Monthly Archives: June 2014

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Judge: Unvaccinated children have no right to attend school

Citing a 1905 Supreme Court decision, a Brooklyn Federal District Court judge ruled last week that unvaccinated children don’t have a right to attend school. Three families filed suit claiming compulsory vaccination violated their constitutional right to freedom of religion. According to NY State law, all children are required to be vaccinated  before attending school. Exemptions are allowed for religious and/or medical reasons. Although the families were granted Read More →

Texas economic miracle comes at the cost of worker safety

Texas Governor Rick Perry is always touting what he calls the economic Texas Miracle.  Business is booming and jobs are being created. The Fort Worth Star- Telegram reports the hot economy is the direct result of their zealous opposition to over regulation, greedy trial lawyers and profligate government spending.  And they aren’t lying. A third of the new jobs created in the United States since 2003 Read More →

Weekend Briefs

‘Dexter’ ad scares woman who falls, suffers injuries — now she’s suing A Bronx woman says she was scared half to death by a giant “shockvertisement” for the serial killer TV show “Dexter” — and her terror made her take a tumble at the Grand Central subway station.   NY Daily News City to pay more than $250,000 to Bronx man injured in dirt bike crash Read More →

Construction safety and the Scaffolding Law

We’ve been following the movement on construction industry attempts to gut the so-called Scaffolding Law.  The law which has been on the books since the late 1890s and is credited with insuring constructions workers are protected from falls that could severely injure or kill them. The law requires that workers be equipped with proper safety equipment when working on scaffolding or at great heights. Even Read More →

NY Senate passes law requiring “local cost data” when adjusting insurance claims

The New York Senate passed a bill, 60-0 which requires “an insurer and independent adjuster to adjust certain claims made under an insurance policy that provides coverage for loss of or damage to property using cost data appropriate for the region of this state where the loss or damage occurred. The bill was sponsored by Brooklyn Senator Marty Golden after adjusters from out-of-state brought in Read More →

“Williamsburg Effect” having major influence on Brooklyn court cases?

The increasing gentrification of Brooklyn neighborhoods is transforming court cases in Kings County.  The influx of rich, white people has changed the economic and racial make up of juries. The percentage of white people in Brooklyn grew from 41 percent to 50 percent between 2000 and 2012 This is good news for prosecutors and bad news for plaintiffs in civil cases. The NY Post quotes criminal Read More →

Summer heat a danger for construction workers

Summer heat can be a danger or those who work outside in the summer,especially construction workers. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) statistics, in 2012, there were 2012, there were 31 heat-related worker deaths and 4,120 illnesses nationwide. In a effort to raise awareness of this danger,  OSHA has created the Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers.   Download a full sized poster Read More →

You say Granada, they say Grenada, lets sue in Superior Court

A U.S. District Court judge ruled that a couple can sue British Airways in any court they wanted because the airline sent the couple to the Caribbean island of Granada, instead of  Grenada in Spain. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote that “This case proves the truth of Mark Twain’s aphorism that “[t]he difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference Read More →

Judge brawls with pubic defender in Florida

Most judges would simply hold an attorney in contempt, but Brevard County, Florida  Judge, John Murphy took it up a notch after arguing  in his courtroom with public defender, Andrew Weinstock. He challenged Weinstock to step outside  and mix it up. The fight started after a testy exchange in which Weinstock thought Murphy was trying to get him to waive his clients’ right to a speedy trial. Read More →