A selection of the need-to-know civil justice news for the week of June 24-30.


Here’s to You, Future Plaintiff in Lawsuit Against Axe-Throwing Business

Kevin Underhill | Lowering the Bar

You’re out there somewhere. You are the person who will say, “yes, it sounds like a good idea to go to a place that is full of drunk people throwing axes. That sounds like fun.”

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Man Who Jumped From Ambulance Says It’s New York City’s Fault

Sarah Maslin Nir | New York Times

In an ambulance speeding through Staten Island, a patient began tending to his own needs. He unbuckled the straps of the gurney on which he lay, and opened the doors of the moving vehicle. The patient, Yaugeni Kralkin, then jumped out, tumbling onto the asphalt and falling unconscious. On Friday, Mr. Kralkin, 56, filed suit in State Supreme Court on Staten Island against the city, the Fire Department and the four emergency medical workers who were administering to him that night last June.

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RX Drug Lawsuit Ads Could Scare Millions Out of Taking Their Medications

U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform

One in four Americans taking certain prescribed medicines say they would stop taking them immediately—without consulting their doctor—after seeing ads promoting lawsuits against the drugs’ manufacturers, according to a new national survey released by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR).

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Justices Won’t Hear Sanctioned Atty’s Fish Oil Class Action

Abraham Moussako | Law360

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a New Jersey attorney’s bid to revive his pro se class action, which accused Nordic Naturals Inc. of misrepresenting the safety of its fish oil supplements but ultimately exposed him to frivolous appeal sanctions.

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