Monthly Archive: August 2013

Aug 15

Medical Diagnostic Errors are the Primary Cause of Malpractice Claims

Based on a Johns Hopkins University study, a prior blog post provides some alarming statistics on surgical “never events” (a term used in the medical community to describe a preventable surgical event that is “never” supposed to occur) that actually do occur.  More recently from the same university, a study concluded the following: Of approximately …

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Aug 14

5 Reasons Californians Purchased Homes in 2013

The California Association of Realtors (C.A.R.) released the results of their 2013 Home Buyer Survey, which highlights why Californian’s purchased homes this year.  The following are the reasons and related percentages reported: 38% – Price reductions 12% – Favorable prices and/or financing 10% – Desired a new or better location 9% – Investment or tax …

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Aug 13

The Baby Name “Market” is becoming more Fragmented

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), there have been over 91,000 different names given to babies since 1880 in the US. We can think of the process of naming children as a market activity. The “market” consists of parents (i.e. consumers) who select a name (i.e. product) from a wide assortment of options. For …

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Aug 12

Seventh Circuit pulls back on Daubert expert witness exclusions

Stollings vs. Ryobi Technologies (7th Cir, August 2, 2013) involves a product liability suit for faulty design in which the Plaintiff sustained injuries on a power saw. Plaintiff planned to offer expert testimony from an academic named Graham that the installation of: “… automatic braking technology on all power saws would be socially beneficial because …

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Aug 09

Big setback in California to reclassify workers as employees

On July 11, 2013, in re: Beaumont-Jacques v. Farmers Group Insurance, a California appellate court affirmed summary judgment in favor of an insurance company. The issue was whether a District Manager was properly classified as an independent contractor, rather than an employee. The decision is perhaps not as significant once one understands the underlying written …

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Aug 08

519 Boys Named “Sue”

In 1969, Johnny Cash released his recording of “A Boy Named Sue”— a ballad of a seemingly spiteful father who abandoned his son but only after naming him Sue. The song reaches a memorable finish when Sue’s father says, “Son, this world is rough And if a man’s gonna make it, he’s gotta be tough …

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Aug 07

Another Daubert reversal of disallowed expert testimony

On July 19, in re: Gregory Call vs. Pure Earth, et al, the Third Circuit reversed a district court’s ruling that excluded expert witness testimony based on Daubert grounds. The matter was remanded for a new trial on damages. Although the Third Circuit addressed the specifics of this case in a manner that probably is …

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Aug 06

Top Five All-Time Biggest Whistleblowers

Managing a Sarbanes-Oxley compliant whistleblower hotline allows me to have significant interaction with whistleblowers.  So I was very interested in the article written by Steve Kardell of Clouse Dunn LLP, which describes five of the most prominent whistleblowers of all time, as follows: “Daniel Ellsberg Daniel Ellsberg was a Harvard graduate, Marine lieutenant, Pentagon official …

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Aug 05

What is the Most Unisex Name in US History?

Names like Grant or Greg are thoroughly associated with males, while Isabelle and Antoinette are clearly associated with females. Other names, however, are significantly more androgynous. If you were to receive an email from an unknown Sam, Morgan, or Jamie, you wouldn’t be sure of the sender’s gender. What makes a name clearly suitable for …

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Aug 02

Consumer Confidence Fueling Real Estate Market

Even with the recent beating homeowners took during the last real estate downturn, Americans still have confidence in the real estate market.  It appears that homeownership is still a goal for many Americans.  DSNews.com reported the results of the 2013 National Pulse Survey from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  Eight out of ten people …

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