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Taking A Stand Against Opioids: St. Clair Files Lawsuit Against Abbott Laboratories

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by Romanucci & Blandin
It’s a sad story that most people are familiar with; an addiction to painkillers.  These powerful drugs meant to help people with intense pain are frequently abused and can even lead to use of other drugs such as heroin.  The Midwest has been hit hard by an opioid epidemic, and one county is finally taking a stand against this uphill battle. St. Clair County in Southern Illinois has filed a lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories, as well as Purdue Pharma, claiming that both these drug manufa ... Read More

Do You Know Your Local Hospital’s Grade?

Posted on: November 14th, 2016 by Romanucci & Blandin
When you have a medical emergency or need to go to the hospital, do you ever think twice about which one to go to?  You might be surprised to learn that not all hospitals are on the same level when it comes to patient health and safety. Over 200,000 deaths each year in hospitals are avoidable and by choosing the right hospital in your area, you can minimize the risk of any of these incidents. Unfortunately, many of the medical errors that lead to death or injuries in these hospitals could ha ... Read More

Yelp for Cops: Trying To Bring Transparency to The Chicago Police Department

Posted on: October 31st, 2016 by Romanucci & Blandin
Tensions between police departments and the public are at an all-time high across the country – especially here in Chicago.  Just this month, a report of complaints lodged against the Chicago Police Department (CPD) was released and included over 134,000 complaints during a 34-year period.  That is an outrageous number, and the public is starting to demand action against police misconduct.   Channing Harris is trying to answer that demand with his new app called Excuse Me Officer or XMO ... Read More

Landmark NCAA Wrongful Death Settlement Can Lead To More Change & Safer Practices

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 by Romanucci & Blandin
On August 5th, 2016, the NCAA reached a settlement with the family of Derek Sheely, a college football player who died from a head injury sustained during practice. While the $1.2 million dollar settlement amount is significant, the consequences of this agreement are especially monumental and can hopefully start to bring about change in the college sports arena. In recent years, the tragic extent of brain injuries in sports like football has gotten a large amount of publicity.  NFL play ... Read More

Stay Safe this Summer

Posted on: July 15th, 2016 by Romanucci & Blandin
Summer is officially in full-swing which means children and parents alike are spending hours at the park, playing sports, bouncing on trampolines and participating in other fun activities. Unfortunately, all of these happenings can lead to injuries. Stay safe this summer by following our proposed safety guidelines below: Adult Supervision Adult Supervision is a MUST. Young children are not always able to measure distances and have difficulty foreseeing dangerous situations. Playground ... Read More

Stephan D. Blandin Reappointed to Illinois Supreme Court Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission

Posted on: March 17th, 2016 by Romanucci & Blandin
The State of Illinois Supreme Court recently appointed Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Principal and Partner, Stephan D. Blandin, to another one year-commitment on the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) hearing board, effective March 1, 2016. Blandin has served on the ARDC’s hearing board for five years. He is one of more than 75 hearing board members who will make recommendations in disciplinary matters of lawyers in Illinois throughout the next year. “I am honored t ... Read More

President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Perry J. Browder Counterpoint: No, campaign to warp public understanding of our legal system is about profits before people.

Posted on: March 10th, 2016 by Romanucci & Blandin
The following counterpoint by ITLA President Perry J. Browder was published in the April 2016 Illinois Business Journal. Illinois, like all states, has its share of problems, but so-called “lawsuit abuse” is not one of them. Anecdotes of businesses leaving the state in fear of lawsuits are spread by special interests groups seeking to insulate corporate wrongdoers from responsibility and are nothing more than PR spin aimed at sowing confusion about how our civil justice system reall ... Read More

The unjust process for FDA certification

Posted on: February 18th, 2016 by Romanucci & Blandin
Did you know the FDA regulatory process for medical devices is much shorter and, generally, less rigorous and costly than the FDA process for a new drug approval? This is true. To have a drug approved, it is estimated that the average length of time from concept to market for investigational new drugs is about 12 years. Yet the time from concept to market for medical devices is three to seven years. We can’t help but wonder, why is there such a difference? Where are the checks and bal ... Read More

Martin Gould to be Presenting Speaker at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Martin Luther King Jr. Forum: Civil Rights and the Chicago Police Department

Posted on: January 8th, 2016 by Romanucci & Blandin
Romanucci & Blandin associate attorney, Martin Gould, will be a presenting speaker at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Martin Luther King Jr. Forum: Civil Rights and the Chicago Police Department. The two-hour forum will cover recent developments and current cases that have polarized the City; the fallout at the Chicago Police Department, City Hall and in Springfield; and the call for reform. “I am honored to have been invited by the Chicago-Kent College of Law to share my experience ... Read More

Appellate Court Upholds Venue in Priest Lawsuit

Posted on: January 7th, 2016 by Romanucci & Blandin
As 2015 came to a close, an Illinois state appeals panel found that transferring a sexual abuse case involving a Catholic priest from Cook County Circuit Court to Will County Circuit Court was reasonable. Romanucci & Blandin served as the trial lawyers, prepared the brief at the trial level which was affirmed by the appellate court, and continues its pursuit of justice on behalf of sexual abuse victims in this important case. As reported by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, the 1st District ... Read More

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