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The Future of Automobiles, What Will Your Car Look Like in 10 Years?

Some of the hottest buzzwords in tech and automobiles right now are “autonomous” and “self-driving”. Most of us generally understand what a self-driving car is, but how will that impact what your car and the roads look like in the coming decades? The Cars If our cars drive themselves, do we need steering wheels? For now, yes. Currently the regulations of self-driving cars on public streets require that a driver be able to take control of the vehicle if need be and that, of course, requires a steering wheel and pedals. That doesn’t mean it will always be that way though. Google...

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Hot Coffee… how personal injury impacts your everyday life

Every once and a while a lawsuit will make national headlines. That was the case with Liebeck v. McDonald’s, more commonly known as the hot coffee lawsuit. In 1992 Liebeck was at a drive through McDonald’s and ordered a coffee. While pulling the cap off to add sugar, she accidentally spilled the cup of coffee all over her lap. Liebeck suffered second and third degree burns and was hospitalized for 10 days and then had two years of continuing medical care. Liebeck contended that the coffee was unreasonably hot (190 degrees) for anyone to safely consume and therefore constituted gross...

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Pharmaceutical price gouging: What happened to Mylan and the EpiPen scandal?

You may remember back in the fall when pharmaceutical giant Mylan came under fire for raising the price of a lifesaving product, the EpiPen. But where does US law stand on price gouging? And what ever happened to the scandal? To start off let’s recall what exactly happened with Mylan, a company that raked in $11 billion in 2016. The EpiPen is an auto-injector that contains a drug called epinephrine. Epinephrine is synthetic form of adrenalin in the human body and is used to counteract the effects of an allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. For 3.6 million users in the United States...

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What exactly is a “generic” prescription?

For the 70% of Americans who consistently use prescription medications, they may have faced the choice whether to purchase the name brand or generic drug. But what exactly is a generic drug? And what are the laws surrounding them? What are generic drugs? Under the broadest drug category classified by the Food and Drug Administration there are innovator drugs and generic drugs. The innovator drug is, as the name suggest, the drug that was the original innovation. These are the drugs that carry a name brand title that many people recognized and are widespread across drug categories such as Xanax, Lipitor, and...

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Watch What You Eat: Supplements Not Regulated By the FDA

On May 18, 2017 dietary supplement maker, Nutrition Distribution LLC, filed a suit against rival company, Metabolic Edge Nutritional Supplements LLC, claiming that its’ supplements actually contain carcinogens and can cause liver damage. Metabolic Edge, more commonly known as Iron Muscle Supplements, markets its products specifically to body-builders claiming their supplements have the same benefits as anabolic steroids without the serious side effects. Why are products that could cause cancer on the market? The answer is one of the lesser known secrets of the Food and Drug Administration.  Most people don’t know that the Food and Drug Administration does not...

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Will your next prescription come from Amazon?

Nearly everyone has logged onto Amazon to see if they have a product they are interested in. And Amazon almost always carries that product. That’s because Amazon takes advantage of an economic principle called the long tail. Essentially what this means is that Amazon can make profits from selling obscure rarely purchased products that a big box retailer could not. As Amazon continues to expand the nearly half billion item long inventory list (compared to just about 142,000 products sold in a WalMart) they are looking to enter new industries. The latest? Prescription drugs. So, what challenges do you face,...

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What Happens When you Don’t Pay Your Tickets, the Wheel boots New Friend

Every now and then when driving around town you see a yellow metal cap wrapped around a car’s wheel. A clear sign of an unpaid parking ticket. Well, the wheel boot may soon be a thing of the past as a new invention comes into play: the Barnacle. How does one even get a boot on their car? Well, according to the Denver Police Department, boots are placed on vehicles that have three or more outstanding violations against them. Once the boot is placed on the car you have 72 hours to pay all fines or the vehicle will be towed...

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Federal Arbitration Act holds strong under Supreme Court: What it means for you

On Monday May 15th the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Kindred Healthcare, a nursing home system, was allowed to enforce a binding arbitration contract signed by the families of two patients who died in the facilities. This decision is just one in a string of similar decisions upholding the legality of a controversial practice known as arbitration. So, what is Arbitration? Who uses it? And what does it mean for you? What is Arbitration? In the most basic sense, arbitration in the process of settling a legal dispute through arbitration services rather than the court systems. Two parties can...

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EPA In Hot Water After 3 Million Gallons of Toxic Mine Waste Spills into Animas River

On August 5th a crew working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at an abandoned mine in Colorado caused 3 million gallons of toxic remnants to spill into the Animas River. Originally thought to be 1 million gallons of waste containing heavy metals was recently revised to 3 times the initial estimate. Residents living all along the Animas River rely heavily on the river as a water supply and are seriously worried. EPA’s stated goal was to enter the Gold King Mine in Southern Colorado and extract contaminated water for treatment. However, due to the large equipment being used during the...

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The BP Oil Spill: An Environmental and Economic Disaster

The BP Oil Spill has become the worst ecological disaster in American history, affection millions of Gulf coast residents in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas, not to mention foreign residents in the Caribbean and Mexico. Below are some links to recent stories about the BP Oil Spill. Reuters: Obama to Speak Tonight About BP Oil Disaster CNN: Oil spill will get 'unprecedented response,' says Obama New York Times: Internal Documents Show Risky Decisions Before BP Blowout Washington Post: Congress Presses BP for an Apology Fox News: BP Approves Money for Small Businesses Wall Street Journal: ...

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