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Bush-Era Medical Malpractice Cap Ruled Unconstitutional

The Florida State Supreme Court ruled in a 4-to-3 decision the Bush-era medical malpractice cap unconstitutional. This is a significant decision for personal injury patients because it no longer limits pain-and-suffering damages in medical malpractice claims, which allows for higher amounts for recovery. The Florida Supreme Court’s majority opinion stated that caps on non-economic damage awards, “arbitrarily reduce damage awards for plaintiffs who suffer the most drastic injuries.” (North Broward Hospital District, Etc., Et Al. Vs Susan Kalitan, Et Al. SC15-1858. Supreme Court of Florida.)

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Auto Accidents Caused by Speeding

An auto accident is a traumatic event. Unfortunately, as shocking and scary as the accident itself can be, the consequences of a collision are even more severe. Car accidents often result in serious, and even life-altering injuries that can lead to long-term damages. Car accident injuries can cause physical pain and emotional stress, all while placing a financial burden on victims who must seek costly medical treatment.

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The Use of Maintenance Records in Trucking Accident Lawsuits

Trucking accidents are some of the most dangerous types of collisions on the road. Trucks are extremely heavy vehicles, and their weight is often increased further by the heavy loads they carry. As a result of this weight, trucking accidents frequently result in catastrophic personal injuries. When a trucking accident occurs, the trucking company is often quick to deny liability.

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The National Football League’s Transparency on Concussions

According to Jerome Bettis, a former professional football player and Pittsburg Steeler, the National Football League has taken advantage of players by not sharing all the information they know pertaining to risks associated with concussions. Professional football players experience extreme wear and tear on their body in a season, and typically have had a concussion at some point during their career. Bettis and 17 other Pro Football Hall of Fame members attended a week long expo in Jerusalem, Israel that shed light on to the new technology that the NFL could use for diagnosis of a concussion.

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Offensive Trademarks are Unconstitutional

The United States Supreme Court struck down a 71 year old trademark law when it held that a ban on offensive trademarks is unconstitutional because it violated the 1St amendment. An Asian-American rock band called Slants prompted the Supreme Court’s decision after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office found the band name to be offensive and denied their trademark request because it disparaged Asians. In a unanimous decision the Supreme Court held that the denial of the trademark infringed on the band’s 1st amendment right to freedom of speech. This hold is significant because it defends the right of free speech for citizens, which is one of the most imperative civil liberties laid out in the Bill of Rights. The Washington Redskins will benefit from this ruling. The Redskins are currently awaiting for an appeal to be heard on their trademark case about the Redskin mascot. Native American Indians have stated that the Redskin mascot is a derogatory racial slur; however, based off of the Supreme Court’s decision, the Redskin’s case is effectively resolved. This holding could be significant for the future of trademark decisions made by the U.S Patent and Trademark Office as well, and can allow for much more freedom when filing for a trademark some would see as disparaging.