09/25/2015 // Hartford, CT, USA // cttriallawyers // Neil Ferstand // (press release)
The Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association ongoing effort to transmit a variety of civil justice news items to Connecticut legislators reflecting the importance and extent to which civil justice and the civil justice system enters our lives. The week, legislators learned more about the dangerous marketing conduct by J&J who directed their sales force to illegally promote side effect ridden Risperdal to children and the elderly. The dangerous conduct would not have surfaced except for the public disclosure of information as a result of several lawsuits targeting the conduct. In further news, legislators learned of a recent federal study on the 2% rise of workplace deaths of older employees, contract workers and the self-employed. Latinos suffered the highest rate of job deaths at 3.6% of 100,000 workers followed by 3.4% for whites and 3.0% for African-American workers. Additional news items included reference to consumer studies of U.S. fast food chains that rely heavily on antibiotics in their foods. Subway, Starbucks, KFC and Domino’s Pizza were given an “F” for excessive antibiotic use. More news included new child safety measures for laundry pods and new FDA steps to ensure effectiveness of cleaning machines for scope used in medical procedures.