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Surgeons Who Tested Medtronic’s Infuse Bone Graft Swayed by Millions?

Spinal fusion surgery is a procedure to correct problems with vertebrae by basically welding them together and allowing them to heal into one solid bone. This procedure may relieve symptoms of back problems such as fracture, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative disk disease. The idea is to prevent pain by preventing movement. Some form … Read more

Hot Coffee Documentary: McDonald’s Coffee Case Exposed, Screening Worldwide Now

Susan Saladoff’s documentary Hot Coffee debuted this year in the Sundance Film Festival and premiered on HBO last night. It is about the tort reform movement in the United States and the public’s perception of various aspects of personal injury lawsuits. I urge everyone to watch this documentary. You can view it on another broadcast … Read more

New York State Budget Cuts Affect the Judicial System

The court system already was, by many accounts, backlogged, slow, and overburdened. In March, the governor and legislature cut the judiciary’s budget by $170 million. All aspects of the judicial process will likely be affected by the cuts. Now most courtrooms shut down a half hour earlier every day. Effective April 18, 2011, some small … Read more

New York Settlement Conferences by Judges Supported by Obama Administration

New York State received a $3 million federal grant to implement a test program designed to encourage early (or earlier) settlement of medical malpractice cases. The program requires that a judge with training in medical issues be assigned at the beginning of a case and frequent settlement conferences be held. A nurse with legal training … Read more

Limiting Recovery of Neurologically Impaired Infants in New York

The proposed $250,000 cap on medical malpratice cases was eliminated before the latest New York budget was adopted. But the neurologically impaired infant fund was not. The new statute, Public Health Law § 2999-5[1], qualifies “birth-related neurological injuries” as “an injury to the brain or spinal cord of a live infant caused by the deprivation … Read more

What Can Match.com do to Prevent Sexual Assaults Between Members?

Dating website Match.com has had its share of controversies circulated since it went live in 1995. To its credit, the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed the 2005 class action lawsuit which alleged that Match.com “secretly employs people as ‘date bait’ to send bogus enticing E-mails and to go on … Read more

Former New York Client of Leav & Steinberg does right by his Community in Queens

Too often, lawyers representing clients forget that they should continue to maintain a relationship and contact with their clients long after they have closed the case. At Leav & Steinberg, LLP we always like to hear about client’s progress after their case has resolved. Very often we receive letters from clients who have used the … Read more