PROFNET EXPERT ALERTS: Haitian Assistance / Toyota Recall / Genetic Testing

Friday, February 12, 2010 Genetics & Stem Cells News J E 4

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1. ELIZABETH DURSO BRANCH, who focuses on child-related issues as a partnerat the family law firm of MCCURLEY ORSINGER McCURLEY NELSON & DOWNING, LLP:"The desire to act swiftly to help victims of the Haitian earthquakes hasresulted in unintended, possibly criminal, consequences. This was most evidentin Idaho-based New Life Children's Refuge's attempt to take 33 children out ofthe country to establish an orphanage in the Dominican Republic, despite thefact that not all the children were orphaned. There was no true urgency toremove these children from Haiti. While Port-au-Prince is devastated, thereare other physically safe locations within the country to set up an orphanageor refugee camp. The group may have had good intentions, just far too littleguidance." News Contact: Rhonda Reddick, Phone: +1-800-559-4534 (2/11/10)

1. LAW: TOYOTA RECALL: PRODUCT LIABILITY LAWSUITS. JAMES SOKOLOVE, founderand chairman of SOKOLOVE LAW, headquartered in Wellesley, Mass., is an expertsource with over three decades of product liability experience and isavailable to provide commentary and background on Toyota's recent recall:"Toyota's recall of over 8 million vehicles has made it the company everyonewants to sue -- with over 40 class-action lawsuits and at least 13 individuallawsuits pending. While Toyota's reputation is damaged and its legal team isworking overtime, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Toyota will faceincreased scrutiny both from a brand and legal perspective, as angry consumerslook to exercise their legal rights." News Contact: Kerry Hall, Phone: +1-617-520-7032 Web site: (2/11/10)

2. LAW: LEGAL TRENDS AND ISSUES IN GENOMICS AND PERSONALIZED MEDICINE. DANIELB. VORHAUS, attorney at ROBINSON, BRADSHAW AND HINSON in Charlotte, N.C., ismonitoring the latest legal trends and issues in genomics and personalizedmedicine: "Genetic testing and genomic sequencing of individuals is anemerging medical and consumer field and, as a result, has created a number ofassociated legal questions with its rapid growth. The knowledge and productsthat allow researchers and businesses to incorporate individual geneticvariation into the development of genetically tailored drugs(pharmacogenomics), improve health outcomes (personalized medicine) andencourage healthy lifestyles and behaviors (consumer genomics) have created asmany questions as they have answered. How an individual's genome contributesto their medical and other conditions, and how individuals, their families andtheir doctors will access and utilize that information, are emerging, but sofar, are unanswered questions. As a result, there are a number of legalissues, especially those involving privacy and intellectual property, whichmust be considered in this emerging field." News Contact: Michael Henry, Phone: +1-704-926-1364 (2/11/10)

PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire.To submit an Opportunity by e-mail: profnet@profnet.comTo consult the ProfNet Experts Database: contact ProfNet by phone: +1-800-PROFNET, ext. 1To share a thought on ProfNet Expert Alerts: profnetalerts@prnewswire.com___________ TOPIC ALERT Haiti Earthquake (continued, 1 expert) _____________ EXPERT ALERTS 1. Law: Toyota Recall: Product Liability Lawsuits 2. Law: Legal Trends and Issues in Genomics and Personalized Medicine



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