Volkswagen Offers Settlement Terms for Car Owners Defrauded in Virginia

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Volkswagen AG (VW) has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle claims resulting from its diesel emissions cheating scandal. Under the terms of the settlement, VW allocated a maximum of $10.03 billion to buy back vehicles included in the recall and also provide cash compensation to the affected owners. The cash compensation offered to each car owner will range from $5,100 to $10,000. Both the buyback price and the amount of the additional compensation will depend on the cars’ value prior to the revelation that Volkswagen intentionally cheated on emissions quality tests.[1]

In the U.S. alone, approximately 475,000 VW vehicles…

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Fatality, Liability Linked in Tesla Driverless Car Crash

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is under investigation following the death of a driver in a Tesla Model S electric sedan while the vehicle was in self-driving mode. It is the first known fatality in one of Tesla’s self-driving vehicles.[1]

Preliminary reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the Tesla and the vehicle failed to apply the brakes.[2] The collision occurred May 7 in Williston, Florida.

Federal agencies are in the early stages of setting guidelines and regulations for self-driving vehicles. These vehicles…

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Monsanto Roundup Linked To Cancer

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

 Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

The Monsanto Company, global producer of genetically engineered seed and agrochemical products, is currently being investigated for the health effects of its popular weed killer, Roundup. The product’s active ingredient, glyphosate, has been the subject of conflicting studies about whether the chemical causes cancer.[1]

Glyphosate Cancer Risk

Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that glyphosate likely has the potential to cause cancer in humans. In response, the EPA conducted its own research, which is still ongoing. According to an EPA report from early May, conflicting evidence was reported regarding the…

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Fourteen Attorneys from Virginia Personal Injury Law Firm Ranked in Virginia Super Lawyers 2016

Virginia Super Lawyers 2016

This year, 14 attorneys from Virginia personal injury law firm Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen were recognized for excellence by Virginia Super Lawyers. Those honored by Super Lawyers include Edward L. Allen, W. Coleman Allen Jr., John G. Berry, P. Christopher Guedri, Paul D. Hux, David M. Irvine, James Kessel, Jason W. Konvicka, Bridget N. Long, Malcolm P. McConnell III, Robert C. T. Reed, Christopher J. Toepp, Courtney Allen Van Winkle and Derrick L. Walker. The rankings, which include only 5% of attorneys in Virginia, were released in the May 2016 edition of Richmond Magazine.

Virginia Super Lawyers is a listing of attorneys, representing more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high degree of peer…

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Possible Higher Compensation for J&J Pelvic Mesh Victims

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Johnson & Johnson, the well-known company that manufactures medical devices and pharmaceutical and consumer goods, may be facing some extremely high costs to settle a number of products liability cases. The company is currently dealing with over 46,000 product liability lawsuits involving its pelvic mesh products.[1]

Pelvic Mesh Product Liability Settlement Could Lead to Higher Compensation for Pelvic Mesh Victims

In January 2016, Johnson & Johnson agreed to settle between 2,000 and 3,000 of these lawsuits for a total of $120 million.[2] However, publication of an additional suit, brought by Pamela Wicker, revealed that the company…

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Patients Suffer Complications Linked to DePuy Hip Replacement Products

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement Products have been found to cause complications for patients with the device. The metal-on-metal hip implants have been shown to have higher rates of revision surgery than other hip replacement products. Blood complications, such as metallosis, have also been found. Metallosis (metal blood poisoning) occurs when metal ions leach into the bloodstream.

What Should I Do if I Think I Received a Defective Hip Replacement Component?

If you think that your DePuy Pinnacle product is failing, that is a medical matter that should be discussed with your doctors. They are the ones best suited to investigate failures.

The…

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Jury Links Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder To Ovarian Cancer

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder has been linked to ovarian cancer. Furthermore, the company’s internal memos suggest they were aware of these risks, but gave no notice or warnings to consumers.[1]

A second civil lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson resulted in a $55 million award to a 62-year-old woman who said her ovarian cancer was the result of talcum in the baby powder. Talc was discovered in her ovarian tissues, and her cancer is in remission. [1] Previously, Johnson & Johnson faced a $72 million award after a woman lost her life.[2] Sixty-two year old Jacqueline Fox passed away last Fall after losing her two-year battle with…

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Kerosene Heater Safety

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Introduction

Kerosene heaters are portable heaters that can be used to heat homes or small spaces, commonly used during power outages.[1] If you use a kerosene heater, you should be aware of the hazards associated with them and take proper safety precautions to avoid any accidents or injuries.

Types of Kerosene Heaters

There are two types of portable kerosene heaters.[2]  It is important to know the differences between the two types of heaters to ensure that you are using them safely.

Convective heaters – Convective heaters are typically circular.[3] These are designed to heat larger areas and should not…

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Safety Tips for Hoverboards

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Self-balancing scooters, more commonly known as “hoverboards,” were one of the most popular toys of 2015.[1] Despite reports of many hoverboards catching on fire, they were still under high demand this holiday season.[2] The high number of sales has resulted in many accidents due to fires and falls.

Fire Hazards of Hoverboards

In Los Angeles, a hoverboard explosion was caught on video after the board started sizzling while being ridden down the sidewalk.[3] Additional fire incidents have been reported while hoverboards are charging, and even while sitting on the floor at a shopping mall.[4] According to the Consumer Product Safety…

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Liability in a World of Driverless Cars

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

When an accident occurs, many drivers will move their vehicle to a safe place on the side of the road, if the vehicle can be moved.[1] Drivers might call the police and exchange information with the other driver.  But what happens when the other vehicle does not have a driver?

Google launched its self-driving car project in 2009, hoping that their prototype car could help make roads safer and easier to navigate.[2]  Since then, autonomous cars have driven over 1,158,818 miles.[3]  Currently, Google has 28 self-driving cars on the road.[4]  To see the Google car on the road, click here.

“In the six years of our project,…

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