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2012 - California Personal Injury Blog

Bisnar Chase Auto Defect Attorney Reacts to Toyota’s Record $1 Billion Settlement of Class Action Lawsuit in Sudden Acceleration Cases

By Brian Chase on December 27, 2012 - No comments

Attribution: December 2012 — This article is the syndication source of a recently released press release from Bisnar Chase.

California auto defect liability lawyer comments on settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit [Case number: 8:10ML2151 JVS (FMOx) United States District Court for Central District of California] in which Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay more than $1 billion. According to a Dec. 26 report in The New York Times, the lawsuit is related to unintended acceleration issues in its vehicles.

adopt a family programToyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit [Case number: 8:10ML2151 JVS (FMOx) United States District Court for Central District of California] related to unintended acceleration in some of its vehicles.

According to a Dec. 26 news report in The New York Times, the settlement was filed in a Federal District Court in California and is the largest of its type in automotive history. If the agreement is approved by Judge James V. Selna, the Japanese automaker will make cash payments for the loss of value on vehicles affected by several recalls and install special safety features in up to 3.2 million cars, the report states.

This class-action case was the largest legal action related to economic losses by car owners even as there are still individual personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits pending against Toyota and an unfair business practice case brought by the attorneys general of 28 states, the NY Times reports. This particular class-action lawsuit was filed in 2010 after numerous consumers lodged complaints to federal regulators that Toyota vehicles were accelerating suddenly and causing accidents injuries, the article states.

Under the proposed settlement, Toyota will create a fund of $250 million to pay claims to former vehicle owners who were affected by the recalls. In addition the company has also agreed to install brake override systems to prevent sudden or unintended acceleration, the NY Times reports. Toyota recalled more than 8 million vehicles in the United States for sticky gas pedals and faulty floor mats that could cause the vehicles to accelerate suddenly and also paid up more than $60 million in government fines for failing to issue a timely recall, the report states.

This class-action settlement, if approved by the judge, will be a major victory for consumers’, says John Bisnar, founder of the Bisnar Chase personal injury law firm. “Toyota has already spent millions defending a multitude of lawsuits. The company’s brand image has taken a serious blow as well.”

‘Hopefully, this class-action lawsuit will become an example for other auto manufacturers’, Bisnar said. “I hope they will look at this case and resolve to do things differently. That is how we as consumers have benefited from this class-action lawsuit and this is exactly how a class-action lawsuit is supposed to work. The real purpose of class-action lawsuits is to keep negligent corporations in check and hold them accountable for their actions.”

About Bisnar Chase

The California auto product liability attorneys of Bisnar Chase represents people who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to a car accident, defective product or negligence throughout California. The law firm has won a wide variety of challenging personal injury and defective product cases, involving car accidents, work related injuries, dog attacks and defective products.

Hyundai Recalls 13,500 Vehicles Due to Shattering Sunroofs

By Brian Chase on December 24, 2012 - No comments

December 23, 2012—South Korea—Hyundai Motor Company is recalling about 13,500 vehicles due to sunroof defects that may lead to shattering and injury to drivers or passengers, according to an article in the New York Daily News.

The Veloster and Sunroof Issues

The company found that the 2012 Veloster model may have had its panoramic sunroof incorrectly installed.  This incorrect installation leads to possible weakening and eventual shattering of the sunroof while the car is in operation.  The company has filed a report with the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and issued a general recall for the 2012 Veloster models with the sunroof defects.

The Veloster is a three-door compact model manufactured by Hyundai.  The models in question were produced from November 1, 2011, through April 17, 2012.  All vehicles were manufactured in South Korea.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Position

The NHTSA has so far received 11 complaints of shattering or exploding 2012 Veloster sunroofs.  All of the defects occurred when the car was in motion; some occurred when the car was traveling at normal highway speed.  Fortunately, no injuries or collisions have been reported so far as a result of this defect.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is cooperating with Hyundai to issue a general recall of the affected models.  While the NHTSA is not responsible for the recall notice, it will advertise the recall along with the company to try to reach the maximum number of affected customers.

