All It Took Was a Cup of Coffee

July 31, 2007

In a recent experiment, psychologists at Yale altered people’s judgments of a stranger by handing them a cup of coffee.

The study participants, college students, had no idea that their social instincts were being deliberately manipulated. On the way to the laboratory, they had bumped into a laboratory assistant, who was holding textbooks, a clipboard, papers and a cup of hot or iced coffee – and asked for a hand with the cup.

That was all it took: The students who held a cup of iced coffee rated a hypothetical person they later read about as being much colder, less social and more selfish than did their fellow students, who had momentarily held a cup of hot java.

Findings like this one, as improbable as they seem, have poured forth

Who’s Minding the Mind? (via The New York Times)

Share This:
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Technorati
  • LinkedIn

Nike Settles Discrimination Suit

July 31, 2007

Nike Inc. has reached a $7.6-million settlement in a class-action race discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of 400 black employees of the company’s Chicago Niketown store, the company said Monday. The lawsuit, filed in 2003, claimed managers at the retail store used racial slurs to refer to black workers and customers. They also said the store segregated black employees into lower-paying jobs as stockroom workers and cashiers rather than giving them lucrative sales jobs. And they alleged managers made unfounded accusations of theft against black workers and directed store security to monitor black employees and customers because of their race. Nike has denied the allegations.
Chicago Business News, Analysis & Articles | Nike settles discrimination suit over Chicago Niketown | Crain’s

(via Chicago Business News, Analysis & Articles | Nike settles discrimination suit over Chicago Niketown | Crain’s )

Share This:
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Technorati
  • LinkedIn

test

July 31, 2007

test

Share This:
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Technorati
  • LinkedIn

New York Enacts Patient Protection

July 29, 2007

[Governor] Spitzer signs patient protection bill

`The legislation will provide for appropriate patient safety standards regarding whether a surgery can be performed in a hospital, ambulatory surgery center, or a doctor’s office. Currently, surgeries performed in doctor’s offices are not regulated in New York State. Practitioners are not currently bound by the same credentialing and safety requirements as hospitals and are not required to report adverse outcomes.

The new law:

●Requires office-based surgery be performed by physicians in a setting that has obtained and maintained accreditation from an entity approved by the state Health Commissioner.

●Requires that operating in an un-accredited setting would constitute professional medical misconduct.

●Requires physicians to report adverse office-based surgery events including patient deaths and unplanned hospital admissions within one business day to the Department of Health Patient Safety Center.

●Requires that individual reports be considered confidential and not be subject to the Freedom of Information Law or discovery.

Nationwide, the number of surgical procedures performed in doctors’ offices instead of hospitals has more than doubled in the last decade ? with nearly 10 million surgical procedures performed annually in office-based settings since 2000. The procedures being performed are increasingly complicated surgical and invasive procedures.

Share This:
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Technorati
  • LinkedIn

Worker's Compensation

July 29, 2007

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system of benefits paid by employers to workers who experience job-related injuries or diseases. The Commission operates the state court system for workers’ compensation cases. A case is first tried by an arbitrator, whose decision may be reviewed by a panel of three commissioners.

Share This:
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Technorati
  • LinkedIn

Car Accident Suit Ends in a $45M Verdict

July 27, 2007

Family Awarded Nearly $45 Million in Wrongful Death, Personal Injury Case

The family of a 9-year-old girl who was killed in a February 2006 crash in Lakeland was awarded nearly $45 million Wednesday in a wrongful death and personal injury case.

Of that amount, nearly $40 million was awarded for personal injury, believed to be the largest such award ever in Polk County.

Last year Morgan Bryant, 9, and Brittany Hooten, 8, died after the pickup they were riding in was struck by a large truck.

Carla Bryant, Morgan’s mother, was driving the pickup and was seriously injured in the accident. Carla Bryant was awarded nearly $40 million because she suffered permanent injuries and mental anguish.

Share This:
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Technorati
  • LinkedIn

Evenflo Hit With $10M Car Seat Verdict

July 27, 2007

A jury has ordered child safety seat maker Evenflo Co. to pay $10.4 million to the parents of a 4-month-old boy who died of head injuries in a car crash.

The district court jury awarded $3.7 million in punitive damages to Chad and Jessica Malcolm on Thursday, a day after deciding the Livingston couple should receive $6.7 million in compensatory damages for the death of their son, Tyler.

Evenflo has lost at least three cases over its car seats, for a total of $19.6 million, according to the couple’s attorney.

The company said it would appeal the latest verdict to the state Supreme Court.

Share This:
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Technorati
  • LinkedIn

Predatory Lending

July 27, 2007

I have several of my clients who, against my advice, have gone ahead and signed loan agreements with various providers of this sort of advances. I am following this with great interest.

 A new suits has been filed against a loan outfit alleging usurious rates in violation of Illinois Statute.

The Plaintiff states that he wishes to assert a class action claim against the Defendant for alleged violations of the Illinois Interest Act, 815 ILCS 205/1 et seq.. He claims that the Defendant has engaged in a series of transactions in which it and its principals and employees have convinced him and other similarly situated persons to enter into a number of loans charging unlawful, usurious rates of interest. These loans allegedly charged interest between five and ten times the statutory maximum.

[…]

The Plaintiff argues that the minimum 45% interest per annum charged in the promissory notes violates the Illinois Interest Act, 815 ILCS 205/4, setting a statutory maximum allowable interest rate of 9% per annum. Under that statute, the Plaintiff contends, the Defendant is liable to him and to other similarly situated persons for twice the total of all interest, discount and charges determined by the loan contractor or paid by them, along with attorneys’ fees and costs.

Share This:
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Technorati
  • LinkedIn

Next Page »

chicago evanston top 100 personal injury attorneys
chicago evanston million dollar advocate personal injury attorneys
chicago evanston personal injury law guru attorneys

evanston chicago personal injury attorneys testimonials

“I just wanted to say hello and a BIG thanks to you for what you did for me. It was a year ago, that I got the settlement, and I’m still stunned at what transpired… and so quickly.”J.A.