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Electing a Justice – A Historical Perspective

By Burg Simpson

Scales of Justice

Historical and Constitutional context is helpful in assessing the firestorm of controversy that Justice Scalia’s death has caused regarding the process for filling the vacancy in an election year. The framers of the Constitution wanted an independent judiciary, not one beholden to popular opinion. In a recent article for The New York Review of Books,… Read more »

GOP Vows to Block Supreme Court Nominee

By Burg Simpson

gavel

There has been a firestorm of controversy about whether President Obama should nominate Justice Scalia’s successor, with Republicans arguing that the nomination be held in abeyance until a new President takes office in January 2017. They have vowed to block any appointment, regardless of who it is and regardless of the fact that this would… Read more »

Trial Talk: Cross Appeal? Now What?

By Burg Simpson

Trial Talk magazine

Burg Simpson Attorney and Shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith’s article, published in CTLA’s Trial Talk, April/May 2015, addresses specifics of appellate practice and procedure. Download full article PDF

Part III – Does Popular Culture Influence Lawyers, Judges, and Juries?

By Burg Simpson

Pop Culture Part 3

Managing Popular Culture’s Influence Popular culture generally has been defined as “culture based on the tastes of ordinary people rather than an educated elite.” Part III investigates whether popular culture may be undermining the rule of law. Burg Simpson attorney Ronald M. Sandgrund mediates this panel article. Download full article PDF

Accidents and Injuries Accompany Rise of Electronic Bikes

By Meghan Quinlivan

If you think you’ve noticed an increase in the number of bicycles on the road with motors, your eyes are not deceiving you. Estimates by Navigant Research place U.S. sales of electronic and motorized bicycles, known as “e-bikes,” at around 50,000 per year. Whether seeking to save the environment, or their own wallet, consumers are… Read more »

Class Action Lawsuits Proliferate After Hollywood Hacking Debacle

By Burg Simpson

class action lawsuit

One of the top news stories this past holiday season involved a major cyber-attack on one of the nation’s top movie studios, Sony Pictures. The incident centered on an unreleased film called “The Interview” in which characters played by Seth Rogan and James Franco are embroiled in a plot to assassinate the current leader of… Read more »

Maker of Deadly Guardrails Finally Ordered to Pay Up for Fraud

By Burg Simpson

motorist accidents

The metal barriers on the side and middle of our roads were placed there for a very important reason: to minimize the damage and injuries that occur when vehicles careen out of control. While these devices are intended to save lives and reduce injuries, a major manufacturer has shamelessly abused the public trust by skimping… Read more »

Jury Awards $38 Million to Girl Injured by Abbott’s Drug Depakote

By Meghan Quinlivan

Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Abbott Laboratories and Abbvie Inc. These lawsuits claim that Depakote, a drug manufactured and marketed by the Defendants, caused serious birth defects in children born to women taking it during pregnancy. Such birth defects include spina bifida, heart defects, limb deformities, developmental delay, cognitive deficits and behavioral disorders… Read more »

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