It happens to even the most conscientious drivers-you get a speeding ticket. Often, it's because you're driving in an unfamiliar part of town and you're not certain what the speed limit is. At other times, it can simply be a product of distracted driving-you're trying to get the kids in the back seat to behave or you're thinking about everything you have to do when you get to your destination. It's easy to get caught up in the flow of traffic and be the one who gets pulled over, even though everyone else is speeding.
Two-dozen wrongful death suits against Bristol-Myers Squibb Company were recently revived after a New Jersey federal judge ruled that a more lenient federal statute of limitations law should be applied to the cases. The plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical giant, alleging the company failed to warn its neighbors about contaminated air and soil. However, the cases were dismissed in February 2013 after U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson said the state law applied and under New Jersey's Wrongful Death Act the lawsuits must be filed within two years after the death occurs. In September, 2013, U.S. Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Alpert ruled that federal law preempts a state law and the lawsuits have been reinstated. The lawsuits are filed in the in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey under Dyshelle Harris v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. et al., case number 3:11-cv-06004.