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2020 | Page 2 of 28 | California Personal Injury Blog

Important Ruling Reached in Business Interruption Claims Against Insurance Companies

By Brian Chase on September 11, 2020 - No comments

Important Ruling Reached in Business Interruption Claims Against Insurance Companies

Important Ruling Reached in Business Interruption Claims Against Insurance Companies

A court in Missouri has reached a momentous ruling pertaining to COVID-19 business interruption claims. According to a news report, U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Bough for the Western District of Missouri ruled that business income loss due to the coronavirus might be covered under standard property and casualty policies, as long as the claimant can prove direct physical loss. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Class Action

Apple Ordered to Pay California Store Workers for Time Spent in Bag Searches

By Brian Chase on September 11, 2020 - No comments

Apple Ordered to Pay California Store Workers for Time Spent in Bag Searches

Apple Ordered to Pay California Store Workers for Time Spent in Bag Searches

Apple must pay store employees in California for the time they spend waiting for their bags to be checked by security officers. According to a report on The Verge, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued the ruling, which reverses a summary judgment in Apple’s favor. The ongoing case began back in 2015 when a group of Apple retail workers in California filed a class action lawsuit arguing that under state law, they should be paid if they wait for bag searches, which the company requires but did not consider as time spent on the job. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Employment Law

Exercise Balls Recalled Because They Can Explode and Cause Injuries

By Brian Chase on September 8, 2020 - No comments

Exercise Balls Recalled Because They Can Explode and Cause Injuries

Exercise Balls Recalled Because They Can Explode and Cause Injuries

Hundreds of exercise balls are being recalled because they can explode unexpectedly and cause injuries. According to an alert posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Domyos Swiss balls, manufactured by Decathlon USA, could burst while in use posing an injury risk to the user. So far, the company has received 26 reports from around the world of balls exploding unexpectedly. Six of those incidents resulted in injuries including fractures, bruising and scratches. None of those incidents were reported in the United States. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

Graphic Photos from Kobe Bryant’s Crash Site Lead to Tougher Privacy Laws

By Brian Chase on September 8, 2020 - No comments

Graphic Photos from Kobe Bryant's Crash Site Lead to Tougher Privacy Laws

Graphic Photos from Kobe Bryant's Crash Site Lead to Tougher Privacy Laws

After Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shared graphic photos from the helicopter crash that killed Lakers star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others in Calabasas, the California Senate has approved a bill that would make it a crime for first responders to take pictures of dead people for reasons other than official investigations. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, the bill, which had previously been approved by the Assembly, must next be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Santa Ana Cracks Down on Street Racing on City Roads

By Brian Chase on September 4, 2020 - No comments

Santa Ana Cracks Down on Street Racing on City Roads

Santa Ana Cracks Down on Street Racing on City Roads

The city of Santa Ana is pushing back on street racing, which has become a scourge all around Southern California as more racers are taking to public roadways that have become relatively empty because of coronavirus-related shutdowns. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, Santa Ana police are working on an initiative that would penalize both drivers who are speeding and people who gather around to watch them. Officials say they are looking at using new technology to identify street racers, teaming up with other cities to curtail racing events and working with the city’s enforcement to craft an ordinance that would also criminalize watching these types of events. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Hyundai and Kia Recall Vehicles for Potential Fire Danger

By Brian Chase on September 4, 2020 - No comments

Hyundai and Kia Recall Vehicles for Potential Fire Danger

Hyundai and Kia Recall Vehicles for Potential Fire Danger

Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia are recalling more than 591,000 vehicles in the United States to repair a brake fluid leak that could cause engine fires. According to an ABC News report, the recalls cover more than 440,000 Kia Optima midsize sedans from 2013 to 2015 and Kia Sorento SUVs from 2014 and 2015. Also included in the recall are 151,000 Hyundai Santa Fe SUVs from 2013 to 2015. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

General Motors to Investigate Chevy Bolt Fire

By Brian Chase on September 4, 2020 - No comments

General Motors to Investigate Chevy Bolt Fire

General Motors to Investigate Chevy Bolt Fire

GM is looking at the risk of fires in Chevy Bolt vehicles after a Virginia woman reported that her car went up in smoke on July 4. According to an ABC7 news report, the $43,000 electric vehicle caught fire in the parking lot of her parents’ home during a family get together. Hajime Rojas said she saw the smoke just growing and getting bigger behind the car. Rojas called 911. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Former Takata Consultant Says Millions of Cars Still Have Faulty Airbags

By Brian Chase on September 4, 2020 - No comments

Former Takata Consultant Says Millions of Cars Still Have Faulty Airbags

Former Takata Consultant Says Millions of Cars Still Have Faulty Airbags

Jerry Cox, a former consultant with Takata back in 2014, says at least 12 million cars on the road still have defective Takata airbag inflators in them. According to a news report, Cox says vehicle owners are not getting the recall notices and probably don’t realize how serious or how deadly this Takata airbag defect can be. Cox said he warned Takata’s leadership team that its airbags were dangerous, but said his advice fell on deaf ears. He said no one in executive leadership would even listen to his concerns. Cox also said that was the reason why he decided to leave Takata. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

635,000 Aflac Plush Toy Ducks Recalled for Lead Poisoning Hazard

By Brian Chase on September 4, 2020 - No comments

635,000 Aflac Plush Toy Ducks Recalled for Lead Poisoning Hazard

635,000 Aflac Plush Toy Ducks Recalled for Lead Poisoning Hazard

More than half a million toy ducks that Aflac sales reps hand out when making sales calls to sell their insurance policies have been recalled for high levels of toxic lead. According to a Newsweek report, the company that made these plush Doctor Duck toys is recalling them in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). According to a CPSC alert, the buttons on the lab coat worn by Doctor Duck contains levels of lead that exceed the federal lead content standard. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

Apple is Paying $189 to Each Powerbeats 2 or 3 Owner After Class Action Settlement

By Brian Chase on August 31, 2020 - No comments

Apple Ordered to Pay California Store Workers for Time Spent in Bag Searches

Apple Ordered to Pay California Store Workers for Time Spent in Bag Searches

Apple is expected to resolve its pending class action lawsuit regarding the failed system of its Powerbeats 2 and 3 earphones. According to a Tech Times report, three years ago, a group of device owners led by California plaintiffs, Latanya Simmons and Kevin Tobin, filed a lawsuit against Apple for its alleged false advertisements. Both Powerbeats 2 and Powerbeats 3 models reportedly contain design defects that cause the devices to stop retaining a charge. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products


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