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Opioid Epidemic Reduces American Lifespans

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For the first time since the Spanish Flu outbreak in the 1920s, life expectancy in the United States has declined two years in a row, and observers say painkiller addiction is the reason why. Life expectancy had risen every year since 1993, which was the height of the AIDS epidemic, and is now at 78.6
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6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Text and Drive

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All of us have seen the videos that show the horrific dangers of texting while driving and we have seen numerous billboards that urge us not to use our mobile phones on the road, but many people still continue to do it, thinking that they have everything under control and that nothing will ever happen
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World Trade Center Litigation: What You Need to Know

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After the 9/11 events took place, there were many people who were direct victims of the attack as well as those who took part in rescue and cleaning up efforts. Since the attack and its consequences had a severe impact on the surviving victims, rescuers and cleaners health, many of them tried to claim their
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Construction Accident Attorney in New York

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HURT AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN NEW YORK? CALL US. Because so many companies are so eager to place profits before people, construction accidents are very common in New York City and elsewhere. If you or somebody you know was injured at a construction...
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Construction Accidents NY: How to Behave and Who to Contact?

Did you know that at least one in five workplace fatalities are construction-related? It’s a lot to think about, especially if you are a construction worker yourself, or you care deeply about someone who is. But, non-fatal accidents (thousands of them on a daily basis) still outnumber fatal ones – it’s useful to know then
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Partner Hunter Shkolnik: Speaker on Opioid Crisis

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HB Litigation Conferences Presents Opioid Crisis: Claims, Damages & Science Hunter J. Shkolnik will be a member of the experienced faculty providing an overview of the opioid crisis and the current state of litigation. This complimentary web seminar was designed by plaintiff attorneys for plaintiff attorneys. Event Details Friday, January 5, 2018 from 2:00pm to
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Annoying Telemarketers – How to Get them to Stop

Receiving multiple, repeated calls from telemarketers can be annoying, and in some cases, it could even be the sign of scam. Robocalls are used extensively in a variety of ways, as appointment reminders, credit card alerts, political campaigns and even scams. Whether or not they are legitimate or not, they can become a nuisance. If
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University Policies On and Off Campus

Each university has the authority to set its own policies for students behavior, both on and off campus. Indeed, a student may be penalized for a violation even when it occurs off-campus, such as an act of sexual assault. For those attending college, understanding your university’s on- and off-campus policies is essential. Here are some
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Should you file a Firefighter Hearing Loss Lawsuit?

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Do you need an Attorney to file a Firefighter Hearing Loss Lawsuit? Firefighters are constantly exposed to plenty of dangerous threats when they are out in the field, from all the fire and toxic smoke to unstable constructions damaged by a fire that can quickly and easily collapse. This is something that they face all the
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What Makes A Contract Illegal?

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Most contracts that people are entered into are legally binding, and all parties who sign have a duty to fulfill any obligations outlined within the contract. However, some contracts are illegal or invalid. There are many different types of contracts, ranging from those that involve real estate transaction to employment contracts. It is important that
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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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Sexual harassment is a serious concern in the workplace, and more and more people in the public eye ranging from Al Franken to Harvey Weinstein to Bill O’Reilly have recently been accused of or settled workplace sexual harassment claims. But sexual harassment doesn’t just happen amongst the rich and famous; sexual harassment can occur in any workplace
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The Tax Bill Explained

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There are many aspects of the recent GOP tax bill that may need further explanation or could be difficult to understand. Indeed, taxes and legislation are very complex, and to the layperson, tax law can be very complicated. That being said, regardless of who you are, if you live in America you may be affected
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What Is the FDA Approval Process?

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Before a prescription drug can be sold in the United States, it must go through a rigorous approval process managed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The point of the approval process is to test the drug in various ways and determine both its efficacy and any risks or dangers it poses. Here’s
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Traveling for the Holidays: What You Need to Know

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With the holiday season here, many may be planning trips to spend the festive time with family or friends. If you will be traveling this holiday season, it is important to review the basics for staying safe, whether you will be traveling by plane or car. Travel Tips When Going by Air Flying is often
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Fentanyl Billionaire Denies Paying Kickbacks

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Opioid multimillionaire John Kapoor pleaded not guilty to charges of racketeering, conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud in an Arizona federal court; prosecutors claim that Mr. Kapoor’s company — Insys Therapeutics — gave doctors millions of dollars in kickbacks if they prescribed one of the company’s prescription pain pills. Mr. Kapoor became a billionaire in
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Paul Napoli: Leadership Appointment in CO PFOA Litigation

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Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is proud to announce that Paul Napoli was named Liaison Counsel in the Colorado PFOA / PFOS Toxic Tort Litigation (Bell, et al. v. The 3M Company, et al., No. 1:16-cv-02351-RBJ) by the Honorable Judge R. Brooke Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. Mr. Napoli was
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Opioid Crisis Costs: Is There a Cause of Action?

