Light drinkers beware: buzzed driving is drunk driving

When people think about drinking and driving, they often assume it mostly happens on special occasions like New Year’s Eve. There’s some truth to that, but it’s important to recognize that the “high season” for drunk driving runs from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. It’s not that people are more lenient towards drinking and driving

Johnson & Johnson loses Australian class action over pelvic mesh

For decades, one way doctors have treated organ prolapse is by surgically installing mesh implants into the pelvis to keep the prolapsing organ in the position where it is naturally supposed to be. Unfortunately, many women who have had pelvic mesh implants have experienced bleeding, chronic pain and severe pain during intercourse, and many have

From ‘Blackout Wednesday” to ‘Danksgiving’: Be safe this holiday

Every year, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issue campaigns to fight holiday drunk driving. The DOT also releases funds to be used for extra law enforcement on holiday weekends, including Thanksgiving, when drunk driving is common. You should expect extra DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols this week.

5 things to remember about the big breath-alcohol testing story

Last week, we discussed the New York Times’ major investigation into the reliability of breathalyzer tests around the country. This was a big story because the Times found that breathalyzers from various manufacturers used around the country suffer from the same technical difficulties. Thousands of DUI cases are already being reopened in at least two

Former executive: Juul knowingly sold contaminated vape pods

A former senior vice president for global finance at Juul, the nation’s most prominent maker of e-cigarettes, recently filed a whistleblower lawsuit. He claims he was fired in retaliation for objecting to illegal and unsafe conduct at the company. In particular, he claims that Juul shipped at least a million contaminated nicotine pods, along with others

The Fourth Amendment protects your cellphone

In this new age of technology, people share and store extremely personal information on their cellphones. And nearly every person in Tennessee and across the country has their cellphone on their person at all times. Storing personal information on our cellphones might be handy. However, it could be dangerous when individuals are facing criminal charges.

Did Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary market opioids deceptively?

In September, a judge in Oklahoma ruled that Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, caused a public nuisance with its two opioid medications, Duragesic and Nucynta. He also ruled that the company had marketed these drugs deceptively. The Judge ordered J&J and Janssen to pay $572 million in damages to the State. Since the Oklahoma

New York Times: DUI breath tests often inaccurate, exaggerated

In 2010, when a new person was brought in to run Washington, D.C.’s breath testing program, his first priority was to test the city’s Intoxilyzer machines for accuracy. He was astounded to discover that every machine was exaggerating the test results, entering numbers that were 20 to 40 percent higher than the actual result. This

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