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PODS wins $62 million verdict in trademark lawsuit against U-Haul

Founded in 1998, PODS delivers containers to homes and businesses to be filled and transported to storage centers. PODS is based in Clearwater, Florida. In 2012, PODS filed an intellectual property lawsuit against U-Haul International in federal court in Tampa alleging that U-Haul “improperly and unlawfully” used the PODS trademark on its website as a way to divert sales. Read the full article…

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Faulty maintenance blamed for fatal Las Vegas helicopter crash; jury awards $16 million victims’ families

Lovish Bhanot and Anupama Bhola had come from India and were on their honeymoon. Delwin and Tamara Chapman, from Utica, Kansas, were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. They were all taking a “Twilight City Tour,” a helicopter tour of Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam operated by Sundance Helicopters, Inc. The pilot was the newly-married Landon Nield. Read the full article…

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Highway construction contractor ordered to pay $15.8 million in damages for Pennsylvania auto accident

Brenda Gump-Schragl, then 52, was on her way to Primanti Bros. restaurant in Pleasant Hills, Pennsylvania. Her son, son, Daniel Gump, was trying to turn left from northbound Route 51 toward the restaurant, where a rehearsal dinner was scheduled for his sister, Dana. Oncoming traffic was backed up in the left lane as drivers merged from two lanes to one for the construction area. A driver in the left lane allowed Daniel to turn. However, Daniel didn’t see a pickup truck approaching very fast in the otherwise clear right lane. And, because of traffic backed up in a southbound turning lane, the other driver didn’t see the Gump vehicle. Read the full article…

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UPS ordered to pay $1 million in damages to Alabama man injured in delivery van accident

Gerald Simoneau of Mobile, Alabama filed a lawsuit against UPS after he as seriously injured from being struck by a UPS delivery truck that had collided with another vehicle. A Mobile County jury has found the UPS delivery truck driver negligent and responsible for the crash and Simoneau’s injuries. The jury ordered UPS to pay $1 million in compensatory damages to Simoneau. Read the full article…

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Mesothelioma cancer victim awarded $18.6 million verdict against Goodyear

Carl Rogers, a native of Tyler, Texas, was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in August 2008. Rogers was employed by the Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. for 30 years. Kelly-Springfield is a subsidiary of Goodyear. Through his work as a tire builder, Rogers was regularly exposed to asbestos while working with machines at the plant. Over the years, he was also exposed to asbestos-wrapped piping while maintenance work was happening around the plant. Read the full article…

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Fentanyl overdose during routine endoscopy blamed for death of Illinois father of two

Last year, Travis Disch went to St. Mary’s and Dean Outpatient Center in Madison, Wisconsin, for a routine upper endoscopy to determine the cause of swallowing problems. During the procedure, nurses allegedly gave him more than two times the amount of sedation drugs he should have received, including the drugs midazolam and fentanyl. Disch died and an autopsy by a St. Mary’s doctor found no cause of death other than brain injury from a lack of oxygen during the procedure. Disch was a 37-year-old and the father of two children. Read the full article…

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Asbestos workers still face risk of mesothelioma cancer, CDC reports

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report on the dangers of malignant mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The report highlights the ongoing health crisis posed by workplace asbestos exposure and the health risks that workers who used this dangerous product will continue to face for decades to come. Read the full article…

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