Kenmore Grilled for Hazardous Products

Summer grilling, by Wikimedia Commons user Frettie, licensed by Creative Commons.

Fired up over defective grills

In February 2017, a class action lawsuit was brought against Sears Roebuck and Co.(Sears) for selling Kenmore-brand barbecue grills with serious safety risks.

Plaintiffs claim that the grills in question – gas powered, and made with galvanized steel fireboxes – are unfit for use. Their firebox trays have been found to prematurely age and corrode within the grills’ normal lifespan, even when used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The resulting hazard is that the disintegrating firebox trays leave the grills’ propane tanks exposed to flames, which can produce a deadly explosion.

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Sudden Acceleration Lawsuits Show No Sign of Stopping

Tesla S, by Pixaby user Al Abut, licensed by Creative Commons.

Life in the fast lane

The Tesla Model X, a product of Tesla Motors, is made for speed. The luxury SUV reaches 155MPH and hits 60MPH in 2.9 seconds. Tesla calls it the safest, fastest, and most capable SUV on the global market. But some owners cry foul, saying that once the car starts, it doesn’t stop. Read More

Disney Animators Draw Up Agreement

Cinderella's Castle - Magic Kingdom, by flickr user beanhead4529, licensed by Creative Commons.

If the glass slipper fits…

Anti-poaching agreements prohibit companies from pitching a potential position to, and subsequently hiring, employees from their competitors. The companies refrain from increasing their employees’ wages past the initial contracted rate, leaving the employees stagnant. As a result, the employees and their wages suffer.  The Walt Disney Company is guilty of anti-poaching practices, and have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit in the amount of $100 million. Other involved companies in this present settlement include Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Two PIC MC. Disney is the last of several major companies to settle. The animation and visual effects companies that previously entered settlements are DreamWorks Animation, Fox’s Blue Sky Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc., and Sony Pictures Animation Inc. Read More

This Land is Your Land?

Hitting a wall

Hitting a wall

On Jan. 28, President Trump signed an executive order prohibiting travelers and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries – Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Libya – from entering the U.S. A flurry of legal activity has followed in the wake of the presidential order. Since Friday, immigration lawyers have flocked to U.S. metro airports to file petitions for clients while individuals, corporations, and states have begun a quest for legal assistance. Read More

Saving Lives? There’s an App for That

Texting while driving, by Simone Cosimi Giornalista, licensed by Creative Commons.

Keep your eyes on the road

In the United States, distracted driving is a growing problem. Among its many causes – from brushing teeth to changing clothes – texting is the worst offender. National Safety Council statistics show that texting while driving causes 1.6 million accidents and 4,015 deaths each year, and over 1,100 injuries daily. Ironically, a solution to this deadly problem lies with one of its main causes – the Apple iPhone. Read More