Major U.S. energy drink manufacturer, Monster Energy Company, faces allegations in a California court for wrongful death and product defect claims after 19 year-old Alex Morris died in his home last year from cardiac arrest. According to his surviving family, Morris consumed two or more Monster energy drinks every day for the three years leading up to and on the day of his death. An autopsy taken of Morris' body revealed that his heart stopped due to a condition known as cardiac arrhythmia. This same condition has been closely associated to individuals who ingest higher than recommended levels of caffeine, which for adolescents like Morris is around 100mg per day.
The family of ten year old Luke Bresette is suing Stafford based Fish Construction, Inc., and eight other defendants after an airport sign in the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport crushed the boy, killing him. The Kansas native died after the three hundred pound arrival/departure sign toppled over on top of him and his family. In addition to killing Luke Bresette, the sign also injured his mother and his two brothers when it fell.
On Tuesday, it was announced that six men reached a settlement with the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus for a total of $19.6 million. According to the attorney for the victims, the average amount recovered by each individual makes this the largest settlement per person in the history of the U.S. Catholic sexual abuse crisis. The settlement arises out of a lawsuit against the Chicago Jesuits that alleged that the church knowingly concealed the crimes of convicted sex offender Donald McGuire for more than 40 years. During that time, it was alleged that the prominent Roman Catholic priest continued to sexually molest and abuse multiple children around the globe while the church concealed the crimes and allowed McGuire to remain in his position.
On April 17, 2013, a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas left fourteen people dead and at least two hundred injured. Houses, businesses, and lives were shattered and the small town west of Waco suffered an unimaginable catastrophe. Since the blast, many have filed lawsuits against the plant-Adair Grain Inc.
Recently, two women filed suit against Chevron U.S.A., Inc. after being trapped in an elevator in Chevron's building located at 1400 Smith Street in Houston, Texas. The lawsuit alleges that the two women were trapped in the malfunctioning elevator for approximately 40 minutes near the 39th floor of the skyscraper before the unthinkable happened. Apparently, the elevator then accelerated upward and crashed through the top of the elevator shaft at the 50th floor.
On April 16, 2013, a twelve person jury Cook County, Illinois jury rendered a verdict in favor of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, in a lawsuit brought by Carol Strum for personal injuries. This is the second case to go to trial regarding the DePuy ASR XL metal-on-metal hip implant that was recalled back in August of 2010. The first case resulted in verdict against DePuy for over $8 million back in March of this year, while this case resulted in a verdict in favor of the hip manufacturer. Over 93,000 of the DePuy ASR XL hip implants were recalled in August of 2010 due to an extremely high failure rate. Over 10,000 lawsuits are pending in the U.S. against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy for injuries sustained as a result of this hip implant failure and the defective design of the medical implant.
James Keten and his family sued the Minneapolis police department following a 2011 raid of their home during which the police shot and killed two of their dogs. The city recently settled the lawsuit for $225,000.
According to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, a University of Idaho student was injured after she fell from a three-tiered bunk bed at the Delta Chi house following a party two years ago. She is now suing the national fraternal organization for incurred medical costs and other damages. The allegations are that the injuries are the result of falling out of a third-story window.
According to a recent study presented at the American Heart Association's 2013 Scientific Sessions, energy drinks may increase blood pressure and change the heart's rhythm. Researchers conducted a two-part analysis in which they reviewed data from seven previous observational and interventional studies. The participants in each of the seven studies were all healthy individuals between the ages of 18 and 45.
The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week against the victim of a train-truck collision in the case of Brown v. Illinois Central Railroad Company.