“Estimated Future Incidence of Malignant Mesothelioma in South Korea: Projection from 2014 to 2033”

By | GlobalTort | August 21, 2017
A recent article explains that mesotheliomas in South Korea are projected to increase over the years ahead, mainly because of demographics, according to these authors. The article is  “Estimated future incidence of malignant mesothelioma in South Korea: Projection from 2014 to 2033.” The abstract explains: “Malignant mesothelioma is a malignant tumor on the pleura or the peritoneum caused mostly by asbestos. View Full Post
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Imagine Being Criminally Convicted and Jailed for Two Years Because of Acceleration Defect of a 1996 Camry

By | GlobalTort | August 16, 2017
Imagine being jailed for two years for a “vehicular homicide” that arose when you and your car drove into another car, causing deaths and devastating injuries. Imagine the guilt for the harm caused. Imagine the anguish of going through a criminal trial and conviction even though you and the family member passengers in your car staunchly proclaimed that you tried to brake but the car went out of control on its own. View Full Post
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Scenario Planning Versus Demanding Purported Certainty

By | GlobalTort | August 14, 2017
How to think about the future, and the past? Some proclaim “certainty” essential and demand “proof” with confidence intervals at .05% or above. Others suggest we need more discussions about “scenario” instead of communicating about probabilities.  Outcomes related to Father Andrew’s car accident are used in a July 20, 2017 article in the NEJM to provide a powerful example of the value of describing and thinking about scenarios instead of communicating about risk probabilities.  View Full Post
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“American Pipe” Tolling Takes a Hit at SCOTUS; Consequences to Be Determined

By | GlobalTort | August 2, 2017
Late in June, SCOTUS knocked out “American Pipe” equitable tolling in a securities case, as explained in a June 27,  2017 post at Faegre Baker Daniels. This is a typical 5-4 Roberts court “bright line” ruling based on the literal language of the statute, with the usual justices on the usual side of the ruling. View Full Post
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New Science Matters – NFL Players and CTE – 110 Out of 111 Show CTE, in a Not Random Set

By | GlobalTort | July 25, 2017
Does new science matter? Ask the NFL.  “A neuropathologist has examined the brains of 111 N.F.L. players — and 110 were found to have C.T.E., the degenerative disease linked to repeated blows to the head,” as described in a July 25, 2017 NYT article by Joe Ward, Josh Williams and Sam Manchester.   View Full Post
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