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October 2017 Archives

Product liability lawsuits necessitate legal help

Imagine you buy a new coffee maker, and after a few uses you fall in love with it. The coffee is perfect, and you like the aesthetics of the coffee maker itself. But then after a few weeks, you notice that the coffee maker spits hot water a little bit. Then, a few weeks after that, it completely capitulates and shoots hot water everywhere, burning you.

Contracts with Banks and Mandatory Arbitration Clauses

When a consumer feels their bank has treated them unfairly or has not acted right towards them, what avenues they have for pursuing remedies depends on a variety of things. This includes what clauses the contract they have with the bank contains.

Youth Football Lawsuit Against Pop Warner Continues

California U.S. District Court Judge Philip S. Gutierrez dismissed part of the second amended complaint in a suit against Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. ("Pop Warner"), which accuses the organization of lacking safety protocol to protect players from head injuries. Pop Warner is not in the clear, however, as Judge Gutierrez allowed claims of fraud and negligence alleging the company misrepresented its safety practices.

Tesla Sued Over Production Delays

On October 10, 2017, a suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Tesla, Inc. ("Tesla" or the "Company") over an alleged nondisclosure of information about production delays for its Model 3 sedan, which resulted in a four percent drop in its stock price.

Court Allows Defective Brake Class Action Against Hyundai to Continue

On Friday, September 29, 2017, U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Griesa of the Southern District of New York allowed a proposed class action over an alleged brake defect in certain Hyundai Sonata sedans against Hyundai Motor America ("Defendant") to move forward. The Court found that although some of the drivers' claims should be thrown out, others deserve to proceed.

Ambulance Company Kickbacks Result In $8.6 Million Settlement For HCA-Affiliated Hospitals

On October 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that four hospitals in the Houston, TX area affiliated with HCA Holdings, Inc. ("HCA") will pay an $8.6 million settlement regarding a False Claims Act ("FCA") suit. The hospitals, Bayshore Medical Center, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, West Houston Medical Center, and East Houston Regional Medical Center, have been accused of referring Medicare and Medicaid patients to ambulance companies in exchange for kickbacks. Specifically, the HCA hospitals were party to an agreement in which they traded free or severely discounted ambulance rides for lucrative referrals of Medicare and Medicaid patients to the ambulance companies supplying the kickbacks.

Key workers, new employment: Will there be post-departure issues?

We duly note at the proven Connecticut business law firm of Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP, in Middlesex, that many of our attorneys began their careers in the labor-law field and "are experienced with the full gamut of labor and employment matters."