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Does Psychological Problems Excuse Me from Suicide Attempt Charges?

by Hassan Elhais on

Question: I’ve been having family problems and I’m in a bad psychological state. I tried to commit suicide but I was arrested and face charges. Can my bad psychological condition be used as an excuse to avoid jail or at least...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017

House Commerce Considers Independent Contractors, Again - Vermont's business community continues to plead with lawmakers to update the statute defining independent contractors, arguing that current law is costly and...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017 #3

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Act 188 Plans On Hold as New Chemical Bill is Introduced - Nearly three years after the legislature passed a law to regulate children’s products containing chemicals of high concern, a web site intended to inform the...more

What are the Laws on Suicide Attempts?

by Hassan Elhais on

Question: After a fight with my husband, I tried to commit suicide and cut my wrist. But I only injured myself and have since made a full recovery. I want to know what the law says about suicide in the UAE? Originally...more

Health Alert (Australia) August 15, 2016

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: New South Wales - 11 August 2016 - Health Care Complaints Commission v Sheldrick [2016] NSWCATOD 105 - Ms Sheldrick...more

New Jersey Joins Growing Number of States in Implementing Measures to Curb Student Suicide

by Saul Ewing LLP on

On August 1, 2016, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed the Madison Holleran Suicide Prevention Act, which requires institutions of higher education to ensure that mental health counselors are available to students 24 hours...more

The Olympics’ Secret Use of Eminent Domain

by Nossaman LLP on

It’s an exciting time with the Olympics taking place in Rio De Janeiro. But what takes place before the Olympics ever gets off the ground involves years of planning, lobbying, and infrastructure development. That...more

Health Alert (Australia) July 18, 2016

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: South Australia 13 July 2016 - Inquest into the death of Geoffrey Scott Noakes Mr Noakes was a 43 year old with a...more

India’s Competition Authorities Investigate Monsanto

Monsanto’s Indian joint venture has come under fire anew for allegedly anti-competitive behavior. India’s Competition Commission opened investigations this week into allegations that Monsanto and its partner Mahyco...more

ERISA: Reviewing What Needs to Be Proved to Establish the Suicide Exclusion

For many reasons, some of the toughest cases to litigate involve the application of the suicide exclusion. There is a growing body of evidence challenging suicide exclusion determinations....more

Committee OK's Bill to Address Suicide Among Correction Officers and Prisoners

by PretiFlaherty on

Here’s a thumbs-up to the legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. Last week, the committee rightly gave a favorable report to a bill, SB 1284, mandating a study of how to keep prisoners and...more

Concussion May Triple the Risk of Suicide

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

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...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 21, 2016

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: - Victoria - 15 March 2016 Inquest into the death of Reginald Johns Brooks - On 20 December 2013, Mr Brooks,...more

Employer Can Require Psych Evaluation of Employee Who Threatened Suicide

The Americans with Disabilities Act only allows employers to conduct medical examinations of employees on the basis of business necessity. Last month in an unpublished decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded...more

Health Alert (Australia) - March 7, 2016

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: - Victoria 26 February 2016 Inquest into death of Maree Rosalie Jones Ms Jones was admitted...more

Hypnotic Suggestion: North Port High School and the Complicity of Indifference

Concluding what must be one of the oddest public school disputes in recent memory, the Sarasota County Board of Education in Florida has agreed to resolve a lawsuit brought by three sets of parents, each of whom claimed that...more

2015 Legislative Update: Summary Of Changes In School Law

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

ADMINISTRATION - LALI’S LAW (HEROIN CRISIS ACT) - Public Act 99-0480 - Effective Date: September 9, 2015 - School districts, public schools, or nonpublic schools may now authorize a school nurse or trained...more

Health Alert (Australia) - August 31, 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: -Judgments; Legislation; and Reports -Excerpts from Judgments New South Wales (NSW) 28 August 2015 - Smith v Pennington [2015] NSWSC 1168 The Supreme Court gave judgement for the...more

Death v. Suicide in Event Cancellation Policies

by Zelle LLP on

While many Event Cancellation/Non-appearance policies offer effective coverage for financial losses and additional costs when the insured performer dies from natural causes or an accident, they reach their limits if the...more

And That's The Ballgame: Summary Judgment for Forest Labs In Lexapro Suicide Case

by Reed Smith on

Those of us who live in Philadelphia are endlessly fond of rocking on our porches and reminiscing about the halcyon baseball season of 2008, when our beloved Phillies won the World Series. These days, we are resigned to a...more

Where Suicide Is Caused by Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Illinois Now Recognizes Ensuing Actions for Wrongful...

by Wilson Elser on

The Illinois Appellate Court has held, as a matter of first impression in the state, that where a plaintiff can satisfy the elements of the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress and the emotional distress is a...more

Is the Error of Judgment Defense Still Available in Suicide Cases?

by Wilson Elser on

Are courts becoming more liberal with the standards by which physicians are judged in failing to prevent suicides? Traditionally, the professional judgment rule has been used by psychiatrists and other physicians as a...more

Is the Irreversible Truly Unforeseeable?: The Law of Suicide

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of suicide deaths in 2010 was 38,364, making it the tenth leading cause of death in America. For younger demographics, the numbers are even more...more

Rodriguez Redux

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave to appeal in Carter v Canada (AG), which deals with the constitutionality of the assisted suicide provision of the Criminal Code. In 1993, in Rodriguez v British Columbia (AG),...more

Getting the Best Medical Care: a Newsletter from Patrick Malone - October 2013

In This Issue: - Risk Factors and Warning Signs - How to Help - Protective Measures - Helping Survivors - When someone we know dies by their own hand, waves of emotion attack the survivors. We are...more

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