Health Law

2009 ABA Journal Health Law articles.

Doc: Vaccine Claims Risk Child Health

Litigation over some 4,800 autistic children allegedly injured as a result of being vaccinated could mean the end of much-needed programs to protect millions from potentially fatal diseases such as…

Attorney Tried Cases After TB Diagnosis

The attorney quarantined for tuberculosis tried cases for five months after his initial diagnosis.

Andrew Speaker, a personal injury lawyer, says didn’t know he had a particularly virulent form of…

‘Dr. Death’ Freed to Rejoin Suicide Fight

Jack Kevorkian, the so-called Dr. Death who reportedly helped an estimated 130 people, by his count, commit suicide, is to be freed from a Michigan prison today after serving eight…

Lawsuits for Quarantined TB Lawyer?

An Atlanta personal injury lawyer stricken with an unusually severe case of tuberculosis and quarantined in a Denver hospital could soon be involved in cutting-edge litigation.

Experts say Andrew Speaker,…

Quarantined TB Patient is Atlanta Lawyer

A 31-year-old lawyer from Atlanta is the “extensively drug-resistant” tuberculosis patient whose flight to Europe on commercial airlines, against medical advice, prompted the first federal quarantine order since 1963 last…

Med Mal Creates Unlikely Safety Teams

Stereotypically, those injured or killed by medical errors and their family members sue for redress. But some victims and their relatives are banding together in partnership with representatives of the…

A $2.6 Million Verdict in Accutane Suit

An Atlantic City jury warded an Alabama man $2.62 million yesterday in his lawsuit against the makers of acne drug Accutane.

The verdict against Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. of Nutley, N.J.,…

CDC Quarantine First Since ’63

The federal government has quarantined a man who flew on two trans-Atlantic flights with a drug-resistant form of tuberculosis.

The quarantine order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Insurer to Settle Cancellation Class Action

In an effort to settle a class-action lawsuit, Blue Cross of California has agreed it won’t cancel health coverage unless it can show deception by a policyholder.

Consumer groups had…

DOJ Targets Drug Marketing

A guilty plea by the company that makes OxyContin caps the latest of several federal prosecutions against companies for making misleading statements about pharmaceuticals.

Purdue Pharma agreed to pay $600…

OxyContin Maker Pleads Guilty

Purdue Pharma L.P. has pleaded guilty to misleading the public about the risk of addiction to the painkiller OxyContin.

Three current and former company executives have also entered pleas, according…

High Court: Irish Teen has Right to UK Abortion

An Irish court has ruled that a pregnant 17-year-old who is in the care of the government has the right to travel to England for a legal abortion, as some…

350-Plus Seroquel Suits May Be Pressure Tactic

Patients who took the anti-psychotic drug Seroquel filed more than 350 lawsuits last month in Delaware state courts.

The filings could be an effort to force drug maker AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals…

New Zealand Vets Ask Billions re Agent Orange

New Zealand veterans of the Vietnam War reportedly may sue their government for billions of dollars in compensation for injuries allegedly caused by use of the dioxin-containing defoliant Agent Orange.

Fudged Weight Weighed in Insurance Appeal

A case pending before a California appeals court contends Blue Shield of California suddenly canceled coverage for a policyholder, resulting in delayed surgery and lasting injury.

At issue is whether…

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