What Will Hyundai Do To Fix the Problem?

The recall will begin in January.  Hyundai plans to notify customers who have purchased these vehicles and advise them to return their cars to the dealership for inspection and a free replacement of the sunroof if necessary.  There have been 32,886 Velosters sold in 2012 in the United States, according to information from Autodata Corp.  Of these cars, about one-third are affected by the current recall.

How Does A Recall Affect Liability for Injury?

Recalls do not affect an auto maker’s liability for injuries sustained in crash stemming from the problem addressed by the recall.  If a car owner does not hear about the recall or has not had an opportunity to have the problem fixed, the victim is still entitled to damages if he or she is injured in an accident.

For victims who have suffered injury in a crash caused by a manufacturer’s defect in a car, it is very important for the individual to seek help from a product liability attorney.  A lawyer who handles defective product cases can advise the victim about his or her rights under the law and how to hold the company accountable for the injuries caused by the defect in the product.

Victims may be entitled to payment of medical bills from injuries sustained due to the product, as well as compensation for pain, suffering, and emotional trauma.  The victim may also be able to recover money for lost wages from time missed at work due to injuries, increased living expenses, and permanent loss of abilities due to injuries.

Posted in: Auto Defects

Money for Lunch Talk Radio Program to Feature Nationally Renowned Auto Defect Lawyer and Bisnar Chase Partner Brian Chase

By Brian Chase on December 22, 2012 - No comments

Brian Chase, partner at the Bisnar Chase personal injury law firm will speak on the subject of personal injury and product liability law during the Money for Lunch Talk Radio program this week. Money for Lunch Talk Radio offers business and lifestyle programming to listeners nationwide.

Brian Chase, partner at the Bisnar Chase personal injury law firm, has been invited as a guest on the Money for Lunch Talk Radio program to be broadcast on Dec. 27 at 12:25 p.m., Central Standard Time. Anyone can listen to the free program by going online to Money For Lunch. Listeners can catch the program live, embed it to their website or listen to it later. The podcasts on that page can be shared once they have aired and can be embedded onto blogs and Web pages.

Chase will primarily talk about the type of clients Bisnar Chase represents – catastrophically injured victims and families who have lost a loved one due to an accident or a defective product. The firm’s specialty is in representing victims who have been injured or killed as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.

What listeners may find extremely interesting and useful on this show is Chase’s comments with regard to hidden auto defects about which automakers do not want the general public to know. Brian Chase is one of the nation’s few renowned auto defect attorneys who has demonstrated time and again that many of the cars on today’s roads are defective. They may either have a manufacturing flaw or a design flaw that could result in a devastating crash. Chase will also discuss his experience in dealing with automakers. He says he has seen repeated evidence that automakers put profits over safety.

“Almost each time we find that just for a few hundred dollars more per car, they could manufacture much safer vehicles, but choose not to,” Chase says. “What’s more, in the discovery process, we usually always find internal knowledge at the automaker level that designs were unsafe, that parts or components of vehicles were unsafe, or that there were known dangers based on the results of crash tests, yet these companies will market vehicles as safe and, most egregiously, they’ll fail to warn the public about it. To know your product can injure or kill an innocent person, but you do nothing to warn them about it – to me, it’s about as low as it gets.”

It is exciting to be on a radio show that is being broadcast nationally and speak on a subject that is very close to his heart, Brian Chase said. “Personal injury and product liability law can be very much misunderstood in today’s environment. The types of cases we take on involve severely injured victims whose lives have been turned upside down as the result of a negligent driver or a dangerous or defective automobile. These are not trivial matters. These are real people who have suffered significant losses due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.”

