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California Man Suffers Devastating Burns in E-Cigarette Explosion

A California man is suing the world’s leading battery manufacturer over severe burn injuries he suffered when his e-cigarette exploded in his pants pocket. According to the Los Angeles Times, 26-year-old Erik Howell of Glendale filed the personal injury lawsuit against LG Chem, the Korean chemical company that owns the lion’s share of the world’s battery market, in Los Angeles Superior Court. Mr. Howell alleges an LG Chem battery for his e-cigarette “violently exploded” in the front left pocket of his pants Jan. 15, setting his clothes on fire. The white-hot flames from the battery severely burned his legs and ... Read More

Wells Fargo Endangered Family in Protection Program, Lawsuit Alleges

A Minnesota family in a state victim protection program is suing Wells Fargo and one of its mortgage bankers, alleging the bank has endangered them by sending mail with the mother’s name to their secret location. The plaintiffs, a mother and daughter who went into victim protection after a neighbor sexually assaulted the daughter then threatened to kill them to prevent them from testifying, claim that Wells Fargo started mailing them after the mother applied for a mortgage in 2016. They also allege that they started receiving mail from outside vendors – a sign that Wells Fargo sold their information. ... Read More

On the job amputation results in safety citation for Ohio Manufacturer

In March 2018, Liqui-Box Corp., a plastic bag manufacturer based out of Ashland, Ohio, received citations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for repeated violations of safety measures involving the machinery in its manufacturing facility. The corporation is currently facing projected penalties of $155,208 for this failure to implement the standards and regulations put in place by OSHA, which the company is required by law to follow. An investigation was opened by OSHA when an employee of Liqui-Box Corp. suffered a partial amputation of his thumb while attempting to clear a bag-sealing machine of a jam that was ... Read More

SEC Awards ‘Safe Harbor’ Whistleblower $2.2 Million

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has awarded a whistleblower more than $2.2 million for tips that led to a successful enforcement action against a company for violations of securities laws. This latest SEC whistleblower award is unique in that it was the first such award paid under the SEC’s “safe harbor” rule, which accommodates whistleblowers who submit tips and other information to another federal agency before reporting it to the SEC. The “safe harbor” provision of the Exchange Act Rule provides that if a whistleblower submits information to another federal agency and then submits the same information to ... Read More

Apartment Owner Settles Negligent Security Death Case For $6 Million

The former owner of an Atlanta-area apartment complex will pay $6 million to settle a negligent-security lawsuit brought by the family of a man who was killed by a gunshot to the head in his SUV while his children looked on. Larry Grigsby Jr., 42, was visiting someone who lived at the West Place apartment complex on Six Flags Drive in Austell in July 2016 with his children, an 8-year-old son and a 6-year-old daughter. Mr. Grigsby was driving toward the exit of the apartment complex when he was killed by a single gunshot to the head. The vehicle crashed ... Read More

Wells Fargo Whistleblower Allegedly Fired For Reporting Foreign Exchange Violations

Wells Fargo Bank finds itself facing another whistleblower lawsuit, this time filed by the former head of the bank’s foreign exchange (FX) group who says the bank encouraged employees to “make false and misleading representations to customers, to engage in abusive sales practices, and to enrich themselves at the expense of clients.” According to The Mercury News, whistleblower Simon Fowles alleges he voiced complaints about the unlawful and unethical practices to managers at the San Francisco-based banking giant for years but that his concerns essentially fell on deaf ears. Mr. Fowles claims he warned high-level Wells Fargo executives about “significant ... Read More

Head injury risk in childrens sports a growing debate in family court

The debate about whether to let children play football due to the risk of repeated concussions which could have detrimental, lifelong consequences, has become a growing debate in divorce proceedings in family court. “You always heard it sometimes, when one parent would say ‘I don’t want him doing that because he might get hurt,’” said Allen E. Mayefsky, a leading divorce lawyer and former president of the New York chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “Usually we thought the parent was just overprotective. Now, it’s more of a real medical issue.” That’s because scientific evidence has emerged in ... Read More

Parents Sue Flight Operators Over Grand Canyon Helicopter Crash

The parents of a man killed in a Grand Canyon helicopter tour crash last month are suing the tour operator and several individuals connected to the company over his death. Plaintiffs Phillip and Marlene Udall of Southampton, U.K. filed the wrongful death lawsuit in Nevada, seeking compensatory damages for the death of their 31-year-old son Jonathan Udall. Jonathan had gone to Las Vegas on honeymoon with his bride Ellie Milward. Both Jonathan and Ellie suffered severe burn injuries after the Airbus EC130 B4 helicopter operated by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters crashed on Hualapai tribal land and exploded. The fiery crash ... Read More

Appeals Court Revives Defective Seatbelt Lawsuit

A federal appeals court is allowing a wrongful death lawsuit to move forward against an automotive supplier that is accused of manufacturing defective seatbelts for Mazda. The decision by a three-judge panel on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a lower court’s judgment to toss the suit against Autoliv Japan Ltd. According to Law 360, the Eleventh Circuit will allow two of the lawsuit’s three claims to proceed after finding that a manufacturer such as Autoliv can still face liability claims even when it was not “actively involved” in the design of the seatbelts it manufactured for other parties. ... Read More

Takata Whistleblowers Split $1.7 Million Award

Three whistleblowers who were instrumental in alerting U.S. authorities to the risks of Takata’s deadly airbag inflators will share an award of $1.7 million, a sum that could grow substantially larger once legislators determine the mechanics of a new auto whistleblower law passed in 2015. The whistleblowers were all former employees of Takata Corp., the Japan-based automotive supplier that manufactured tens of millions of airbags with highly unstable inflators. The dangerously defective airbags were installed in cars, trucks, and SUVs made by 19 automakers Lawyers for the three whistleblowers said the men provided extensive assistance and information that prompted the ... Read More