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Harris County Resident Sues Texas Drywall Business after Falling from Scaffold

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On June 23, 2020, a Harris County man filed a complaint in the Harris County District Court against E. Villarreal Enterprises LLC, doing business as Villarreal Drywall. The man brought negligence and gross negligence causes of action against the drywall business.

Tesla Sued After Airbags Malfunctioned

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Kristian Edwards was driving her Model 3 Tesla when she was struck by another vehicle. It caused her to slam into the guardrail on the interstate highway. None of the Tesla's airbags deployed. Mrs. Edwards, a public health professor at George Washington University in Washington, suffered major injuries, including head trauma and brain damage. Mrs. Edwards was wearing her seat belt; her son was in the back seat and also sustained injuries. Suit was filed against Tesla. The family is seeking to be compensated for medical bills, Mrs. Edwards' loss of earning capacity, and her pain and suffering.

Speed-Related Deaths on the Rise

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It's no surprise that with a decrease in traffic on the road, there are drivers that see this as an opportunity to drive faster. But what is surprising is the rate of speed these cars are going and the amount of speed-related deaths that are occurring on the road. Although on an 80-day comparative period, from this year and the last, the amount of reported crashes had fallen 40.4 percent, there was only a 11.3 percent decrease in fatal crashes.

First Vape-Lung Product Liability Lawsuit was Recently Filed

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A product liability lawsuit was recently filed in Washington state court against several manufacturers of vaporizer cartridges and the distributor of the vaporizer device, which was manufactured by C-Cell, a Chinese corporation.

Boeing Settles Almost All 737 MAX Claims from Fatal 2018 Crash

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Boeing Co. recently reached settlement agreements for the vast majority of the lawsuits filed in federal court following the 2018 plane crash near Indonesia that left 189 people dead. The deadly crash led to a worldwide grounding of all Boeing 737 MAX jets and prompted investigations that revealed this model of aircraft was unsafe and unfit for the skies. While claims relating to 171 of the 189 people on board have been settled, Boeing continues its efforts to obtain U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approval to fly the 737 MAX commercially once more.

Roundup Pledges Over $10 Billion to Pay Cancer Claims

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On June 24, 2020, Bayer announced one of the largest settlements in U.S. Civil Litigation to resolve the lawsuits surrounding Roundup weed killer and its ties to Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018, after claims had already surfaced that one of the active ingredients in Roundup, glyphosate, was a probable carcinogenic to humans. Since then, three sizeable verdicts against Monsanto influenced them to avoid trial and seek an alternative dispute resolution for the thousands of pending lawsuits that remained. Bayer and the 25 lead law firms negotiated the settlement for months before coming to an agreement.

FDA Warns Against Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to use hand sanitizer products manufactured by Eskbiochem SA due to the potential presence of the toxic chemical Methanol.

Woman Sexually Abused as a Child Sues the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

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A woman has sued the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, as well as her former southwest Houston parish, due to sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of a former youth minister. The woman's lawsuit states that she met with youth minister Ralph Garza to receive counseling for abuse, allowing Garza to be with the woman alone regularly. That suit further alleges that Garza groomed her for months before eventually molesting her. On one such occasion, Garza forced the woman to touch his genitals, and on another occasion, Garza kissed and fondled her. Following the abuse, Garza was arrested and convicted of indecency with a child, and Garza is now a registered sex offender living in Houston.

Polaris Recalls Nearly 30,000 of Its Vehicles Due to Crash Hazard

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American manufacturer, Polaris Industries Inc., has issued a recall that affects nearly 30,000 of its off-road vehicles sold nationwide from November 2017 through March 2020.

Tesla Airbags and Seatbelts Faulted for Brain Injuries Sustained During Crash

On June 25, 2020, a Maryland woman who suffered traumatic brain injuries in a 2019 accident sued Tesla Inc. in California alleging it manufactured an unsafe Model 3 vehicle with airbags that didn't properly deploy. The suit was filed in Alameda County Superior Court in California where Tesla's headquarters is located.

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