Determining the Value of an E-Cigarette-Explosion Injury Claim

E-cigarettes have been a point of contention over the past several years for a number of reasons. Legislators and lobbyists have argued, for instance, over whether vaping is a healthier alternative to traditional cigarettes. The idea that vaping is a healthier alternative has been used to support legislation that seeks to reduce (or eliminate) regulations […]

FTC Allows Dealerships to Market Defective Cars as ‘Safe’

Auto safety advocates have filed a lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), alleging that a settlement between the regulatory agency, General Motors and two used car dealers puts car buyers at “the risk of injury or death caused by the defective vehicles.” The settlement, announced last year, allows used car dealers to advertise cars […]

Judge Approves Settlement in Class Action Suit Against Remington

US District Judge Ortrie D. Smith finally approved a class action case involving 7.5 million defective triggers in Remington Guns. Though the company accepted the terms of the settlement, it continues to deny the allegations that guns were going off without the trigger being pulled. Under the terms of the settlement, Remington Arms Co. will […]

VW Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges in Emissions Scandal

On March 10, 2017, Volkswagen AG (VW) pleaded guilty to criminal charges in connection with the emissions scandal that is said to be the auto industry’s most expensive scandal in history. The company has agreed to pay $10 billion to buy back 500,000 vehicles and to pay $5,100 in additional compensation to each owner. In […]

FTC Sued for Allowing Dealers to Sell Cars with Deadly Defects

When you go to the dealership and see that a car has been certified as safe or has been subject to a “rigorous inspection”, you assume that any recall issues have been taken care of. In fact, even without the safety claims, you probably assume that dealerships are not allowed to sell vehicles with unfixed […]

Liability for a Vehicle Mishap on the Road – What You Need to Know

In car crashes, most car accident attorneys look at the liability that falls almost only on the drivers, private individuals. In consequence, insurance companies settle up. Some states have no-fault systems. In the rest of the states, damages depend on how much insurance the at-fault driver has. It’s rare that a component of the car […]

VW Execs Could Go to Prison Over Emissions Scandal – Why it Matters

On January 11, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Volkswagen AG had agreed to plead guilty and pay $4.3 billion in criminal and civil penalties, for equipping its vehicles to cheat emissions tests and, more remarkably, that six executives and employees were indicted on multiple charges. One of the six had already […]

Are Your Candles Poisoning You?

Whether you enjoy the ambience, are dipping your toes in aromatherapy, or just want to cover up bad odors in your home, you need to know that paraffin candles are not the way to go. Paraffin produces toxic chemicals when burned, even if you are using unscented candles. Some wicks contain lead. Artificial and synthetic […]

Poka-Yoke is No Joke: Product Defects Hurting Business, Customers

Poka-yoke is a brilliant concept that protects businesses and consumers. It is a Japanese term for mistake-proofing. Poka-yoke aims to prevent foreseeable human error. The term is often used in manufacturing, but it applies to end-use products, too. For instance, your microwave oven will not start unless the door is closed. That’s poka-yoke. It protects […]