Consolidation of Bair Hugger Lawsuits Planned for MN Federal Court

September 23, 2015

SEPTEMBER 2015 – A request was filed by a 3M / Arizant Healthcare, Inc. Bair Hugger plaintiff to transfer the 14 product liability claims alleging injuries related to Bair Hugger Forced Air Warmer (Bair Hugger FAW). The request states that centralized pre-trial proceedings would benefit parties and witnesses for both sides in the case by improving efficiency in regards to workload and by reducing the...

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When Your School is Under Federal Scrutiny

September 22, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education is closely monitoring 483 colleges over concerns of financial or federal compliance issues. The Department’s report, released June 1, 2015, includes three public institutions: Northern New Mexico College, Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari, N.M., and Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. A complete list of these colleges is here. Colleges on the Department of Education’s list are subject to “Heightened Cash...

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Partner Matthew McCarley Appointed to Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in IVC Filter Litigation

September 16, 2015

Matthew McCarley, a partner at Fears | Nachawati Law Firm, has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee (PEC) in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) regarding Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters manufactured by Cook Group, Inc.   IVC Filters were implanted to prevent blood clots from becoming coronary or pulmonary embolisms. However, reports first surfaced in 2005, that the radial arms and struts of the retrievable filters...

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Bankruptcy is Only for Low Wage Earners? Think Again!

September 16, 2015

According to, approximately 60 percent of bankruptcy filers have incomes of less than $30,000. For many of these filers, even a small economic hiccup can cause financial ruin, such as reduced hours at work, a lawsuit, or medical expenses. But if you think that personal bankruptcy happens only to lower-income people, consider that many upper-income professionals are seeking bankruptcy protection. This is largely believed...

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Will ObamaCare Reduce the Number of Personal Bankruptcy Filings?

September 9, 2015

The Wall Street Journal recently published a very thought-provoking piece in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision over ObamaCare. The article entitled The Future of Personal Bankruptcy in a Post-Obamacare World hypothesizes that a mandatory health care system designed to give people access to affordable health insurance will reduce the number of personal bankruptcy cases. The article focuses on the research of Northeastern...

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When a House is Not a Home

September 4, 2015

Recently, a New Jersey bankruptcy court reminded us that home is where you hang your hat. But what makes a house a home will vary between bankruptcy courts. The case was In re Abraham, 2014 WL 3377370 (Bankr. D.N.J. July 10, 2014), a Chapter 7 case involving a claim under the federal homestead exemption. The facts in this case are a little unusual, but not...

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