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The Houston Rockets Join Fight Against Insurers Refusing to Pay Business Interruption Insurance Claims

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The Houston Rockets recently sued their insurance provider for failing to provide business interruption compensation under the team's $400 million insurance policy. In doing so, they are believed to be one of the first NBA teams to file a lawsuit to recover losses arising from COVID-19.

Takata Airbag Recall is the Largest in American History

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Since 2014, nearly 50 million Takata airbags have been recalled in the United States alone. Prior to the recalls, Takata had about 20 percent of the global airbag market, with the recalls affecting nearly every vehicle manufacturer, including the Detroit Three, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW, Daimler, Subaru, Volkswagen, and Audi. Although just over 37 million Takata airbags have been repaired, nearly 12.5 million are still in cars on the road today.

Beware of Boating: What to Do if You Are Injured in a Boating Accident

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During the summer, there can be an expected increase in the number of people going boating and fishing to enjoy the outdoors. With the increased traffic on the water, there is an increased chance for crashes due to people boating while intoxicated, distracted, or inexperienced. There is also the risk that boats, whether owned or rented, are in poor shape or not properly equipped with safety equipment.

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.

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