Police Brutality Cases: Emerging Civil Litigation

Civil suits piling up, mass torts likely to follow The disproportionate rates at which police use excessive and deadly force against racial minorities in the U.S. is a matter of significant national concern. While the number of cases involving police misconduct continues to grow, plaintiffs’ attorneys are grappling with how to hold these civil servants accountable. The Supreme Court decisions of 1967 (Pierson v. Ray, 386 U.S. 547) and 1982 (Harlow v. Fitzgerald, 457 U.S. 800) established state

Allergan Finally Held Accountable for Breast Implant Cancer Cases

The company is Allergan, and they truly are a corporate giant. According to the company’s website, they sell their products in 175 countries, their products treat 60+ conditions, they have 220+ research partnerships, and they have manufacturing or R&D facilities in 14 countries. A pharmaceutical company based in Dublin, Ireland, Allergan “acquires, develops, manufactures, and markets brand name drugs and medical devices in the areas of medical aesthetics, eye care, central nervous system, and...

Diocese Files Bankruptcy to Avoid Paying Sex Abuse Settlements

New York’s Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre — the largest diocese in the U.S. — has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, seeking relief from a torrent of lawsuits filed after the state suspended the statute of limitations for suing over sexual abuse by priests. A Look at Look-Back Laws The Child Victims Act (known colloquially as a look-back law) of 2019 suspended the statute of limitations on child sex abuse claims in New York state for a one-year “look-back window,” allowing...

MSA Gala: Changing Lives, Building for the Future

The brainchild of Mike and Barbara Feigin, CEO and CFO of MainStreet America, the event was created to support the mission of the NRI: advancing research that will one day lead to better treatments and better lives for the hundreds of millions of individuals across the world living with neurological disorders. The Feigins epitomized the theme of the evening — Changing Lives, Building for the Future — when even Hurricane Harvey didn’t dampen their spirit. They remained determined and dedicated...

After Harvey: Putting History, Disasters into Context

Inspired by Houston’s recent experience of Hurricane Harvey, UH faculty combined forces to develop a new undergraduate course designed to encourage students to view Gulf Coast history from an interdisciplinary perspective and contextualize disasters such as the Galveston hurricane of 1900, Katrina in New Orleans, and Harvey in Houston, within the broader sociohistorical and political-economic landscape.
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