Civil rights lawyer Daniel Sheehan wasn’t even listed as a speaker for a water-rights program at the ABA Annual Meeting on Sunday, but he managed to get a round of applause when he called for removal of President Donald Trump and the election of a progressive president.Filling in for a water-rights panelist who was unable to be there, Sheehan raised another environmental issue—climate change—and alleged that the Trump administration has been “captured by the petroleum industry” and was “sticking its thumb in the eye of the entire world.” He spoke at a program (PDF) called “From Standing Rock to Flint: Water Rights, Race and Resistance.”Trump had been an investor in the Dakota Access Pipeline (he sold his stake in the company overseeing construction, according to CNBC), yet he went on to order the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to grant the easement for the project, according to Sheehan, who is chief counsel for the Lakota … [Read more...] about Flint and pipeline cases become ‘harbingers of conflict in the future’ of water
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A Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Martin Makary, M.D., M.P.H., has published his research into various categories of treatment of patients in hospitals. These categories ranged from more simplistic “bad doctors” to “more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.”Dr. Makary explained that “when a plane crashes, we don’t say this is confidential proprietary information the airline company owns… we consider it part of public safety. Hospitals should be held to the same standards.” The study and research was done to illuminate problems which are normally swept under the rug by hospitals and healthcare facilities. Often, these facilities will go out of their way to avoid discussing any issues or risks, and frankly bend over backwards to keep such information confidential, arguing it is “privileged.”The analysis led by Dr. Makary … [Read more...] about Medical Errors are Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.
You may not be aware, but medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., only surpassed by heart disease and cancer. Recently, the Huffington Post published an article which outlined some general steps that you can take to prevent becoming a victim of medical malpractice. Some of these recommendations include:Be your own advocate. No one knows you better than you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and request explanations. You have a right to know what medical professionals are doing, or proposing to do, to your body, and why.Have someone you trust with you to be your second set of eyes and ears when you have a conversation with your doctor. It can be difficult to absorb what a physician is telling you, particularly if you have just received some upsetting news. In addition, the other person may think of questions which you might have otherwise missed or forgotten. Having another person with you insures that both you and your doctor are on the same page.Do … [Read more...] about 6 Steps You Can Take in Effort to Prevent Becoming Victim of Malpractice
The Journal of Patient Safety discussed recent studies which have shown that preventable medical errors are responsible for between 200,000 and 400,000 patient deaths per year in U.S. hospitals. These errors include facility acquired infections, medication errors, omissions in treatment, communication errors between health care providers, nerve or vessel injuries, wrong operations, injuries to organs during surgical procedures, blood clots, diagnostic errors, and wound infections. The number of deaths caused by medical errors committed in a hospital, but which occur after a patient is discharged from a hospital, is equally large.The cost of deaths due to preventable medical errors is obviously staggering in terms of the emotional loss felt by the family members and loved ones of those who have needlessly died, but the financial loss is shocking as well. By some estimates, medical errors cost the United States between $15 and 19 billion per year in additional medical costs including … [Read more...] about Medical Errors in Hospitals are Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.
Washington, D.C., attorney Stewart A. Baker and Charles J. Dunlap Jr., a former deputy judge advocate general of the U.S. Air Force, debate whether the U.S. should learn the practicalities of winning a cyberwar—and then ask lawyers for their input—or, instead, set the legal ground rules before conducting cyberwarfare in Patriots Debate: Contemporary Issues in National Security Law. The book is sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security, which invited both writers to address the legal approach to cyberwar.STEWART BAKER’S POSITIONStewart A. BakerLawyers don’t win wars.But can they lose a war? We’re likely to find out, and soon. Lawyers across the government have raised so many showstopping legal questions about cyberwar that they’ve left our military unable to fight, or even plan for, a war in cyberspace.No one seriously denies that cyberwar is coming. Russia may have pioneered cyberattacks in its … [Read more...] about What Is the Role of Lawyers in Cyberwarfare?
