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Toyota fixed steering rods for over a decade before recall
Toyota fixed steering rods for over a decade before recall
By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Employment Law -- Employee on Thursday, May 8, 2014.
Toyota recently paid a record fine for dragging its feet on disclosing a safety defect blamed for potentially fatal unintended acceleration. Now, documents have come to light in a California lawsuit that point to possible delays involving an earlier safety issue, one that could result in loss of steering control. Records of Toyota …
Toyota Admits it Misled the Government and the Public about Unintended Acceleration
Toyota Admits it Misled the Government and the Public about Unintended Acceleration
By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Employment Law -- Employee on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
Can you trust anything Toyota says? As was widely reported, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York reached a deferred prosecution agreement with Toyota Motor Corporation. The Japanese manufacturer admitted that it misled U.S. consumers by concealing and making deceptive statements about two safety issues affecting its vehicles, each …
Kristensen Weisberg, LLP in the news regarding texting drivers and punitive damages
Kristensen Weisberg, LLP in the news regarding texting drivers and punitive damages
By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Employment Law -- Employee on Friday, March 14, 2014.
The hypocrisy of the insurance industry is galling, yet utterly predictable. While lobbying in support of a bill to make texting while driving illegal, the Association of California Insurance Companies contended that, “The danger inherent in such activity is manifest.” Nevertheless, the insurance industry is not really concerned with driver safety, but its …
Toyota Liable for Software Defects in Unintended Acceleration Case
Toyota Liable for Software Defects in Unintended Acceleration Case
By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Employment Law -- Employee on Monday, October 14, 2013.
On October 24, 2013, an Oklahoma jury found Toyota acted with “reckless disregard” for others and awarded Jean Bookout $1.5 million dollars and the family of the deceased passenger, Barbara Schwarz $1.5 million. Toyota apparently settled the punitive damages claim this morning, undoubtedly for a confidential amount. Arguments were set for Friday, October …
Chinese Tour Bus, Da Zhen, rolls over on 210 Freeway near Irwindale on August 22, 2013
Chinese Tour Bus, Da Zhen, rolls over on 210 Freeway near Irwindale on August 22, 2013
By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Employment Law -- Employee on Thursday, August 22, 2013.
A Chinese tour bus operating out of Monterey Park, California rolled over on the 210 freeway near Irwindale on the morning of Thursday, August 22, 2013. KNBC reported on the story here. Da Zhen is one of many tour buses that transports Los Angeles County residents to casinos in Las Vegas and Primm, …
Another Jury Another Verdict against Bard in Vaginal Mesh Litigation
Another Jury Another Verdict against Bard in Vaginal Mesh Litigation
By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Employment Law -- Employee on Friday, August 16, 2013.
C.R. Bard, Inc. (“Bard”) faces approximately 8,000 claims that its Avaulta vaginal mesh devices are defective, injuring and maiming thousands of women throughout the United States. On Thursday, August 15, 2013, the second jury trial in a row came done hard on Bard. Jurors in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District …
J&J Order to Pay $8.3 Million over Defective DePuy Hip
J&J Order to Pay $8.3 Million over Defective DePuy Hip
By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Employment Law -- Employee on Friday, March 8, 2013.
On March 8, 2013, a Los Angeles Superior Court jury awarded a retired prison guard $8.3 million dollars in special and general damages. The verdict was in the bellwether case: Loren “Bill” Kransky v. DePuy, LASC Case Number BC456086. The case summary, as of March 8, 2013, can be accessed here. The next …
Suburu Recall for Zombie Cars!
Suburu Recall for Zombie Cars!
By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Employment Law -- Employee on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Who says electronic engine controls are fool proof? Can cars start on their own without a driver in the vehicle? Can vehicle engines be turned on without someone pressing the start button? Apparently, the answer is yes according to Suburu. On February 22, 2013, Suburu filed a Defect Information Report (DIR) with NHTSA …
J&J’s Ethicon, Inc. smacked with $11.1 million dollar verdict!
J&J’s Ethicon, Inc. smacked with $11.1 million dollar verdict!
By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Employment Law -- Employee on Tuesday, March 5, 2013.
Last week on February 28, 2013, a New Jersey state jury added $7.8 million dollars in punitive damages to an award against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, Inc. for deliberately misleading doctors and consumers about its trans-vaginal mesh product known as Gynecare Prolift. The total verdict now stands at approximately $11.1 million. The case …
When a Manufacturer Must Report a Defect
When a Manufacturer Must Report a Defect
By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Employment Law -- Employee on Saturday, March 2, 2013.
Barely a week goes by without a headline reporting a large group of vehicles are being recalled. The manufacturers nearly always report the recalls are “voluntary” and done in an abundance of caution. In reality, two sections of the law serve to motivate auto-manufacturers to issue the recalls. The first requirement is when …