Monthly Archives: February 2013

Apple agrees to pay in excess of 100 million to parents whose children downloaded apps from iTunes


Apple has agreed to pay out more than $100 million to parents whose children downloaded applications from its online iTunes store without permission, according to a settlement in a class-action lawsuit. Under the settlement Apple will provide $5 iTunes credit to as many as 23 million customers whose children purchased apps unbeknown to them. Parents who claim $30 or more can receive cash instead of store credit.

Read more:

Toyota Agrees to Pay More than $1 Billion to Settle Sudden Acceleration Lawsuits

The National Law Journal (2/26, Bronstad) reports, “Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to resolve hundreds of lawsuits centered on alleged sudden acceleration defects associated with the recall of more than 10 million vehicles, but the company’s legal troubles don’t end there.” The Journal continues, “Plaintiffs’ attorneys have filed hundredsContinue Reading

You can’t make these cases up

Suit: Yoga Shouldn’t Be Taught in Calif. Schools A lawsuit has been filed against the Encinitas, Calif., public school district in an effort to half the teaching of yoga to elementary school kids. The lawsuit claims yoga “represents a religious indoctrination” and violates state law that prohibits religion from being taught in public schools. TheContinue Reading

BWM Recalls 570,000 Vehicles in the U.S., Canada

    German automaker BMW has issued a recall of 570,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada due to a faulty battery connecter cable that can cause engines to stall. The recall covers various 3-Series, 1-Series and Z4 vehicles, model years 2007 through 2012. The company said the cable connectors can degrade over time, causingContinue Reading

Special K Recalled Over Glass Risk

  Kellogg's issues cereal recall over glass risk. The Wall Street Journal (2/21, Tadena, Subscription Publication, 2.29M) reports Kellogg's announced Wednesday that it has issued a voluntary recall for three sizes of its Special K Red Berries cereal because some of the boxes might contain fragments of glass. According to the ABC News (2/21, Moisse)Continue Reading

This Weeks Product Recalls

  Smithfield recalls sausage product over plastic bits. The AP (2/22) reports Smithfield Packing Co. is “recalling about 38,000 pounds of pork sausage that may contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves.” The US Department of Agriculture's “Food Safety and Inspection Service reports that the Virginia company recalled certain containers of a product calledContinue Reading

US charges four in peanut butter salmonella outbreak.

  ABC World News (2/21, story 7, 0:30, Sawyer, 7.43M) reported, “The deadly peanut butter, the salmonella outbreak of 2009? Nine people died, hundreds were sickened. Well, today, criminal charges were brought against four former employees of the peanut company and processing plant. The plant where the FDA found mold and roaches. They are accusedContinue Reading

Federal Court Rules Discovery Rule Does Not Apply to Wrongful Death Actions

NJ District Judge Freda Wolfson Fuqua v. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, No. 11-6043; U.S. District Court (DNJ); opinion by Wolfson, U.S.D.J.; filed February 15, 2013. DDS No. 36-7-9070 [31 pp.] These toxic-tort actions were brought by administrators or administratrices on behalf of the respective decedents (collectively, plaintiffs) against defendant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. (BMS). Defendant removed theseContinue Reading

Chrysler Recalls 285,000 Vehicles

Chrysler has issued a recall of 278,000 trucks and SUVs after discovering the rear axles can lock unexpectedly. The recall covers Ram 1500 trucks made from 2009-2012 and Dodge Dakota trucks from 2009-2011; 2009 Chrysler Aspen and Dodge Durango SUVs are also part of the recall. Safety officials say a nut on the rear axleContinue Reading