million Verdict in Vaginal Mesh Litigation

    If you have never heard of vaginal meshes, it is probably a good thing.  Vaginal meshes are medical devices designed to help women whose organs drop from position, a common problem after childbirth.  The mesh is designed to hoist the organ back into place (think of a hammock strung between two trees).  Unfortunately, unknown to the thousands of women who agreed to allow them to be implanted, the mesh can erode, can cause scarring and has even been alleged to have caused organ...
  • First Amendment Does NOT Protect Doggie Murals in Arlington, Virginia!

    As a dog owner, and an Arlington, Virginia resident, this one hits close to home.  A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's decision banning a doggie mural in Arlington County.  The mural must stay in the doghouse! Wag More Dogs, a local doggie day care center, commissioned a large mural on its building that faced a local dog park.  The sign depicted "happy cartoon dogs, bones, and paw prints" and included the name of the business.  (Admission: I have seen the mural and...
  • Hotel Price Gouging After the Derecho — Immoral, but Is It Illegal?

    The violent storms that ripped through D.C. last Friday cut off power for more than 2 million people.  Blame it on the derecho (I had never heard of it either!).  Now, I was willing to wait 24-48 hours for the power to be restored even in 100 plus degree weather. But as Day 3 approached, and our feisty Wheaten Terrier's wonderful demeanor turned progressively more sour, my patience wore thin.  It turned out that we would have to wait 5 days for the power to come back on.  After Day...
  • Can Your Health Insurer Force You To Pay Your Settlement Funds To It?

    Let's say you are injured as a result of medical malpractice and you settle with the hospital for $50,000; a compromise that partially compensates you for your medical losses, your lost wages and the mental pain and anguish you went through.  The medical bills that you incurred as a result of the hospital's mistake totaled $75,000 and were paid for by your health insurer.  You dutifully paid for your health insurance coverage via premiums for years. After you satisfactorily settle your...

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