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Soon all new cars could come with breathalyzers

If you're convicted of driving drunk in Tennessee, the court is likely to order you to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your car. Much like a roadside breathalyzer test, an IID requires you to breathe into the device to get a reading on how much alcohol is in your breath. This is then translated to a blood-alcohol level.

Case study ties asbestos-tainted talcum powder to mesothelioma

As we've discussed on this blog, thousands of lawsuits have been brought against Johnson & Johnson's baby powder and other products containing talc. Those cases allege that using J&J's talc-based products for routine hygiene caused mesothelioma or ovarian cancer. Unfortunately for the plaintiffs, it can be difficult to prove what specific product or practice caused a particular patient's cancer.

Jury imposes $8 billion punitive damages against J&J for Risperdal

Thousands of lawsuits involving the drug Risperdal have been filed against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The main complaint by most of the young men suing is that taking Risperdal caused gynecomastia, or the abnormal development of breasts. Many plaintiffs were prescribed Risperdal as minors and none were told they might develop breasts.

Without admitting fault, J&J reaches opioid deal with 2 counties

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio had the second-highest rate of fatal opioid overdoses in the country in 2017. West Virginia led the nation in per capita opioid deaths. That's part of the reason why Ohio is central to the National Prescription Opiate Litigation, where thousands of cases against opioid manufacturers have been consolidated.

Yes, you can get a DUI for drunken lawn mower driving

Recently, a Wisconsin man lost his appeal on a fourth-offense DUI in that state. The reason he had appealed was unusual: he had been operating a riding lawn mower when police pulled him over. He wasn't mowing his lawn when he was pulled over in 2017 -- he was using the lawn mower as transportation on city streets.

Utah lawmaker aims to make driving while THC-positive a felony

The legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes has revealed a serious issue in DUI enforcement. In the past, when marijuana was illegal throughout the United States, jurisdictions generally had zero tolerance laws for THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. That meant that being caught driving with any detectible amount of THC in your bloodstream resulted in DUI charges, regardless of whether you were actually impaired.

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