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Impact of Class Actions on Pharmaceutical Oversight: US, Israeli and French Perspectives

A colleague recently drew my attention to the proposition that “in the United States, the specter of class-action lawsuits imposes a higher level of precaution on the part of drug makers.”  This statement was made in a newspaper article that discussed the scandal that erupted in France in connection with the prescription drug Mediator, which was […]

The Perils of Widowhood

As part of my daily duties on the Global Legal Research team at the Law Library of Congress, I recently had to look into the issue of gender-based violence in Kenya and South Africa.  In the course of this exercise, I noticed that despite various law reform initiatives to strengthen laws designed to prevent certain […]

An Interview with Ken Sigmund, Library Technician

This week’s interview is with Richard “Ken” Sigmund, a Library Technician for Inventory and Physical Control in our Collection Services Division. Describe your background. I am a native Marylander.  Baltimore is my hometown and I have also lived in Silver Spring, Lexington Park, and Prince George’s County.  I recently moved into Washington, DC but I […]

December Retrospective

We love it when other bloggers talk about In Custodia Legis.  A few of our posts were discussed across the legal blogosphere this month.  The Tools for My Trade? post was mentioned on the Legal Informatics Blog.  Nathan’s Laws in a Crusader State was highlighted on Dum Spiro Spero.  Hanibal’s post, Congratulations to the People Behind […]

Happy Seventeenth Birthday THOMAS!

Our little website is seventeen years old today!  Just like most teenagers it can be a little temperamental at times, but we still love our baby.  I find its history quite interesting.  Andrew’s Time Capsule and Starting Point posts provided a unique view of THOMAS when it launched on January 5, 1995.  But what happened before then? In […]

‘Twas the season to be jolly … and good … and eat lots of Christmas pudding.

The Holiday season flew by again this year.  It truly is my favourite time of the year.  When not frantically cooking or wrapping gifts, I always spend a part of my time feeling a bit homesick.  I compensate for this by watching Masterpiece Classics on PBS; although, there are only so many period dramas I can […]