Monthly Archives:' November 2014

Victims Stymied in Access to Others' Air Bag Liability Settlements

By: Jeff Green and Margaret Cronin Fisk, November 18, 2014

Confidential settlements over defective Takata Corp. air bags are sealing off relevant information that other victims could use to pursue injury claims.

The accords make financial sense for the settling parties, but Takata and other defendants, including Honda Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, get an extra advantage in keeping damaging information out the hands of outsiders interested in suing them. The quick, secret deals, a cornerstone of product liability litigation across industries, help explain why, years after the first recalls, so much remains unknown about defects linked to four deaths in the U.S. The few cases filed have generally been resolved before victims’ lawyers acquired evidence.

Website reveals lawsuit hypocrites: FedEx, Hobby Lobby and John Boehner

By Paul Samakow

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2014 – Our nation’s court system is a wonderful vantage point for seeing hypocrisy in action at the highest levels.

The Seventh Amendment to our Constitution is one of our most valuable protections. It assures us the right of trial by jury in civil cases, to have an impartial group of people in the community assess our claims and to provide justice. The amendment assures accountability. It holds big business and corporations accountable. Aside from the individual benefits, the amendment has changed our culture and has made us safer. Dangerous products have been pulled off shelves and safety guidelines have been enacted.