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  February 17, 2017


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Sprint Hit With Class Action Over Deceptive Promotional Practices
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On February 13, 2017, a dissatisfied customer filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against telecommunications giant, Sprint Communications, Inc., in California federal court alleging that the company intentionally deceived customers into signing up with Sprint using it’s alluring “cut your bill in half” promotion. In the complaint, named plaintiff Sylvia Nixon claims that in May 2016 she decided to switch her family’s cellphone plan from their current provider to Sprint based on the company’s promotional promise to cut customers current cell phone bill in half.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 02/16/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Ex-Pennsylvania High School Football Player Files Concussion Lawsuit
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A former high school football player from Pennsylvania has filed a lawsuit over head injuries that he suffered while playing for West Mifflin High School. The lawsuit alleges that the school district did not have concussion protocols in place during the time in which the plaintiff was suffering multiple concussions during football practice. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court alleges that the school allowed the player to return to practice just 20 minutes after suffering a blow to the head which broke his and his teammate's helmet.
Andrew Goldstein, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 02/16/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Michigan Appeals Court Revives Lawsuit Over Police Cruiser Crash
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The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that a lawsuit against a police officer from Genesee Township, Michigan, was improperly dismissed. The lawsuit was filed in Genesee Circuit Court by a man whose truck was hit from behind by a police cruiser. According to the complaint, filed back in 2014, the plaintiff suffered injuries during the crash. The lawsuit was dismissed in Sept. 2015 after the court ruled that the plaintiff was not seriously impaired in the crash and Ball did not act with gross negligence. However, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that the lawsuit should not have been dismissed.
Dominic Adams, MLive 02/17/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Britax Strollers Recalled for Fall Hazard, 33 Incident Reports
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Britax has issued a recall on its B-Agile and BOB Motion Strollers with Click & Go receivers due to a fall hazard. "A damaged receiver mount on the stroller can cause the car seat to disengage and fall unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard to infants in the car seat," says the recall. About 676,000 of the strollers were sold in the United States. Additionally, about 36,400 were sold in Canada and about 4,600 were sold in Mexico. The company has received 33 reports of car seats unexpectedly disconnecting from the strollers and falling to the ground. These incidents have led to 26 reported injuries to children, including scratches, bruises, cuts and bumps to the head.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 02/16/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Appellate Court Approves Dismissal of Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death Suit
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Appellate judges in the state of Washington have ruled that a lawsuit over the death of a man being treated for tuberculosis was properly dismissed. The lawsuit was filed against Yakima Health District and Dr. Chris Spitters by the wife of the man who died. According to the lawsuit, the doctor, a tuberculosis specialist and contract consultant for the health district, misdiagnosed the patient with tuberculosis. Treating him for the wrong ailment exacerbated his liver disease which ultimately killed him in August 2010, said the lawsuit. The lawsuit accused the defendants of medical malpractice and wrongful death.
Mark Morey, Yakima Herald 02/16/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Wrongful Death

Damaging Emails Discovered in Paul Walker Death Suit, Motion Filed
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Damaging evidence has been discovered in the wrongful death lawsuit over the car crash death of actor Paul Walker. New court papers were filed by the plaintiff, Walker's daughter, alleging that Porsche's North American division hid and redacted damaging emails related to the case. The recently filed motion alleges that the redacted emails, the content of which were discovered by a Porsche employee, were the "exact type of information" that the company had been ordered to produce. The lawsuit was originally filed over the Nov. 2013 death of Walker and a passenger in the car.
Jaymee Deerwester, USA Today 02/16/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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New Mexico Bowling Alley Named in Pedestrian Death Lawsuit
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A New Mexico bowling alley has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit over a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a customer. The lawsuit contends that the bowling alley overserved a woman before she left the venue and hit a pedestrian with her car. The man struck by the woman died later at the hospital. The lawsuit was filed Jan. 30 in state District Court by the fiancée of the man and alleges that the bowling alley "failed to properly hire, train and supervise its employees, and did not adequately design or enforce procedures for selling alcohol."
Katy Barnitz, Albuquerque Journal 02/17/2017   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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