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Court Records in Trinity Guardrail Whistleblower Case May Be Unsealed

By Leah Nicholls & Leslie Brueckner

Today we have both good news and bad news about our motion to unseal the court records in Harman v. Trinity, a federal whistleblower case involving defective highway guardrails.

First, the good news:

Vulnerable Nursing Home Patients Need Ability to Sue in Court as Government Agencies Fail to Protect Them

This post was originally published on Public Justice’s blog and can be found here.

By Leslie Bailey, Staff Attorney, Public Justice 

According to a new report just released by the Center for Investigative Reporting and reported by KQED, the failure of California regulators to adequately investigate and pursue claims of abuse and misconduct by nursing assistants and health aids is “putting the elderly, sick, and disabled at risk.” In fact, the regulators that are charged with protecting vulnerable patients in nursing homes and assisted living facilities are either conducting “cursory and indifferent” investigations, or simply closing cases without taking any action at all. The report underscores how critically important it is for people to have the ability to sue when loved ones are harmed by nursing home neglect—or worse.

When Generic Drugs Harm Patients, Can't Count On FDA; Lawsuits Play Role

This post was originally published on Public Justice’s blog and can be found here.

By Claire Prestel, Staff Attorney, Public Justice 

On Tuesday the U.S. Supreme Court will hear argument in a case called Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett, which will decide whether generic drug makers can be held responsible for the harm their products cause. Public Justice joined an amicus brief filed by the American Association for Justice because this case presents a critical access to justice issue for millions of American patients: the Supreme Court will decide whether patients injured by generic drugs can recover from the profitable drug companies that caused them harm, or whether the drug makers can force patients to bear all the costs of their drug-caused injuries.

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