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Blog Posts in November, 2010

  • Supreme Court Says Pretrial Agreed Judgment May Bind Driver's Insurance Company in Later Bad Faith Litigation (Part I)

    The Colorado Supreme Court decided November 22, 2010, that the Colorado Court of Appeals committed error when it upheld the trial court’s grant of summary judgment (a decision on the law without a trial) in favor of an insurance company in a bad faith case brought by a severely injured vehicle passenger. The vehicle’s driver lost control, seriously injuring five passengers, including one passenger ...
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  • Stay Away from Dangerous Toys, Caution WATCH and PIRG

    When looking for children’s gifts for the holiday season, it is important that you remain aware of the dangers that some of the toys in the marketplace pose. Granted, in an ideal world, it would be great if toy manufacturers only made toys that were safe for use and didn’t pose choking, suffocation, aspiration, or strangulation hazards. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and every year, ...
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  • Turkey Fryers Can Increase Fire and Injury Risk During Thanksgiving

    The National Fire Protection Association is discouraging people from using turkey fryers when cooking their bird over Thanksgiving. The cooking apparatus has become a favorite alternative to baking. That said, over the years, products liability lawsuits have been filed because people have suffered burn injuries as a result of a turkey fryer. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, ...
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  • Is Colorado's System of Appointing Judges Working?

    In 1966, the Colorado Constitution was amended to provide for the appointment of judges by the governor. Before that, judges of the county, district and appellate courts were elected in the same manner as any other elected official. Advocates of electing judges have long argued that taking judges “out of politics” stripped the electorate of a basic right to determine who shall serve in the ...
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  • Toyota Auto Products Liability Lawsuit Claims Keyless Lexus Caused Carbon Monoxide Death and Brain Injury

    The family of Ernest Codelia Jr. is suing Toyota for his wrongful death. In their New York auto products liability complaint, they blame Lexus sedan’s keyless ignition for his carbon monoxide death. The 79-year-old attorney’s companion, Mary Rivera, sustained brain damage from the CO poisoning. On February 27, 2009, Rivera parked the vehicle in the garage attached to the home that she shared with ...
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  • GlaxoSmithKline in Spotlight Again reports that a former officer and general counsel for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a London-based drug manufacturer, was indicted on November 8, 2010, for making false statements to the FDA and with obstructing an FDA investigation. In 2002-2003, the FDA was investigating the promotion of Wellbutrin SR, an antidepressant drug, for possible uses not approved by the FDA. The attorney, Lauren ...
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  • CPSC Warns About Infant Sleep Positioners and Baby Monitor Cords Following Several Deaths

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents and guardians to exercise caution when using a corded baby audio and video camera monitor. There have been reports of six baby strangulation deaths involving a baby monitor cord since 2004. It was just this March that a 10-month-old girl died in a Washington DC child injury accident after she became entangled in her camera monitor’s cord. ...
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  • About 23,000 Britax Child Safety Seats Recalled

    The US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Britax Child Safety Inc. have announced the recall of about 23,000 Chaperone Infant car seats. The recall comes after the manufacturer received three reports of minor injuries sustained because the seat’s harness chest clip broke and became a laceration danger and a choking hazard. Injuries reported have included scratches to the arms and a finger ...
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  • Toyota Wants Hundreds of Sudden Unintended Acceleration Lawsuits Dismissed

    Toyota Motor Corp. has asked a federal court to throw out hundreds of sudden acceleration lawsuits. The safety issue, as you will recall from our previous blog posts on recent Toyota safety issues, involves vehicles suddenly accelerating to extremely high speeds while leaving a driver unable to slow down or stop the vehicle. The products liability lawsuits that the automaker is seeking to dismiss ...
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