Two particular technologies are often of great interest to the National Transportation Safety Board whenever they investigate the collision between a vehicle and a train: the effectiveness and application of the crash energy management technology, which can use a number of different technologies to dissipate and absorb the force of impact, and Positive Train Control.
Today, I am proud to have served as negotiator for another historic tobacco-related settlement – a $100 million aggregate settlement with Lorillard Tobacco Company, Philip Morris USA, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, for hundreds of individual smokers that are part of the Engle-progeny tobacco cases.
BP owes compensation for economic losses suffered and for the livelihoods it has harmed. If you have a business or worked in these states and areas, it’s up to you to make sure you have had your records fully reviewed.
62 million. That’s how many vehicles were recalled by automakers in the United States in 2014. To put that in perspective, that’s about one car for every five on the road. And while GM holds a significant stake in that total with more than 80 separate recalls affecting close to 27 million automobiles just in North America, the Takata airbag issue also had a significant role in pushing this frightening number to its record breaking total.
When the risk of severe, potentially deadly skin reactions is found in association with one of the most widely used over-the-counter medications, you would think that warning the public would be a priority. But a year and a half after publishing an initial consumer update on the risk, the FDA is only now asking that a warning be placed on all acetaminophen-containing medications, including over-the-counter drugs.
Nine months of negotiations, an agreed-upon set of purchase terms and clinical trials already in progress according to FDA requirements—if a drug manufacturer has completed all of these in anticipation of purchasing the rights to a drug, is that proof enough that it was prepared and intended to enter the pharmaceutical market with it?
GM’s ignition switch defect has now been linked to 38 deaths. The ignition switch problem was so obvious that customers, journalists and even GM employees were reporting the problem a decade before GM finally admitted the issue and recalled the cars.
I am still amazed that I am writing this post and we are here today. However, I am gratified that the Supreme Court did not fall into BP’s game and indulge it by hearing its appeal of the Business and Economic Damages Settlement Agreement.