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An Unlikely Divorce: The Split Between Actual and Punitive Damages

By Alexandra Verven on Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Last Monday, July 24th, a federal jury in Chicago ordered drugmaker AbbVie Inc. to pay $150 million solely in punitive damages for fraudulently misrepresenting the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel.[1] This lawsuit began when Jesse Mitchell, an Oregon-based Plaintiff, sued AbbVie Inc., an Illinois-based company, in 2014 after Mitchell suffered a heart attack…

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The Legal Profession’s Greatest Nemesis: Alcohol, Drugs, and Depression

By Kasim Carbide on Monday, July 17th, 2017

Although attorneys zealously represent their clients in difficult situations every day, but who helps attorneys if they’re in a difficult situation? Recently, a well known attorney in Silicon Valley overdosed on pharmaceutical drugs to the surprise of his co-workers, family, and friends, prompting concerns of drug and alcohol abuse among attorneys.[1] The general prevalence of…

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Clarifying Drugged Driving Laws for Medical Cannabis Patients in Light of Budding THC Research

By Margaret Butzen on Monday, July 10th, 2017

Since the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (CUA) has been in effect, it has received various criticisms.[1] While a qualifying patient is now able to register and purchase cannabis in various forms to manage pain, fatigue, and appetite issues, qualifying patients also put themselves in a vulnerable legal predicament.[2] Besides risking employment…

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Justice for Syria: An Argument in Favor of Utilizing the United States’ Universal Jurisdiction

By Tess Godhardt on Monday, July 3rd, 2017

The world is currently living through the greatest humanitarian crisis to have occurred since World War II—a crisis known as the Syrian conflict.[1] From 2011 to 2017, the international community has watched as President al-Assad’s regime and opposition forces fight for control of the country.[2] As of May 2017, the Syrian crisis has resulted in…

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