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December 16, 2011

Ford Trucks Recalled due to Transmission Problem

Suit: School to Blame in DUI Death of 9-Year-Old Girl

Lawsuit Filed After Fatal Helicopter Crash

BP Settles With Maker of Failed Blowout Preventer

Mistrial Declared in TxDOT Wrongful Death Trial

FDA Accusing Company of False Marketing

 

 

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Ford Trucks Recalled due to Transmission Problem

Ford Motors has issued a recall of certain F-150, F-250, F-350, F-450 and F-550 trucks after it was discovered the vehicles can be shifted out of "park" without pressing the brake. The company said there is a problem with the brake/shift interlock, which increases the “risk of crash or injury to a nearby pedestrian.”  Fred Meier, USA Today  12/15/2011

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Laws/Cases

 

Suit: School to Blame in DUI Death of 9-Year-Old Girl

A Tennessee woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Sumner County Board of Education after her nine-year-old daughter was killed in a DUI accident after school with her drunk stepfather. The lawsuit claims school officials were negligent in allowing the girl to be picked up from school by her intoxicated stepfather who "was not on the approved transportation list." The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.  Jennifer Easton, Tennessean  12/14/2011

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Lawsuit Filed After Fatal Helicopter Crash

A lawsuit has been filed against a helicopter tour company over the death of a newlywed couple in a helicopter crash earlier this month in Nevada. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but a strange maneuver just before the crash points to either mechanical or pilot error, the lawyer for the plaintiffs said. Five people were killed in the crash.  Keith Rogers, Las Vegas Review Journal  12/14/2011

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BP Settles With Maker of Failed Blowout Preventer

Cameron International, the maker of the Deepwater Horizon blowout preventer that failed to stop last year's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, has agreed to pay $250 million to BP under a legal settlement, BP said Friday. BP said it was "in their mutual best interests, and the agreement is not an admission of liability by either party." The companies are dropping all claims against one another, they said. The settlement comes in advance of a federal trial over the catastrophic Gulf oil spill. The non-jury trial is slated to begin in February and determine fault in the April 20, 2010, explosion and subsequent oil spill off the Louisiana coast of more than 200 million gallons of oil.  Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News  12/16/2011

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Mistrial Declared in TxDOT Wrongful Death Trial

A mistrial was declared Thursday in a wrongful death lawsuit trial against the Texas Department of Transportation. The suit was filed by the Ramiro Reyes' widow. He died in December 2008 when his vehicle skidded on an Interstate 10 ramp and hit a pillar where the agency had sprayed a de-icing agent, anticipating a freeze that never came.  Craig Kapitan, San Antonio Express News  12/16/2011

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Issues

 

FDA Accusing Company of False Marketing

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accused a California marketing company of misleading customers in its promotion of Lap-Band weight loss surgery. The agency said the company, 1-800-GET-THIN, grossly underplays the serious risks of the procedure to its patients. Agency officials said they began investigating the company after receiving complaints about the ads from the head of Los Angeles County's public health agency.  Stuart Pfeifer, Duke Helfand and W.J. Hennigan, LA Times  12/16/2011

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