Last week, eight plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit in California against some of the nation's largest electric scooter companies, including LimeBike and Bird Rides Inc. The plaintiffs include three pedestrians who claim to have been hit from behind by users of the scooters. One of the plaintiffs is a 62-year-old man who claims to have suffered a fractured arm and severed bicep after being struck by an electric scooter earlier this year.
Throughout the country, including several cities in Texas, e-scooters are the newest alternative to the usual forms of public transportation. E-scooters are dockless electronic scooters. These scooters allow users to rent them by smartphone app and the rider can leave the scooter wherever they want when they are done. The scooters can travel as fast as 15 miles per hour. The e-scooter companies contend that the scooters offer users an environmentally friendly and efficient means of transportation. However, as the e-scooters increase in popularity, so have safety concerns for both users and pedestrians.
The Japanese automaker, Toyota, announced that it will recall more than 2.4 million hybrid cars over a defect that could cause crashes. This recall comes in the wake of another recall made by Toyota in September 2018 that recalled more than one million hybrid cars globally after uncovering a technical problem that could cause fires. The Japanese car giant Toyota has sold more than 12 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles globally, including the Prius, since 1997.
On July 19, 2018, 31 people were aboard a duck boat tour on Table Rock Lake, in Branson, Missouri, when a severe thunderstorm brought near-hurricane-strength winds and five-foot waves, which caused the amphibious vehicle to capsize and sink. Seventeen out of the 31 people died in the incident. The survivors were taken to a nearby Branson hospital, and afterwards discharged.
Recently an amphibious craft commonly referred to as a duck boat capsized in Missouri, killing 17 and injuring seven others. Prior to this incident federal regulators warned about design flaws related to the WWII era amphibious landing craft.
On July 12, 2018, a jury in St. Louis awarded nearly $4.7 billion in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed that asbestos found in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer. The jury awarded $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to the Plaintiffs for failing to warn about the cancer risks. This is an extremely high award for punitive damages and one of the highest in such cases so far. Johnson & Johnson intends to appeal the decision.
Dollywood Splash Country was recently sued by a woman who claims she suffered a compression fracture and other spinal cord injuries while riding a water coaster in summer 2017. Dollywood Splash Country, a water park subsidiary of Dolly Parton's famous theme park, Dollywood, is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The woman claims that she was injured while riding the RiverRush Water Coaster with her husband and their two daughters, despite following instructions from the theme park's staff. According to the company's website, the RiverRush is a water coaster in which guests are seated on a raft that races through powerful climbs, twists, and turns four stories in the air with riders experiencing four drops along 1,175 feet of track. The park allows a maximum combined guest weight of 700 pounds per raft, with a minimum height requirement of 3.5 feet.
The parents of a California toddler crushed to death last year by an Ikea dresser have filed suit against the retailer, alleging the company knew for years that its dressers were unstable but neglected to redesign them.
In 2016, Cody Hamblin, then 22-years-old, died while fishing on Memorial Day with his grandfather. According to a lawsuit filed by his father, Darren Hamblin, he had a seizure while on a boat, fell into the water and died. Mr. Hamblin sued Riddell Sports Group and the parent company of Schutt Sports as defendants. He has alleged negligence, product liability, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and wrongful death.
In early February 2018, the driver of a defective dump truck lost control at a high speed and crashed into Barbara Schmidt's vehicle, leaving her with severe injuries. The truck was carrying debris from the recent California fires down a steep hill when the truck's brakes failed, causing the truck to pick up speed until a fiery collision that injured seven victims in total, including three critically.