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Pokemon Go Terms Include Arbitration Agreement

What does it take to play Pokemon Go, the new game released by Niantic last week that already has an estimated 10 million active users? The answer: A smartphone and a willingness to surrender one of your Seventh Amendment rights. Before customers are allowed to access the reality-based game, they must agree to waive their Constitutional right to a jury trial should something go wrong. These agreements, called arbitration agreements, or, less formally, “rip-off clauses,” are already widely used by banks, internet providers, and other industries to strip customers of their right to sue. Instead of seeking a remedy through ... Read More

Five Dead, Several Injured in bus crash With Tractor Trailer in Florida Panhandle

Florida authorities investigating a fiery crash near Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday morning said the driver of a bus failed to stop at a flashing red intersection light when it collided with a tractor trailer. The bus crash killed five people and injured at least 18 others. The repurposed 1979 Bluebird school bus was carrying about 35 migrant Haitian farmworkers from Bainbridge, Ga., south to the coastal community of St. Marks in Wakulla County, Fla., when the crash occurred around 5 a.m. Despite rumble strips leading to the red light at the intersection of 363 and Coastal Highway 98, the bus continued ... Read More

Distraction, Lost Situational Awareness Led to Deadly Philadelphia Amtrak Crash, NTSB Says

The engineer of the Amtrak that derailed and crashed in Philadelphia last year was distracted by radio reports about an emergency situation on another train, federal investigators said in a final report of the disaster that left eight people dead and injured more than 200 others. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has extensively interviewed Amtrak train 188 engineer Brandon Bostian, 32, over the past year to determine how a “qualified, experienced and apparently alert engineer” could have pulled the throttle to its highest position ahead of a notoriously sharp bend in the rails. The train sped to 106 mph, ... Read More

Deadly Distracted-Driving School Bus Crash Prompts Tougher Tennessee Law

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed a new bill into law Thursday banning school bus drivers from using any type of electronic device while hauling students and substantially increasing the penalties for violations. Tennessee legislators pushed the new bill through in response to a deadly December 2014 school bus crash in Knoxville that claimed the lives of two young primary schoolgirls and a teacher’s aide. Authorities investigating that crash found that school bus driver James Davenport, 48, had been texting and driving when he lost control of the vehicle, veered across multiple lanes of traffic, and plowed into another school bus. ... Read More

Police investigate bus crash that killed former NBA player

Raleigh, NC — Former Atlanta Hawks player Lorenzo Charles was killed Tuesday afternoon when the commercial bus he was driving on Interstate 40 in Raleigh, North Carolina, suddenly veered off the road and crashed. Charles, 47, was widely regarded as a hero in this basketball-crazy state for a last-second dunk that delivered a stunning victory to underdog North Carolina State in the 1983 national college championship game against Houston. According to the Raleigh Police Department’s accident report, the Charles’ bus crashed at 3:47 p.m. while traveling on I-40 westbound. Charles, who worked for Elite Tours, a commercial bus company based ... Read More