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This article is written by Paul Napoli and Marie Napoli; it was published in the November 16, 2017 issue of The New York Law Journal. This article discusses whether New York municipalities can bring claims against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids to recover money spent on health care and related costs. Part I provides
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Federal Regulators Approve Smart Pill

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MyCite tablets from Abilify may help doctors give better care to their patients, and they also has some interesting legal implications for dangerous drug cases. The aripiprazole tablets, which the Food and Drug Administration has approved for treatment of manic depression and schizophrenia, have tiny ingestible sensors. When the patient swallows the tablet, the sensor
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What Is The Difference Between Reasonable Care And Standard

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In personal injury law, in order to be negligent, you either have to do something to cause harm to someone else or fail to act to do something that causes their injury. This is a gray area since accidents happen all the time; finding fault and liability are not always as clear-cut as you would
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Buying Safe Holiday Gifts

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With the holidays just around the corner, chances are that you are about to start your holiday shopping (if you haven’t already done so!). However, before you hit the stores, it is important to remember that not all gifts are safe, and when purchasing presents especially for kids it is smart to keep safety in mind. Here’s
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How Safe Is Your Private Information?

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Today, the majority of people’s private information is stored in computer, or in “the cloud.” Indeed, even if you personally do not use online banking or make online purchases, a party that carries your information like Equifax could be subject to a data breach. When this happens, your personal information, including things like your name, birthday, Social
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Organic vs. Natural: What’s the Difference?

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As a consumer in the United States, you have the right to know what you are consuming. However, you may be confused by food product labels, and unsure of the difference between claims of “organic” vs “natural.” Here’s what you need to know about all-natural vs. organic in the United States What Is Organic? In
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Staying Safe During Halloween

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Halloween is here, and if you are a parent, there’s no doubt that your little ghoul or goblin is quite excited about trick-or-treating. Before you grab the pillowcases for candy collection, though, consider these tips for staying safe during this haunted holiday Take Action to Prevent Against Pedestrian Accidents The American Academy of Pediatrics reports
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Selena Gomez Reveals New Kidney Nearly Failed After Surgery & Details 'Brutal' Recovery - Hollywood Life

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Hollywood LifeSelena Gomez Reveals New Kidney Nearly Failed After Surgery & Details Brutal RecoveryHollywood LifeIn her revealing Today Show interview, Selena Gomez detailed the second emergency surgery she had to have after her live-saving kidney transplant, and joined her donor, Francia Raisa, in explaining the tough recovery process. Selena Gomez, 25, and
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Luke Skywalker Speaks - New York Times

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New York TimesLuke Skywalker SpeaksNew York TimesAfter more than three decades since he was last onscreen, years of anticipation and some two hours into “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” there was Luke Skywalker, the once youthful hero of this science-fiction saga, revealed as a weathered elder ... Star Wars: The Last Jedi Star Adam Driver Slips Major Spoiler About Rey s ParentsComicbook.comStar Wars 8: Did Adam Driver Just Spoil Rey s Parentage?Screen RantThe Internet Is Convinced That Adam Driver Spoiled A Big Secret About Rey In Star WarsRefinery29MovieWeb
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The Latest: Power outages, school closures in New Hampshire - Washington Post

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Washington PostThe Latest: Power outages, school closures in New HampshireWashington PostThe Latest on a severe storm packing heavy rain and high wind sweeping through the Northeast (all times local):. 7:30 a.m.. A severe storm has caused over 260,000 power outages and forced the closure of hundreds of school districts in New Hampshire.Severe Weather Sweeps Through Northeast, 300K Without PowerU.S. News & World ReportStorm on Sandy Anniversary Leaves 600K in Dark Across NortheastNBCNews.comStorm blasts state, leaving nearly 300000 without powerThe Boston GlobeWCVB Boston
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Apple engineer fired after sharing his iPhone X with the world - BGR

