November 2014 Archives
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November 2014 Archives

We Need RED: Fixing California's Broken 911 Emergency Response System

As Kelsey Brugger reports for the Santa Barbara Independent, a wrongful-death suit may prompt California to fix its 911 emergency-response system, which does not work as it should with 911 calls made on mobile phones. For those who have medical emergencies requiring prompt attention, time is obviously of the essence, and a misrouted dispatch could mean death.

Whistleblowers Handsomely Rewarded in 2014

Judy Greenwald for Business Insurance reports that SEC whistleblower tips are up 10 percent this year, along with a record number of awards. One of those awards includes the famous (or infamous, from the defense perspective) award of $30 million to one whistleblower in a case where the SEC successfully went after the violator.

State of Arizona Sues the New General Motors Over Vehicle Defects

Our neighbor to the east, Arizona, has decided to file its own lawsuit against the "New G.M." for having manufactured and marketed thousands of defective vehicles. As we wrote about earlier this month, should General Motors lose its bankruptcy shield, the automaker's liability is likely to increase dramatically.

Voters Reject Prop. 46, Current Limit on Compensation for Pain and Suffering Remains

In an earlier post, we referenced the distinct possibility that making it harder for injured patients to bring medical malpractice claims against negligent doctors or other health care providers may not do much in terms of lowering healthcare costs (tort reform, schmort reform).

Should GM Lose Its Bankruptcy Shield, Its Auto Defect Liability Will Balloon

It looks like GM could face the loss of its bankruptcy shield, based on a Bloomberg News report, which as of now protects the automaker from liability tied to vehicles made prior to its bankruptcy in 2009. According to Bloomberg News, whether GM loses its bankruptcy shield depends on whether the judge buys its argument that company executives were not aware of defective switches present in many of their vehicles.

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