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Sen. Warren plans legislation to protect states ’ marijuana rights
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Monday that she is working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to protect states ’ rights to legalize marijuana. “I’m working with a bipartisan group to try to roll back the changes that the attorney general has made so that the states can make their own determination about their marijuana laws and how they want to enforce them,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in a bri ef interview with reporters in Cambridge. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 16, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Shira Schoenberg Source Type: news

Implementing a violence risk screening protocol in a civil psychiatric setting: preliminary results and clinical policy implications - Rotter M, Rosenfeld B.
Comprehensive violence risk assessment can require substantial time and resources, which may be challenging for an already strapped public mental health system. Herein, we describe a naturalistic study of the Fordham Risk Screening Tool ("FRST"), a violenc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Does "enhanced support" for offenders effectively reduce custodial violence and disruption? An evaluation of the enhanced support service pilot - Camp J, Joy K, Freestone M.
This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of The Enhanced Support Service (ESS) pilot in reducing custodial violence and disruption, and the associated costs, by observing the behavioural change of the 35 service users who participated in ESS intervent... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Cyclists' anger as determinant of near misses involving different road users - Mar ín Puchades V, Prati G, Rondinella G, De Angelis M, Fassina F, Fraboni F, Pietrantoni L.
Road anger constitutes one of the determinant factors related to safety outcomes (e.g., accidents, near misses). Although cyclists are considered vulnerable road users due to their relatively high rate of fatalities in traffic, previous research has solely... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

The relationship between personalities and self-report positive driving behavior in a Chinese sample - Shen B, Qu W, Ge Y, Sun X, Zhang K.
Driving behaviors play an important role in accident involvement. Concretely speaking, aberrant driving behaviors would cause more accidents, and oppositely positive driving behaviors would promote to build safety traffic environment. The main goals of thi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Naturalization, reciprocity and marks of marital violence: male defendants' perceptions - Paix ão GPDN, Pereira Á, Gomes NP, Sousa AR, Estrela FM, Silva Filho URPD, Araújo IB.
OBJECTIVE: to analyze male criminals' perception about marital violence. METHOD: An exploratory, descriptive, qualitative study undertaken with 23 men who were criminally prosecuted for marital violence. A multimethod data collection was conducted,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Construct validity and reliability of the SARA Gait and Posture Sub-scale in early onset ataxia - Lawerman TF, Brandsma R, Verbeek RJ, van der Hoeven JH, Lunsing RJ, Kremer HPH, Sival DA.
AIM: In children, gait and posture assessment provides a crucial marker for the early characterization, surveillance and treatment evaluation of early onset ataxia (EOA). For reliable data entry of studies targeting at gait and posture improvement, uniform... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Sen. Warren plans legislation to protect states ’ marijuana rights
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Monday that she is working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to protect states ’ rights to legalize marijuana. “I’m working with a bipartisan group to try to roll back the changes that the attorney general has made so that the states can make their own determination about their marijuana laws and how they want to enforce them,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in a bri ef interview with reporters in Cambridge. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Shira Schoenberg Source Type: news

Fate of the Rohingyas – Part Two
Rohingya refugees carry blankets at a camp in Bangladesh. Credit: Naimul Haq/IPSBy Naimul HaqDHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan 16 2018 (IPS)With discussions underway between Bangladesh and Myanmar about the repatriation of more than a half a million Rohingya refugees, many critical questions remain, including how many people would be allowed back, who would monitor their safety, and whether the refugees even want to return to violence-scorched Rakhine state.A Joint Working Group (JWG) consisting of government representatives from Myanmar and Bangladesh was formed on Dec. 19 and tasked with developing a specific instrument on the phys...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Naimul Haq Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Crime & Justice Development & Aid Featured Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & SDGs Bangladesh Intern Source Type: news

French families plan to sue retailers over baby milk recall - group
PARIS (Reuters) - Some French families are planning to take legal action against supermarket chains after potentially tainted products found their way onto shop shelves despite a recall, the spokesman of a victims' group said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

If you're convinced vaccines are safe, you're not well informed... here's the information being withheld from you
(Natural News) If you’re convinced that vaccines are safe, you’re not listening to the people who’ve lost a child after a round of vaccines was administered. The U.S. government set up a special court to hear vaccine injury cases, with reparation for select victims but no accountability for vaccine makers. If you’re new to learning about... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

French families plan to sue retailers over baby milk recall: group
PARIS (Reuters) - Some French families affected by a recall of baby milk by dairy firm Lactalis due to salmonella contamination plan to take legal action against supermarket chains, the head of a victims group said on Monday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

