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Whistleblower Files Lawsuit Over Wrongful Termination

By Brian Chase on December 23, 2014 - No comments

Whistleblower Employment LawHoang Nguyen of Huntington Beach has filed an employment lawsuit against Ameri-King Inc. alleging that he was illegally fired for blowing the whistle on his employer.

According to a news report in the Huntington Beach Independent, Nguyen alleges in the complaint that Ameri-King, an aviation equipment manufacturer, has been selling rebranded or refurbished products that were made in China and not approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The federal agency is investigating the company on allegations that it …Read the rest »

Posted in: Employment Law

 

Mitsubishi Recalls SUVs For Seatbelt Defects

By Brian Chase on December 22, 2014 - No comments

Mitsubishi Vehicle Defect RecallMitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 54,779 SUVs to fix a problem with the front passenger seatbelt lap fastener.

According to Edmunds.com, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the recall of 2013-15 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUVs.

In the affected vehicles, the front passenger seatbelt lap end attachment fastener may not be torqued to specification.

This means that the fastener may loosen with time and be incapable of withstanding the load forces associated with a car crash.

This could leave the vehicle occupant insufficiently restrained and at risk of …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Recalls

 

Trinity Conducts Crash Tests On Potentially Defective Guardrails

By Brian Chase on December 19, 2014 - No comments

Guardrail TestingTrinity Industries conducted the second of eight crash tests of a potentially dangerous guardrail system as concerns remain about whether some of the units being evaluated are different than those previously installed.

According to a report in the New York Times, the testing in San Antonia is being overseen by the Federal Highway Administration.

The products in question are the ET-Plus guardrails manufactured by Trinity.

The federal agency’s associate administrator told reporters after the crash tests that the guardrails seemed to …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

 

The Problem of Overmedication in California’s Nursing Homes

By Brian Chase on December 15, 2014 - No comments

nursing homes overmedicating patientsOne of the major concerns we, as California nursing home abuse lawyers have, is the excessive use of antipsychotic drugs in these care facilities. The truth is that antipsychotic medications are simply not necessary in a majority of dementia cases. These pills can be stupefying and significantly raise the risk of falls and hip fractures among the elderly. According to a recent report by KIOS-FM radio, nearly 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs to suppress anxiety or aggression. Most of these recipients are either Alzheimer’s or dementia sufferers.
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Posted in: Nursing Home Abuse

 

Records Show Takata Sought Patents for Safer Airbags

By Brian Chase on December 15, 2014 - No comments

Takata Sought Patents for Safer Airbags
Airbag patent filings show researchers for airbag manufacturer Takata looked for ways to make the safety devices more durable and the explosive propellant inside them more stable for decades before the company’s products that were designed to save lives started to do the opposite – kill people. According to a Bloomberg report, the patents, some from as early as 1985, were intended to improve the ammonium nitrate propellants that help inflate the bags and strengthen their metal housing. The patent applications have added to a mountain of evidence showing that Takata could have acted sooner to prevent airbag deaths linked to at least five fatalities worldwide.
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Posted in: Car Defects

 

Zillow Faces Age Discrimination Lawsuit in Orange County Office

By Brian Chase on December 15, 2014 - No comments

Employment Lawsuit Against Zillow for Age Discrimination
Zillow has been slapped with another employment lawsuit in Orange County alleging that sales employees in the office engaged in age discrimination against one of their co-workers. According to the complaint, 41-year-old Jennifer Young, an employee on Zillow’s sales team, had a sales manager who would ask her if she was “too old” to close the deal. Young stated in the complaint that she was a victim of a “pervasive culture of retaliation and harassment” at Zillow, which she says placed a premium on sales as opposed to “human decency and basic employment rights.”
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Posted in: Employment Law

 


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