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Families of Bell Helicopter Crash Victims Awarded $21.7 Million

A Kentucky jury has awarded $21.7 million to the families of three people who were killed in June 2013 when the Bell Helicopter used for medical evacuations they were in crashed in an elementary school parking lot. The Clay County jury announced its decision in favor of the eight plaintiffs after a three-week trial that ended with five hours of deliberation. Lawyers for the family members argued that the Bell Helicopter and its parent company Textron were aware of defects in its Bell 206L-1 helicopters but chose not to address the problem. The crash occurred about 750 feet from the ... Read More

Woman says J&J has self to blame for $417M talc verdict

In August, California resident Eva Echeverria stood up to corporate giant Johnson and Johnson, taking the company to court over allegations that her terminal ovarian cancer was caused by its talc products. The first to go to trial of hundreds of women who’ve filed complaints in California, she won a $417 million verdict, by far the largest of verdicts yet in talc-related trials. Previously, four separate Missouri juries had awarded verdicts to plaintiffs of $72 million, $55 million, $70 million and $110 million. More than a thousand cases are pending in courts across the country. On Sept. 15, Johnson and Johnson ... Read More

Woman Injured By Wells Fargo Door Awarded $4.5 Million

An Illinois county court jury awarded $4.5 million to a woman who sued Wells Fargo after a metal door at the bank’s location in Aurora detached and fell onto her head. Amy Skinger, 42, had to undergo surgeries on her neck and spine after being struck in the head by the metal door as she walked into the Wells Fargo mortgage retail office in May 2012. The blow knocked her to her knees and exacerbated her cervical spondylosis, a degenerative condition of the neck and spine, her lawsuit claimed. Ms. Skinger had been previously diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, an unrelated ... Read More

Fresno Crash Survivor Says City Neglected Dangerous Intersection

If a city has received complaints about a dangerous intersection for more than three decades but failed to remedy the problem, is it liable when a motorist becomes seriously injured in a collision allegedly caused by the intersection’s poor design? That is the question a Fresno County Superior Court jury will have to consider in a case brought against the city by Steven Kennedy, 51, who was struck by a car while driving through the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Bulldog Lane – an extremely busy intersection near Fresno State University with no dedicated left-turn lights. Mr. Kennedy, a former ... Read More

Asiana Airlines, Dentist Settle Final SFO Crash Lawsuit

The last pending lawsuit against Asiana Airlines over the deadly 2013 runway crash at San Francisco International Airport has been settled, an attorney for the plaintiff said. According to the Associated Press, Kyung-Rhan Rha, a California dentist, reached a settlement with the Korea-based airline recently, her lawyer said. The case was the last lawsuit to be settled out of dozens filed by passengers and crewmembers that had been consolidated in a California federal court. Details of the settlement have not been disclosed. Dr. Kyung-Rhan and her daughter were among the 291 passengers on Asiana Flight 214 from South Korea. Federal ... Read More

Lawsuit Blames Tom Cruise, Director, for Deadly American Made Airplane Crash

The families of two men killed in an airplane crash during the filming of Tom Cruise’s action-thriller movie American Made say that the actor himself and director Doug Liman share some of the blame for the deadly accident. On Sept. 11, 2015, a twin-engine Smith Aerostar 600 was flying from Santa Fe de Antiogia, Colombia, to Medellin when it crashed in the Andes Mountains during a storm. Pilot Carlos Berl and Alan Purwin, whose company Heliblack owned the airplane, were killed. Jimmy Garland, the CEO and partner of S&S Aviation, survived but was rendered paraplegic. The crash triggered a multitude ... Read More

Movie Producers Seek Indemnity In Fatal Airplane-Crash Suits

An airplane crash that killed two men and seriously injured a third while filming the Tom Cruise movie American Made in 2015 has spawned multiple lawsuits, including one filed Sept. 8 by four production companies seeking indemnity for damages awarded against them in other lawsuits. The lawsuit, filed in California, seeks to hold S&S Aviation, a Georgia company responsible for maintaining the airplane that crashed, at least partly responsible for any damages and lawyer fees resulting from the wrongful death and personal injury claims the production companies face. The movie “American Made” is set to be released later this month. It ... Read More

Ohio ‘Tort Reform’ Law Lets Ride Manufacturer Off The Hook For Deadly Fair Accident

The people injured on the Fire Ball ride that broke apart at the Ohio State Fair in July may not be able to hold the manufacturer of the ride liable because of a “tort reform” law Ohio legislators passed in 2005. A lawyer representing a woman who legs were shattered in the ride failure told The Columbus Dispatch that the “tort reform” law will “make the fight for justice much more difficult to achieve” because it set caps on jury awards for businesses and imposed a 10-year “statute of repose” limit on a manufacturer’s liability for product defects. The Fire ... Read More

Insurer Prevails in E-Cigarette Explosion Coverage Dispute

Atlantic Casualty Insurance Company is off the hook for claims filed against an e-cigarette vendor over serious injuries a woman sustained when her e-cigarette exploded in her face. Spokane, Washington-based Lilac City Vapor said its insurer, Atlantic Casualty, should be liable for the e-cigarette victim’s claims, but a Washington federal court judge granted Atlantic summary judgment on Sept. 7. According to Law 360, Atlantic based its argument for summary judgment solely on an exclusion that the company said precludes coverage for any personal injuries that occur off the store’s premises. Law 360 reports: In the underlying suit, Marlene Rubertt says ... Read More

Is Equifax Lying About its Executives’ Share Sell-off?

Just days after Equifax discovered its databases had been accessed by hackers, its chief financial officer and two other top executives unloaded company shares worth about $1.8 million combined. Equifax discovered the data breach July 29, about six weeks after hackers broke into the company’s website and started harvesting the personal and financial information of about 143 million U.S. adults. Hackers obtained sensitive consumer information, including names, social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and driver’s license numbers. Additionally, the credit card numbers for 209,000 consumers were stolen and the personal information used in disputes for about 182,000 people was ... Read More