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Honda's Engine Failure Recall

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Honda is announcing a recall on one of its newest automobile models before it even hits the U.S. public market. The 2016 Honda Civic compact vehicles equipped with two-liter-four-cylinders engines have poorly installed or lack their piston pin snap rings. The cause of this dangerous mechanical error stems from neglect during factory construction. An improperly installed or missing ring can cause the pistons to rub against the engine block resulting in the vehicle to either stall or fail while being driven. The friction can also lead to the possibility of the engine igniting while being operated.

Family Mourning the Death of a Young Woman

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Loved ones are mourning the untimely death of a young woman who was killed today in a motor vehicle accident in the northwestern part of our county. Law enforcement reports indicate that the driver was just 21 years old.

Medical Curtain and Sexual Harassment

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Most people go to the doctor to get well - not to get sexually harassed. But a recent study found that sexual harassment by the medical profession does occur. The decade of 2003-2013 had reports of over 1,000 counts of sexual harassment, many of which were repeat offenses. The U.S. Physicians Report states that a little over 87% of victims were female, and lie in the age group of 20-39. Of the 1,000 reports, about a fourth of offenders received no punishment.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Over Gas Leak

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The family of Zelda Rothman has sued the Southern California Gas Company alleging that a gas leak exacerbated Ms. Rothman's health. Ms. Rothman was suffering from lung cancer when natural gas began to leak from a well in Aliso Canyon approximately three miles from her home.

Federal Officials Warn About Shipping Hoverboards

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This holiday season saw self-balancing scooters known as hoverboards became extremely popular gift items, but a federal regulator issued a safety warning on the shipping of the toys after hundreds were found improperly labeled and packaged in cargo containers. The alert was triggered when investigators with the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration intercepted 32 cargo containers filled with hoverboards that were "improperly prepared for shipment of a hazardous material" due to containing lithium batteries.

Do You Need a Maritime Injury Attorney?

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If you find yourself asking whether you need a maritime injury attorney, the answer is most likely yes. Maritime and offshore accidents involve different sets of laws than other personal injury or workers' compensation claims. Depending on the case, there is often a complex framework of federal, state, and sometimes international laws that govern an injured claimants' rights. Those laws include the Jones Act, the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, the Limitation on Liability Act, and federal general maritime law. To exercise your full rights under these laws, it is crucial to have an attorney with the experience and understanding necessary to navigate a maritime injury claim.

Carbon Monoxide Leak at Beaumont Middle School

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On January 28, 2016, over one hundred students and staff members of Marshall Middle School in Beaumont fell ill after there was an apparent carbon monoxide leak. The leak was said to have originated from a boiler within the school. Around sometime in the late morning, students and faculty members started feeling ill and had trouble breathing. There have been reports that a few children were found unconscious in the hallways and nurse's office, which caused school personnel to call the Beaumont Fire Department. Upon arriving, the firefighters noticed an elevated carbon monoxide levels, and immediately evacuated the school to a nearby High School auditorium before any serious injuries occurred.

Parking Lot Injury Claims

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Every day most of us will use a parking lot or a parking garage for some purpose, whether it be shopping, going to a movie, or one of a number of other activities in our daily lives. Most of the time when we step out of our car to walk to our destination we pay no mind to the dangers we could be facing in those places.

Texas Supreme Court: Owners of Totaled Vehicles May Now Claim "Loss of Use" Damages

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In a triumph of common sense over legal formalism, the Texas Supreme Court held for the first time that the owner of wrongfully destroyed property may recover damages for the loss of the use of that property. This decision brings Texas in line with the majority of jurisdictions that have rejected the traditional rule limiting the owners of totally destroyed property to a recovery only of the market value of the property.

$20M Verdict Upheld by Appellate Court

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Pengxuan "Dean" Diao was 23 years old when a Southern California Gas Co. employee opened a natural gas valve that activated a gas line that ran to the garage apartment where he was sleeping on January 19, 2011. The room filled with natural gas and exploded when Diao woke up and lit a cigarette.

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