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Genetics a Likely Factor in Variability of Outcome Following Concussion

Most experts in traumatic brain injury (TBI) agree that there is a high degree of variability in outcomes after TBI, including concussions (usually characterized as “mild” TBIs – mTBI.) In other words, this injury is…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Personal Injury

Continuing to Play Following Concussion Can Prolong Recovery And Expose Athletes to Catastrophic Second Impact Syndrome

A new study published in the September, 2016 issue of Pediatrics provides evidence that returning to play immediately following a sports related concussion, even without a “second impact” nearly doubles, on average, the length…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Personal Injury

2016 Captive Insurance Update | Issue 2 | 2016

Governor Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.) is not running for re-election this fall, so Vermont will have a new governor in January 2017. In addition, the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), Susan Donegan,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Insurance, Taxation

Volkswagen Class Action Update

Proposed settlement filed in Volkswagen class action - The class plaintiffs, the government and VW filed a proposed settlement agreement in court yesterday. I wanted to provide you with a copy of the proposed settlement…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Environmental Law

Volkswagen proposes a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Breyer sets a June 21 deadline for a proposed consent decree.

Tris Coffin heads the Vermont Volkswagen Class Action litigation team at DRM that also includes Directors Bob Luce and Marc Heath. On the evening of April 20, a number of news outlets published stories that Volkswagen had…more
| Business Torts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

PFOA Contamination Likely to Spur Legislative Action - The discovery of Perfluorooctanoic Acid contamination in southern Vermont drinking water has prompted legislators to examine whether more action is necessary to ensure…more
| Civil Rights, Construction Law, Elections & Politics, Environmental Law, Real Estate - Residential

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Equipment Supplier/Dealer Bill Moving in Commerce - A bill that would tip the scales in contract negotiations between farm and yard equipment suppliers and their local dealers has passed the Senate and is now pending in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Health

Concussion May Triple the Risk of Suicide

Researchers at the University of Toronto have released the results of a study of the incidence of suicide in 236,000 concussion patients followed over a 20 year period. The findings, reported in the Canadian Medical Association…more
| Personal Injury

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Tax-writing House Committee Proposes $48 Million Hike - The House Ways and Means Committee has approved a package of revenue measures totaling more than $48 million. The package includes a transportation funding bill…more
| Elections & Politics, Worker’s Compensation, Health, Taxation, Transportation

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Committee Decides Physician Acquisition Disclosure Bill Is Unnecessary - The Senate Health and Welfare Committee has decided not to pursue consideration of S.245, a proposal to require disclosure of new affiliations…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Energy & Utilities, Consumer Protection, Health

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

Support has begun to gel in the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee around a bill that would clarify the status of independent contractors. Many businesses, particularly in the construction industry, have been…more
| Agriculture, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use, Health

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2016 #2

Paid Sick Leave Bill Appears on Track for Passage - The Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee on Thursday approved its version of a House-passed bill, H.187, that would require many Vermont…more
| Education, Elections & Politics, Health, Labor & Employment Law

Penn Team Furthers Understanding of How Concussion Can Cause Permanent Injury

On January 16, 2016 the University of Pennsylvania announced the findings of a unique team studying concussion science, consisting of a professor of materials science and engineering and a professor of neurosurgery (also…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Health

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2016 #1

Labor Commissioner Proposes Independent Contractor Legislation - Few issues have proven to be as perennially vexing to the legislature as the definition of “independent contractor.” Legislators hear repeated complaints…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Privacy

Congress to Shine Spotlight on Concussion Science in 2016

On December 22, Fred Upton, Chair of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee announced that his committee with commence a “broad review” of concussion science in 2016. Although the announcement…more
| Elections & Politics, Science, Computers, & Technology
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