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CMS Releases New Nursing Home Special Focus Facility List

June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  With events to bring awareness to the endemic of worldwide elder abuse countries provide activities and training for prevention, recognition, and treatment of elder abuse worldwide.  

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Confidential Financial Information Compromised as a Result of Quest Diagnostics Data Breach

BREAKING: Financial information including credit card and bank account numbers of approximately 12 million users compromised by a data breach of one of the largest blood testing providers in the country, Quest Diagnostics.

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New York Rejects Pipeline Citing Environmental and Climate Change Concerns

In a rousing victory for environmentalists, on May 15th the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation rejected the proposal of the Oklahoma based Williams Companies to lay a 37 mile liquid natural gas pipeline through New York harbor and the New Jersey/New York Raritan watershed.  Citing concerns related to copper and mercury contamination that would occur during construction of the pipeline, the DEC note that construction of the project would result in “violations of water quality standards” and that the project as a whole failed to meet New York State’s rigorous water quality standards.  Officials in New Jersey must also weigh in on the project in June.

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What do 20,115 and 510 have in common?

Answer: all four. 20,115 and 510 are both linked to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). 20,115 is the number of deaths associated with opioid painkillers reported to the FDA between November of 2017 and August of 2018 by Endo, a manufacturer of opioids. 510, actually 510(k), is a process by which the FDA can approve a medical device for sale.

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Reduction of Concussions in Most Recent NFL Season

On February 28, ESPN reported the following:

 

“NFL players were diagnosed with three concussions during the 2018 playoffs, a 70 percent drop from the previous year and a continuation of a season-long trend.  In total, there were 217 diagnosed concussions in practices and games during the 2018 season, compared to 291 in 2017, the league revealed Thursday during a meeting of its Head, Neck and Spine committee at the scouting combine.  League officials had previously acknowledged a drop in concussions during the preseason and regular season but had not yet added the playoff numbers. There were 10 concussions during the 2017 playoffs.”

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To Find a Work Life Balance, Trust

We’ve all read about trying to find a “work-life” balance.  Visit any bookstore, on-line or brick and mortar and there are shelves devoted to this topic in the “Self-Help” section.  I don’t know about you, but no matter how many books I read, they never seem to answer the question.  Recently, I had an experience that gave me some insight into a possible solution. Here’s hoping it may be useful for you as well.

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Automobile Insurance Continues To Be The Subject Of Lawsuits In New Jersey

Automobile Insurance continues to be the subject of lawsuits in New Jersey. Recently the State Supreme Court decided the case of Haines v Taft, which raises a red flag to which all NJ drivers should pay attention. By way of background, New Jersey is what is called a "no fault" state for auto insurance. This means that you have the RIGHT to have your reasonable and necessary medical bills paid by your own insurance company according to a fee schedule immediately after an accident, no matter who or what caused it; you do not have to wait to prove that someone was at fault.

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Partners Al Anthony & Karl Friedrichs included on this year's New Jersey Super Lawyers List

Congratulations to Partners Al Anthony and Karl Friedrichs, who were selected to the 2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers list. This is Al’s 13th year on the list and Karl’s 3rd year on the list. (Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. – superlawyers.com).  

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Three Ways to Catch an Out-of-State Corporation, Including Breaking News

Out-of-state corporations do not like to face justice from Philadelphia juries. Here is the status of three ways to catch an out-of-state corporation through personal jurisdiction.

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Excellent Opinion on Spoliation of Video Surveillance in Slip-and-Fall

The Superior Court has just issued an excellent precedential opinion granting a new trial to a plaintiff after the trial court refused to give an adverse inference charge on spoliation (destruction of evidence). Marshall v. Brown’s IA, LLC, 2019 WL 1372399 (Pa. Super., March 27, 2019). The opinion is not only very helpful on video surveillance in slip-and-fall cases, but it has comments that could be useful in any video surveillance case.

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