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Hypoxia and Medical Malpractice Law

Hypoxia is caused by insufficient oxygen to a baby’s brain before, during, or after the birth. While hypoxia does not necessarily result in permanent injury, if addressed or treated improperly, it can cause permanent conditions like cerebral palsy, HIE or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, or cognitive abnormalities. In addition, although majority of babies born with a mild […]

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What Doesn’t Kill You, Makes You Weaker: Defective Medical Products

Nothing can be more devastating than realizing that you are now suffering a life-threatening condition after getting treatment for a less serious disease. Unfortunately, thousands of American women suffer consequences after undergoing sling procedure for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a pelvic disorder that can be bothersome but not entirely fatal. Danger to […]

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A Final Decision on Marriage Equality Coming Soon

The question of marriage equality has been a hot topic for at least the past two decades. This particular legal question is unique in the way that everybody knows the most likely conclusion; it’s just that we haven’t reached that point yet. But, after all these years, it seems like the circuit courts are finally […]

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Uber Has Chance to Become Legal in Philly

There is legislation that may legalize Uber, but the Philadelphia Parking Authority will only support the bill if it passes certain requirements. The taxi app has been in use (technically illegally) in Philadelphia for a year. The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), which regulates taxi services, famously targeted the ride-sharing app in an undercover sting operation […]

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N.J. Senate Overrides Christie for the First Time

The New Jersey Senate voted Thursday to override Gov. Christie’s veto of gun legislation, a surprising development that has eluded state Democrats for almost six years. The successful veto attributed to three Republican senators joining the chamber’s 24 Democrats to support a bill that makes it difficult for persons with a history of mental health […]

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Penn State Considers Gender-Neutral Toilets while Philadelphia Provides New Protections for Transgenders

Until recently, using the public bathrooms only catered to two genders, ignoring the transgender community. Now some cities are making a big change, as Philadelphia joins the company of a number of cities that require protection for the transgender community. On Sept. 10, a bill that amends Title IX of the Philadelphia Code was introduced. […]

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Philly Police’s New State Accreditation Improves City Policing

After six years and over 100 policies and directive revisions, the Philadelphia Police Department has achieved its accreditation from the state of Pennsylvania. With approximately 6,500 sworn personnel, the PPD is the largest law-enforcement agency in the state, which has over 1,100 police departments in 67 counties. The accreditation of the department brings the state’s […]

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Microsoft Wants US Government to Follow EU Privacy Laws

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s president and chief legal officer, published a blog post about the effects of a collapse of the Safe Harbour agreement between the US and EU. In the blog post, Smith asks the US government to comply that “it will only demand access to private information stored in the United States and is […]

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