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2020

Somera & Silva, LLP

Boy Scouts of America Files for Bankruptcy Amid Sex Abuse Lawsuits

March 4, 2020

After hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits have been filed against the Boy Scouts of America, the nonprofit organization has now filed for bankruptcy protection in a court filing. Their filing in Delaware listed liabilities that ranged between $100 million and $500 million, and assets of $1 billion to $10 billion. Founded in 1910, the BSA…

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U.S. Saw 30 Year High in Pedestrian Deaths in 2019

March 3, 2020

Last year was a record year in the number of pedestrian deaths in the Unites States. In 2019, over 6,500 pedestrians were killed on U.S. streets according to a projection calculated by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) using data from the first six months of the year. If the numbers are accurate, it would have been…

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Wuhan Doctor Who Warned Against the Dangers of Coronavirus Dies in China

February 18, 2020

The recent outbreak of a novel coronavirus, a respiratory illness officially renamed COVID-19 as of February 11, has caused widespread panic and confusion worldwide. The public first became aware of the illness thanks in part to the efforts of Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist who worked at Wuhan Central Hospital in the city where the outbreak began. Last…

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Tesla is the Subject of Safety Complaint Investigations

January 31, 2020

Vehicles manufactured by Tesla Inc. will potentially be investigated by federal regulators for complaints related to alleged defects. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received 127 complaints about the safety of Tesla cars, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Within the complaints, there were 110 reported accidents which resulted in 52…

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Ikea Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $46 Million

January 9, 2020

The family of a child killed after an Ikea dresser fell on him will receive a $46 million settlement from the furniture giant. The lawyers representing the boy’s parents said this is likely the largest settlement in a child wrongful death case in U.S. history. In May of 2017, a Malm dresser sold by Ikea…

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Wrongful Death Case Against Michigan State Police Settles for $12 Million

January 6, 2020

A wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Michigan State Police after a boy was killed in an ATV accident has settled for $12 million. In August of 2017, a Detroit teen was riding his ATV down the street when he passed two state troopers in their patrol vehicle. During the trial, one of the troopers testified that…

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