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Nov 05
2014

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the widows of two men killed in a fire in an underground coal mine have reached a settlement in the women’s lawsuit . The agency has agreed to pay $1 million and to develop a training course at the National Mine Safety and Health Academy in order to prevent fires in the future. The agency did not admit liability in the accident. Incident Details According to lawsuit documents, on January 19, 2006, Don Bragg and Ellery Hatfield died of carbon monoxide poisoning in Massey Energy’s Aracoma Alma No. 1 mine. A faulty ventilations system...

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Aug 20
2014

In a lawsuit against Southern California Gas Company and the owners of the building where he was injured, a Rosemead man was awarded almost $20 million by a jury. The gas company had admitted wrongdoing prior to the trial, and the jury was only to determine damages. Accident Details On January 19, 2011, Pengxuan “Dean” Diao was sleeping in a converted garage apartment, which he rented from Yong Sheng Li, according to lawsuit documents. An employee of Southern California Gas Company opened a natural gas valve, activating a gas line inside the garage, which was owned by Richard Liu and...

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May 06
2014
The family of a 4-year-old Massachusetts boy killed in an escalator accident in a Sears store in 2011 has reached an out-of-court settlement with Sears.

The family of a 4-year-old Massachusetts boy killed in an escalator accident in a Sears store in 2011 has reached an out-of-court settlement with Sears, Schindler Elevator Corp. and Simon Property Group. The family’s lawyer, W. Thomas Smith, declined to reveal the terms of the confidential agreement, but Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly reported Smith settling an $11.5 million lawsuit with the exact premise as this case. How the...

Apr 28
2014

This blog post has been edited. It was originally posted on April 28, 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 drunk teen decided to get behind the wheel and ended up killing four and injuring another, a testament to the fact that driving drunk can ruin lives forever.

The family of an affluent teenager who admitted to fatally striking four pedestrians last summer while driving drunk has settled lawsuits with two of the victims’ families. The remaining...

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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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Feb 20
2014
A gas leak at a Jacksonville (Md.) gas station which led to multiple lawsuits has reached a settlement.

After a gas leak poured more than 26,000 gallons of fuel into the ground in an area near Jacksonville, Md., where the majority of homeowners get their water from wells, multiple lawsuits were filed against Exxon Mobil Corporation. A settlement was reached in January regarding those lawsuits. Fuel Leak The leak, which began in January 2006, was not discovered until five weeks after it started when a discrepancy in inventory at a gas station revealed a problem. Exxon claimed that...

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Jan 10
2014
A family reached a settlement with the ski resort involved where a teenager almost lost his leg in a snow groomer accident, says Frenkel & Frenkel .

A lawsuit filed by the family of a Canadian boy who almost lost his leg after being run over and dragged by a snow groomer has been settled before going to trial. The incident, which occurred in 2008, severely injured the leg of Austin Miles, who is now 18. Incident Details Miles, who was 12 at the time, was on a school trip with about 120 people on January 30, 2008, at Mount Brighton Ski Resort in Southeast Michigan. Miles had...

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Jan 10
2014
The mother of a child born with a cleft palate and lip she said was caused by her use of Topamax was awarded nearly $11 million, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

The mother of a now 5-year old boy who was born with a cleft palate and lip that she claims was caused by her use of the anti-seizure drug Topamax was awarded $11 million by a Philadelphia jury. The South Carolina woman filed suit in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in November 2011, claiming that Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to adequately warn patients of the risk of birth defects when the drug Topamax was taken...

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Jan 02
2014
A tentative settlement was reached regarding thousands of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and its all-metal hip replacements, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

An agreement has been reached with Johnson & Johnson in an effort to settle thousands of lawsuits against the company regarding its all-metal hip replacements , yet some experts are concerned that the settlement would not be enough to satisfy all the claims made against the company. The $5.5 billion settlement would be one of the largest product liability claims for a medical device if it receives court approval. Hip...

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Dec 30
2013
A Delaware judge ordered that an insurance company had a duty to indemnify a refinery after an accident that killed two men, says Frenkel & Frenkel.

A Delaware judge has ruled that Maryland Casualty Insurance Company had a duty to indemnify Premcor Refinery Group, which owns a Delaware City refinery, after two men suffocated inside one of their tanks. The two men worked for Matrix Service Company as boilermakers at the time of their death. Accident Details On November 5, 2005, John J. Ferguson Jr. and Roy Spears were installing an elbow pipe in a reactor at the refinery at the...

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