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  August 26, 2016


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$26.25 Million Settlement Proposed in Wen Hair Loss Class Action
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Celebrity hair stylist, Chaz Dean, creator of the popular Wen hair care products, and the products manufacturer, Guthy-Renker LLC, have proposed a $26.25 million settlement to end class action claims filed by women across the country who allege that the product, which is promoted as containing no harsh chemicals, left them with severe hair loss and bald spots. More than 200 women have joined the class since lead plaintiff, Amy Friedman, originally filed the suit in 2014.
Elizabeth DiNardo, Esq., Associate Counsel, Counsel Financial 08/25/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Defendants in Glass Slide Injury Lawsuit Deny Liability
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Recently filed court papers say that the California woman who was injured on a glass slide at the 72-story U.S. Bank building in Los Angeles was liable for her own injury. The woman broke her ankle when she went down the glass slide on July 3. The court papers filed by attorneys for the defendants, OUE Skyspace LLC and Legends Hospitality LLC, state that the plaintiff "released [the defendants] from any liability for injury and did not exercise the level of care on her own behalf." The woman's husband is also listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit and claims "loss of consortium."
Stephanie Michaud, 08/22/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Accident Victim Accuses Boat Operator of Intoxication
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A Washington woman who broke her spine in a boating accident alleges that the other boat driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash. The plaintiff filed suit in Spokane County Superior Court and accuses the defendant of consuming several alcoholic beverages before operating his boat and causing the collision on Long Lake. The plaintiff alleges she suffered "severe and permanent" injuries, including a broken spine, several broken fingers, cuts and cognitive impairment during the June 28 crash. The defendant allegedly had consumed multiple rum drinks before heading back to his campsite on the night of the incident.
Nina Culver, The Spokesman-Review 08/19/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit Expected Over Hepatitis A Breakout Linked to Smoothie Restaurant
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A number of Hepatitis A patients in Virginia are planning to file a lawsuit against Tropical Smoothie Café. The law firm intending to file suit in Richmond Circuit Court is representing several people who were sickened by the smoothie restaurant and a dozen others who have received Hepatitis A vaccines. The firm plans to file multiple lawsuits in connection with the outbreak of Hepatitis A in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health says that the number of confirmed cases has risen to 28.
Brandon Shulleeta, Richmond Times-Dispatch 08/25/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit Filed Over Parking Garage Accident in Los Angeles
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Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander has filed a lawsuit over injuries sustained by his daughter at a church parking structure. The girl was injured in an incident at the church parking structure when the car she was in was driven off the second story of the building by a minor. Named as defendants in the lawsuit are Shepherd of the Hills Church and Valley Outreach Synagogue, as well as the driver of the vehicle. The lawsuit alleges negligence, negligent entrustment and premises liability and seeks unspecified damages. The lawsuit states, "plaintiff also has suffered and will continue to suffer great pain, anguish and loss of enjoyment of life."
Staff Report, New York Daily News 08/24/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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New Jersey City Might Pay $165K in Arbitration
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The city of Paterson, New Jersey, may have to pay a $165,000 arbitration award to two people involved in a collision with a municipal street sweeper. On August 11, three judges issued an opinion in the case denying the city's appeal to have a trial. As stated in the opinion, "The City did not take advantage of the opportunity the trial court gave it to correct its past derelictions, and again failed to file the request for a trial de novo as directed." Court documents say that the city repeatedly failed to file a trial de novo or new trial notice with the court.
Staff Report, 08/25/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Whirlpool Microwaves Recalled Over Fire Hazard
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A recall has been issued on Whirlpool brand microwave hood combinations due to a fire hazard. "Internal arcing during use can ignite an internal plastic component, posing a fire hazard," states the recall. Over 15,000 of the microwaves were sold at Best Buy, HH Gregg, Lowes, Sears and other home improvement, home appliance and retail stores and by homebuilders nationwide from January 2014 through April 2016. There have been five reports of incidents, including one home fire, two cabinet fires, one report of smoke, and one report of a burning odor.
Staff Report, PR Newswire 08/25/2016   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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