National Class Action and Dallas Litigation BLOG

Class Action Lawsuits Against Red Light Cameras Keep Coming

January 11th, 2013

We have written before about class action lawsuits filed throughout the country over red light cameras. Ticketed motorists have sued cities in Missouri, California, Florida and Tennessee, among others. One common element in the lawsuits is American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company that installs and maintains the cameras. New Jersey became the latest state added to the red light camera litigation list when ATS agreed last month to settle another class action lawsuit for $4.2 million. The Woodbridge Patch reported that the settlement affects motorists who received red light camera tickets at lights in 21 different municipalities where the timing of the yellow lights was not properly certified by the state. Motorists who received red light camera tickets will receive a postcard in the mail telling them how to apply for their refund, according to Patch. In October, the Star-Ledger reported that 27-year-old Lauren Morosoff received a red…
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Dallas Litigation Lawyers Look at Compensation for Ailing 9/11 Volunteers

January 10th, 2013

We noted last June that mesothelioma was among the nearly 50 cancers that could be added to the list of illnesses covered under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act for first responders to Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. Whereas the largest challenge for ailing individuals used to be proving that their health problems were caused by the World Trade Center site, the New York Times reported on New Year’s Day that proving one’s presence at the site has become even more difficult. The Times noted that “large classes of people who qualify—such as firefighters, police officers, contractors, city workers, residents and students—have it relatively simple,” because official work orders, attendance records or leases validate their claims. Many volunteers, on the other hand, “have only the sketchiest proof that they are eligible for the fund,” according to the Times. Some of those volunteers cited by the Times include…
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Toyota to Pay More Than $1 Billion to Resolve Class Action Lawsuit

January 9th, 2013

One day after Christmas, Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle a class action lawsuit related to claims that millions of its vehicles accelerated unintentionally. The New York Times reported that the proposed settlement would be one of the largest of its type in automotive history, and the Japanese automaker would make cash payments for the loss of value on vehicles affected by multiple recalls and install special safety features on up to 3.2 million cars if the agreement is approved by a federal judge. Under the proposed settlement, Toyota agreed to create a fund of $250 million to pay claims to former owners of cars affected by the acceleration recalls, according to the Times. The company said it had already installed so-called “brake override systems” on 2.6 million vehicles whose pedals could stick or become trapped in floor mats, but also agreed to install…
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Will Show Me State Show Injustice to Mesothelioma Victims?

January 8th, 2013

The Associated Press reported that when the Missouri Legislature convenes tomorrow, one of the first goals for Republicans in the Show Me State will be to use their new supermajorities to force claims for occupational diseases to go through the workers’ compensation system. Incoming Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey pledged that changes to the workers’ compensation system will top the agenda for 2013. The AP noted that the maximum amount of money awarded to harmed workers in workers’ compensation “could be significantly less than through a successful jury verdict.” This proposed plan to prohibit lawsuits against the negligent companies that knowingly exposed workers to toxic chemicals is remarkably callous legislation. The nonprofit organization Protect Missouri Workers says that workers’ compensation benefits are limited to only $799 per week. This amount is horrendously insufficient when it comes to covering medical costs for victims of lung cancer, mesothelioma and other terminal…
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