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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

Vermont jury awards woman $43 million for injuries blamed on defective car seat

BURLINGTON, Vt.—A jury in Chittenden County, Vt., has awarded $43 million to a woman who became quadriplegic when her 1999 Dodge Neon car seat failed in a traffic collision. Some legal experts believe the award is the largest personal-injury award in Vermont’s history. Essex Junction resident Dzemila Heca and her two sons, Kenan and Emir Heco, sued Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls, Inc., the manufacturer of the car seat in Ms. Heco’s 1999 Dodge Neon. According to the lawsuit, in August 2007, Ms. Heco had been stopped at a traffic light in Essex when another vehicle struck her car from behind. Ms. ... Read More

New website monitors how corporations, lobbyists are eroding our Constitutional rights

Alarmed by the corporate lobby’s aggressive efforts to undermine the U.S. civil justice system, the American Association for Justice (AAJ) has launched a new website and blog called Take Justice Back. The aim of the website is to keep U.S. citizens informed about how their rights and protections, guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, are being eroded by powerful corporations and lobbying groups trying to escape accountability. Armed with hundreds of millions of dollars, these corporate interests have infiltrated Congress and are using their financial might “scheming up ways to avoid accountability when they hurt someone,” the AAJ says. The “Tort ... Read More

Hot Coffee documentary showcasing dangers of tort reform airs June 27

Susan Saladoff’s documentary Hot Coffee, which offers an unsettling glimpse at the tactics many giant corporations use to strip everyday Americans of some basic rights, has been racking up critical acclaim ahead of its premiere on HBO June 27th. Hot Coffee centers on the famous McDonald’s coffee incident that left Stella Liebeck, a 79-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico, resident with serious burns. Liebeck was a passenger in her nephew’s car when she positioned a cup of coffee between her knees so she could remove the lid and add cream and sugar. The coffee spilled, giving Ms. Liebeck third-degree burns on her ... Read More