Monday, November 30, 2009

Tiger Woods - Medical Records Demand?

The car accident involving Tiger Woods is an interesting case, pitting privacy rights against the power of the state. The police sought medical records of Mr. Woods, allegedly because they wanted to see if his injuries were consistent with those from an accident. Obviously, they believed someone, perhaps armed with one of Tiger's golf clubs, assaulted him. (My suspicion falls on Arnold Palmer who probably got beat by Tiger on a midnight outing by the pair.)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Protect the Victims or Big Pharma?

I've little sympathy for an industry (the pharmaceutical industry) that has a track record for reaping billion dollar profits while mangling the lives of countless users of their products.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Big Pharma and Friendly Faces

Back in July of 2008, GlaxoSmithkline hired a lawyer by the name of Dan Troy and made him the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the company. The interesting part of that hire was that Troy, at one time, was formerly Chief Counsel for the US Food and Drug Administration, where he served as a primary liaison to the White House and the US Department of Health and Human Services. On August 20, 2001 President Bush appointed Daniel Troy to be Chief Counsel of the Food and Drug Administration. Previously, civil servants held this position. Troy was the first political appointee to the FDA post.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Internet Client Makes Millions

A few years ago, I did some legal work for a client whose primary sales came from the internet. Those sales were in the millions. Often, I'd be in the client's office all day and into the night, and the phone would ring constantly. The calls came in from all over the continental USA. On one particular day, I watched as one of the salesmen actually made $50,000.00 in sales in a single day. As the business grew, his record fell, when another salesman did over $100,000 in a single day.