What determines drivers' speed? A replication of three behavioural adaptation experiments in a single driving simulator study - Melman T, Abbink DA, van Paassen MM, Boer ER, de Winter JCF.
We conceptually replicated three highly cited experiments on speed adaptation, by measuring drivers' experienced risk (galvanic skin response; GSR), experienced task difficulty (self-reported task effort; SRTE), and safety margins (time-to-line-crossing; T... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Sexual violence and the risk of HIV transmission in sexual partners of male injecting drug users in Tien Du district, Bac Ninh province of Vietnam - Vinh DT, Hien HT, Tri NM, Huynh DK.
We conducted a cross-sectional study among 148 women who were regular sexual partners of male injecting drug users in Tien Du, Bac Ninh province, Vietnam to identify the rate of HIV infection and factors associated with HIV transmission among them. HIV inf... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Self-reported violent ideation and its link to interpersonal violence among offenders with mental disorders and general psychiatric patients - Persson M, Sturup J, Belfrage H, Kristiansson M.
This study aims at comparing mentally disordered offenders and general psychiatric patients regarding violent ideation and at exploring its association with interpersonal violence. We recruited 200 detainees undergoing forensic psychiatric evaluation and 3... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Self-disclosure in criminal justice: what form does it take and what does it achieve? - Phillips J, Fowler A, Westaby C.
Self-disclosure, the act of therapists revealing something about themselves in the context of a professional relationship, has been linked with higher levels of effectiveness when used by correctional workers. However, it is poorly defined in both criminal... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Fear of communicating fear versus fear of terrorism: a human rights violation or a sign of our time? - Anyanwu C.
At its very first session, the United Nations General Assembly, adopted Resolution 59(I) which states that "freedom of information is a fundamental human right and … the touchstone of all the freedoms to which the United Nations is consecrated". In 1948,... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Development of a need-based approach for rural road network planning - Kanuganti S, Dutta B, Sarkar AK, Singh AP.
Road connectivity has a catalytic effect on the economic and social development and poverty alleviation in rural areas. In most of the developing countries, priority of connection is entirely based on demand. But mere connectivity does not satisfy accessib... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Comparative analysis of bones, mites, soil chemistry, nematodes and soil micro-eukaryotes from a suspected homicide to estimate the post-mortem interval - Szelecz I, L ösch S, Seppey CVW, Lara E, Singer D, Sorge F, Tschui J, Perotti MA, Mitchell EAD.
Criminal investigations of suspected murder cases require estimating the post-mortem interval (PMI, or time after death) which is challenging for long PMIs. Here we present the case of human remains found in a Swiss forest. We have used a multidisciplinary... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Community pharmacists' attitudes on suicide: a preliminary analysis with implications for medical assistance in dying - Murphy AL, O'Reilly C, Martin-Misener R, Ataya R, Gardner D.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Challenges in the development of national policies on transport - Emberger G, May AD.
National governments have responsibility for national transport infrastructure, including roads, railways, ports and airports, but they also provide the regulatory and governance structure within which regional and local governments, private operators and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

The impact of state fire safe cigarette policies on fire fatalities, injuries, and incidents - Folz DH, Shults C.
Cigarettes are a leading cause of civilian deaths in home fires. Over the last decade, state fire service leaders and allied interest groups succeeded in persuading state lawmakers to require manufacturers to sell only low-ignition strength or "fire safe" ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Is legal pot crippling Mexican drug trafficking organisations? The effect of medical marijuana laws on US crime - Gavrilova E, Kamada T, Zoutman F.
We show that the introduction of medical marijuana laws (MMLs) leads to a decrease in violent crime in states that border Mexico. The reduction in crime is strongest for counties close to the border (less than 350  kilometres) and for crimes that relate to... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

The role of family functioning in parenting practices of court-involved youth - Tolou-Shams M, Brogan L, Esposito-Smythers C, Healy MG, Lowery A, Craker L, Brown LK.
Court-involved youth engage in risky sex behaviors at higher rates than non-offending peers and are at particular risk for adverse sexual health outcomes. Parenting practices, such as parent-child sexual communication and parental monitoring, may protect c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

