Minnesota Catholic Diocese to Pay $34m to Victims of Clergy Abuse

The Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota has agreed on a settlement to pay $34 million to at least 93 victims of sexual abuse. In conjunction with the monetary compensation for the sexually abused victims, the settlement was designed to advance the ‘children protection movement’ and to prevent sexual predators,... click to read more



Providence Diocese Lists Priests Accused of Sexually Abusing Children

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, RI has recently released the names of 50 priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing children dating back to 1950. In the posting on their website, the diocese indicates that 19 of the 50 names are priests and deacons... click to read more



Group releases names of 109 clerics accused of sexual abuse in Diocese of Phoenix

The Catholic Church sexual abuse epidemic continues as the names of more than 100 clerics accused of abuse in the Phoenix Diocese were recently released to the public. According to the report filed, more than 50 of the names released have already passed away and another 25 priests’ whereabouts... click to read more



The Catholic Church is Not Alone

Nearly 20 years ago, The Boston Globe lifted the curtain on the Boston Archdiocese exposing their coordinated plan to help pedophile priests avoid detection from the public and the law. Sickening and self-serving, their plan allowed those same priests and clergy to continually sexually abuse hundreds of children in... click to read more



Gilead tries—and fails—to dodge lawsuit claiming it delayed safer HIV meds

After years of allegations directed towards Gilead Sciences regarding their decision to hold back the release of improved next-gen HIV drugs in order to maximize profits from their older generation drugs, a federal judge has finally allowed a key lawsuit to proceed. 140 patients in 31 states have claimed... click to read more



The Southern Baptist Convention must enact tough reform on its sexual abuse crisis

With 15 million members and more than 47,000 churches, Baptists make up the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. And ten years ago, Southern Baptists cried out to denominational leaders to create a registry of sexual abusers within the church. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) did not listen. Instead, they insisted... click to read more



Woman can sue Catholic Church in Pa. over alleged priest abuse 40 years ago, court says

With an important victory for sexual abuse victims, a Pennsylvania court has recently ruled that a woman can pursue her lawsuit claiming clergy in the Altoona-Johnstown, PA Roman Catholic Diocese covered up her alleged molestation by a priest. The lawsuit was initially dismissed by a county judge in 2017... click to read more



Police seized 57 items from Saginaw Diocese during raid, including ‘victim list’

Police in Saginaw, MI recently executed search warrants on three Catholic Diocese properties while investigating claims of sexual abuse done to minors by clergy. Public documents show that police seized nearly 60 items of evidence including what was found in the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet at the... click to read more



The U.S. Catholic Church spent more than $300M on abuse-related costs in 12 months

According to a recent report released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, from June 2017 to June 2018 the U.S. Catholic Church spent a whopping $301.6 million on clergy sexual abuse costs. Two-thirds of the clergy sexual abuse costs, or nearly $200 million, were spent on legal settlements.... click to read more



House panel OKs bill to extend statute of limitations for sex-abuse lawsuits

The Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee has voted by unanimous decision to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to sue their abusers and the institutions that shielded these criminal predators. This bill is a welcome relief for sexual abuse victims and their families. Jim Scanlan, a Rhode... click to read more



Buffalo Diocese pays $17.5M to 106 clergy sex abuse victims

106 childhood victims of Catholic Church sexual abuse in the Buffalo, NY area have been paid $17.5 million in compensation. The Buffalo, NY diocese has offered a total of 127 settlements with an average award of $158,622 to the sexual abuse victims. The largest settlement offer is $650,000 and... click to read more



More Than 80 Clergy Members Named in Sexual Abuse Report

Three sexual abuse survivors from the Albany, NY area testified in court recently that they were abused by more than 80 clergy members from the Albany Diocese. One woman testified that she was raped and exploited by a man who was a teacher and counselor at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons... click to read more



J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals Under Fire Again in Risperdal Trial

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals came under fire again when a Philadelphia jury awarded $70 million to the family of a boy who developed breasts while taking the company’s antipsychotic drug Risperdal. Apparently the jury found that Janssen intentionally falsified, destroyed or concealed evidence in the case in reaching... click to read more



IKEA Dresser and Chest Recall

As the father of a young child, I was devastated to hear about the tragic accidents which lead to the IKEA chest and dresser recall. A family’s home should always be a safe place and it is a shame that some companies continue to put their profits ahead of... click to read more



Appellate Court Refuses to Hear Further Arguments

Since the Third Circuit Court of Appeals refused to hear further arguments for altering the NFL Concussion Settlement Agreement, the only avenue left for players to challenge the agreement is the Supreme Court. While it is unlikely that the country’s highest court will agree to hear the case, former... click to read more



Appellate Court Approves NFL Concussion Settlement

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s order approving the NFL Concussion Settlement Agreement. While those challenging the agreement are displeased with today’s ruling, proponents of the agreement consider it a step in the right direction in getting much needed financial awards for retired players and... click to read more



Another Study Links Playing Football to Brain Trauma

We just added an additional page to our website concerning a new study done by the director of the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology concerning what some say is the strongest link yet between playing football and trauma to the brain. One striking part of the study... click to read more



NFL Retirement Plan Denies Former Player Disability Benefits

With billions of dollars in annual revenues, why is the NFL seemingly “nickel and diming” its former players when they apply for disability benefits? 12-year NFL cornerback Charles Dimry is suing the NFL’s retirement plan for denying him disability benefits. Dimry says he suffered two major neck injuries while... click to read more



NFL Taking Page from Big Tobacco Playbook?

An investigatory report published by the New York Times shreds the legitimacy of research papers produced by an NFL committee which downplayed the danger of head injuries. While the report chronicles the league’s use of faulty data in its reports (for example, the Dallas Cowboys didn’t report one concussion... click to read more



Cowboys Owner Says Not Enough Data to Link CTE to Football

On the heels of an NFL executive admitting that there is a link between football and degenerative brain disorders, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys made some comments that seemed to disagree with that assessment. Jerry Jones came out recently and said that he didn’t believe there was enough... click to read more



Questioning the NFL CTE Admission

The NFL has spent decades trying to discredit evidence that showed a link between playing football and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, also known as CTE. After years of denial, and untold millions of dollars in marketing to promote the safety of the game to parents of... click to read more



Troubling Allegations in Risperdal Trial

The most troubling aspect of a recent case decided against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) concerning its antipsychotic drug Risperdal is the allegation that the company deliberately withheld data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. An expert witness testified that J&J knew about the risk of gynecomastia associated with... click to read more



Two-step Mesothelioma Treatment Raises Two Emotions

After reading this article posted on our Mesothelioma & Asbestos page, I was elated that a potentially more effective way to treat mesothelioma with chemotherapy could be on the horizon. While the two-step method still has to be verified in human trials, there is hope that it will improve... click to read more



Innovator Liability in Massachusetts

After reading this article I wanted to see how Massachusetts’ courts had ruled on the issue of innovator liability. A majority of them found that brand name manufacturers were not liable for injuries caused by use of their identical generic versions. The courts’ reasoning seemed to be summed up... click to read more



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