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Former camper sues The Citadel, accuses school of knowing counselor was abusing children

A lawsuit contends that The Citadel knew one of its counselors was abusing summer campers in the mid-1990s but didn’t fire him and did nothing to stop it — yet another in a string of sexual-abuse accusations that have been made against two men who worked at the military college’s summer camp. The suit was filed in federal court in Charleston earlier this week by a now-25-year-old alleged victim who claimed to have been abused on 21 different occasions by Michael Arpaio. The Citadel ultimately closed its summer camp in 2005 after reaching a $3.8 million settlement with five campers …

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Attorney Chris T. Nace Elected as Secretary to TLA-DC

Christopher T. Nace was recently elected Secretary of the Trial Lawyer Association of Metropolitan Washington D.C. Chris, a Washington native, will be involved in all aspects of the Association, including education, community outreach and member services. This is only the latest leadership role Chris has taken on. He recently completed a one year term as Chair of the New Lawyers Division of the American Association for Justice. He currently sits on the executive committees of AAJ, the Public Justice Foundation, and TLA-DC. “The Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan DC is committed to keeping the court house door open to all …

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Is Your Soap Making You Sick? Antibacterial Soaps Concern the FDA

Washing your hands is encouraged everywhere, especially right now in the height of flu season, but are there risks that come with the benefits of clean hands? New data suggests that certain ingredients in antibacterial soaps have harmful longterm effects that outweigh any benefits. The ingredients, triclosan and triclocarbon, may contribute to a bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Antibacterial products have also been revealed to possible cause hormone imbalances that effect puberty and fertility. Other reports reveal triclosan directly affects muscle weakness. Soap manufacturers are quick to point to the fact that there is not sufficient evidence that triclosan is harmful …

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New Bus Regulations Making Civilian Safety a Top Priority into the New Year

Back in September, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed new regulation regarding passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Also known as buses or motor coaches, the FMCSA’s new rulings seek to exercise more oversight on the lease and interchange of the vehicles between companies with the following rules: 1. To properly identify the motor carrier operating a bus or motorcoach that is responsible for FMCSA safety compliance. 2. Ensure that the lessor (the carrier leasing the property), surrenders control of the vehicle for the full term of the lease or temporary exchange of …

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Settlement Reached For U.S. Injury Caused by DePuy Orthopaedics’ Dangerous ASR Hip Implant

Tad Thomas, Esq. The case accuses DePuy of continuing sale of the device despite being aware of its exponential failure rate and serious potential for injury to consumers. DePuy only chose to phase out device after the FDA made safety inquiries, and did not share FDA reports with international clients. The device was finally recalled after the FDA received more than a thousand negative reports about its performance. About 93,000 people received the ASR, a third of those implants were performed in the U.S. While artificial hips usually last about 15 years before they need to be replaced, DePuy’s ASR …

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