Monthly Archives: November 2014

Woman Driving Recalled Car Cleared In Death of Fiancé

Texas Woman Driving GM Recalled Car Cleared In Death of Fiancé - WSJ

A Texas woman who pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and has lived the past 10 years believing she killed her fiancé in a car accident had her conviction set aside hours after General Motors Co. confirmed the vehicle she was driving was among those recalled for a faulty ignition switch. Judge Teresa Drum cleared Candice Anderson of the death of Gene Erickson, 25 years old, Monday during a hearing in Van Zandt County, Texas. Hours before, a GM attorney sent an email to her lawyer saying “the crash involving Ms. Anderson is one in which the recall condition may have caused or contributed to the frontal air bag non-deployment in the accident.” This...
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U2 postpones Tonight Show residency after Bono has accident

U2 has been forced to postpone its weeklong residency on The Tonight Show, after Bono suffered some sort of bicycle mishap in Central Park and was forced to have surgery on his. In a statement, the rest of the band say they’re “sure he’ll make a full recovery soon,” and suggest that the Tonight Show gig will be rescheduled. This accident occurs on the same week as the door to Bono’s private jet fell off in mid-flight from Dublin to Berlin, and just a few weeks after he revealed that he wears his sunglasses because of glaucoma. We’re not saying you should ease up on Bono for poisoning your iPhone, but the guy does seem to be having a rough few weeks. via U2 postpones...
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Why use a solicitor for a personal injury claim?

The ordinary injured person will not know how much their injury is worth. Compensation typically tends to cover pain and suffering for the actual injury, medical treatment, time off work, or even for friends/relatives providing assistance while the person is injured. By having proper legal advice, the injured person can thoroughly explore their claim. Following a road traffic collision, the insurers of the driver at fault for the incident may attempt to contact the injured person directly and make an offer to settle any potential injury claim. This is known as ‘third-party capture’, and is when the insurance company hopes that a quick cash offer will prevent the injured person seeking legal advice. This can perhaps be an attractive proposition to the injured person, who may agree to take the money and move on. However,...
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Fitbit Data Now Being Used In The Courtroom

Personal injury cases are prime targets for manipulation and conjecture. How do you show that someone who’s been in a car accident can’t do their job properly, and deserves thousands of euro in compensation? Till now lawyers have relied on doctors to observe someone for half an hour or so and give their, sometimes-biased opinion. Soon, they might also tap the wealth of quantifiable data provided by fitness trackers. A law firm in Calgary is working on the first known personal injury case that will use activity data from a Fitbit to help show the effects of an accident on their client. The young woman in question was injured in an accident four years ago. Back then, Fitbits weren’t even on the market, but given that she was a personal...
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Group of dealers begin legal action against Toyota

A number of car dealers have claimed they are being discriminated against in relation to the criteria for appointment as authorised repairer for Toyota vehicles, the High Court has heard. Fifteen outlets from around the country, including Cranley Cars, Linders, Murphy & Gunn, Fitzpatrick’s and Kearys, said that Toyota Ireland was acting in breach of competition legislation in stipulating certain requirements. The dealers’ case was admitted yesterday to the High Court Competition List by Mr Justice Max Barrett at the request of Paul Sreenan for Toyota. Counsel said his client contended the dealers wanted special treatment beyond that required for authorised Toyota car dealers. Counsel said his side had not yet received the dealers’ statement of claim and that Toyota may yet apply for an order requiring the...
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