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VW Emissions Settlements Don’t Affect County Claims, Plaintiffs Argue

Settlements resolving claims over Volkswagen’s (VW) emissions cheat and the federal Clean Air Act do not bar air pollution complaints lodged by Hillsborough County, Florida, and Salt Lake County, Utah, lawyers for the counties told a California federal court. Volkswagen is pressing the U.S. District Court in San Francisco to toss the counties’ claims that they are entitled to compensation for pollution caused by VW’s emissions cheat under state laws. Those complaints are currently included in multidistrict litigation (MDL) consolidated in the California court. In 2014, West Virginia University researchers and other members of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) discovered ... Read More

Auto Safety Advocates Seek Release of Goodyear Tire Death Documents

Auto safety advocates are heaping pressure on federal authorities to divulge documents relating to Goodyear’s G159 tire, which has been linked to hundreds of tire-blowout crashes involving motorhomes, causing dozens of injuries and deaths. According to Arizona’s The Republic, the Center for Auto Safety, the nation’s leading auto safety advocacy group, has filed a request to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under the Freedom of Information Act seeking death and injury claim information, tire-testing results, and other information concerning the Goodyear tires. Litigation involving Goodyear’s G159 tires has been ongoing for years, but the manufacturer’s lawyers successfully lobbied ... Read More

Team of lawyers to assist with lawsuits targeting opioid makers

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster approved a team of 22 lawyers to oversee the more than 180 lawsuits against companies accused of helping to fuel the national opioid epidemic. The team includes many of the same attorneys who helped land the $246 billion settlement with Big Tobacco. The proposed slate is broken down into various committees and working groups, and has room for more attorneys. The groups would be overseen by a plaintiffs steering committee, which has yet to be decided. A larger and much more detailed system for tackling the opioid litigation is needed because it is too large ... Read More

Plaintiffs Claim Defective Electric Pressure Cookers Caused Burn Injuries

Electric pressure cookers were among 2017’s hottest holiday gifts, but not all pressure cookers are created equal and some consumers have suffered severe burn injuries from electric pressure cookers they allege to be defective. At least 20 lawsuits have been filed against Tristar Products Inc., alleging that its Tristar Power Pressure Cooker XL and some of its other electric pressure cooker models caused burn injuries, the Daily Hornet reports. Recently, 12 plaintiffs who claim they were injured by Tristar pressure cookers have joined a pair of lawsuits filed in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas) ... Read More

Greenville, Alabama, sues opioid makers, distributors

Greenville, Alabama, is the latest city to file a lawsuit against several makers and distributors of highly addictive prescription painkillers in an effort to quell the growing opioid epidemic that is gripping the nation. Lawyers from Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C., filed the complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on behalf of Greenville. The complaint alleges Greenville’s communities have sustained economic damages and continues to incur a significant financial burden due to drug manufacturers and distributors aggressively pushing “highly addictive, dangerous opioids, turning patients into addicts for their own corporate profits,” ... Read More

Tobacco company delays in admitting fault mirror talc litigation

According to Vox, the tobacco companies are finally being forced by a federal court to follow through with the 2006 ruling by US District Judge Gladys Kessle that the companies pay for ads on national television and in newspapers admitting not only the dangers of smoking but also that they tried to make smoking more addictive, among other confessions. For 11 years, Big Tobacco has dragged its feet on complying with the ruling, filing appeals and employing other delays. The strategy of “deny, deny, deny” feels familiar. There have so far been seven completed talc trials in three states, with ... Read More

Passenger Raped By Amtrak Employee files lawsuit

A North Carolina woman is suing Amtrak alleging the rail company failed to protect her from an employee who brutally raped her in her sleeping cabin as the train traveled through Wolf Point, Montana, in April 2015. According to the Great Falls Tribune, the plaintiff was taking a cross-country “bucket list” train excursion from the East Coast with her sisters when 59-year-old Amtrak attendant Charles Henry Pinner entered her cabin, locked the door, and violently raped her. The woman, who was 68 at the time of the rape, argues in her lawsuit that the Common Carrier Doctrine requires Amtrak to ... Read More

Hip implant jury won’t hear witness tampering claims

U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade refused to allow jurors in a trial over alleged defective hip implants manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics to hear testimony related to alleged witness tampering involving communication between a DePuy attorney and a company pharmaceutical sales representative. The ruling comes after an investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office into allegations that DePuy sales representative Glenn Swajger influenced David Shein, a surgeon who had treated three of the six plaintiffs, when the two conversed just days before Shein was to testify for the plaintiffs. Swajger agreed to be questioned by the ... Read More

Alabama Jury Awards Army Vet $7.5 Million For Walmart Injury

Walmart representatives say the retail giant intends to appeal a $7.5 million jury award to an Alabama man whose foot became stuck in a wooden pallet at a Phenix City Walmart store, causing him to shatter his foot and hip. Henry Walker, a 59-year-old Army veteran, sued Walmart after the accident, claiming it robbed him of his ability to participate in and enjoy everyday activities. On June 25, 2015, Mr. Walker was getting a watermelon from a bin at Walmart when his foot became trapped in the pallet below. Not realizing his foot was in between the slats of the ... Read More

Air Evac Lifeteam Helicopter Crashes, 3 Injured

An Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter crashed during a non-medical flight Wednesday in a residential area in Union City, Tennessee, the Associated Press reports. Three crew members, including the pilot, flight nurse and a paramedic, were taken to a nearby hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released. According to the Jackson Sun, no houses were damaged and no other injuries were reported. The location of the crash is approximately 100 miles northeast of Memphis. The helicopter was part of Air Evac 143, which is based in Troy, Tennessee. The crew was flying to the 911 Dispatch Center in ... Read More