Author: Gary Logsdon Law

GM Takes Ignition Switch Fight To High Court

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The automaker, which has already paid more than $870 million in out-of-court settlements related to defective ignition switches, wants the Supreme Court to overturn a defective products verdict from a lower appeals court.

Previously, General Motors argued that the “old GM” was liable for damages, and once the company emerged from bankruptcy in 2009, the “new GM” was a different company and therefore not responsible for previous acts of negligence. However, appeals court judges did not agree, instead ruling that the “new GM” was not substantially different from the “old GM” and company executives knew about the defective products. Undaunted, GM maintains that bankruptcy laws allowed it to shed previous liabilities, and that includes negligence lawsuits.

Unless the Supreme Court overturns the lower court’s verdict, roughly 130 cases will continue to move forward through the system.

Four People Killed In Mysterious Car Wreck

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Investigators do not know why a man crossed Interstate 69’s center line and crashed head-on into a Ford SUV, killing the vehicle’s 73-year-old driver and two passengers.

The car wreck occurred near mile marker 69 in Caldwell County. According to Kentucky State Police, 66-year-old Thomas Hughes, of Princeton, apparently lost control of his Camaro and crossed from the northbound to the southbound side. The impact killed Raymond Vilvens, of Batavia, Ohio, along with his wife, 69-year-old Carolyn Vilvens, and another passenger, 66-year-old Linda Franz. Mr. Hughes also died at the scene.

A fourth SUV occupant, whose name was not released, survived the impact and was airlifted to an area hospital.

Lawmakers Prioritize New Nursing Home

Bowling Green Democrat Jody Richards will not be Speaker Pro Tem in the next House session, but he plans to aggressively push the local agenda in Frankfort.

For the first time since Rep. Richards came to the statehouse in 1976, Republicans control the Commonwealth’s House of Representatives. Nevertheless, he believes his “history of treating the minority party fairly” will help propel some projects forwards, such as the proposed Bowling Green veteran’s nursing home. Legislators have already pre-filed two bills on the subject for the upcoming session; Rep. Richards sponsors one and plans to co-sponsor the other one. He wants construction to begin on the facility “as soon as possible.”

Invisible War Wounds

Before World War I, all the world’s armies used picric acid in their cannons and shells, a compound similar to the one common in modern-day fireworks. In 1902, the German army became the first military force to use TNT, and for the most part, TNT is still in use today. So, the difference between a battle in 1900 and one in 1914 is like the difference between visiting a Fourth of July fireworks show and a free-fire zone in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Dangerous Curves

One person was killed, and two people were seriously injured, in a speed-related car crash on a hazardous stretch of Pleasant Valley Road in Florence.

Police state that 17-year-old Dannicah Coffman, of Burlington, may have been travelling as fast as 60mph in a 45mph zone when she oversteered around a curve and temporarily ran off the road. She then overcorrected, crossed the center line, and crashed almost head-on into an oncoming SUV. The driver of that vehicle, Michael Robinson, and his 8-year-old son Cameron were both transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. Ms. Coffman died at the scene.

Taxotere Lawsuit Moves Forward

To expedite claims, the federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has transferred all pending Taxotere cases to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Sanofi-Aventis obtained the Food ad Drug Administration’s permission to sell Taxotere in 1996. Over the years, hundreds of victims filed suit, alleging that the manufacturer failed to adequately warn them about potential serious side effects. The plaintiffs also allege that, contrary to the manufacturer’s claims, this drug is only marginally more effective than some of its safer counterparts and Sanofi-Aventis used kickbacks and other illegal measures to promote and sell Taxotere.

Dallas Jury Awards $1B In Hip Implant Lawsuit

Johnson & Johnson must pay $1.041 billion to six California residents who experienced serious side effects from their metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants; the jurors declared that the devices were defectively designed and that DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, failed to adequately warn consumers.

DePuy originally marketed these devices as safe and long-lasting alternatives to ceramic-on-metal (CoM) and plastic-on-metal (PoM) implants. But the plaintiffs experienced serious complications, including bone loss and tissue death. Since the verdict included only $32 million in compensatory damages, the judge will probably reduce the punitive damages award to meet punitive damages caps in Texas law. However, the message is clear, according to lead plaintiffs’ counsel Mark Lanier. Johnson & Johnson has “a really nasty part of their business they need to clean up,” he commented. DePuy stopped selling Pinnacle MoM implants in 2013, and last year, the pharmaceutical giant paid $2.5 billion to settle 7,000 actions related to the similar ASR implants, which were recalled in 2010.

Pike County Vehicle Wreck Kills One

A 24-year-old man is dead after a pickup truck and a large gravel truck collided on Kentucky State Highway 194.

The wreck occurred near Kimper Elementary School just north of town. Kentucky State Police released few details about the incident, aside from the fact that both vehicles were probably moving at freeway speeds, because they were almost completely destroyed. Jerry Leedy, the pickup truck driver, was ejected from his vehicle and died the next day at a nearby hospital; authorities say he was not wearing a seat belt. Another pickup truck passenger, whose name was not released, was seriously injured but is expected to survive.

A local attorney is adding another person to his case.

Gary Logsdon plans to file for another plaintiff to be added to his class action suit. Logsdon is adding Ronda Keabler to his argument after she claimed to have a social security disabilities check taken from her while an inmate in Warren County Regional Jail. “I didn’t sign a power of attorney or anything for the jail to use my signature, so I didn’t think it was right,” said Keabler. “There is nothing legal about taking a check from an individual and endorsing that check without that’s person authorization or authority, permission or otherwise,” said Logsdon. Logsdon filed the class action...

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How does an Adjuster Verify Medical Treatment so that They Can Settle a Bowling Green, KY Auto Accident Claim?

There are many ways an Adjuster can Verify Medical Treatment so They Can Settle a Bowling Green, KY Auto Accident Claim? Have you been in a car accident and are experiencing pain, discomfort, dizziness, disorientation, numbness, tingling, or any other injury symptoms you need to see a doctor immediately. If you don’t have a doctor you should go to a hospital and get a medical evaluation. Your future health depends on this so don’t delay. You may find that you need follow up treatments after you have received the initial emergency medical treatment. If you are in an car accident in Bowling Green,...

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