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A Self-Driving Car Has Killed Someone

Posted: 3/20/18

Why is the Government Trying to Protect Robot Car Companies From Liability? Just last Sunday, a driverless Uber car struck and killed a pedestrian crossing the street in Tempe, Arizona. This grim event marks a troubling milestone, the first human victim of a robot-controlled car. Police reports indicate the victim was walking a bike across…

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U.S. Lawmakers Call for a New Hearing on the Takata Air Bag Recall

Posted: 3/13/18

The Takata air bag recall is the largest automotive recall in U.S. History. The Japanese air bag maker, recalled an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators Takata at the beginning of this year.[i] The latest recall covers frontal air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans,…

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Toyota under Scrutiny for Unresolved Defect in Prius

Posted: 2/16/18

One of California’s largest auto dealers, Claremont Toyota and Capistrano Toyota, refused to sell used Toyota Priuses because of an unresolved defect that could cause the vehicles to overheat and lose power. Roger Hogan, the dealership owner, filed a lawsuit against Toyota alleging fraud and breach of contract for failing to fix the defect. Hogan…

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Mitsubishi Recalls Vehicles for Stalling Risk

Posted: 2/7/18

Mitsubishi began a recall of more than 141,000 cars and SUVs because of a part in the vehicles that can break and cause the engine to stall. The recall covers the 2009-2012 Lancer, 2008-2012 Lancer Sportback, and 2011-2012 Outlander Sport vehicles equipped with either a 4B11 or 4B12 engine. [i] What’s the Problem? The drive…

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GM Ignition Switch Lawsuits

Posted: 2/1/18

GM Lawsuit Updates NEW YORK – A federal bankruptcy judge on January 18, 2018, said a settlement agreement that would require General Motors to pay $1 billion in stock to car owners suing the company over faulty ignition switches was not enforceable.[i] The trust often referred to as “old GM,” holds many GM liabilities from before its…

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Toyota Recalls 645,000 Vehicles for Air Bag Inflation Problem

Posted: 2/1/18

Detroit – Toyota is recalling about 645,000 vehicles worldwide to fix an electrical problem that could stop air bags from inflating in a crash.[i] Which Toyota Models Are Included in the Recall? The recall covers certain Toyota Prius and Lexus RX and NX SUVs. Also covered are some Toyota Alphard, Vellfire, Sienta, Noah, Voxy, Esquire,…

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Sydney Meriwether Certified as Member of Lawyers of Distinction

Posted: 2/1/18

The Lawyers of Distinction is pleased to announce that Sydney Meriwether, of Houston, Texas, has been certified as a member. The Lawyers of Distinction is recognized as the fastest growing community of distinguished lawyers in the United States. Lawyers of Distinction shall not offer membership to more than 10% of attorneys in any given state.…

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Unsafe Used Tires Laws

Posted: 1/29/18

State Legislatures Called to Action The tire manufacturing industry in Indiana generates $3.5 billion in economic output and supports more than 18,000 Indiana jobs including nearly 2,000 in manufacturing, according to a 2017 U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) economic impact study.[i] Last week, Indiana’s House of Representatives passed an important consumer protection and motorist safety legislation…

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Sutherland Springs Shooting Case: Federal Judge in San Antonio Sets a Hearing for Rule 27 Depositions even though USAF still has months to respond to victims’ notice of claims.

Posted: 1/23/18

On January 16, 2018 San Antonio, Texas, Federal judge Xavier Rodriguez rejected a request by a relative of one of the Sutherland Springs shooting victims permission to interview several U.S. Air Force officials about the agency’s handling of the shooter’s case. Judge Rodriguez will decide whether to allow the deposition of those responsible for reporting…

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Chrysler Ram Recalls 1.5 Million Vehicles for Gear-Shifting Issue

Posted: 1/23/18

What is the gear-shifting issue? Fiat Chrysler has described the issue as a problem with the brake-transmission shift interlock device on the affected Ram vehicle after it has been exposed to high interior temperatures caused by an electrical problem inside.[1] Chrysler stated that if the brake transmission interlock device becomes disabled, a vehicle’s shifter may…

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Florida Woman’s Death Caused by Takata Air Bag Rupture

Posted: 1/22/18

Takata Death Toll Rising Investigators with Florida Highway Patrol confirmed Wednesday, January 17, 2018, that the death of Nicole Barker, a 34-year-old mother of three, was caused by a defective Takata air bag that ruptured in her 2002 Honda Accord after she was involved in an accident on July 19, 2017.[1] According to the investigator’s…

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Takata Air Bag Recall Expands to 3.3 Million More Vehicles

Posted: 1/19/18

Japanese air bag maker, Takata, is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators.[1] The latest recall covers frontal air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla.[2] The Takata air bag recall…

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Not a “Goodyear” for Motor Home Tires

Posted: 1/10/18

NHTSA Investigates Goodyear This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began an investigation of 40,000 tires that were manufactured by Goodyear from 1996 to 2003 after a court ordered Goodyear to release data from previous lawsuits filed against them, which were sealed under court orders and confidential settlement agreements. [1] Goodyear self-reported nine…

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Chrysler “Stalls” to Find Defect in its Pacifica Minivans

Posted: 1/8/18

There are few things scarier than your minivan shutting down on the highway in front of a large 18 wheeler or stalling in the middle of a busy intersection. Consumers have reported that Chrysler’s Pacifica minivan has lost power while it’s in drive. More than 50 Pacifica owners have filed complaints with the NHTSA about…

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Workplace Safety Attorney Rob Ammons Files Lawsuit Against Trucking Company

Posted: 12/31/17

A Texas man, age 66, was assaulted and killed by a co-worker wielding a crow bar at the Harris County headquarters of his trucking company employer.  Rob Ammons has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the man’s widow, alleging that, before hiring the alleged assailant, the company failed to conduct a proper criminal…

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California Issues Safety Guidelines to Limit Cell Phone Radiation Exposure

Posted: 12/27/17

Since 2011, the World Health Organization has classified radiation from cellphones as a “carcinogen” that could be linked to causing cancer.[i]  Last year, the U.S. National Toxicology Program also released partial results from an animal study finding that radiofrequency radiation was linked to a higher risk of two cancers in male rats.[ii] While not conclusive, it is…

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High Speed Likely a Factor in Amtrak Derailment that Killed 3, Injured Dozens

Posted: 12/19/17

At least 3 people were killed and dozens more injured early Monday when an Amtrak train derailed while crossing an overpass south of Tacoma, Wash. Preliminary data shows the train was travelling at more than twice the speed limit just before the derailment. Many of the injured remained in critical condition. Thirteen of the train’s…

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