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Troubled New York Hospitals Forgo Coverage for Malpractice

By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS Published: July 15, 2012 264 Comments Every hospital makes mistakes. But some New York City hospitals may not have enough money to pay for them. Several of the city’s most troubled hospitals are partially or completely uninsured for malpractice, state records show, forgoing what is considered a standard safeguard across the country. Some have saved money to cover their liabilities, but others have used up their malpractice reserves, meaning that any future awards or settlements could come at the expense of patients’ care, and one hospital has closed its obstetric practice, in part out of fear of lawsuits. Troubled New...

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Cook County Jury Finds in Favor of Federal Signal Corporation in Trial of Eight Firefighter Hearing Loss Claims

By Federal Signal CorporationOAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 22, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS), a leader in environmental, safety and transportation solutions, announced today that a Cook County, Illinois jury absolved the Company from any liability in lawsuits brought by eight Chicago firefighters and found that the Company's siren products were not defective. These firefighters claimed that they had developed hearing loss caused by exposure to sirens manufactured by the Company. After a two week trial, the jury deliberated for less than two hours in reaching a unanimous decision in favor of the Company. This...

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CN to pay Illinois family US$36M to settle lawsuits

The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) has agreed to pay an Illinois family more than US$36 million to settle two negligence lawsuits filed after a fiery 2009 derailment led to a woman's death. Zoila Tellez, 44, died after a train containing 7.6 million litres of ethanol derailed at a washout and caused a massive explosion in which flames engulfed their vehicle at a crossing. Her husband, Jose, and the couple's 19-year-old pregnant daughter, Adriana, escaped, but both were injured in the June 2009 incident. Adriana's daughter was born prematurely after the incident and died. Read more...

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Larry Beinhart: Class Warfare III — Losing Your Right to Fight Back

The courts are a way to make bad behavior -- injurious, even murderous, acts -- cost enough to make a corporation stop. Without lawsuits we wouldn't know that tobacco companies knew that cigarettes caused cancer even while they advertised them as healthy; that Firestone tires, combined with Ford SUVs, made them roll over; that the Catholic Church harbored and protected hundreds of pedophile priests; that Vioxx damaged people's hearts and killed them. Big business hates lawsuits. They hate being made accountable. They hate having to pay. So what can they do about it? They hire PR companies to spread stories -- frequently less...

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New York City Injury Lawyer News: DePuy Hip Implants Have High Failure Rate

11/11/2010 // New York, NY, US // New York City Accident Lawyer // New York City injury lawyer Jonathan C. Reiter New York, NY (New York City Injury Lawyer News) With approximately 400 complaints regarding the failure of a hip replacement implant reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over a span of more than two years, DePuy faces increased scrutiny and a slew of pending personal injury lawsuits. DePuy, a Johnson and Johnson company, recalled about 93,000 hip replacement implants in August, due to a 12 to 13 percent failure rate associated with the devices, according to information provided...

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Philly insurer: Chicago owner offers better deal, for $228M

"We didn't have to merge," but the sale of PMA Capital Corp., Blue Bell, to Chicago-based Old Republic International Corp. will be better for shareholders "than if we stood alone," PMA boss Vincent Donnelly told me this morning. Half of PMA's 1,300 workers are based in Blue Bell and other Pennsylvania offices, and Donnelly expects most will keep their jobs, including him and his management team. With $4 billion in yearly sales, Old Republic is about 10 times PMA's size. Donnelly expects his company will stay in business as an independent unit of Old Republic. Spun off...

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