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Bill Falls Short on Protecting Patients

(11) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 5:59 PM

A study released last month found that one out of every three hospital patients encounter a medical error. Previously, the Institute of Medicine found that as many as 98,000 people die every year from preventable medical errors, the equivalent of two 737s crashing every day for a whole...

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Constitutional Conservatives and the 7th Amendment

(3) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 8:58 AM

Many members of the newly sworn in Congress campaigned proclaiming their enthusiasm for and commitment to our Constitution. This group is even reading the Constitution aloud today on the House floor, and voted yesterday to approve new House rules requiring that specific constitutional authority be cited to support every piece...

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Parents, Strong CPSC and Civil Justice System Needed to Protect Children from Dangerous Toys

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 11:23 AM

Penny Sweet bought a Magnetix set for her son's 10th birthday. The toy was made of building blocks and rods that connect together though small magnets. Some of the pieces broke, exposing the small magnets. It didn't take long for Penny's 22-month-old son Kenny to find and swallow the tiny...

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Supreme Court Could Give Corporations Blueprint to Cheat Consumers

(26) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 9:47 AM

Let's say a wireless company promises you a free phone. You go for it, but then get charged an undisclosed $30. Not free, right? That $30 might not drive you to court. But when you multiply that by the millions of other customers in your position, and consider that the...

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U.S. Chamber: Civil Justice Hypocrites

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 10:38 AM

In a speech delivered earlier this month, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue called litigation "one of our most powerful tools for making sure that federal agencies follow the law and are held accountable."

But replace the words "federal agencies" with "negligent corporations," and the...

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The Well Is Capped, But BP Saga Continues

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2010 | 2:14 PM

Under the administration of Kenneth Feinberg, BP's $20 billion Gulf Coast claims fund has been up and running for about a month. After a rocky start, there have been some promising developments with the fund, but significant questions remain unanswered and BP continues to point fingers to avoid accountability for...

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