Author Archives: Leah Nicholls

Forced Arbitration Isn’t Just for Employees of Corporations Anymore. It’s Also for Your Housekeeper.

The Virginia Supreme Court has enforced an arbitration agreement against a housekeeper who sought to sue her former boss after he physically assaulted her. By this point, like it or not (not), consumer and worker advocates expect to find arbitration clauses hidden in virtually all of our form contracts, whether it be for our cell […]

New Report on Serious Surgical Errors

Today, the Washington Post reported on a new study quantifying how often surgeons make "never" mistakes, i.e., mistakes that should never happen, such as leaving an object in a patient, performing the wrong procedure, or performing the procedure on the wrong body part. Apparently, between 1990 and 2010, about 500 "never" events were reported to […]