Chase hopes that listeners can benefit from the information he provides on the show. “Many people who are injured or have lost a loved one don’t know how to pursue their legal rights, or even that they have rights. A number of these people suffer silently because they don’t know what to do, where to go and whom to contact for help and guidance. Often, that help is just a phone call away.”

Money For Lunch Talk Radio provides informative business and lifestyle programming in a lively and entertaining format. The broadcasts go out to a nationwide audience, five days a week.

About Brian Chase

Brian Chase is a native of Southern California, a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, a graduate of Pepperdine School of Law and a 19-year personal injury attorney. He has litigated dozens of jury trials and has represented both local and national auto product liability and catastrophic injury cases, obtaining judgments and settlements exceeding $100 million.

About Bisnar Chase

Bisnar Chase represents people who have been very seriously injured or lost a family member due to an defective product, negligence or auto accident in California. The law firm has won a wide variety of challenging personal injury and wrongful death cases involving car accidents, work related injuries, negligence and defective products made by Fortune 500 companies. The firm has also been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for their clients.

For more information, please call 949-203-3814 or visit for a free consultation.

Posted in: Auto Defects

Best Personal Injury Attorney in Kentucky, Mike Schafer?

By Brian Chase on December 7, 2012 - No comments

While searching for exactly the right words to say in my glowing review of my friend and associate Michael Schafer Attorney, I began to digress about all of the reasons why any of us chooses to refer, recommend, or give gratitude to certain individuals. For me the reason is their superstar quality and Mike is no exception. As a personal injury attorney in Kentucky and as a human being he is nothing less than a shining star.

Why is Mike Schafer your best choice for a personal injury attorney in Kentucky?

Mike is a true “Southern Gentleman”, as well as a skilled professional. He is well mannered, thoughtful, courteous, straight forward, strong and honest, as well as an accomplished personal injury attorney. I have known Mike for some years. He is my law firm’s first choice for our clients who need a Kentucky personal injury lawyer. We made Mike our first choice due to his skill, experience, dedication to the client’s best interest and his exceptional track record of success.

Some people just stand out above the rest

My wife and I had the great pleasure of going to the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Mike Schafer and his wife, Yulee Schafer. We discovered what “southern hospitality” truly means. They were gracious and accomplished hosts. They took care of us in every possible way while we stayed in Kentucky. What this showed my wife and I was the kind of people the Schafers are and what kind of a man Mike Schafer is, a true Southern Gentleman.

In order to provide a truly accurate picture of who Mike Schafer is, I must tell you that Mike didn’t do very well betting on the horses at the 2010 Kentucky Derby. He is a true gentleman and may have picked winners in years past but my wife who picks horses by how much she likes their names picked three times as many winners as Mike. Well, maybe that was just Mike being a gentleman again…letting my wife pick more winners than he (I don’t think so but it is possible). The moral of this story. In my opinion if you are looking for the best personal injury attorney in Kentucky, you must consider Mike Schafer…however, I wouldn’t recommend using him to handicap the Kentucky Derby.

If you need a California Personal Injury Attorney, the Bisnar Chase team is passionate about our client cases. We have proven results and an impeccable reputation for winning since 1978.
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Posted in: Personal Injury

Bisnar|Chase Donates Thanksgiving Turkeys to Servicemen & Women

By Brian Chase on November 14, 2012 - No comments

Today was a very special day for the staff of Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys, LLP.  In a coordinated effort we provided 80 turkeys to present and past servicemen and women at March Air Reserve base in Riverside, California. This effort coincides with our previous turkey donation program of 1,000 turkeys handed out this month.

The turkeys were supplied to the following units below:

Talia FRG – 5 Families
WDC- Unemployed Vets 8 Families
491st MP Unit 20 Families
304th 16 Families
US-Vets 5 Families
MSG Kelly 371st 5 Families
Medical Unit -SD 10 Families
American Legion 4 Families
VFW 4 Families
Homeless Vets-M 3 Families
Total 80 Families

John Bisnar, founder and managing partner of Bisnar Chase, is passionate about helping others in our community and giving back.  John served active duty in the U.S. Army in the Pacific and South East Asia from 1968 to 1970 and holds a special place in his heart for our military members.

