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Jul 29
2013
More than a dozen injuries have been reported related to a Texas roller coaster that allowed a woman to fall to her death on July 19

State records show that a popular roller coaster at Six Flags over Texas, located near Dallas, had a history of injuries over the past five years with more than a dozen people reporting they were hurt on the ride. On July 19, 2013, Rosa Ayala-Goana fell 75 feet from her third row seat while riding the Texas Giant coaster before striking a metal beam. Ms. Ayala-Goana died of extensive trauma to her torso along with other traumatic injuries. July...

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Jul 29
2013
A recent study found that children injured by falling television has increased alarmingly over the past 20 years, according to Frenkel & Frenkel.

A recent study found that nearly 200,000 children suffered injuries from falling televisions over the past 20 years, and that 215 children had died. In 2011, 12,300 children suffered injuries from falling televisions, nearly double the 5,455 of those reported in 1990. The majority of those injured or killed were children under five with head and neck injuries the most common. Many of the children suffered from concussions. Types of...

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Personal Injury
Jul 29
2013
Six college football players joined a lawsuit against the NCAA for permitting their names and likenesses to be used in video games without compensation.

Six current college football players have joined a lawsuit filed by former players against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for permitting their names and likenesses to be used in video games without compensation. Although Electronic Arts (EA) and the NCAA both claim that the player’s likeness or names never appeared in the video game, the NCAA Football 10 version of the game, which came out in 2009, does...

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Jul 29
2013
An expansion of Honda’s recall of its Fit model due to a software problem according to Frenkel & Frenkel.

Expanding on a recall issued in April after discovery that some of their Fit Sport compact cars had a yaw rate that exceeded federal standards, Honda announced that they were issuing a recall on the Fit hatchback as well, increasing the number of vehicles covered under the recall to over 90,000. The yaw rate is a force that could change the direction of the vehicle. Software Problem According to Honda, the Fit models require an update to a software program that controls...

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Company Recalls
Jul 29
2013
A federal judge permitted a lawsuit regarding collusion against eight of the world’s largest private equity firms to move forward, according to Frenkel & Frenkel.

Although the judge dismissed two companies, Apollo Global Management and Providence Equity Partners, from the case, eight other private equity firms, some of the largest in the world, must face accusations that they colluded to depress prices on companies they planned to buy. Email evidence shows that the firms had an understanding not to violate “club etiquette” by jumping each other.

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Jul 23
2013
Errors by a doctor in Missouri have led to the largest medical malpractice award in the state of Missouri, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

A stroke suffered by a Missouri man could have been prevented, according to a jury in St. Louis County, Missouri. The jury awarded Jeffrey Schneider $6.4 million due to the negligence of Schneider’s doctor, Joseph Thompson of the SSM DePaul Medical Group. Medical History According to court documents, in 1996, Thompson diagnosed Schneider with mitral valve prolapse, a condition in which blood leaks from the valve between the atrium and ventricle. In...

Jul 23
2013
Frenkel & Frenkel explains why victims who are US citizens will find it easier to obtain settlements than foreign victims in the Asiana Airline crash at the San Francisco airport.

Many victims of the Asiana Aircline Flight 214 crash have already begun contacting lawyers, although it is against federal law for an attorney to contact them for the first 45 days after an airline crash. Lawyers who are representing the Americans in the crash indicate that US citizens will probably obtain higher settlements in less time due to international treaties that exist for international air...

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Personal Injury
Jul 23
2013

Hyundai recently announced a recall of the company’s Azera model built between May 22, 2012 and November 23, 2012 due to a defect in the air bag detection system. This defect could cause the airbag to inflate improperly if the seat occupant is small, and could result in serious injury to children or smaller adults. Sensor Fabric Covering The Hyundai Azera’s air bag sensor is supposed to distinguish when the front passenger airbag should either be deactivated or activate more slowly when the person in the seat is smaller and lighter. In the Hyundai model, the fabric covering of the sensor...

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Company Recalls
Jul 23
2013

According to Frenkel & Frenkel, a recent settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit in Louisville is a warning to off-duty police officers across the country.

Frenkel & Frenkel , a Dallas law firm, says that a recent settlement involving a speeding off-duty police officer in Lousville is a word of caution to police personnel throughout the country. According to Louisville Police Chief, Steve Conrad, speeding, both on and off duty, by police officers is a common problem not only in his city, but in cities across the country, and the recent $700,000 settlement is an...

Jul 23
2013
Former FBI Director Louis free was appointed to investigate a court-supervised settlement fund for the 2010 BP oil spill.

Former FBI director, Louis Freeh, was recently appointed to investigate possible misconduct in the distribution of a court-supervised settlement fund designed to compensate those who suffered damages after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Freeh was appointed after allegations it was alleged that lawyers working for the payment administrator referred claims to a law firm in New Orleans in exchange for a share of those settlements. Due to this...

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