The New Drug Recall Lawyers

Written by Richard Martin

Givenrepparttar monstrous size and profitability of drug companies, some plaintiff lawyers are considering focusing more of their practice on drug litigation. In fact, shortly after Merck's announcement ofrepparttar 119224 Vioxx recall, some large plaintiff firms started aggressive media campaigns aimed at bringing in prescription drug injury victims. The media blitz has been non stop. Billboards, TV, web marketing, radio, and direct mail are just some ofrepparttar 119225 marketing vehicles that attorneys have used to try and find new cases for them to work on. Many plaintiff law firms are no longer focusing on chasing run ofrepparttar 119226 mill car accidents. Some of them have gone so far as to reposition themselves as “drug recall lawyers,” seeing thatrepparttar 119227 future of their practice may be shaped byrepparttar 119228 initial outcome of these new pharmaceutical cases. When Merck chose to withdraw Vioxx,repparttar 119229 CEO stated that a voluntary recall wasrepparttar 119230 responsible course of action. Prior to pulling Vioxx fromrepparttar 119231 market, Merck was spending $500 Million per year on advertising Vioxx. Vioxx is classified as a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, or NSAID. However, Vioxx belongs to a new family of NSAIDs called “COX-2 inhibitors.” There are not many COX-2 inhibitors onrepparttar 119232 market inrepparttar 119233 US: Bextra and Celebrex may berepparttar 119234 only other two.

The Polygraph As A Truth Detector

Written by William Trevino

The polygraph as a truth detector



The B.C. Civil Liberties Association believes that there is convincing evidence to suggest thatrepparttar use ofrepparttar 119223 polygraph is arbitrary, subjective, biased toward accusations of guilt and claims of very high validity are scientifically indefensible. However, even if one is not willing to be persuaded by evidence on these matters, one must admit, atrepparttar 119224 very least, that there is no scientific opinion whatsoever concerningrepparttar 119225 validity of polygraph testing. In fact, there is extremely wide divergence overrepparttar 119226 validity ofrepparttar 119227 test.

In these circumstances,repparttar 119228 onus is clearly onrepparttar 119229 proponents ofrepparttar 119230 polygraph test to establish a convincing scientific case forrepparttar 119231 claims of high validity that are made by polygraph operators. In other words,repparttar 119232 burden of proof rests withrepparttar 119233 lie detector industry to satisfyrepparttar 119234 scientific community and legislators that there is convincing evidence to support claims of ninety percent or greater accuracy that are commonly made by polygraph operators. Without such agreement, it seems utterly irresponsible to allowrepparttar 119235 use of such a device in situations where it may ultimately interfere withrepparttar 119236 liberty of innocent citizens.

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association urgesrepparttar 119237 Government of British Columbia to followrepparttar 119238 example of Ontario in banningrepparttar 119239 mandatory use of polygraphs by employers inrepparttar 119240 province. We would go further: sincerepparttar 119241 evidence we have presented throws considerable shadows of doubt onrepparttar 119242 usefulness ofrepparttar 119243 polygraph test per se, we see no useful purpose forrepparttar 119244 procedure as either screening procedure for police candidates, or inrepparttar 119245 court system generally, both of which are uses allowed by Ontario, though there is no convincing evidence in support ofrepparttar 119246 test in any situation. Ontario's compendium of information, includingrepparttar 119247 Morand Report, in their 1983 amendment to their Employment Standards Act leads one to conclusions very similar torepparttar 119248 B.C. Civil Liberties Association's:repparttar 119249 polygraph test is a humbug of subjective, arbitrary and contradictory procedures that does not detect lies or guilt any more effectively, and in many cases not as well (because of procedural and machine bias), as interviews and cross examination that are already common tools of psychology, police work andrepparttar 119250 courts. The compounded danger inrepparttar 119251 instances of polygraphs lies inrepparttar 119252 sanctioned role that untrained persons with crude devices play in harrying innocent persons in commercial and legal settings. To paraphrase an expert, it isrepparttar 119253 idiocy of idiocies. We urge its removal as an avenue of arbitrary persecution.

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