ANCHOR AND PROTECT: Chapter 2

Yesterday evening I blogged about the dangers of failing to ANCHOR large pieces of furniture TO PROTECT kids from it tipping over on them.  This morning Huffington Post had a new article on the same topic, telling the story of a young girl from my home town of Buffalo, NY who died when the family’s […] Read more »

SMARTPHONES MAY PLAY ROLE IN INCREASING CHILD INJURY RATES

In the past year 2.5 million children under the age of four suffered nonfatal, accidental injuries that led to emergency room visits. This is the fourth straight year this number has risen.  During this same period of time, smartphone ownership has skyrocketed from 9 million users in 2007 to 114 million at the end of 2011. […] Read more »

DOES YOUR PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER EVER GO TO COURT?

It is easy to proclaim yourself a personal injury lawyer. It is quite another thing to actually be one.   Mr. WannaBe P.I. Lawyer can buy “clicks” from Google, pay a media company for TV advertising and set up a website where a potential client can “talk to a lawyer today”.  Mr. WannaBe P.I. Lawyer […] Read more »

SEATTLE LIKES BICYCLISTS (see below) BUT DOES SPECIALIZED?

On Friday the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of 12,200 Specialized bikes and frame components.  It covers all models of the 2012 Tarmac SL4, 2013 Tarmac SL4, 2013 Crux and 2013 Secteur Disc, sold from July 2011 to January 2013 for between $990 and $11,000.  Consumers should immediately stop using the bicycle […] Read more »

SEATTLE ACTUALLY LIKES BICYCLISTS

For more than thirty years I have represented bicyclists who were hurt because a motorist was not paying attention.  And I am aware that the driving public has stereotype of cyclists that goes something like this:  All cyclists must be like the mythical fixie rider heading down the Madison Street hill without a helmet (or […] Read more »

BAILOUT or WELFARE? YOU DECIDE

You may have read or heard about the $85 million verdict a jury allowed against KBR, a government defense contractor. My friend and comrade-in-arms David Sugerman (we tried a month long class action product liability case together about five years ago) and his team achieved this stunning success in Portland Oregon last November.   David […] Read more »

Gov’t Regulations Can Be Right On Target

While the term “regulation” gets a bad name in the political mudslinging that passes for political debate these days, the regulations governing the flammability of children’s pajamas have been one of the true regulatory success stories.  Manufacturers and retailers have long been aware of the federal flammability standards that apply to children’s sleepwear.   Unfortunately, […] Read more »