Archives for August 2008

‘Mini-Me,’ Miley, and Privacy Rights

FOX News Channel tackles the "Mini-Me" lawsuit When people decide to videotape or photograph their intimate, “private” moments, what happens if those tapes or images are published, distributed or made public without permission? What if they are stolen by a third party and make their way onto the Internet? Has that person’s legal right to privacy … [Read more...]

Greenville News: Work-Related Fatalities Increase in S.C. by 20%

Work-related deaths and injuries are on the rise Sadly, the Greenville News reports that, while work-related deaths decreased nationwide, South Carolina saw a 20% increase in on the job fatalities. From the Greenville News: The state recorded 114 fatalities last year, up from 95 the year before. Of the total, 45 were transportation-related, 25 … [Read more...]

Lawsuits Keep Drug Companies from Putting Profit over People

The case of Wyeth v. Levine, now on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, has recently become the front line in the ongoing battle between drug companies and consumers who were wronged by unsafe products that were rapidly released without proper testing in order to turn a quick buck. The Associated Press reports: Diana Levine, a Vermont guitarist, … [Read more...]

Orangeburg T&D: Trial lawyers are key players in justice system

South Carolina Association for Justice The Orangeburg (S.C.) Times and Democrat has published a story about the South Carolina Association for Justice's new name. The T&D editorial focuses on the importance of what used to be known as the SC Trial Lawyers Association and its continued role in preserving justice and individual rights. From the … [Read more...]

Workers’ Comp Case Could Be Tough Fight

A Supreme Court lawsuit could increase the adversarial relationship between the Workers' Compensation Commission, the Governor and the legislature. For the past year, there has been a legal battle between Gov. Mark Sanford and the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission. The lawsuit centers around the governor's mandate for using American … [Read more...]

Trial lawyers get new name, new faces

South Carolina Association for Justice You may not have heard, but the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association announced at the annual convention in Hilton Head over the weekend that they have a new name. Now called the South Carolina Association for Justice, the name change is intended to reflect a new, broader mission and better represent the … [Read more...]

Mourning 3 South Carolinians Killed in Mississippi Bus Wreck

As many of you have heard by now, our state suffered a great tragedy over the weekend when three South Carolinians lost their lives after their tour bus overturned in rural Mississippi. The wreck occurred shortly after 10 a.m. local time near the town of Tunica when the bus flipped over in the median. There were no … [Read more...]

Mary-Kate Olsen: Why She Was Smart to Ask for Immunity

The federal grand jury system can be a minefield, even for those who perceive themselves as innocent of wrongdoing. The powers given to a prosecutor under the grand jury system allow him or her to interrogate the witness on any subject without an attorney present and to demand records and documents that may be unrelated to the specific subject … [Read more...]

Erin Brockovich to Address 1000 Attendees at SCTLA Convention

From the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association: COLUMBIA, SC – The South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association today named award-winning Environmental Advocate Erin Brockovich the keynote speaker for its 2008 Convention at the Westin Resort in Hilton Head, SC from August 7-9. Mrs. Brockovich will address nearly 1000 of the organization’s members … [Read more...]

Alaska Sues Mainland Over Polar Bears

This is certainly one of the more "interesting" lawsuits I've seen in a while. The state of Alaska is suing the U.S. for listing the polar bear as a threatened species. The state argues the listing will hurt Alaskan oil and gas exploration, fisheries and tourism. The US Fisheries and Wildlife Service declared the polar bear threatened in May, … [Read more...]

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