CCGs move to claw back cash from failed transport firm
Clinical commissioning groups in Sussex are taking legal advice on whether they can get money back from a failed patient transport operator. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - January 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Exploring Approaches and Strategies for Human Services and Child-Serving Institutions to Promote Resiliency and Recovery for Children and Youth Affected by Natural Disasters
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. 09/07/2017 This 55-page report of the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters focuses exclusively on natural disasters, and reviews the knowledge and practice gains that promote a more rapid and equitable recovery for children and youth through collaboration and established partnerships at all levels: federal, state, tribe, territory and local governments, and nongovernmental organizations that serve children and families. It discusses identified gaps, opportunities, and recommendations for continued...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Alt-Left “militia leader” in St. Louis calls for supporters to TERRORIZE lawmakers over opposition to “net neutrality”
(Natural News) First things first: Democrats and other Alt-Left scumbags who tell you that the Obama administration’s “net neutrality” was really about keeping the Internet “neutral” are lying to you, flat out. They’re lying. Obama’s intention was not to leave office with the Internet remaining the commercially viable and massive freedom of speech platform that... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medtronic Scolded for Calling Taiwan a Country
Chinese authorities don't take kindly to businesses calling Taiwan a country, as Medtronic now knows. The company was chastised Friday along with Delta Air Lines and fashion brand Zara, for making such a reference on its website. Chinese regulators forced the firms to formally apologize, but it could have been worse. Just a day earlier, U.S. hotel group Marriott was ordered to shut down its Chinese websites for a week for conducting an email survey in which it put Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Tibet on a par with China as a nation. China claims Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Tibet as territories. The issue serves as a warni...
Source: MDDI - January 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

Meet our Women of Influence honorees: Michelle Peacock rewrote laws for nurse practitioners
On Feb. 12 we will celebrate this year's Women of Influence honorees at Sandia Resort and Casino. We are introducing each of our 27 honorees to readers between now and then. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Marielle Dent Source Type: news

Meet our Women of Influence honorees: Michelle Peacock rewrote laws for nurse practitioners
On Feb. 12 we will celebrate this year's Women of Influence honorees at Sandia Resort and Casino. We are introducing each of our 27 honorees to readers between now and then. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Marielle Dent Source Type: news

Disability Insurer Erred In Finding Claimant Could Work In Own Occupation, Judge Says
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Dec. 21 determined that a disability insurer erred in denying a claim for long-term disability benefits under the plan's own-occupation standard because the description of the claimant's position as an assistant news editor in the Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles is outdated and does not accurately describe the duties of the claimant's position (Kenneth Popovich v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 15-9791, C.D. Calif., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 210427). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Termination Of Disability Benefits Was Arbitrary, Capricious, Panel Says
DENVER - A district court did not err in reversing a disability insurer's termination of a claimant's long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the insurer failed to address whether the claimant was capable of working on a full-time basis, the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Jan. 2 (Carl Van Steen v. Life Insurance Company of North America, Nos. 16-1405, 16-1421, 10th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 17). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Termination Of Disability Benefits Was Reasonable Under Any-Occupation Standard
CINCINNATI - A disability insurer's termination of long-term disability (LTD) benefits was not arbitrary and capricious because the insurer's decision to terminate benefits under the plan's any-occupation standard is supported by substantial medical evidence and was based on a deliberate reasoning process, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Jan. 2 (Bari Kemper v. Life Insurance Company of North America, et al., No. 16-6507, 6th Cir., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 55). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Plan Administrator Did Not Err In Terminating Claimant's Benefits
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A disability plan administrator did not act arbitrarily and capriciously in terminating a claimant's short-term disability (STD) benefits because the medical evidence supports the plan administrator's decision, an Alabama federal magistrate judge said Jan. 9, noting that the claimant's benefits were extended for an additional seven months after the claimant's second appeal (D'Anza Johnson v. AT&T Umbrella Benefit Plan No. 3, No. 15-1074, N.D. Ala., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3379). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

4th Circuit Affirms Disability Insurer Did Not Abuse Its Discretion
RICHMOND, Va. - The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 19 affirmed a district court's ruling that a disability insurer did not abuse its discretion in terminating a claimant's long-term disability (LTD) benefits (Kimberly H. Stoddard v. First Unum Life Insurance Co., No. 16-2065, 4th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 25581). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Review 2nd Circuit's Offset Ruling
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 11 refused to review the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' ruling that a New York law barring the offset of a claimant's disability benefits with the proceeds of the claimant's settlement of a personal injury suit is not preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Aetna Life Insurance Co. v. Salvatore Arnone, No. 17-416, U.S. Sup.). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Insurer Entitled To Offset LTD Benefits Based On Social Security Awards
NEW ORLEANS - A disability insurer was entitled to offset a claimant's long-term disability (LTD) benefits based on his Social Security disability award and a separate award to his son for family Social Security disability benefits, a Louisiana federal judge said Dec. 19 in granting the insurer's motion for summary judgment (John Jackson v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., No. 16-15837, E.D. La., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 208188). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Federal Judge Denies Disability Claimant's Motion For Contempt
BILLINGS, Mont. - A Montana federal judge on Dec. 19 denied a disability claimant's motion for contempt after determining that the insurer reasonably believed that it was entitled to a stay of a judgment in the disability claimant's favor while it pursued an appeal (Theresa Sand-Smith v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, No. 17-0004, D. Mont., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 208486). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

