Traveling a Slippery Slope

Dangerous terrain

A school committed to providing an education on avalanche safety is now the topic of a recent lawsuit. The family of Peter Marshall is suing Silverton Avalanche School, among other defendants, for wrongful death.  According to the lawsuit, on January 5, 2019, there was a misjudgment of how steep the slope was, as well as the potential to cause an avalanche.  Two avalanches were triggered, which led to Marshall getting trapped under several feet of snow. The guide, Zachary Lovell, and the remaining students searched for Marshall but were unable to find him until 50 minutes after the second avalanche. Read more

Cruising for Compensation

Avoid the wobble

Most of us have witnessed motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic on the highways and cruising through neighborhoods.  While some love the acceleration and adrenaline, others worry about the safety aspect.  A recently filed lawsuit may push people in the middle to the side of the latter.  A North Carolina motorcycle owner, William Rouse, is taking legal action against well-known Harley-Davidson, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for injuries sustained after his bike crashed. Read more

Consumers at a Loss for Words

Natural hair beware

As hair style trends shift every couple of years, we find ourselves replacing our hair care products with ones that are tailored toward the new norm.  Founded in 1994, DevaCurl is one such brand that is appealing to the relatively new craze of sporting natural, semi-untouched hair.  In the early- to mid-2000s, almost every middle school girl straightened their natural wave or locks to a pin-straight point. As was the style of the day.  Now consumers are flocking to the retail store shelves to buy DevaCurl, the company that produces a formula to volumize and accentuate curly textures.  While the promise of the product was widely accepted by consumers, the alleged result of its consistent use is alarming. Read more

Furnishing a Resolution in Toddler Death Case

Furniture settlement

Ikea has made headlines recently as the defendant in the largest single plaintiff wrongful death settlement in US history.  The resolution follows a claim filed in June 2018, alleging inadequate steps taken by Ikea to ensure its furniture is safe and secure for all consumers.  The lawsuit also blames Ikea for not acting hastily when learning of the extreme dangers associated with their signature Malm dresser. Read more

Veterans Battle Against Earplug Company

Their voices will be heard

If you are a veteran who wore 3M Combat Arms earplugs from 2003 to 2015, then you may be entitled to receive compensation for this defective product. According to lawsuits filed by hundreds of military vets, the earplugs were not manufactured properly to prevent harmful sounds from entering their ears. As a result, veterans are now suffering from tinnitus, hearing loss, and balance issues. 3M failed to disclose any defects associated with the dual-sided earplugs. In an attempt to overcome the accusation against the company, 3M offered to settle a lawsuit filed by the US government for $9.1 million in July 2018. This payout did not prove 3M’s guilt or responsibility, but rather served as a remedy for the allegation against the company for making false claims about the use of the product. Injured veterans are now holding the Saint Paul, MN-based 3M directly responsible for negligence. Read more