General Motors Settles Two Lawsuits Over Defective Ignition Switches

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

General Motors Co. (GM) has settled two federal court cases involving its faulty ignition switches. The plaintiffs in each case suffered serious injuries when the airbags in their vehicles failed to deploy. GM acknowledged that ignition switches could fall out of position and shut off the engine, thereby shutting off the power needed to deploy airbags. Without airbags, front seat passengers are very likely to be injured or killed in a severe car crash.[1]  The cases were settled for undisclosed amounts.

GM previously agreed to pay $900 million as a result of a criminal investigation stemming from the company’s failure to fix ignition…

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Virginia Drivers Affected by Takata Air Bag Recall


Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Automotive safety regulators announced that more than 80 million more Takata airbags may need to be recalled.[1] Takata airbag inflators have been the focus of a massive national product recall. More than ten automakers have released their models affected by the recall, including General Motors (GM), Honda, Fiat Chrysler, BMW, Ford, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Daimler Trucks, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota.

The recalled vehicles are equipped with air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan that can inflate with too much force, rupture and spray shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Recently, a 17-year-old driver in Texas was killed…

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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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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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Safe Toys For Holiday Giving

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

It’s hard to miss the evidence of the holiday shopping season – store signs, television commercials and email messages vie for our attention to guide us to the “must have” gifts this year. Less obvious is information that can help adults choose gifts that are both appropriate and safe for the children on their gift list. Warning labels on toys and product recall websites can help shoppers make informed decisions about the gifts they purchase.

Unfortunately, the time children spend at play is also a time they can get hurt.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports more than 262,000 toy-related injuries are…

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Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Design Flaw in Keyless Ignition Switches


Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

In August of this year, a class action lawsuit was filed in federal court claiming that major automakers failed to install an essential safeguard in the keyless ignition switches of their vehicles.[1]  With keyless ignitions, which use a key fob rather than a traditional key with teeth, an electronic signal is sent to the vehicle to start the engine. The key fob must be in close proximity to the vehicle in order to send this electronic signal to start the vehicle, which is accomplished by pushing an On/Off button on the dash. 

The lawsuit alleges that manufacturers, despite possessing the knowledge and capability to do so, declined…

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Volkswagen Car Owners Defrauded in Virginia


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

Volkswagen AG (VW) admitted a software “defeat device” in its diesel-engine cars enabled the vehicles to evade EPA-required emissions standards by giving off significantly less pollutants during tests than during normal driving conditions.

In the U.S. alone, approximately 482,000 VW vehicles are affected. These models include:

2009–2015 Jetta TDI 2009–2014 Jetta SportWagen TDI 2012–2015 Beetle TDI 2012–2015 Beetle Convertible TDI 2010–2015 Audi A3 TDI 2010–2015 Golf TDI 2015 Golf Sportwagen TDI 2012–2015 Passat TDI Contact Us for a Free Case Evaluation

Allen & Allen is currently investigating cases on behalf…

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Product Liability - An Overview of the Law of Dangerous and Defective Products

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Products liability is an area of the law that relates to the legal responsibility of manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers for defective products that injure those using the products after they enter the marketplace. Various parties may be responsible for a dangerous product. They include the designers of a product, the manufacturers of component parts (parts used to make a product), an assembling manufacturer (the company that takes the component parts and assembles them in to the final product), a packaging and user manual creator (who prepares warnings, instructions, labels, and directions), wholesalers (who sell the products from…

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Products Liability Law Suits Making Consumers Safer - The AAJ Reports

The American Association for Justice Report: They Knew and Failed To...

Introduction by Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

As a trial lawyer who has handled a number of complex products liability cases over my career, I view one of the rolls of the American civil justice system to protect consumer rights against corporations who knowingly endanger and fail to protect their customers. A recent report out from the American Association for Justice (AAJ), outlines scenarios where corporation responsible for product failures which endangered the lives of consumers, some even resulting in deaths, not only had knowledge of the products' dangers, but also failed to do anything about it. Because…

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How the American Legal System Contributes to Safety: Motor Vehicle Safety - AJJ Reports

An American Association for Justice Report: Driven to Safety

Introduction by Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

We hear a lot these days about the costs that the American legal systems imposes on the economy, in terms of supposedly unnecessary additional expenses, such as medical tests, safety equipment, large verdicts, and ridiculous warnings.  Those claims support the views of those who want to limit legal rights of consumers and who want to be able to ignore safety with little risk of being held responsible for the results of their actions.   What we don't often hear about is the tremendous benefits of the American legal system in terms of making us all safer.   Nowhere is this…

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