The food donation effort today in Riverside County was a follow-up to over 500 turkeys that Bisnar Chase provided this past Monday in Orange County to those in need through a coordinated effort with Connected Blessings.  The staff was on hand to give out the turkeys in Anaheim and another donation is set for this Saturday, Nov. 17th to supply 500 more to those in need.

Hunger is a big issue close to home:  We hope by creating and supporting food donation programs that we can help make a big difference in the lives of others. We  hope everyone has a safe and joyous Thanksgiving holiday.

John Bisnar helps in handing out turkeys for this Thanksgiving holiday to military members in Riverside, CA.

John Bisnar photographed with military members receiving turkeys for their families.

Nov.14, 2012 – John Bisnar photographed with military members receiving turkeys for their families in Riverside, CA.

Posted in: Charities

Becoming A Whistle Blower – Qui Tam Action

By Brian Chase on November 12, 2012 - No comments

You may have heard the term whistleblower, but maybe you do not know exactly how the process of a whistle blower works or who can become a whistle blower.  The definition of a whistle blower according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is: “one who reveals something covert or who informs against another <pledges to protect whistle–blowers who fear reprisals”

A lawsuit brought on by a whistle blower is known as a qui tam lawsuit or qui tam action. whistle blower

This is usually the case when a large corporation is guilty of wrongdoing and someone on the inside knows about it and decides to blow the whistle on them. This has been the case in lawsuits related to defective products where someone working closely to the maker of the product such as an employee or government contractor becomes a whistle blower.

However honorable a deed whistle blowing may be, it can be dangerous to the whistle blower for a few reasons. Obviously the first one is the risk of being fired or demoted. The good news is the whistle blower is usually compensated for this since they are the good guy doing the good deed.

You might remember the GE qui tam case where whistle blower Khaled Asadi was fired for reporting allegations of GE Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations in Iraq to his supervisor and GE Energy’s ombudsperson.  He was not entitled to protection or compensation for being fired because GE and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce required that whistle blowers report allegations internally, yet when he did he was fired because he did not report to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Read the full story at

Unfortunately there is no way to predict what the actual outcome of an investigation will be and the whistle blower is taking a risk.

  • He or she could end up without a job and no compensation
  • Or continued employment and whatever ramifications might come with an investigation that leads to major changes within the corporate structure.

Our defective product lawyers in Orange County have been successfully receiving large settlements for our clients for 30 years. We are passionate about stopping the bad guys and we have proven results.

Contact us today for a free legal consultation at 1-800-561-4887.

Posted in: Employment Law

Brian Chase, Scott Ritsema of Bisnar|Chase Win Consumer Attorneys of the Year

By Brian Chase on November 12, 2012 - No comments

Brian Chase and Scott Ritsema win Consumer Attorneys of the Year award at CAOC 51st Annual Convention for a case involving woman rendered a paraplegic after an improperly designed car seat collapsed in a crash.

Brian Chase and Scott Ritsema, personal injury attorneys of Newport Beach law firm Bisnar Chase are Consumer Attorneys of California’s 2012 Attorneys of the Year.

The announcement was made at the awards dinner Saturday night as part of CAOC’s 51st Annual Convention at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The award is given to recognize a plaintiff’s lawyer who achieved a significant result in a case that assisted consumers or changed consumer law for the better in California and was finally resolved between May 15, 2011, and May 15, 2012.

Chase and Ritsema were selected as Consumer Attorneys of the Year for their work holding the  manufacturer of a defective product accountable for the serious injuries of a woman who was left  a paraplegic after a vehicle crash. In Romine v. Johnson Controls, Inc.,

Bisnar and Chase  represented Jaklin Romine, who was properly seat belted when she was rear-ended at a Pasadena intersection while waiting to make a left turn. Her seat collapsed rearward and she was thrown into the back seat, breaking her neck and back.

