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Sweeney Law FirmIt's Time for Forced Arbitration to Come to an EndMay 5, 2009David Lazarus - LA Times May 3, 2009 If you have a credit card, a cellphone or even just a job, chances are you've already signed away your right to sue if something goes wrong. Mandatory arbitration clauses have become a routine part of the fine print in most financial,...Sweeney Law FirmTort Reform Videos - Coming to a Theatre Soon!April 29, 2009By: Ashby Jones - Wall Street Journal  And now for a little curmudgeonly rant: We don’t like movie trailers. Never have. We don’t like that they hold you captive before the movie starts, often give away far too much of a movie’s plot, and we really don’t like that these...Sweeney Law FirmU.S. Grapples With Solutions to Preventable Medical ErrorsApril 2, 2009  Janet Brooks, Canadien Medical Association Journal   After years of warnings from former United States president George Bush that frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits were driving doctors out of practice and inflating the cost of US health care, the weight of evidence now points to preventable errors ”” not misguided...Sweeney Law FirmNew York Times Examines the ""Independent"" Medical Examination ProcessApril 2, 2009Exams of Injured Workers Fuel Mutual Mistrust By N. R. KLEINFIELD, New York Times Dr. Hershel Samuels, an orthopedic surgeon, put his hand on the worker’s back. “Mild spasm bilaterally,” he said softly. He pressed his fingers gingerly against the side of the man’s neck. “The left cervical is tender,”...Sweeney Law FirmSenators Grassley & Kohl Reintroduce Nursing Home Tranparency ActMarch 20, 2009  WASHINGTON - Today Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Herb Kohl (D-WI) reintroduced the Nursing Home Transparency and Improvement Act, a bill that would give consumers more information about individual nursing homes and their track record of care, give the government better tools for enforcing high quality standards, and encourage...Sweeney Law FirmFairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2009 Introduced by Senator MartinezMarch 9, 2009Washington, DC””The most vulnerable Americans and their families will no longer be forced to give up their legal rights and sign one-sided mandatory binding arbitration clauses under new legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate.  The bipartisan Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act of 2009, introduced by Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL)...Sweeney Law FirmA Victory in the Fight Against Federal PreemptionMarch 5, 2009MARCH 4, 2009 By MARK H. ANDERSON and BRENT KENDALL WASHINGTON -- In a loss for the pharmaceutical industry, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Wednesday that a Vermont woman can sue Wyeth for injuries she suffered after taking one of the drug maker's medicines. Justice John Paul Stevens, in the...Sweeney Law FirmThe Bush Administration's Final Gift to the Nursing Home IndustryFebruary 25, 2009By Cindy Skrzycki, Bloomberg February 24, 2009 The Bush administration shut off a source of information last fall about abuse and neglect in long- term care facilities that people suing nursing homes consider crucial to their cases. The change that affects the $144 billion nursing-home industry occurred with no public...Sweeney Law FirmOld Age Ain't For SissiesFebruary 13, 20092/7/2009 By Ken Connor, Center for a Just Society ""Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the LORD."" -Leviticus 19:32 NIV Old age ain't for sissies””especially if you happen to be living in one of America's 15,000 nursing homes...Sweeney Law FirmIndiana's Nursing Homes Rank Among the 10 Worst in the United StatesJanuary 6, 2009Indiana nursing homes rated among worst By Heather Gillers, Indianapolis Star   A staffing shortage is driving down the quality of care at Indiana nursing homes, putting the state among the 10 worst in the nation, according to an analysis of recent data released by the Centers for Medicare &...