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Many businesses, including law firms, recognize the benefits in promoting diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workforce. Successful law firms will have attorneys from diverse backgrounds that better represent the clients and communities they serve. What Are the Challenges for Smaller Firms? Today, nearly every large law firm in the United States has a D&I department. With their wealth of resources, the big law firms can allocate significant amounts of time and money to diversity…
Allegations of fraudulent asbestos claims have been an issue in asbestos litigation due to bankruptcy trusts running low on cash, and plaintiffs suing non-bankrupt companies with limited to no asbestos exposure to that company’s product. In 2018, an affiliate of Georgia Pacific filed for U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy due to an asbestos litigation case, In Re Bestwall LLC. Recently the United States Department of Justice filed a Statement of Interest in In Re Bestwall LLC that there…
Two COVID-19 vaccines have been submitted for approval to the Food and Drug Administration. While this is an important step towards bringing the pandemic under control, the vaccine’s efficacy is limited unless an overwhelming majority of the population is vaccinated. Current polling suggests that only a slim majority of people would choose to receive the vaccine. So, if large numbers of people are unwilling to receive the vaccine, what’s next? Can the government make vaccination…
On November 3rd, 2020, the Missouri Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from Johnson & Johnson and Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. (“J&J”) in Robert Ingham et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., letting stand a state appellate decision which affirmed a $2.2 billion jury verdict against the consumer giant and for women who claimed their ovarian cancer was caused by use of J&J’s talcum powder products.  The original jury verdict of $4.69…
Like everyone else, I was thrilled by Pfizer and BioNTech’s joint announcement of a COVID-19 vaccine that is 90% effective. That made me wonder what exactly is involved in developing and—most importantly—proving that a vaccine works and is reasonably safe. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is in Phase III trials. What does that mean? The Food and Drug Administration’s process for new drugs normally is complex and lengthy. It can easily stretch out for years and create…
Rasmussen Dickey Moore is proud to announce our ranking on the 2021 U.S. News & World Report–Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list! Of course, our clients already know that RDM is among the best law firms providing nationwide coverage for not only products liability and toxic torts, but also insurance law, environmental law, commercial litigation, and much more. RDM delivers unparalleled dedication, flexibility, and value to our clients. Our attorneys have the extensive experience,…