Consumers in California may be interested to learn of a recent settlement that was reached between the car manufacturer Toyota and the plaintiffs in a sudden acceleration case, after Toyota lost a products liability case. In the products liability case, a jury found Toyota liable for the faulty electronics systems installed in a Camry sedan that caused it to suddenly and unexpectedly accelerate, resulting in the death of one woman and injury to another. The judge ordered Toyota to pay $1.5 million in compensatory damages to the family of the woman killed and another $1.5 million to the injured driver. This ruling caused the company to reach a settlement in order to avoid the imposition of punitive damages.
Multi-car accidents have the potential to cause significant property damage, serious injuries or even death. Because of this, those involved in a multi-car collision have the legal right to seek an appropriate judicial redress.
Recently, the family of a 63-year-old man killed in a small plane collision that occurred in Calabasas, California has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the plane's owner and the pilot of the other plane, who managed to survive after making an emergency landing on a golf course. The wrongful death suit alleges that the owner and the other pilot were negligent in colliding with the airplane. The man was killed, along with a 69-year-old woman, when the Cessna 172 they were flying collided with a similar plane, which was carrying the pilot and two others who were being trained on being flight instructors. Those in the other plane survived after the emergency landing on the golf course.
The promotion company AEG Live recently prevailed in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against it by the family of pop superstar Michael Jackson for Jackson's 2009 death. The wrongful death suit alleged that the company sent the singer out on a concert tour despite signs of his poor health, which directly lead to his death. The lawsuit also alleged that the company did not properly investigate the doctor that gave Jackson the prescription drugs that caused his death.
Products liability claims are those that involve harm resulting from faulty, defective, or otherwise unsafe products sold by the defendant to the plaintiff. The manufacturer or retailer is regarded to have breached a duty of care towards the consumer by placing this product in the stream of commerce. To prevail on such a claim, the plaintiff must prove that the product was defective once it left the control of the defendant.