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How Is a Class Action Lawsuit Started?

Published on Oct 23, 2020 at 9:50 am in Class Actions.

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When a standard personal injury claim is filed, it typically only involves one person who believes they were injured because of someone else’s negligence. If, however, multiple people experienced the same or similar harm against a corporation or other entities, that group has the right to pursue a class action lawsuit.

Class actions most often derive out of situations involving defective products and dangerous medications. If you’ve been injured in a situation like that, you may be able to take part in a class action. In order to understand how class actions are started, let’s take a look at how these types of lawsuits are defined, what the filing requirements are, and what the overall process looks like.

Ford Truck Owners Experiencing “Death Wobble” File Class-Action Lawsuit

Published on Apr 30, 2020 at 3:14 pm in Class Actions.

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Important: Thomas Law Offices is ONLY currently accepting injury cases having to do with this issue. We are not handling class action cases.

Losing control of a vehicle is one of the worst situations a driver can experience. If they’re in heavy traffic, it can be nearly impossible to avoid colliding with an object or another vehicle. A significant number of Ford truck owners are experiencing events like this and now legal action is being taken against Ford. The act of losing control of a vehicle is being referred to as the “death wobble.”

Takata Recall

Published on Apr 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm in Class Actions, Product Liability.

Nearly 17 million vehicles worldwide have been affected by a recall on airbags produced by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata. This recall spreads across more than a dozen car manufacturers from model year 2002 to 2008. The defective airbags have been found to deploy improperly, injuring and even killing occupants. There have been at least 140 injuries and five deaths, some horribly gruesome, as a result of the faulty air bags.

In 2002, a Takata plant in Mexico was alleged to have allowed 6 to 8 times the acceptable limits of failure rates in airbag production. Then The New York Times wrote a story exposing the company for attempting to cover up the evidence of such failures, despite the fact that they discovered them back in 2004. It wasn’t until four years later that the company acknowledged any fault.

The United States Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommended a nationwide recall in November to fix the issue. Takata later would become subject to daily fines for failure to cooperate with the developing federal investigation that was encouraged by two U.S. Senators. As part of the investigation, Takata vice president Hiroshi Shimizu listed the possible reasons for the ruptured inflators as: the age of the airbags, exposure to high temperatures and humidity, and issues with production.

Thomas Law Offices Files Class Action for Defective Airbags

Published on Feb 2, 2015 at 10:42 am in Auto Product Liability, Class Actions.

Today, Thomas Law Offices along with the law firm of Strauss Troy filed suit against Takata and Honda for consumers who have one of the many vehicles The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has fined Honda $70 million for its failure to report potential safety problems with its vehicles. This is the largest civil penalty ever levied against a car manufacturer.

Honda withheld data for over a decade, covering over 1700 incidents– including claims of death and injury. This information is supposed to be reported, in a timely manner, to federal authorities.

Not only is Honda in the hotseat, but this decade-long problem raises the question of where were the regulators. The response from Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx was to say the NHTSA is now taking “very aggressive steps to address” these problems.

The violations were discovered last year after the problem of defective airbags lead to investigations into carmakers withholding knowledge about potential defects. Last year the Department of Justice fined Toyota $1.2-billion for misleading regulators and the public about safety problems and potential defects. General Motors was also under investigation by regulators for its failure — also over a decade — to disclose data about the defective ignition switch incidents. Last May, GM consented to pay a $35 million fine to settle charges that it failed to alert regulators and the public about this deadly defect.

NFL Holds Tryouts For Helmet Sensors

Published on Jul 15, 2014 at 8:30 am in Class Actions.

Football Helmet Lawsuit SensorsThe National Football League (NFL) is moving forward with the development of helmet sensors. These devices might be able to measure the impact of a helmet hit, determine whether a player should be taken out of a game, and help coaches eliminate dangerous plays.

This is a joint project between the NFL and NFL Players Association. A pilot project was started in 2013 to test current technology and ascertain what works best for determining head impact. Two companies are building the sensors – entitled “Head Accelerometer Devices” — which are positioned at strike points around the helmet to assess the frequency, exact location and magnitude of a hit.

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