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“KrebsOnSecurity Honored for Fraud Reporting”

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One person can make a difference. Brian Krebs has been reporting on cyber fraud for several years, most recently on his always informative and interesting blog on web site security fiascos, among other cyber issues. The blog is Krebs on Security.  Now he’s in prestigious company for his work in exposing fraud. Give the blog a… Continue Reading

Another Cyberheist Law Suit

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An August 13, 2014 post at Krebs on Security provides news – and some legal analysis  from a lawyer – on more cyberheist litigation. Cyber crooks are good for the litigation industry. And, over time, hopefully cybercrime will lead to increased investment in humans, machines and software to actually achieve “secure web sites.”… Continue Reading

The Modern Oxymoron: “Secure Web Site” – Liability to Follow

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“Over a billion email accounts stolen.” The phrase sounds somewhat like the old McDonald’s ads about the number of burgers sold. For now, though, the cyber crooks are not advertising their numbers. Other sources (such as Krebs on Security), however, are revealing the numbers, and they are staggering. They also reveal a modern oxymoron: “Secure… Continue Reading

Class Action Litigation In Europe in the Age of Social Media – The Facebook Example of 11,000 People Expressing a Desire to Join – A Lesson for Class Actions and Mass Tort Bankruptcies

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11,000 persons are said to be seeking to join a class action against Facebook, in Europe. See here. This outcome, if true, provides a concrete example that highlights the risks and due process farces inherent in current handling and distribution of notices and other information (including claim submissions)  related to class actions, and the de facto… Continue Reading

An Excellent Step on the Journey Towards Less Barbaric Bone Marrow Transplants

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Even after much progress since 1968, a bone marrow transplant remains a barbaric procedure in which the immune system is more or less destroyed using chemo and radiation (“conditioning” is the polite term for the barrage of chemo and/or radiation).  The immune system is then rebuilt with transplanted stems cells. Now, it appears some clever… Continue Reading

Chapter 11 Release and Order Did Not Protect Corporate Directors Against Tort and Contribution Claims Arising from Tank Explosions

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Another court has imposed limits on the scope of releases and a chapter 11 order purporting to broadly cover future claims. The new ruling arises after a major explosion of 21 tanks at a fueling facility in Puerto Rico. The explosion resulted in many injuries, and the company filing a chapter 11 petition. The story… Continue Reading

MARF and Dr. Lee Krug Provide a Summary of Mesothelioma Treatment Papers from ASCO 2014

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Today, through the leadership of Mary Hesdorffer and others, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation is about mesothelioma science, and not about recruiting mesothelioma plaintiffs. To that end, a July 7, 2014 post from its blog provides Dr. Lee Krug’s  basic summary of mesothelioma treatment papers from ASCO. Dr. Krug is with Memorial Sloan-Kettering, one of… Continue Reading

Asbestos Worker’s Comp Bar Further Lowered in Illinois by New 1st District Appellate Court Opinion in Folta

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A new opinion came out last Friday from the 1st District appellate court in Chicago, and further lowers the  worker’s comp bar in Illinois for at least asbestos latent disease cases. The Folta opinion holds that a former employee can file a common law claim against his employer when his workers comp claim is barred… Continue Reading

Asbestos Lung Cancer Claiming – A Focus for ACI’s Chicago Asbestos Conference

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ACI’s asbestos litigation conference series includes a Chicago meeting that starts today.  The wide agenda of the conference includes a session on a subject of great concern to most insurers and defendants: lung cancer claiming.  The full agenda and registration are available online. The panel sessions include a plaintiff’s expert, Dr. Tom Hyers from St. Louis… Continue Reading

Science, Scientists and Disclosure

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In a June 17, 2014 blog post, Nathan Schactman rightly calls out a group of plaintiff friendly experts for failure to make full disclosure in an amicus brief in a silica case. As described in the post, the amicus brief used very narrow disclosures  that failed to reveal that the scientists have testified for plaintiffs… Continue Reading