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Category: Product Liability

Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Company

Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Company became one of the most famous car accident cases in 1978 when a jury returned a $125 million punitive damages award, the largest amount against an automaker at the time. A Tragic Car Accident In 1972, a new Ford Pinto stalled on the freeway and then…

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Escola V. Coca-Cola Bottling Company

In 1944 The Supreme Court of California issued a landmark opinion in the case of Escola v. Coca-Cola Bottling Company. The case presented facts and legal questions that remain relevant to personal injury law today. The Case While stocking glass bottles of Coca-Cola in the refrigerator at a restaurant she…

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Return of the Hot McDonald’s Coffee Case

History has a habit of repeating itself. It is said that the first occurrence of an event is a tragedy and its second is a farce. But an exception to this rule comes from lawsuits against McDonald’s for hot coffee spills. The media has always publicized these cases as absurd….

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Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants

Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants: The Burn Heard ‘Round the World Last month marked the 25th anniversary of the landmark injury case Liebeck v. McDonald’s Restaurants. Sometimes deemed frivolous (and memorably parodied on Seinfeld), the case is really about holding powerful corporations accountable for their bad practices. What Happened in Liebeck…

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Pool Accident: Valerie Lakey v. Sta-Rite

We know pools can be dangerous. You are likely cautious about a slip and fall, head injury, and of course drowning, because those are the obvious dangers with pools. However, the injuries five-year-old Valerie Lakey experienced at a neighborhood pool were so shocking, they warned a nation. An investigation by…

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