IKEA Shoulders Weight of a $50M Settlement

GEORGE NAKASHIMA walnut single pedestal desk, by Flickr user Stephen Coles, licensed by Creative Commons.

In good standing?

IKEA furniture has a reputation for being difficult – if not impossible –to assemble. But it is never supposed to be deadly. In December 2016, the Swedish furniture maker reached a $50M settlement for the wrongful deaths of three 2-year-old children who were killed when they were crushed by IKEA’s products. The settlement award will be distributed evenly among the families. Additionally, IKEA will distribute $250,000 among several children’s hospitals and Shane’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes child safety. Read More

Train Crash Victims on Track for Justice

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Blowing off steam

Each year, thousands of people are killed or injured in train incidents. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reports that the number of train crashes has been increasing since 2013. Two of the deadliest train crashes in the past 25 years happened in 2015. A September 2016 commuter train accident in Hoboken, NJ killed one woman and injured over 100 passengers. In January 2017, a train derailed in Brooklyn, NY, sending dozens of commuters to the hospital. Read More

Personal Foul: Allegations Surround Super Bowl

Football Ellipse, by flickr user Elvert Barnes, licensed by Creative Commons.

Roughing the passer

Peyton Manning is well known as the mature father figure of the National Football League. Unfortunately, the Super Bowl XLVI winning quarterback of the Denver Broncos has made unwanted headlines this week for his association with a 1997 University of Tennessee sexual harassment lawsuit. Dr. Jamie Naughright, former Director of Health & Wellness at the University of Tennessee, reported that Peyton Manning exposed himself to her while she was examining his foot in the locker room.  In his book “Manning: A Father, His Sons and A Football Legacy” Manning accounted the incident as a harmless locker-room exchange where he was “mooning” a fellow player. Manning called the event “crude maybe, but harmless”. Read More

LAPD Officers Settle Discrimination Lawsuit

Police Tape

The Blame Game

Recently, a decision has been made about an incident involving two Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers suing the department for discrimination because they are Latino. Officers Allan Corrales and George Diego were awarded near $4 million combined in their discrimination suit against the department. Both officers are Latino and were involved in a fatal shooting in 2010 killing an unarmed, autistic African American man, Eugene Washington.

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D’oh! Simpsons Settle with Hologram Company

Giant Homer Simpson on Giant Hill, Cerne Abbas, by Wikipedia User GeographBot, licensed by Creative Commons.

Mmm, lawsuits.

The Simpsons are going to court! Well, they were planning on it, until reaching a settlement. 20th Century Fox recently came to an out-of-court settlement with a special effects company over a 2-minute hologram of the popular cartoon character, Homer Simpson. Appearing at Comic-Con, an entertainment-themed convention in California, Homer’s hologram told several jokes and interacted with Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening, much to the amusement of everyone other than Hologram USA. The company claims that they have an exclusive patent to the technology behind the hologram, and that without their consent or approval, Fox owes them a monetary fee. The groups were able to meet and come to an agreement, although the terms were not immediately disclosed. Read more