5th Circuit Says Genuine Dispute Exists As To Cause Of Disability
NEW ORLEANS - After finding that a disability claimant raised a genuine dispute of material fact as to the cause of his disability, the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 29 reversed a district court's ruling against the claimant on a breach of contract claim (David M. Cox v. Provident Life and Accident Insurance Company, No. 16-60831, 5th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 27036). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Disability Claimant Not Entitled To Jury Trial; Demand For Jury Dismissed
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A Tennessee federal judge on Dec. 20 granted a disability insurer's motion to dismiss as it pertained to a claimant's demand for a jury trial because the claimant is not entitled to a jury trial under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (Patricia Bradshaw v. Principal Financial Group, et al., No. 17-2174, W.D. Tenn., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 209572). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

5th Circuit Says 1-Year Statute Of Limitations Bars Disability Claimant's Suit
NEW ORLEANS - The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 14 affirmed a district court's ruling that a disability claimant's suit is barred under Louisiana's applicable one-year statute of limitations because the suit was not filed within a year after the claimant requested plan documents from the plan administrator (Todd M. Babin v. Quality Energy Services Inc., No. 17-30059, 5th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 25275). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Federal Judge Dismisses Breach Of Fiduciary Claim In Disability Benefits Suit
RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia federal judge on Dec. 22 dismissed a breach of fiduciary duty claim against a long-term disability plan and its plan administrator after determining that the breach of fiduciary claim is a reformulation of the claimant's wrongful denial of benefits claim (Faye F. Archer v. SunTrust Bank, et al., No. 17-616, E.D. Va., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 211290). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Motion To Remand Denied; Disability Insurer Met Burden Of Proving Fraudulent Joinder
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - An Alabama federal judge on Dec. 21 denied a disability claimant's motion to remand a suit seeking long-term disability benefits after determining that the disability insurer met its burden of proving that its insurance agents were fraudulently joined to defeat federal diversity jurisdiction (Glen L. Brawley, DMD v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. et al., No. 17-1513, N.D. Ala., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 210031). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Additional Discovery Not Needed In Disability Suit, Maryland Federal Judge Says
BALTIMORE - A Maryland federal judge on Dec. 13 denied a disability claimant's motion to compel the production of documents related to the doctors who reviewed the claimant's case after determining that the administrative record is sufficient to determine whether the insurer operated under a conflict of interest (Karin Reidy v. The Unum Life Insurance Company of America et al., No. 16-2926, D. Md., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 204705). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Washington Federal Judge Grants Disability Claimant's Motion For Attorney Fees
TACOMA, Wash. - A Washington federal judge on Dec. 21 granted a disability claimant's motion for attorney fees after determining that the claimant was successful on the merits of his claim (Anthony Flaaen v. Principal Life Insurance Co. Inc., No. 15-5899, W.D. Wash., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 210284). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Change For Disability Plans' Claims Procedures To Be Effective April 1
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) on Jan. 5 announced that a final rule amending the claims procedure requirements for employee disability benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act will go into effect on April 1. (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - January 12, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Raleigh-based team files brief in ongoing DOJ, Microsoft case
A Raleigh-based team from Poyner Spruill has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court related to an ongoing case between the U.S. Department of Justice and Microsoft over the privacy of electronic communications. The case dates back to 2013 when federal agents – as part of a drug investigation – obtained a warrant and directed Microsoft to turn over all of a customer’s emails. While Microsoft turned over information stored at a data center in the U.S., it argued that it was not required… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Raleigh-based team files brief in ongoing DOJ, Microsoft case
A Raleigh-based team from Poyner Spruill has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court related to an ongoing case between the U.S. Department of Justice and Microsoft over the privacy of electronic communications. The case dates back to 2013 when federal agents – as part of a drug investigation – obtained a warrant and directed Microsoft to turn over all of a customer’s emails. While Microsoft turned over information stored at a data center in the U.S., it argued that it was not required… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Portuguese Doctors Back Marijuana Medicine as Bill Enters Parliament Portuguese Doctors Back Marijuana Medicine as Bill Enters Parliament
Portugal's influential Doctors'Association called for the legalization of marijuana-based medicines on Thursday, the same day parliament started to debate a draft bill that goes even further in seeking to allow patients to grow pot at home.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

U.S. Judge Seeking Settlement of Opioid Lawsuits Reaches Out to States -Ohio U.S. Judge Seeking Settlement of Opioid Lawsuits Reaches Out to States -Ohio
A federal judge pushing for a quick settlement of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors by U.S. cities and counties is seeking to meet with states that are separately suing and probing the companies, Ohio's attorney general said on Thursday.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news