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BGRApple engineer fired after sharing his iPhone X with the worldBGRRemember the last week s iPhone X hands-on video that was recorded on Apple s campus? Well, it turns out that Apple really didn t like that stunt, as that iPhone belonged to an iPhone X engineer. The video was quickly pulled from YouTube, and the ...Apple reportedly fires engineer whose daughter shot iPhone X video from the Apple campus9to5MacYouTuber Daughter s iPhone X Video Gets Apple Engineer FiredValueWalkApple engineer fired over early iPhone X leakBBC NewsNew York Daily News
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DEA Sponsors National Prescription Take Back Day

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The Drug Enforcement Administration is encouraging New Yorkers to clear out their medicine cabinets and turn in unused pain pills and other prescription medications, with no questions asked. The last such event, in April 2017, netted over 450 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,000 nationwide sites. SInce the program began in September 2010, officials
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Cuyahoga County (OH) & Napoli Shkolnik File Opioid Suit

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Today, Cuyahoga County filed suit against manufacturers, distributors, and four individuals who were instrumental in promoting opioids for sale and distribution nationally and in Cuyahoga. Some of the manufacturer defendants include: Purdue Pharma LP, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Cephalon, Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The distributor defendants include: McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen Corp. Cuyahoga County has seen a
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Fulton County, GA Fights Opioids with Napoli Shkolnik

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Georgia s largest county, Fulton County, is joining the fight against the opioid epidemic. They are filing a lawsuit against companies that make and distribute the addictive painkillers. Fulton County wants to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the government costs associated with publicly funded treatments for problems associated with opioids. The County s opioid abuse death rate
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Brain Injuries (CTE)

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CTE Claims Against Youth Football Organizations Football is a very violent sport that carries a very high risk of injury, but scientists are just beginning to understand the kind of violence that is most dangerous and the nature of the hidden risk...
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Gun Control – Who’s Liable?

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The recent attack by a lone gunman in Las Vegas has, rightly so, reignited the debate about gun control in the United States. In addition to gun control laws, many are asking questions about liability when shootings and serious or fatal injuries occur. The Argument for Gun Insurance One area of conversation that has been
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Allergies: Common Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

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Allergies are one of the most common health complications in the United States, with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reporting that about 50 million people in the United States suffer from nasal allergies alone, which does not include skin allergies, food allergies, or eye allergies. Consider these common causes of allergies, symptoms, and
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Have A Disaster Preparation Plan

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Natural disasters seem to be striking at an alarmingly high rate, with events like tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and fires causing devastation to people in the United States and around the world. Since natural disasters can be hard to predict and often hit suddenly and forcefully preparing for a natural disaster is smart. Unfortunately we have seen the
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Marie Napoli on the Law on Sex Addicts and Weinstein

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As an attorney who has been published on sexual harassment under Title VII,* tried and settled many sexual harassment cases and helped develop the legal standard at the appellate level in New York State, I have been closely following the dramatic and infuriating unraveling of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. To date, close to 40 women have
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Fall Safety Fire Tips

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As weather cools, now is the time of year that people begin to turn to manufactured sources of heat to stay warm, ranging from in-home fireplaces to electric blankets to space heaters to home heating systems. While these are all great ways to keep cozy when fall temperatures dip and certainly when fall transitions to winter sources
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The Emerging Crisis of PFAS Exposure

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This article was written by Paul Napoli and Tate J. Kunkle and appeared in the New York Law Journal (October 7, 2017) Are PFAS the next MTBE? Or, perhaps the next asbestos? Or, in the words of William Shakespeare, is it much ado about nothing? That is the question from both sides of the bar,
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Crime Stories with Nancy Grace Invites Hunter Shkolnik

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In this segment of Crime Stories with Nancy Grace (Sirius XM Channel 132) Napoli Shkolnik Partner Hunter Shkolnik joins the discussion about the latest controversy involving the Steven Avery case. A judge recently rejected a request for a new trial despite hundreds of thousands of people calling for the pardon of the star of the
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Class Action Lawsuit Filed For PFOA Contamination in Yaphank

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Napoli Shkolnik has filed a class action lawsuit against five manufacturers of aqueous firefighting foams (“AFFF”) containing perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (“PFOS”) and perfluorooctanoic acid (“PFOA”) for the contamination of the groundwater relied upon by the residents of Yaphank, New York. The class action complaint was filed in the Supreme Court for the State of New York,
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Marie Napoli on Crime Stories with Nancy Grace

