Dram Shop and Sexual Assault

The news broke yesterday in Dallas that around 3:00 a.m. Saturday, a man, potentially posing as a driver for a ride-sharing service, picked up a woman who was looking for a ride home and sexually assaulted her. The news reports I heard on KRLD news radio made it sound less like he was driving around...

Why Are There Lawsuits After the Jacksonville, FL Madden Shooting?

Very few people are likely surprised that news reports surfaced that one of the victims of Sunday's shooting at a Madden NFL 19 tournament retained an attorney who plans to file a lawsuit on their client's behalf. For those who didn't hear what happened, here's a quick recap. A 24-year-old competitor lost in a video...

Over 150,000 Chrysler/Jeep Vehicles Recalled for Brake Defect

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is once again issuing a recall for several makes, models, and years of SUVs and minivans in its fleet, but so far the defect in question hasn't injured the people driving these affected vehicles. Let's take a closer look at what's happening. Who Makes This Product? Anyone who glances at the news...

Fentanyl, The Opioid Crisis, and Products Liability Law

You've probably heard or read the phrase "opioid crisis" in the news. Better and more careful explanations of the growing worldwide problem are available with a quick Google search. For now let me just say that one of the panic's major elements is the pharmaceutical opiate fentanyl. Everyone from medical professionals to government agencies seem...

Fiat Chrysler Recalls Millions of Vehicles for Cruise Controls That Might Not Disengage

Fiat Chrysler is once again making headlines with a sizable and serious recall. While previous recalls involved everything from fire hazards to disabled seatbelt pretensioners, ranging in scope and severity, the newest recall apparently involves a software bug that could keep a vehicle's cruise control engaged even when the driver tries to cancel it. That's...

Is Viva Tacoland Partly Liable for Its Employee’s Alleged Crime?

According to San Antonio news outlets, a bartender at the Viva Tacoland bar stands accused of "spiking" the drinks of two female patrons of the bar on March 25. 30-year-old Dillonger Hackett was arrested on Monday April 23 for allegedly drugging the shots and then accompanying the intoxicated women to their nearby hotel, where they...

Positive Train Control: What Use is an Inactive or Absent Safety Feature?

The past few months have certainly not been good for trains. Multiple high-profile wrecks--three in as many months--have brought the public's gimlet eye down upon Amtrak, one of the most recognizable names in train transportation. For those who don't follow the news (who could blame you these days?), here's a quick summary of the most...

Is There Any Way a Truck Driver Isn’t Responsible for a Detached Trailer?

One of the most dangerous categories of truck accidents is when the trailer becomes detached from the truck. When this happens, it instantly places the equivalent of a multi-ton boulder in the path of every other vehicle on the road. Even drivers in the largest trucks on our highways have little chance of escaping serious...