A busy summer kicked off with our annual firm picnic at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. We went on a road trip across the Midwest to hold informative Town Hall meetings on the potential dangers of a chemical found in Roundup weed spray. We also helped out two important organizations by donating school supplies and clothing.
According to the CDC, an estimated 52.5 million adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with arthritis. That’s about 1 in every 5 adults! Arthritis happens to be the most common cause of disability in the U.S. with 22.7 million of those diagnosed with it reporting some type of limitation due to arthritis. I can’t believe the numbers when it comes to how many people are suffering from arthritis in the U.S., but there may be ways to manage it.
I read an interesting blog the other day from the Wall Street Journal titled “What Your Face Looks Like Could be a Matter of Life and Death.” The blog covers a recent study conducted on the relationship between “facial trustworthiness” and criminal sentencing and is published in Psychological Science. The study found that there was an association between sentencing biases and facial trustworthiness.
Agent Orange is an herbicide that was used during the Vietnam War as part of the U.S. military’s herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand. It was manufactured by Monsanto Company, a leading producer in many agricultural products, including the world’s most popular herbicide, Roundup. Agent Orange gets its name from the orange stripes in the barrels containing the substance. During the Vietnam War the U.S. sprayed nearly 20,000,000 gallons of chemical herbicides and defoliants in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Many military personal were exposed to Agent Orange during this time.
We all use this term—car accident. In fact, we probably don’t even think twice about what that term really means; what using the term “accident” says about what actually happened. “Accident” is defined as “an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.” It also means “an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause.” Whenever anyone is in a “car accident” it’s common to think it’s an unfortunate incident. No want wants to be in a car crash. But what does using the word “accident” really say about what happened?
Back in 2014 Governor Hickenlooper signed into law the Medina Alert-Hit and Run Act. This Act put into place the Medina Alert Program in Colorado, which is a partnership between law enforcement agencies, the media, and Taxis on Patrol (among others) to effectively use electronic media to provide an urgent bulletin in the most serious hit and run cases.
There is an article in the Wall Street Journal covering a recent bill that just passed in the House of Representatives regarding medical research, and specifically the monitoring of medical devices. The bill is referred to as the 21st Century Cures Act. The intention of the Act is to “bring our health care innovative infrastructure into the 21st Century, delivering hope for patients and loved ones and providing necessary resources to researchers to continue their efforts to uncover the next generation of cures and treatments,” according to the House’s Energy & Commerce Committee. The House passed the Act back on July 10th.
Ever thought about suing the United States? Sounds like a big deal, right? However, there are times when a limited waiver of sovereign immunity exists that allows for a cause of action for a death or injury caused by the negligence of an employee of the United States government while that employee is acting within the scope of his or her employment. Sovereign immunity is a doctrine that prevents government from being sued. It is the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) that grants a limited waiver.
As part of our campaign to inform consumers about the dangers of the popular herbicide Roundup we set on the road to conduct some informational Town Hall Meetings across the Midwest. Four of our Team Members, including Mike McDivitt, set out on the open road to visit seven towns in seven days! It was quite the road trip, but the Team was glad to get the word out to many communities and get feedback from them as well.