Health Law

2177 ABA Journal Health Law articles.

New Legal Frontier: Defining the Rights of Frozen Human Embryos

Thanks to today’s reproductive technology, the interrelated questions of when life begins and who has the right to make decisions about someone else’s body and children are becoming increasingly complex.

Justices Blame FTC for Misleading Consumers about Light Cigarettes

During oral arguments today, two U.S. Supreme Court justices blamed the Federal Trade Commission for misleading consumers about the dangers of light cigarettes. The arguments did not bode well for…

Solicitor General Had Winning Supreme Court Term

Solicitor General Paul Clement was on the winning side in 20 out of 25 Supreme Court cases in which the Justice Department filed an amicus brief last term.

In business…

Wash. High Court Allows Brain Harvesting Claim to Move Forward

The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday revived a suit brought by a mother who objected to the removal of her deceased son’s brain for medical research.

Nancy Adams’ son Jesse…

Police Taser Naked New York City Man, Who Falls and Dies

Add another individual to the death toll related to Taser use: Several New York police officers are facing potential disciplinary action after reportedly stunning a naked and incoherent man who…

Divorce Drama: Kirkland Partner Sues Wife re Alleged Affair & STD

Private equity partner Frederick Tanne of Kirkland & Ellis was already expecting a difficult year because of the market slowdown.

But now it’s clearly gotten…

Tort Suits Claim Chinese Chairs are Toxic

Sitting in an armchair or lying on a sofa isn’t ordinarily considered a hazardous activity. But for well over 1,000 people in several European countries, it allegedly was.

After the…

Jurors Read Newspaper in Jury Room; Judge Voids Verdict

Jurors in a medical malpractice case against a prominent Washington state physician accused of abusing his minor patients weren’t told at trial about an important issue concerning the plaintiffs’ damages.…

Sunglasses Issue Obscures Case Outcome

A New Jersey judge’s insistence that a respondent should remove his sunglasses in her courtroom has put the outcome of his civil commitment hearing in doubt. Her focus on his…

Arnstein Plans Major Growth in Florida

In the news last month for its plan to eliminate its summer program, Arnstein & Lehr is now reportedly planning a major expansion in Florida.

The Chicago-based law firm, which…

Banner Year for Labor Law Expected in 2009

Regardless of who wins the November presidential election, it is expected to result in a lot of work for employment lawyers.

Experts predict an “onslaught of legislation” related to employment…

Sudden Deaths in Police Custody May Be Biological, Study Says

A study by Spanish researchers of sudden deaths of young men who died soon after being arrested says a biological fear factor may be at least part of the answer…

Visiting Cousin in Psych Ward Gets N.Y. Lawyer Suspended for 5 Years

A former chief counsel for the New York fire department’s bureau of legal affairs has been suspended from practice for five years.

His offense against legal ethics was visiting a…

Calif. Supreme Court Rules for Gay Couple Denied Fertility Treatments

The California Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s anti-discrimination law bars two physicians from refusing to provide artificial insemination to a lesbian couple because of their sexual orientation.

“The…

Murder Tragedy Shines Spotlight on Advocacy Program for Mentally Ill

William Bruce was able to gain release from a mental hospital with the help of patient advocates funded by the federal government, despite his doctor’s recommendations that he remain at…

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