Electrolux agrees to settle dryer fire class action | WashingtonExaminer.com

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Electrolux Home Products Inc. has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit that alleged its dryers caught fire because they were defective.
Electrolux agreed to pay up to $8 million in attorneys’ fees, $1,300 per fire, a cash rebate to assist in the purchase of a replacement Electrolux-brand or Frigidaire-brand dryer or other home appliance up to a maximum of $350 off the price and an online code that can be used to purchase new products at up to a 20 percent discount from Electrolux’s website, according to the settlement agreement filed April 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Source: washingtonexaminer.com

What Happened to Head Injuries in Bike-Share Cities? – Boston Magazine

Overall, head injuries went down in cities like Boston that implemented bike-share programs, but a new study created confusing headlines.

Source: www.bostonmagazine.com

Both good news and bad on the studies conducted related to head injuries in cities that have implemented bike-sharing programs.  While head injuries as a proportion of bodily harm for bikers went up, the total number of bicycle related injuries actually declined.  As an attorney that has represented bicycle accident victims with severe head injuries, I still feel that bike-sharing programs ought to provide helmets for their riders or mandate that riders using a bike-share cycle use a helmet.

Moraga School District agrees to pay largest ever per student molestation settlement: $18.65 Million Total

Moraga School District’s insurance company will pay $14 million to two women who were abused as part of a 1990s sex abuse scandal and cover-up. It had already paid $4.65 million to two other victims.

Source: www.contracostatimes.com

The total settlement to all four victims in this school sexual abuse case approximates $19 Million.  The first two victims received approximately 4.65 million and the two additional victims received $7 Million each.  Usually, the value of these multiple victim claims depends upon, unfortunately, whether the victim is first in line or last.  This is because whether the school district knew or should have known that their employee was engaging in inappropriate sexual contact with students oftentimes hinges upon reported incidents to prior victims.

Click here for more information on sexual abuse claims in California Schools.

Stop Hit-and-Runs in California Now!

In the City of Los Angeles, Angelenos have a greater than 1 in 1,000 chance of being injured or killed in a hit-and-run every year.

Los Angeles is at the center of a larger statewide problem that needs to be addressed throughout California.

Sign this petition to show your support for stopping hit-and-runs in California!

Source: lacbc.nationbuilder.com

Hit and runs have become a problem of epidemic proportions throughout California but, especially in our major urban areas like Los Angeles.  As an attorney who represents hit and run victims in L.A., I have seen first hand the type of devastation this type of traffic collision can cause and how difficult it is to bring the perpetrator to justice.  This petition supporting additional legislation that will help track hit and run accidents and speed up the investigation of these incidents is something I fully support. If you do as well, please sign to let our CA legislators know.

For more information or assistance with any cycling accident involving a hit and run driver in Los Angeles go to: http://www.californiaaccidentattorneysblog.com/2014/04/28/epidemic-hit-run-accidents-los-angeles-protect/

California Regulators Want Insurers to Speed Up Ridesharing Policies

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The California Public Utilities Commission wants the insurance industry to get off its duff and start creating some products to offer to ridesharing driver

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

The ride sharing phenomenon is apparently out ahead of rules necessary to protect consumers according to the California Public Utilities Commission. Ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft operate by allowing drivers to pick up passengers through a request on a phone app.  California has already become the first state in the nation to require commercial auto insurance coverage for these carriers (known as “transportation network companies”).  However, there is still a question as to whether or not the driver’s personal auto insurance or the companies liability insurance policy should cover injury claims from traffic collisions that occur while the driver is “en route”.  California lawmakers are trying to address this issue.

Clicke here for more information on accident and injury auto insurance claims in California

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Trash truck collision with pedestrian will cost the City of L.A. $10 million in settlement

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Los Angeles officials will pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from a 2012 accident involving a city sanitation truck and a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Trash trucks are an essential part of managing any large urban environment, like Los Angeles.  When truck drivers fail to heed basic rules of the road like stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks, though, this can lead to major injuries.  The sheer size and weight of these vehicles can lead to major impact and can be fatal.  Holding a municipality responsible for an injury caused by one of their drivers falls under the legal theory known as vicarious liability.  If the driver is operating within the course and scope of their employment at the time of the incident and the operator is negligent, that negligence is imputable to their employer, in this case the City of Los Angeles.

For more information on liability of employers for the negligence of their drivers go to:


See on www.latimes.com