Texas Tribune Daily Brief
The Brief for June 3
In today's Brief: Former Secretary of State David Whitley is back in the news.
Cassi Pollock, Texas Tribune 06/03/2019
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Tesla Sued Over Car That Malfunctioned and Crashed
Tesla is facing a lawsuit filed by actor Mena Massoud, who alleges defects in his top-of-the-line Model 3 electric sedan led to a crash in Los Angeles. Massoud alleges in the lawsuit that his car malfunctioned in low-speed evening traffic on September 20, 2018. According to the lawsuit, “the steering wheel locked, the front-passenger wheel crumpled and ejected from the car, and the car itself skidded onto the sidewalk and crashed into a tree.” The plaintiff alleges he suffered unspecified injuries in the crash and his car “was deemed a total loss.”
Alan Ohnsman, Forbes 05/31/2019
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J&J Ordered to Pay $300M in Punitive Damages
J&J was ordered Friday to pay $300 million in punitive damages to a woman who blamed her rare asbestos-related cancer on the company’s talc-based products. Friday’s decision brings the total award in the case to $325 million. The New York state jury earlier this month awarded $25 million to the woman, Donna Olson, 66, and her husband in compensatory damages.
Berkeley Lovelace Jr., CNBC, Yahoo News 06/03/2019
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Boeing: Possible Wing Problems in Some 737 Aircraft
Boeing is telling some airlines flying its 737 model to replace a part on the planes’ wings, a move that could affect more than 100 aircraft. Boeing said on Sunday that it is working with federal regulators and contacted airlines about potential problems discovered in one batch of “slat tracks” produced by a supplier. The pieces are used to guide the slats located on the leading edge of an airplane’s wings, according to Boeing's news release.
Associated Press, USA Today 06/03/2019
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Father of Late Oklahoma Football Player Testified in Opioid Lawsuit
The father of a former University of Oklahoma football player who died of an opioid overdose testified in a lawsuit filed by the state of Oklahoma against Johnson & Johnson. The father appeared in court in Norman last Wednesday and testified that his son had five prescription painkillers and an anti-anxiety drug in his system when he died at the age of 22. He began taking the drugs after a back surgery for which he was prescribed painkillers. The lawsuit filed by the state alleges Johnson & Johnson used illegal drug-marketing campaigns and helped to create a public-health crisis.
Jef Feeley, Insurance Journal 05/30/2019
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