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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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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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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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Allergan Recalls Textured Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer

December 31, 2019

Per the FDA’s request, Allergan has recalled its Natrelle BIOCELL textured breast implants and tissue expanders because they have been linked to anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare and potentially deadly cancer. According to the FDA, 481 of 573 women with ALCL had Allergan breast implants. The administration estimates that those with the implant are 6…

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FIU Bridge Collapse Victims Set to Get Share of Nearly $103 Million Settlement

December 19, 2019

Over a year and a half after the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University (FIU), victims are set to receive their share of a nearly $103 million settlement. The decision came after Judge A. Jay Cristol, approved Magnum Construction Management’s (MCM), formerly Munilla Construction Management, bankruptcy reorganization plan. Barring any appeals, the…

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The Law of the Jungle: How Long Can Amazon Evade Liability?

December 16, 2019

The Online Retailer Claims It’s Not Responsible for Defective Products Sold Through Its Platform Finding the perfect gift has never been easier, thanks to online merchants like Amazon. However, finding recourse after a defective product causes serious damage could be more difficult. Recent product liability cases against the site have shown that our laws may need…

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Opioid Manufacturers Probed in Criminal Investigation

December 3, 2019

Federal prosecutors are cracking down on the opioid epidemic by pinpointing the parties that may have caused or contributed to the crisis, which has claimed over 400,000 lives since 1997. To begin their investigation, authorities have served the following companies with subpoenas: Teva Pharmaceuticals McKesson Corp Mallinckrodt AmerisourceBergen Johnson & Johnson Amneal Pharmaceuticals These 6 criminal…

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Supreme Court Won’t Allow Remington to Challenge Lawsuit by Sandy Hook Families

December 2, 2019

In 2012, Adam Lanza killed 26 children and adults in the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Two years later, the victims’ families sued Remington Arms Co., the maker of the assault rifle used in the shooting, under Connecticut’s Unfair Trade Practices Act. They claim the company is liable for advertising the semiautomatic rifle in a way…

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Tesla Door Handles Create Fiery Death Trap for Driver

November 1, 2019

Most people consider being trapped in a burning car one of their worst nightmares. For one man, however, this terrifying situation became a reality – and police were not able to help. What Happened? A 48-year-old anesthesiologist was driving his leased Tesla on a south Florida parkway. He lost control and crashed into a palm…

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