Monthly Archives: March 2013

Ford sued over vehicles that may accelerate unintentionally


USA Today (3/28, O’Donnell, 1.71M) reports, “A multistate lawsuit filed Thursday says 2002-10 Ford Motor vehicles contain a ‘design defect’ in the electronic control of the gas pedals, making them susceptible to sudden, unintended acceleration.” According to the article, “The lawsuit filed on behalf of Ford owners in 14 states is seeking class-action status and goes into great detail about the alleged defect in the models named in the lawsuit that don’t have brake override technology.” Later, the report mentions that “a review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s data shows complaints regarding sudden acceleration in Ford vehicles (including Lincolns and Mercurys) soared from 2005 to 2007, with injuries due to sudden acceleration at their highest rates from 2004 to 2006.”

        Meanwhile, Reuters (3/28, Seetharaman) reports that Ford pointed to studies by the NHTSA, which found that driver error to be the main cause of unintended acceleration events.  


76,000 Acura TSX Vehicles Recalled

  Honda has issued a recall of more than 76,000 Acura TSX vehicles, model years 2004-2008, due to a stalling issue. The vehicles recalled were only sold in salt-belt states, and the company says road salt that gets into the floor of the car may damage the electronic control unit in the vehicle. The automakerContinue Reading

Class Action Certified Against Volvo for Sunroof Defect

A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday certified six statewide classes of car buyers accusing Volvo Cars of North America of selling vehicles with defective sunroof drainage systems, but declined to certify a nationwide class under a New Jersey statute, saying the law couldn’t be applied nationally.

Trial Lawyer Fights & Saves the Whooping Crane

    Often times trial lawyers take on cases in the public interest because they believe in the cause  and because they have a unique ability to make a difference through the civil justice system. In this case Jeff Mundy  explains in detail a recent trial that literally is responsible for saving the near extinctContinue Reading

Do Asbestos Victims Deserve Compensation? And Other Questions the Wall Street Journal Never Asks

Brian Young, Posted: 03/18/2013     Is the Wall Street Journal afraid to make an affirmative statement about so-called “fraud” in asbestos cases? They should be. Their passive voice headline: “As Asbestos Claims Rise, So Do Worries About Fraud” is typical of a media source that can’t stand behind their work. Here’s how to make this anContinue Reading

Protecting our children: Moneyball Jr.

• New breed of kids’ baseball generates big-time profits • Pre-teens risk grown-up injuries from never-ending season • ‘Cutthroat’ obsession with winning may foster skewed values By Amy Shipley | Staff writer     The nation’s newest elite baseball players are courted like free agents, flown cross-country for big games and featured on TV. Bidding wars break out over the most covetedContinue Reading