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Aug 27
2013
Toyota announced it is recalling more than 340,000 Tacoma Access Cab pickups due to a potential problem with seat belts, according to Frenkel & Frenkel.

Toyota recently announced that it was recalling more than 340,000 Tacoma Access Cab pickups produced between 2004 and 2011 due to a potential problem with seatbelts in the vehicles. Owners are to be notified by mail of the problem. Seat Belt Problem Toyota says that screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor in the front seats of the vehicle may become loose over time, and if they loosen...

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Company Recalls
Aug 27
2013
The parents of a camp counselor killed by a falling tree near Yosemite National Park filed suit against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and an arboris

The parents of a 21-year old camp counselor killed by a falling tree on July 3, 2013, filed suit against Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), as well as Denise Britton, an arborist charged with inspecting trees at the camp, claiming negligence. According to court documents, the tree was in a “zone of grave danger” and that inspectors failed to discover the tree had become “structurally weak, unable to stand and at severe...

Aug 27
2013
A judge has denied motions to dismiss counts against the Pittsburgh Zoo in a wrongful death lawsuit after a 2-year old died at the zoo, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Paul F. Lutty Jr. denied motions made by the Pittsburgh Zoo, including a charge of strict liability and one seeking punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by Jason and Elizabeth Derkosh. The Derkosh’s are the parents of Maddox Derkosh, a 2-year old who fell through an opening at an exhibit at the zoo on November 4, 2012, and fell. The child died when he was mauled by 11 of the wild...

Aug 27
2013
A Houston man whose repeated attacks with a taser at work were published on YouTube is suing his former employers, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

A Texas State Representative and her husband, who co-own a Houston car dealership are the subjects of a lawsuit filed by a former employee for assault and battery, as well as failing to provide a safe workplace. According to Bradley Jones, his fellow employees began sneaking up on him nine months ago and hitting him with a stun gun. Court documents state that Jones’ boss, Sam Harless, the husband of State Representative Patricia Harless,...

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Lawsuits Filed
Aug 27
2013
After his insurance company refused to pay her medical bills after a motorcycle accident successfully sued her husband for damages, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

After her husband’s insurance company refused to pay her medical bills, Birdie L. Whithorn of Vancouver, was left no option but to sue her husband for a half million dollars due to an accident he caused in October 2008 where she sustained injuries. A jury awarded Mrs. Whithorn $466,323 in damages, including $291,323 in economic damage and $175,000 in non-economic damage. The Accident On October 26, 2008, Mrs. Whithorn was...

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Lawsuits Filed
Aug 27
2013
Due to a steering system problem, BMW will recall over 143,000 vehicles in China, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

BMW was dealt another blow to its position in China when it announced it must recall more than 143,000 vehicles in the country due to defective plugs in the electric power steering on some of the luxury carmaker’s 5-series cars. The cars were manufactured between 2009 and 2012 in a partnership with Brilliance China Automotive, says China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine. Electrical System Problem According to the national product...

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Company Recalls
Aug 27
2013
Due to a steering system problem, BMW will recall over 143,000 vehicles in China, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

A University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) student filed suit against the Ford Motor Company claiming that the automaker’s widely accessible key cut codes allowed smugglers to plant drugs in his vehicle in 2010. Court documents claim that a locksmith informed federal agents that Ford routinely gave out information about Ford-key cut codes, a practice not followed by General Motors. Four out of five vehicles targeted in the scheme were Fords. Student’s Nightmare Ricardo...

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Negligence
Aug 20
2013
A Midland, Texas six-year old suffered brain damage and an amputated leg after doctors misdiagnosed appendicitis, prompting a lawsuit, according to Frenkel & Frenkel

After their six-year old daughter suffered brain damage and an amputated leg after emergency room doctors twice failed to diagnose her with appendicitis, the parents of Hannah Hernandez filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against Midland Memorial Hospital, Midland Pediatric Associates and Midland Emergency Management, as well as three doctors who were named individually. Misdiagnosis Could Have Led to Death In...

Aug 20
2013
Lawsuit Settled Between East Palo Alto Woman, Pilot’s Estate and Employer

Lisa Jones, the owner of an East Palo Alto daycare center that was destroyed when a plane, piloted by Douglas Bourne, crashed into the home where the center operated on February 17, 2010. Bourne and his passengers, Brian Finn and Andrew Ingram, died in the crash. All three men were employed by Tesla Motors and were enroute to a business trip in California at the time of the crash. Crash Information On the morning of February 17, 2010, Bourne took off in dense fog from the Palo Alto Municipal Airport, despite...

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Personal Injury
Aug 20
2013
Despite losing a $333 million settlement in 1996 after groundwater contamination in Hinkley, PG&E still faces additional suits for not cleaning up the area, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

In 1996, 636 residents of Hinkley, a small town on the Mojave Desert dependent on well water for survival, won a $333 million settlement against PG&E after it was determined that the company had allowed a toxic form of chromium to seep into the wells, and the company promised to clean up the contamination. However, 17 years later, the chromium is not only still there, but seems to be...

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Negligence