Lieff Cabraser represents consumers in multiple states who have filed class action lawsuits against Whirlpool over the presence of mold in their washing machines. On September 19, 2014, U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko denied Whirlpool's effort to dismiss the class action on a summary judgment motion. While the Court granted summary judgment on two of the claims, most significantly it denied Whirlpool's motion to seek to avoid design defect and breach of implied warranty claims, paving the way for the trial to commence in early October 2014.
In the first case to proceed to trial involving the Pinnacle hip replacement manufactured by DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, evidence was introduced to show that J&J was aware as early as 2001 that the device could generate metal debris which enter the patient's bloodstream.
As reported on Bloomberg.com, Johnson & Johnson ("J&J") is facing a new round of medical hip lawsuits over its Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants, blamed for the poisoning of recipient patients. The patients allege that the Pinnacle hip implants were defectively designed because they caused metal debris to leech from the devices into patient bloodstreams. These cobalt/chromium materials can damage the surrounding tissue and have required some patients to have their implants removed through revision surgery.
Portable butane stoves are a great convenience, making it possible for campers and others without access to a fixed stove to cook meals. While they are available for as little as ten or fifteen dollars, unfortunately these convenient portable stoves and butane burners can cause severe burn injuries and can even explode.
The Best Lawyers in America, a legal peer-review publication, has announced its 2015 listing of outstanding attorneys and leading lawyers. Based on over 5.5 million evaluations of legal professionals, the publication's 21st edition includes 52,488 attorneys in 137 practice areas across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
This summer, automotive and product design safety company, Safety Research & Strategies, filed suit against the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), seeking the public release of documents in the case of United States ex rel. Harman v. Trinity Industries. The whistleblower lawsuit alleges guardrail manufacturer Trinity Industries defrauded the government. The Wall Street Journal reports court records remain inaccessible.
Abuses by private correctional service contractors of non-violent probationers is a growing problem, according to numerous media reports. These probationers have typically committed low-level offenses, such as failing to pay traffic tickets, driving without proof of insurance, shoplifting, or public drunkenness.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration's National Fire Incident Reporting System, "from 2008 to 2010, an estimated 194,000 highway vehicle fires occurred in the United States each year resulting in an average of approximately 300 deaths, 1,250 injuries and $1.1 billion in property loss."
Whistleblowers continue to play a key role in ending fraudulent practices throughout the United States. A recent survey published by the National Whistleblower Center and conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that 43% of corporate fraud was uncovered by whistleblowing related activities. When government funds are involved, whistleblowers play a critical role in protecting taxpayers. And, as the survey noted, the companies themselves are also better off in the long run by rooting out these bad practices.