Tesla Inc. has resolved the claims of six plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit filed against the company in California. The lawsuit was initially filed in December 2016 in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. According to the complaint, the Tesla Model X owner slowly pulled into his driveway and waited for his garage door to open when his vehicle suddenly sped forward and crashed through the interior wall of his garage before coming to rest in his living room. Both the driver and his passenger sustained injuries. The complaint asserts numerous causes of action against the manufacturer, including products liability claims, breach of warranty claims, negligence, and violations of several consumer protection laws. The lead plaintiff also sought class action status citing several other instances of sudden acceleration in Tesla's vehicles.
The National Hockey League announced a nearly $19 million settlement with former players who had sued the league over brain injuries suffered while playing. According to the lawsuit, the league and team medical staffs kept the players in the dark over the potential harm they faced. The suit alleged the NHL of failing to protect the former players from head injuries that could lead to the brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or warning them of the risks involved.
A man who was struck while driving his motorcycle and dragged over one hundred yards by a Southern California Gas Co. truck has agreed to resolve his lawsuit for $46 million. The jury awarded the injury driver and his wife $41.8 million in compensatory damages. However, the parties reached the settlement agreement while the jury was deliberating the punitive damages portion of the case. Compensatory damages are sought to make the injured plaintiff whole, while punitive damages are awarded to punish the actions of defendants.
Over 40 lawsuits have been filed against NJ Transit by the people who were injured in the September 29, 2016 Hoboken train crash. One person was killed and more than 100 others injured when a commuter train sped into the terminal and crashed through a bumping post. The individuals who filed suit include people who were on the train and on the platform.
Workplace violence is unfortunately more common these days. Many employers have taken measures to protect their employees. Recently, a warehouse in New Mexico owned by Ben E. Keith company was the scene of a mass shooting. An off-shift employee entered the unsecured facility and opened fire on co-workers in the warehouse, injuring three people. Two are still listed in critical condition, while one has been upgraded to stable. The suspected shooter was later found dead beside his truck some distance away. The suspected shooter had recently been working for Ben E. Keith Company in Houston, where on August 20 of this year, another workplace shooting had claimed the life of Francisco Reyes and left another injured. Lack of security onsite was also responsible for allowing that workplace violence to occur. Now, yet another episode of violence has unfolded with three people seriously injured and the shooter dead.
A lawsuit filed in Galveston claims that a League City daycare center's negligence resulted in the death of a three-month-old girl. Galveston County District Court records show that Jared and Lindsey McNeel allege that Kiddie Academy International, Inc.; Bullock's Bright Beginnings, L.L.C.; and Cory and Summer Bullock, individually and doing business as Kiddie Academy of League City, were responsible for the suffocation death of the McNeels' infant daughter, Skylar Mae McNeel.
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.
After a month-long trial and jury verdict for the injured driver, a $46 million dollar settlement was reached between a utility company and an Air Force captain. The man nearly died after he was struck by a SoCal Gas truck at a red light on his motorcycle and then dragged over 430 feet while wedged under the vehicle.
More than four hundred women have come forward to accuse former University of Southern California gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, of sexual misconduct. After the events at Michigan State University surrounding Larry Nassar, women are calling on USC to handle these allegations differently. Rachael Denhollander said, "I'm asking USC-do it better this time. Do it better than MSU did. Treat these women like the family you promised them they were."
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.