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Mar 31
2014
New Jersey residents claim they are being shortchanged by flood insurance companies for claims filed after Superstorm Sandy, and many have filed lawsuits.

Many victims of Superstorm Sandy who live in New Jersey are claiming they have been short-changed by flood insurance companies, with the average policyholder receiving less than $50,000 after filing claims. The claim payment s are far less than those received by Gulf Coast victims of Hurricane Katrina, and even less than New York victims of Hurricane Sandy, according to data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency . Two...

Mar 28
2014

The families of two teenage girls who died in a crash in 2006 have filed suit against General Motors , despite the automakers legal immunity from liability after being restructured in 2009. The personal injury lawsuit claims that GM failed to disclose information related to faulty ignition switches in their Cobalt models that may have been linked to as many as 12 deaths. Accident Details

The families of two teenage girls who died in a crash in 2006 have filed suit against General Motors.

On Oct. 24, 2006, Natasha Weigel, 18, and Amy Rademaker, 15, were passengers in a 2005...

Mar 26
2014

This blog post has been edited. It was originally posted on March 26, 2014. Facts of this case may have developed or changed since the original post date. Settlements/verdicts may have been reached or are in progress.

A California woman had filed a lawsuit against PepsiCo Inc., claiming one of its products contained dangerous levels of a known carcinogen.

A California woman filed suit against PepsiCo Inc., claiming that the company failed to warn consumers that its Pepsi One product contained a cancer-causing ingredient. The lawsuit sought class-action status. Class-action...

Mar 24
2014
The family of a woman who was severely burned during a routine procedure has sued the hospital in her death.

The family of a woman who was severely burned during a routine surgical procedure has filed a lawsuit against the hospital and several physicians, claiming their negligence caused her death. The lawsuit names Dr. Robert Pasternak, American Anesthesiology of Florida, Dr. Francisco G. Bermudez, Dr. Ron Arison, and Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Explosion and Fire According to court documents, Adele Bearman was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital for an arterial...

Mar 21
2014

This blog post has been edited. It was originally posted on March 21, 2014. Facts of this case may have developed or changed since the original post date. Settlements/verdicts may have been reached or are in progress.

Fourteen families filed a lawsuit against oil-and-gas operators, alleging their drilling practices caused thousands of earthquakes in Arkansas.

Fourteen families in Arkansas filed lawsuits against Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Operating and BHP Billiton Petroleum of Australia, alleging that the company’s injection wells caused earthquakes that damaged their...

Mar 20
2014

The city of Oakland has settled a lawsuit filed by a man who was catapulted through a glass door when a city van ran a red light in September 2012. The Oakland City Council voted unanimously to approve the settlement on the recommendation of council, according to the San Francisco Chronicle .

The city of Oakland has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who was injured when a city van ran through a red light and struck pedestrians.

Accident Details On September 28, 2012, a city van ran a red light at the corner of 14th and Franklin in Oakland, striking an SUV before...

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Settlements
Mar 14
2014

Faulty ignition switches in General Motors’ Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles built between 2005 and 2007 have been linked to six deaths in North America. This marks the fourth recall linked to deaths by automakers over the past few years.

Six fatalities have been linked to faulty ignition switches in older model GM cars, says Dallas-Fort Worth attorneys.

The GM recall involves ignition switches that may shut the vehicle off when jarred. In addition, heavy key rings can pull the switch mechanism out of the “run” position and into “accessory” or “off” while the...

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Company Recalls
Mar 13
2014

An Illinois state trooper who was seriously injured in an accident on Interstate 88 in which an Illinois Tollway worker died has filed suit against the truck driver who caused the accident. The trucking company the driver worked for is also named in the lawsuit. Accident Details

A state trooper seriously injured in an accident that killed an Illinois Tollway worker has filed a lawsuit.

Trooper Douglas Balder, a tow truck, and a Tollway vehicle were stopped on Interstate 88 near Aurora, helping a tractor-trailer driver whose truck had become disabled in the far right lane...

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Negligence
Mar 11
2014

A settlement has been reached in the wrongful death suit filed by the parents of a 15-year old boy who died after being swept away while on a kayaking and hiking trip in Hawaii. The terms of the settlement between Michael and Marianne Madoff, the boy’s parents, and the defendants—Bold Earth Teen Adventures and Hawaii Pack and Paddle—were sealed. Accident Details The Madoff’s son, Tyler, a student at Scarsdale High School in White Plains, N.Y., was on a hiking and kayaking tour led by Bold Earth on July 4, 2012. After kayaking in Kealakekua Bay, the group was hiking near the Captain Cook...

Mar 06
2014

The family of a 4-year old child who was struck by a San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) work truck has filed a lawsuit, claiming that the driver of the truck was using his cellphone at the time of the accident. The 4-year old was one of two children injured in the accident, which killed the mother of one of the children.

The family of a child struck by a work truck has filed suit, claiming the driver was using his cellphone at the time of the accident.

Accident Details On January 22, 2014, Jaslene Arias was walking in a crosswalk on Cottonwood Street in San Diego...