Litigation News

Jury Awards $4 Million to Family of SF Cyclist Killed by Big-Rig Collision

Chris Welsh, Esq. The family of a cyclist fatally struck by truck in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood was awarded $4 million by a San Francisco Superior court jury last month. On August 14, 2013, Amelie Le Moullac, 24, was commuting to work when she was struck and killed by big-rig driver Gilberto Alcantar. Her tragic death was a point of much contention and emotion in a city where bicycling as a mode of transportation has nearly doubled in the last decade. Following the incident, the San Francisco Police Department was criticized for its handling of the investigation …


Debt-Buyers Behind the Real Zombie Apocalypse

Brian Nettles, Esq. The long feared, mythical zombie apocalypse has already begun in a place you likely didn’t expect: the debt buying industry. Debt buying? You bet. Debt buying is a lucrative business that thrives on dishonesty. Essentially, debt buyers buy what original creditors are tired of chasing after, like defaulted credit or retail accounts. These are called portfolios and are much like a debt record. Trouble is, they are not always accurate. Debt buyers make their purchase with only basic information and no warranty that they are accurate. In other words, your portfolio doesn’t show if you disputed …


Three Plead Guilty to NYC Driving Test Scheme

Chris Welsh, Esq. Three people have pled guilty in connection to test taking schemes for commercial driver’s licenses (“CDLs”) in New York. Federal investigation and state law enforcement agencies found fraudulent test-taking activities in five New York State Department of Motor Vehicle centers in New York City. CDL applicants involved are believed to have paid between $1,800 to $2,500 in return for CDL exam answers and assistance through DMV processes, including answers encoded on pencils and Bluetooth communication. Players involved were discovered through an in depth investigation that included external test-takers and hidden cameras. Other guilty pleas beyond those three …


Court to Decide on Takata Airbag Case Consolidation

Chris Welsh, Esq. Later this month, there will be a hearing to decide whether federally-filed Takata Airbag cases should be consolidated for one district court and, if so, which in particular. Takata, a Japanese auto supplier, has struggled with airbag ruptures for nearly two decades (NY Times). The cause is believe to be an unstable compound that blows up in response to pressure or temperature changes. The explosion may be due to the fact that Takata is reportedly the only supplier to use ammonium nitrate, an explosive chemical, to inflate airbags rapidly. The faulty airbag has been linked to …


Macy’s Faces Wrongful Death Suit for Vancouver Woman

Chris Welsh, Esq. The family of a woman whose body was found in a Macy’s department store bathroom has filed a wrongful death suit. Lydumila I. Tikhomirova, 61, was found dead at the Westfield Vancouver mall last March. Her family now alleges that employees were negligent for failing to check the women’s bathroom before closing. Tikhomirova was not discovered by an employee until the next morning. Her family alleges that failure to check the bathroom prevented Ms.Tikhomirova from getting treatment she required to prevent her death. According to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office, Tikhomirova died of congestive heart …


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