December, 2011

December 1, 2011

Recently, the batteries in several of GM’s Chevrolet Volts caught fire in crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This has led to a formal safety investigation into the possibility of auto defects involving the lithium-ion batteries used in the Volt, the way the batteries are mounted and other…
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December 1, 2011

The NFL has asked a federal judge to a block a class action lawsuit filed by several retired football players. The players accuse the NFL of exposing them to head injuries by following inadequate head-safety rules as well as by concealing the risks from players. Much of the dispute revolves around the…
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December 1, 2011

A nationally-known DJ was in critical condition Thursday following a bizarre accident. In Portland for a special event, the 40-year-old victim was in bed when a black-and-white cab crashed through the wall of his first-floor hotel room. The cab came to rest on top of the man, pinning him against…
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December 1, 2011

The police are told to “protect and serve” the community at large, but a judge seems to think that may not have been the case when he denied a former Portland police officer’s motion to dismiss a wrongful death suit last week. A Portland man was hit six times with beanbag…
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December 1, 2011

Really organized parents in Portland will have all their Christmas presents bought and wrapped and tagged. The rest of us are still wondering just how busy the stores will be on Saturday. What we shouldn’t be wondering about, though, is whether we’ve unwittingly purchased a dangerous toy. In this day and…
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November 1, 2011

A southern Oregon mom has two reasons for filing a lawsuit against her son’s school district. First, she says, she wants the district to make sure football coaches receive proper training in the recognition and treatment of head injuries. Second, she hopes a jury understands that her son will need…
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November 1, 2011

Let’s say it’s the middle of the night. Your teenager had complained of a headache earlier, but now he is in agony. Portland is too far; you rush him to a small hospital in your rural town, where the emergency department doctor orders a CAT scan. You wait patiently for the…
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November 1, 2011

Nearly 30,000 women suffer from breast cancer each year. Avastin has become a popular drug for the treatment of breast cancer with approximately $1 billion in sales annually. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently revoked its approval of the drug explaining that further research has uncovered that…
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October 1, 2011

In October 2010, a federal court agreed to consolidate 21 lawsuits against a medical device manufacturer. A few weeks ago, another 29 plaintiffs asked to join that consolidated action. All the plaintiffs are women who have suffered serious injuries from transvaginal mesh products made by the defendant company. Last year’s suits concerned…
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October 1, 2011

Nothing can compensate a parent for the loss of a child. A case outside of Oregon shows that juries can be sensitive to the pain and suffering caused by a doctor’s mistake. The young mother says she was about 24 weeks pregnant when she started bleeding. Earlier in the pregnancy, her…
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