Associate Justice Robert H. Jackson was cussing mad when he wrote a letter to Secretary of the Army Kenneth Royall on Oct. 21, 1948. And it had nothing to do with the business of the Supreme Court. In two single-spaced pages, Jackson was detailing why the Army should OK the U.S. release of a documentary film it had made about the first Nuremberg trial, where Jackson had served as lead prosecutor. He had learned that the government denied the New York City Bar Association’s request to show the film.Jackson described to Royall a profanity-laden letter he’d already sent to the city bar’s president, Harrison Tweed, decrying what he saw as a bone-headed decision. He said Tweed had asked whether the letter could be read to the group—minus the profanity.“I told him he could read it if he would not cut out the profanity,” Jackson wrote Royall, underlining his displeasure.The film, Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today, detailed the Nazi rise to power and the … [Read more...] about A Long-Forgotten Film on the Nuremberg Trials Helps Rekindle Interest in the Holocaust
Law professor Paul Campos has this to say to employers, doctors and others who say they worry about employees’ or patients’ weight because of rising health care costs and slipping life spans: baloney.There is no clear evidence that a person’s size is the primary factor for determining overall health or longevity, says Campos of the University of Colorado at Boulder. “It’s simply not true. Those are just ready-made rationalizations for discriminating against people whose size they find unappealing,” he says.Indeed, the federal government recently revised its previous position that obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States, dropping it to seventh overall. The government said a recent study found that carrying some extra weight, especially for those older than 60, can actually lower the risk of dying. Fighting for their Jobs Nevertheless, lawsuits alleging discrimination based on weight are increasing, lawyers and other experts … [Read more...] about A Matter of Some Weight
Mark Levy began his last day at Kilpatrick Stockton like he’d begun countless others.He pulled his Jaguar into the garage at the law firm two blocks from the White House just before 5:30 and took the elevator up to the 11th floor.Always an early riser, he enjoyed getting a jump on the news of the day and sharing it with friends and colleagues. His were often the first e-mails they received—a pitch to attend a Democratic fundraiser, a pat on the back for a well-written article, or his take on the latest from the U.S. Supreme Court.But this particular Thursday morning something was different. Levy had cleared his calendar, coyly dodging the reason when he canceled lunch the day before with a longtime friend.“He said something had come up, and that I’d be able to read about it in the papers,” the friend says.“I thought he’d gotten a big case. I was happy for him.”Levy, 59, was one of the most skilled appellate lawyers in the country. He was … [Read more...] about A Death in the Office
WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency is joining forces with its federal partners to raise awareness of the dangers of poisoning, especially to children, during National Poison Prevention Week, March 18-24. In just the past year, America’s 57 poison control centers fielded 4 million calls, treating 2.4 million human poison exposures and handling 1.6 million information calls.EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, Consumer Products Safety Commission, Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Association of Poison Control Centers are urging parents and caregivers to be vigilant and take steps now to prevent unnecessary exposures and poisonings throughout the year. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, EPA urges parents and caregivers to secure chemicals and pesticides in locked cabinets out of children's reach. According to recently published poison-center data, … [Read more...] about Poisoning is a Major Cause of Death from Injury in the U.S. / US Government raising awareness of accidental exposures during National Poison Prevention Week
As the U.S. ushers in a new president and a new administration, businesses across the globe are preparing for a number of anticipated changes, challenges and opportunities.We offer comprehensive perspectives regarding the potential impact of the U.S. presidential election on business interests in the following areas:General Election OverviewCorporateCybersecurityInsuranceIntellectual PropertyLabor and EmploymentLitigationSupreme CourtTradeGeneral Election OverviewThe 2016 elections produced a seismic quake that hit Washington, D.C. with the surprise election of Donald Trump as president and the near Republican sweep of contested U.S. Senate elections ushering in a new political order that could herald significant and sweeping policy changes. Not only were the results a surprise but the country has never seen such an unconventional candidate as Donald Trump in the White House.President Trump is neither a Republican nor Democrat in the traditional sense, making it difficult to predict … [Read more...] about U.S. Elections Implications for International Business