J&J to Pay $72 Million in Talcum Powder CaseJohnson and Johnson is a giant in the health products space. One of its products is Talcum powder which can be used by women for female hygiene. Talcum powder, according to Plaintiff's lawyers, causes cancer. Furthermore, J&J apparently knew or should have known about potential of the powder to cause cancer. According to the Associated Press, a 1997 internal memo from a company medical consultant said "anybody who denies” the risk of using hygienic talc and ovarian cancer is "denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary,”
USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN TRIALIn a recent Court of Appeals opinion, the court discussed the use of materials derived from social media accounts. As you probably read this, you may have two or more social media accounts open on your device. From Facebook to twitter to Instagram to apps, social media has become a central part of our lives. As a consequence, important facts or aspects may be derived from posts, images and other information such as GPS location can be found on these sites. It was only a matter of time before the highest court in Maryland had to address the issue. The court came up with three potential ways to establish the reliability of such information. The court had to explore the authentication of documents related to this genre, under Maryland Rule 5-901, which provides that the “requirement of authentication or identification as a condition precedent to admissibility is satisfied by evidence sufficient to support a finding that the matter in question is what its proponent claims.”
- Question the person who may have created and/or placed the content in the account in question.
- Get the social media company to verify the veracity of the content.
- Search the device such a computer, phone or tablet of the person who allegedly created the account in question.
12th Grader with Cerebral Palsy Makes a BasketA recent uplifting story from Canada profiles a 12th grader and his moment in the sun. The young man was the teams manager and in a recent game the coach asked him to suit. He did not expect much of it and was happy to ride the bench in his uniform. But soon things would change. In the fourth quarter, his number was called. An elated young man entered the game ready to maximize his first time every playing. He certainly made the most of it with a made basket. Onlookers shouted in admiration. Cerebral palsy is a set of neurological disorders that occur in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. Abnormalities in the areas of our brain that control muscle movements have being identified as the cause of this illness. Cerebral palsy at birth can be caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain or trauma to the head. Although it is not easily detectable at birth, most of the children with cerebral palsy are born with it. The most common symptoms are:
- lack of muscle coordination
- stiff or tight muscles
- walking with one foot or leg dragging;