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Partner Marie Napoli was recently invited on Crime Stories with Nancy Grace (Sirius XM Channel 132). The topic of the segment centered around new rape allegations against famed Hollywood director Roman Polanski. Mr. Polanski is an award winning movie director whose films have included Oscar nominated films include Rosemary s Baby, Chinatown and Tess. In 2003
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Genesee County & Napoli Shkolnik Take On Opioid Fight

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Genesee County Attorney Kevin Earl announced that the county would retain Napoli Shkolnik PLLC to obtain compensation for the money that the county has spent combatting the opioid addiction crisis. Genesee County’s social services department has borne the brunt of these costs. These professionals must “spend a great deal of time and effort on trying
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Age Discrimination in the Workplace

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Workplace discrimination is prohibited against under federal law, as well as state laws throughout the country. While most people assume that illegal discrimination is discrimination that is based on sex, religion, or race, age discrimination is also prohibited. If you are affected by age discrimination, you can take legal action as The Age Discrimination Employment
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The EPA and Trump: What are the plans?

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When President Donald Trump was on the campaign trail, his feelings about the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and his plan for it were made clear. As he has moved through the first year of his presidency, his feelings about the EPA haven’t changed, and while he probably won’t eliminate the EPA, he has rolled back
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Officials Call On DoD PFOS Water Sampling In Newburgh

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer announced earlier this week that the U.S. Department of Defense would begin taking water samples for PFOS around Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. He and other officials say it’s a step forward but far-off from what they want to see happen. So New York state will take the lead.
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U.S. Navy Secretary Visits LI for Bethpage Water

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BETHPAGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The secretary of the U.S. Navy visited Long Island on Friday to see first-hand the legacy of groundwater pollution that has been traced to Navy work during World War II. The visit came as testing of wells showed radioactive radium is spreading, CBS2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported. Monique Aksoy is one of many
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Paul Napoli Appointed a Leadership Role in Opioid Litigation

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Napoli Shkolnik PLLC is proud to announce that Paul Napoli was named Co-Lead Counsel in the New York Opioid Cost Recovery Litigation by Judge Jerry Garguilo of the Supreme Court of the State of New York for Suffolk County. In this role, Mr. Napoli will oversee all currently pending cases filed by counties within New
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CVS Limits Dangerous Opioid Prescriptions

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In addition to certain other restrictions, the retail drug chain announced that it would limit certain pain pill prescriptions to seven-day supplies. CEO Larry J. Merlo said the changes would take effect in February 2018. Some of these other changes include a refusal to substitute extended-release pills for immediate-release pills unless the doctor specifies otherwise,
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Paul Napoli Speaks to ABC-7 About Opioid Litigation

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Paul Napoli, Marie Napoli and Hunter J. Shkolnik recently appeared in Suffolk Supreme Court to move the opioid litigation forward. The lawsuit is one of the largest, coordinated lawsuits in the country against big pharma involving the growing opioid epidemic in Long Island, New York. Nine New York counties, including Broome, Dutchess, Eerie, Nassau, Orange,
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Data Breaches – What Should You Do?

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Data breaches where consumers’ personal financial or medical information are exposed are becoming more and more common. For example, the recent Equifax breach, in which hackers were able to access people’s names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, driver’s license numbers, and more affected about 143 million people, and is not the first breach of its kind. If you
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The Link Between Playgrounds And Injuries

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Children under 14 suffer playground-related head injuries at an alarming rate, according to a recent study. In the most exhaustive examination since 1999, the Centers for Disease Control found about 35 out of every 100,000 children who visit a playground fall and suffer a head injury, and the injury rate among children between 5 and
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NTSB Eyes Key Errors In Troy Gentry Helo Crash

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In a preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that the New Jersey helicopter accident that killed country music singer Troy Gentry may not have been “accidental” at all. Several hours before a scheduled concert, Mr. Gentry went up in a Schweizer 269C helicopter “to provide an orientation/pleasure flight to the passenger who
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Are Energy Bars and Drinks Safe?

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Energy bars and energy drinks are often touted as not only being the ideal way to give yourself a much needed burst of power, but also as being healthy meal alternatives or healthy snacks. However, energy bars and drinks may not actually be as safe as they’re advertised. In fact, multiple lawsuits have been filed
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DoD, state tangle over water contamination reimbursement

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State spending in response to the toxic chemical contamination that has poisoned the City of Newburgh’s primary water supply and private wells in the towns of Newburgh and New Windsor is $25 million and estimated to grow by another $26 million. What may be shrinking, however, is the state’s chances of recouping any of that
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