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January 2013 Archives

Toyota settles wrongful death lawsuit with family

Californians may be interested to learn that the car company Toyota recently settled a lawsuit filed by the family of a couple killed in a 2010 car accident following a sudden, unintended acceleration. The wrongful death lawsuit, which was only one of many filed against Toyota since the much-publicized sudden acceleration problem in some of Toyota's vehicles, alleged that deaths and injuries were caused by sudden and unexpected acceleration in the vehicles due to a mechanical defect in Toyota vehicles.

Study: San Diego Chargers player had brain injury before suicide

Recently, a study from the National Institutes of Health revealed that Junior Seau, a former linebacker for the San Diego Chargers who was widely regarded as one of the NFL's best players, had a degenerative brain disorder before he committed suicide in May 2012. The NIH scanned Seau's brain, and discovered abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder caused by chronic brain injury. According to his ex-wife, Seau had displayed unusual behavior before his death, including forgetfulness, mood swings, irrationality and depression.

Family of man shot by police seeks evidence in wrongful death suit

Recently, the family of a 25-year old Anaheim, California man who was shot and killed by police in July 2011 while fleeing from police has sought vital information from the City of Anaheim on the police officer who shot him in order to prove a pattern of conduct on the part of the police. This motion, filed by the man's personal representative, is part of a $50 million wrongful death lawsuit filed by the man's family against the Anaheim police department.

Mother of man shot by DEA files wrongful death suit

Recently, the mother of an 18-year-old who was shot and killed by DEA agents has filed a wrongful death suit against the agency, claiming that her son was accidentally shot while driving away from what he thought were a group of strangers attacking a friend. The wrongful death suit stems from an incident that occurred when DEA agents and police officers began accosting the teenager's acquaintance in the alleged belief that he was about to commit a "smash and grab" on a nearby vehicle.

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