Chase and Ritsema presented evidence that the seat, designed by Johnson Controls, was too weak to withstand foreseeable rear impacts, thus subjecting occupants to catastrophic risks.

They also showed the company had been well aware of the dangers and risks of weak seats since the 1990s. Johnson Controls had actually developed a design that was more structurally sound to prevent seats from collapsing in accidents such as this but chose to put profits ahead of people.

Consumer Attorneys of California is a professional organization of plaintiffs’ attorneys representing consumers seeking accountability against wrongdoers in cases involving personal injury, product liability, environmental degradation and other causes. 

Posted in: Awards

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Continue to Increase

By Brian Chase on November 9, 2012 - No comments

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits are on the rise and could end up in the tens of thousands against six different manufacturers. Boston Scientific is one of the manufacturers with a possible 2500 lawsuits alone. Back in July of 2011 the FDA put out a warning to consumers about the potential defects and dangers of the synthetic mesh as stating that reports of serious complications from the mesh implant had increased.  Between then and now the numbers of lawsuits have increased as well and are still on the rise.

This is an unfortunate circumstance for the victims and the worst part is that there is a probability that defective surgical transvaginal mesh slings are still being implanted.  Many of the women who have filed law suits have suffered horrible side effects and severe injuries that have lasted for years, some of the injuries being life altering. transvaginal mesh attorney

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this unimaginable tragedy.

What is transvaginal mesh?

If you do not have a medical condition such as urinary incontinence then you probably do not know what transvaginal mesh is, but you might have read news reports about the defect and recall of this medical product. Transvaginal mesh is a sling that is surgically implanted in the vagina to treat bladder prolapse and other related medical conditions.  However, numerous complaints from women came about leading to the investigation of the product and its makers which prompted the FDA to put out a warning to the general public.

According to the FDA “The most frequent complications included erosion through vaginal epithelium, infection, pain, urinary problems, and recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence. There were also reports of bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion. In some cases, vaginal scarring and mesh erosion led to a significant decrease in patient quality of life due to discomfort and pain, including dyspareunia.” Click to read more from the FDA transvaginal mesh complications.

If you want more information about transvaginal mesh and the potential side effects or if you need legal representation pertaining to a transvaginal mesh case, please do not hesitate to call a California transvaginal mesh lawyer. The defective product attorneys at Bisnar Chase are passionate about and specialize in this area and we have 30 years of proven results recovering money for personal injury victims. Contact us today for free legal advice. Call 1-800-561-4887.

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Posted in: Defective Products

Death Metal Singer Killed in Huntington Beach Motorcycle Accident

By Brian Chase on November 5, 2012 - No comments

Mitchell Lucker, 28, the vocalist for the band Suicide Silence, was killed in a Huntington Beach motorcycle accident after his Harley-Davidson crashed into a pole. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred the night of October 31, 2012.

Police say Lucker was riding the 2013 Harley south on Main Street when he lost control and crashed into a light pole. Lucker was ejected, but the motorcycle continued south on Main and collided with a 2007 Nissan Titan pickup truck. Lucker was transported to an area trauma center where he died from his injuries. Police are still investigating the cause of this fatal accident. …Read the rest »

Horror Stories Behind Yaz and Yasmin Birth Control Use

By Brian Chase on October 30, 2012 - No comments

A recent article in Lawyers and Settlements gives a vivid account of the serious complications suffered by women who have used Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills. Yasmin initially was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001 with Yaz getting the agency’s blessing five years later. What sets Yaz and Yasmin apart from other birth control pills in the market is that they contain the man made hormone drospirenone. Some of the most serious side effects of Yaz and Yasmin are linked to the presence of drospirenone. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

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