Archives for July 2015
By: TaKeena M. Thompson, Attorney
Last month, I had the opportunity to chat with some phenomenal business women at NAWBO’s (National Association of Women Business Owners) quarterly luncheon. I remember one conversation in particular where a business owner and I discussed the types of litigation matters I could handle for her small business. What we did NOT discuss, however, was how she, as a small business owner, could try to avoid litigation. Litigation can be a small business owner’s worst nightmare. It can tarnish the reputation of the business in the community. It is also costly and time-consuming. While all litigation cannot be avoided, businesses can employ good practices to mitigate the risk of being sued by their employees and clients. Below are some helpful tips and reminders for small businesses to reduce the chance of being sued.
By: Lynn A. Toops, Attorney
A bill was recently proposed in the House of Representatives targeted at class action lawsuits. The bill HR 1927 is titled the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act but a quick read of the document demonstrates otherwise.
What is a class action?
Class action lawsuits serve to protect consumers from scams, unfair practices, and events that could cause harm. Sometimes the costs to litigate an individual lawsuit may outweigh the damages done to an individual consumer. But when many people are harmed by the same circumstance, a class action lawsuit can help. Dozens or thousands of people who have suffered similar damages can band together into a single lawsuit to seek justice. Class action lawsuits are more cost-effective for the consumer and create a more efficient process in the courts.
A medical malpractice can occur when a doctor’s or hospital’s or other medical professional’s treatment provided to you falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes harm to you. The treatment can be an action taken by a doctor or can be something the doctor failed to do. In either case, that action or omission must have caused injury or death. If you find yourself or a loved one in this situation, it can be a very scary and stressful time. Whether you plan to file a lawsuit or not, here are some suggested actions you can take to protect yourself or your loved one during this difficult time.
The FDA announced an agreement with PatientsLikeMe, an online database where patients share healthcare information and experiences, to analyze data and provide new insights into drug safety. This agreement was created with the intent to provide better post-market surveillance of drugs and medical devices and increase patient safety outcomes. The FDA plans to analyze self-reported, real-world data stored in the database of more than 350,000 members with more than 2,500 conditions according to PatientsLikeMe.