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There’s never enough time to fully track asbestos developments in Europe. However, a December 2018 article from Clyde & Co, caught my eye and is worth reading as to the assessment of defense side lawyer regarding the evidence needed for a plaintiff to prevail on secondary exposure cases, and trial practice in Scotland. The conclusions were as follows: “What can we learn? These cases were heard within a period of a few weeks of each…
Yesterday brought the issuance of dozens of papers about the importance – or not – of p-values. That’s important news for trial lawyers, corporate officers, corporate directors, and risk managers. Persons in those roles (and others) are in for surprises if not aware of and ready for debates about and likely reduction in the litigation-related power of p values. Indeed, the many papers issued yesterday on use of statistics deserve attention when thinking about opportunities…
Today, more and more studies involve gathering real world data as exposures occur, and then monitoring the health conditions of the monitored group. Studies of this sort sometimes are referred to as “exposomic studies.” New studies of this sort are underway in New Hampshire involving possible exposures to PFAs, and possible health. Interestingly, these studies include efforts to study whether exposures to PFAs produce observable changes in the immune systems of children. To that end,…
Massive, cheap computer power – often combined with AI – has facilitated much of the recent progress in understanding and working against cancer. Accordingly, it’s good to see that research against cancer will be one of the uses for the world’s most powerful supercomputer, which is headed for  the federal government’s Argonne Labs in Chicago’s western suburbs. To be operational in 2021, the supercomputer will operate at exaFLOP scale. What that heck does…
The times they are a changing. The other day, I stumbled across the Clinical Robotics Law Journal, after being intrigued by a February 20, 2019  article titled:  The Healing Touch: Haptic Feedback and the State-of-the-Art Defense.  Lots of other interesting article titles too, but I resisted the temptation for all but the one. As a teaser, here’s a paragraph from the article: “Today, private companies and institutions like UCLA are developing technologies that will…
A tobacco company is the latest entity to use bankruptcy to try to limit its obligations for a mass tort. This instance, however, is different because the bankruptcy is in Canada, ownership of the tobacco entities ties to Japan, and the bankruptcy follows on after restructuring efforts that a trial judge viewed as probably illegal fraudulent structures and transfers. This new bankruptcy follows the affirmance of the about $15 billion class action verdict against multiple…
So many issues lie ahead for litigation involving AI. With that in mind, here’s the abstract from a new paper by the indefatigible Dan Schwarcz and Anya Prince. This is the link to the paper at SSRN. “Abstract Big data and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the ways in which financial firms, governments, and employers classify individuals. Surprisingly, however, one of the most important threats to anti-discrimination regimes posed by this revolution is largely…
The $15 billion or so Quebec class action verdict in Canada against tobacco companies was upheld late on Friday in a 440 page opinion, in French. It will interesting to watch the reactions of stock markets, and learn more as commentaries and English language translations are distributed. The Eye on the Trials blog is an excellent source of information about the case.    …
What if Alexa went to law school? That’s the interesting headline used to tee of some exchanges about AI and changes to Lexis/Nexis products, including legal research and court dockets.  This February 11, 2019 post at Dewey B. Strategic is worth reading for some glimpses into the past and what’s ahead; it is titled: Lexis Prepares to Launch a Research Bot – And a CourtLink Makeover…