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December 2018 Archives

Report: Johnson & Johnson tried to cover up asbestos in its talc

Reuters recently reviewed internal Johnson & Johnson (J&J) documents and found that, between at least 1971 and the early 2000's, J&J talc products sometimes tested positive for asbestos. Company executives suspected as early as 1957 that their talc products contained asbestos.

Older drivers' medications could be a DUI risk

According to recent research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, almost half of older adults remain active drivers while using seven or more prescription medications. More disturbing is the fact that almost 20 percent of those drivers may be using medications that are considered potentially inappropriate, meaning that their risks generally outweigh their benefits. Some of those, like benzodiazepines and older antihistamines, can cause driving impairment and may increase the risk of a crash by as much as 300 percent.

For service members, a DUI conviction has serious consequences

In Tennessee, the penalties for DUI can be harsh, even for first-time offenders. As we've discussed before, jail time, fines and a suspended license are just the beginning. You could miss work or even lose your job. You could lose your professional license or CDL. There are fees for testing your blood alcohol content and for reinstating your license once the suspension is over. If you want to drive, costly SR-22 insurance and interlock is required. And that's all for a first-time, uncomplicated DUI conviction.

Don't start the New Year with a DUI

The holidays are a time when families come together - and when impaired drivers hit the road. Tragically, countless drivers and passengers lose their lives every year between Christmas and New Year's. From 2012 to 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration attributed an average of 300 fatalities to drunk driving. If you anticipate drinking this season, it is important to have a plan in place so that you and your loved ones get home safely and avoid a DUI.

10th Circuit upholds opening DUI prosecutions before tests ready

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a Utah county's policy of initiating DUI prosecutions before the defendants' blood alcohol tests have returned from the lab. Although this decision doesn't directly affect Tennessee, our courts could easily rule the same way.

New guidelines allow kids with mild concussions to get active after just two days

If you've had a child with a concussion, you know that the main treatment is rest -- both physical and mental. For nearly a decade, concussions among children have required enforced rest in a dim room with no screens, books or stimulation of any kind. It isn't easy, especially for children with a lot of energy to burn, but it was thought necessary to promote healing.

2 justices dissent on denial of review in DUI evidence case

A drunk driving case recently made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. At issue was whether the defendant's right to confront witnesses was violated when a blood-alcohol test was presented as evidence without the testimony of the analyst who performed the test. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case, but a pair of justices from opposite ends of the political spectrum collaborated to dissent from that decision.

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