Bug in the Bag: GM Recalls Vehicles for Software Defect

General Motors is in trouble again. I'd tell you to buckle up, but because of poorly written computer code, even that might not be enough. GM issued a recall of approximately 4.3 million cars, trucks, and vans worldwide after chasing down a bug in their software that can prevent the vehicles' airbags from deploying during...

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and Products Liability Law

It was a recall that sort of flew under the radar, until the Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement urging Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices not to power up the devices in-flight, due to concerns about the batteries catching fire without warning. Since that time, the government issued a formal recall and existing rules prohibit...

Insurance Fraudster Jeffrey Cohen Gets 37 Years in Prison

We pulled this one from the "stranger than fiction bin." Last December, 40-year-old Jeffrey Brian Cohen was sentenced to a 37-year federal prison sentence for several charges, including wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and making false statements to an insurance regulator. Essentially, Mr. Cohen ran a scam insurance company that collected over $100 million in...

Merced Co., Ca Bus Crash and Bus Accident Law

On August 2nd, an Autobuses Coordinados USA bus travelling from Mexico to Seattle crashed near Livingston, California, in Merced County. The accident resulted in the deaths of 4 people, with as many as 21 more suffering significant injuries including amputations. According to media reports, rescue workers were literally bagging up body parts of injured people...

Cell Phones, Traffic Fatalities, and How the Law Works

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) made a startling announcement last week that, if trends for the first half of the year hold for the remainder of the year, the United States may experience an 8% spike in traffic fatalities. This comes on the heels of several years of flat or declining numbers of...

Chiming in on the Potential Ahmed Mohamed Lawsuit

UPDATE: In what came as a surprise to absolutely no one, this case was all but laughed out of court when it finally came before a judge. It didn't even survive a motion for summary judgement, in which the bar is so law that Mr. Mohamed's attorneys simply had to prove there was some evidence...

The Season’s Hottest Gift: Flaming Hoverboards

UPDATE: On Monday, December 14, 2015, Amazon announced that it would stop selling hoverboards until manufacturers present more evidence that the toys are safe for consumers to use. In the spirit of every other news organization, we would like to credit our story, which Amazon probably never read, for being the reason that this product...

Why are Batteries Blowing Up?

If you have caught the news lately you may have noticed an increase in stories about fires being started by electronic devices. Everything from battery powered cars, toys, cell phones, laptops, to electronic cigarettes seem to be catching fire, exploding, or in some way injuring people. While it is easy to find these stories, most...

Dram Shop and Sexual Assault

UPDATE:Saturday authorities arrested Loai Faheem Laila, 34, in connection with the alleged sexual assault. According to reports, the suspect was identified by the victim. It has also been confirmed that Mr. Laila was an actual Lyft driver. The news broke yesterday in Dallas that around 3:00 a.m. Saturday, a man, potentially posing as a driver...