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Vaccine injury claims could face bureaucratic ‘black hole’

Christina Grim holds a family photograph that includes her mother, Verl Grim, top right, at her home in Littlestown, Pa. Grim contends that an H1N1 vaccination triggered her mother’s Guillain-Barre syndrome, an immune system disorder that caused her death in 2010. But she missed a one-year deadline for filing and her claim to the federal Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program was denied. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Lost in the U.S. launch of the coronavirus vaccine is a fact most don’t know when they roll up their sleeves: In rare cases of serious illness from the shots, the injured are blocked from suing and steered instead to ...

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Advocate’s View: Foster care case may affect challenges to COVID restrictions

Jared K. Cook (Provided photo)

A little over a month ago, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Fulton challenges a decision by the city of Philadelphia to stop referring foster-care cases to a Catholic foster-care association because ...

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Businesses, lacking legal immunity, fear COVID-19 lawsuits

The Big Moose Inn, in Millinocket, Maine, was the setting for an Aug. 7 wedding reception that has since been linked to numerous cases of the coronavirus, and several deaths. The estates of at least three nursing home residents whose deaths were linked to the wedding reception intend to sue the inn. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

PORTLAND, Maine — Plans for a lawsuit against a Maine venue that hosted what became a “superspreader” wedding reception underscore the liability risks to small businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic and an uphill push by Republicans in Congress to give ...

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1 in 5 prisoners in the US has had COVID-19; 1,700 have died

FILE- In this June 18, 2015 file photo, prisoners stand in a crowded lunch line during a prison tour at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Ala. he Justice Department has determined that Alabama's prisons are violating the Constitution by failing to protect inmates from violence and sexual abuse and by housing them in unsafe and overcrowded facilities, according to a scathing report Wednesda, April 3, 2019, that described the problems as "severe" and "systemic.". (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — One in every five state and federal prisoners in the United States has tested positive for the coronavirus, a rate more than four times as high as the general population. In some states, more than half ...

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Tyson facing another lawsuit over employee COVID-19 death

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — The family of a Tyson Foods employee are alleging in a lawsuit that he died from COVID-19 after the meat processing giant failed to implement safety protocols to guard against the coronavirus at the Iowa ...

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10 tips for employers considering a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee has recommended that the FDA approve Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in the United States under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The question for employers once the vaccine becomes available for ...

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What COVID-19 has taught us about protecting against the next crisis

Jeffrey Harradine

We all know more seven months into this pandemic than we did at the outset, including businesses seeking legal redress for business disruption, breach of contract, insurance protection and business loss. It has been more than five months since my ...

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Jury duty? No thanks, say many, forcing trials to be delayed

The Schmidt family, from, left, Heather Schmidt, her husband Nicholas Philbrook, son Andrew, 4, father Raymond and daughter Ava interact in their backyard, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Camarillo, Calif. Philbrook and his wife have been trying to convince court officials that he should be excused from jury duty because her father, a cancer survivor with diabetes, lives with them. But court officials told him that is not a valid reason and he must appear in court in early December. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

HARTFORD, Conn. — Jury duty notices have set Nicholas Philbrook’s home on edge with worries about him contracting the coronavirus and passing it on to his father-in-law, a cancer survivor with diabetes in his mid-70s who is at higher risk ...

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