Blog Posts in December, 2014

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  • Bill Would Make Texting While Driving a Primary Offense in Florida

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 24-Dec-2014

    It will be interesting to track the progress of the first bill that has been filed for the Florida House of Representatives to consider when it convenes in March. The bill, H.B. 1, is aimed at deterring texting while driving accidents in our state. In particular, the bill would make texting while driving a primary offense on our state's roads and double the fines for those who text while ...
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  • Study Finds Risperdal, Other Antipsychotics Raise Acute Kidney Injury Risk in Elderly

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 22-Dec-2014

    Researchers have found that the use of Risperdal and other atypical antipsychotic drugs on elderly patients may expose them to an increased risk of suffering acute kidney injury (AKI). As NPR reported earlier this month, the use of antipsychotic medications on elderly patients in nursing homes who are suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia is prevalent in the U.S., ...
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  • Panel Orders Consolidation of Xarelto Federal Court Lawsuits

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 15-Dec-2014

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has ordered the consolidation of all federal court lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. unit and Bayer Corp. by those claiming to have suffered injuries after taking the prescription blood thinner, Xarelto. In an order issued Friday, the JPML chose the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District ...
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  • Lawsuit Claims California Special Needs Student Was 'Caged' in Class

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 2-Dec-2014

    A news report about a lawsuit in California filed by a special needs student's mother identifies an effective strategy for guarding against the abuse and neglect of special needs students and for taking action if abuse is suspected. The woman alleges that her 7-year-old daughter, a Fresno Unified School District special education student, was locked in a makeshift cage by her first-grade ...
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