Medical Product Liability

Product liability claims against the Japan-based manufacturer of an allegedly defective colonoscope may continue, a federal court in Georgia ruled. The plaintiff claims the colonoscope permits infectious materials to be transferred from one patient to another and caused him to contract HIV, which he then passed to his wife.

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Teachers Sue Delta Over Jet Fuel Dump Above Schools

While watching their students on the playground at lunchtime Tuesday, several teachers from Park Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles felt drops after an airplane flew overhead. It took a few seconds for them and their students to register that the liquid was accompanied by an overwhelming odor of jet fuel.

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Child Abuse Reporting

The Montana Supreme Court reversed a $35 million award in a negligence case against Jehovah’s Witnesses, finding that they are exempt from mandatory child abuse reporting because “canon law, church doctrine, or established church practice required that the reports of abuse in this case be kept confidential.”

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Black Lives Matter Protest

The Fifth Circuit revived a police officer’s negligence claim against the organizer of a 2016 Black Lives Matter protest in Baton Rouge, finding that the organizer’s alleged conduct, including leading demonstrators onto the highway and provoking a violent confrontation with police, were the “but for” causes of the officer’s injuries. 

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