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Oct 23
2013
The family of a longtime MTA employee who was killed after her restraint system failed has filed suit against those they say are at fault, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

The family of a woman killed after a tow truck ran red light, striking her Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) bus and killing her, has filed suit against the estate of the tow truck driver, his company and the manufacturer of the bus she was driving. Olivia Gamboa, a 47-year old grandmother, died at a local hospital shortly after being ejected from the bus despite wearing her seatbelt. The tow truck...

Oct 23
2013
A Vancouver Woman May Be Unable to Collect $500,000 Judgment

A Vancouver woman who was awarded $529,000 by a Clark County jury may be unable to collect the judgment under state of Washington law, as the jury found that she was 58 percent negligent in the accident. Washington law states that if a plaintiff is found to be more than 50 percent negligent as a result of intoxication, he or she is not eligible to receive compensation for damages. Accident Information According to court documents, Deborah R. Peralta had been drinking at a party on the night of the collision. She left the...

Oct 09
2013
After a Dallas news station’s investigative report, the DISD discontinued using 12- to 15-passenger vans to transport students to and from school, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

After a local news station reported that the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) was using 12- to 15-passenger vans to transport students , a practice that is not only dangerous, but also illegal for Texas public school districts, the DISD discontinued using the vans. However, Dallas County Schools—which provides bus service for DISD—continues to support the decision to use third-party contractors that...

Oct 09
2013
Dallas law firm Frenkel & Frenkel says that BMW is recalling 176,000 vehicles due to power brake problems.

BMW announced recently that it was recalling 176,000 vehicles due to problems with the power brake system in those vehicles. Model years 2012 through 2014 are affected by the recall , and more than 70,000 of the cars were sold in the United States. Loss of Power Braking Assist According to BMW, an interruption in the oil supply from the intake camshaft to the brake vacuum pump becomes restricted, and the vacuum pump fails due to lack of lubrication. This leads to the loss...

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Company Recalls
Oct 09
2013
Frenkel & Frenkel, a Dallas law firm, explains how BP officials have come under fire during the second phase of the lawsuits regarding the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

British Petroleum (BP) officials came under fire during the second phase of trials regarding the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The first phase, which ended in April 2013, focused on the mistakes and failures that caused the blowout; the second phase, which is divided into two segments, focuses on the efforts to cap the well and determine the amount of oil that spilled into the...

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Negligence
Oct 09
2013
Eight employees of Mars Petcare filed suit against the company for allegedly exposing them to phosphine gas, says the law firm Frenkel & Frenkel.

Eight employees of a recently closed Mars Petcare plant filed suit against the company just as operations were winding down at the plant, alleging that the company exposed them to phosphine gas. Also named in the lawsuit were J.C. Ehrlich Company and Frank Vasquez, the safety manager of the Joplin, Mo.-based plant. Fumigant Not Cleared From Rail Cars According to the lawsuit, the alleged exposure occurred when the fumigant remained...

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Negligence