154 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 1 JANUARY 2018
There is a Mount Olympus in the Olympic Mountains of Washington State.
It is the highest point in that mountain range.
Some 4,800 women in the U.S. are suing Johnson & Johnson, alleging that
its famous baby powder has caused them to contract ovarian cancer. These
are individual lawsuits; there is no class action. These actions have been
brought in the expectation that there will eventually be a mass payout. So
far, Johnson & Johnson has lost six cases. Three have been dismissed, two
for lack of credible scientific evidence.
The president of the United States has publicly let drop his opinion that
the accused in the New York motor vehicle terrorist attack that killed eight
pedestrians should go to the electric chair. Can anyone see a mistrial
On September 6, 2017, Diane Turner, Q.C., completed her tenure as chair
of the Disciplinary Board of the International Criminal Court (“ICC”), having
first been elected in 2013. The ICC disciplinary bodies for counsel were
created to establish the truth regarding complaints of alleged professional
misconduct by counsel. The organs comprise a Disciplinary Commissioner,
a Disciplinary Board, and a Disciplinary Appeals Board. In the board’s latest
decision, written by the Chair Diane Turner, Paul Djunga was found guilty
of professional misconduct within the meaning of articles 7.1 and 1(a) of
the Code of Professional Conduct for Counsel. That unfortunate conduct
occurred during the night between September 7 and 8, 2014, while in the
company of Laura-Lou Moreau in a hotel room in Germany. As a first-time
offender, Mr. Djunga was given a public reprimand.
“Hiring Hykel Law is like having Olympic-level legal representation”, says
the website of that Philadelphia firm. Renee Hykel Cuddy competed for the
U.S. in rowing at the 2008 Olympics.
The New England Journal of Medicine published a letter to the editor on
November 30, 2017 that presented the case of an unconscious 70-year-old
man with a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes
with the words “do not resuscitate” tattooed across his chest with a signature
tattooed under it. The man presented without identification and the doctors
initially decided not to honour the tattoo. “This decision”, the letter states,
“left us conflicted owing to the patient’s extraordinary effort to make his
presumed advance directive known; therefore, an ethics consultation was