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Michael Phelan

Mr. Toyoda, Why is Toyota Hiding its Black Box Data?

Automobile product liability lawyers already knew that Toyota’s litigation strategy includes blocking access to data stored in its vehicles’ on-board black box, also known as Event Data Recorders…

Michael Phelan

Breaking News: Defense Medical Examinations May Be Bogus!

The New York Times reported on a problem in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases that is well-known to plaintiff’s lawyers. Doctors who perform independent medical examinations (more…

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Bus Driver Settles for $5 Million During Trial

A bus driver who lost a leg in a tractor trailer truck crash in Norther Virginia settled his case for $5 million while a Richmond Circuit Court jury was deliberating the case last Tuesday. The…

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New Laws Aimed at Curbing Underaged Drinking and Driving

The General Assembly voted in March to institute tougher penalties to curb the number of car accidents involving teens who drink and drive. Those stiffer penalties go into effect today….

Michael Phelan

Accident Victims Are in Bad Hands With Allstate: Just File Suit!

On April 4, 2008, the District Court of Appeals, First District, State of Florida upheld the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation’s suspension of Allstate from writing insurance in the State of…

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Allstate Faces Contempt Charges for Handling of Auto Cases

I blogged earlier this year about Allstate’s “Delay, Deny, and Defend” policy designed to screw injured victims making claims under Allstate policies. CNN’s Anderson Cooper also did an expose on this practice. The courts are now catching on. Allstate is facing contempt charges in Missouri with a $25,000.00 per day fine because it refuses to produce a report from consultant McKinsey & Co….

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Fibromyalgia Drug Approved by FDA

Fibromyalgia is a disease whose very existence is questioned by some doctors, typically doctors hired by insurance defense lawyers in personal injury cases. However, fibromyalgia must be a real disease, because drug giant, Pfizer, says it is. Pfizer is marketing its drug Lyrica, which is the first drug approved to treat this pain condition. Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic, widespread…

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Insurers Cheat Victims-Record Highest Profits Ever

Anyone who believes the propaganda from the insurance industry and US Chamber of Commerce about trial lawyers driving insurers out of business should read the excellent article posted October 15 on SunHerald.com about home insurers cheating victims while recording record profits. This article shows that the tort reform movement is a fraud. Even in the wake of Hurricane Katrina,…

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Parents Guilty for Teen Drunk Driving Crash

Across the country, parents are pulling jail time for allowing underage drinking in their homes. On Saturday, a suburban Chicago couple was found guilty for allowing their teenage son to have a beer party in their basement. Two 18 year olds who attended the party later died in an alcohol-related car crash. The teen driver had a blood-alcohol level of 0.132. The parents whose son hosted the…

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$21 Million Awarded in Cellphone Auto Crash

A woman in Palm Beach, Florida caused a car crash that killed another person because she was distracted by talking on her cell phone. A Palm Beach jury recently ordered the distracted driver to pay $21.6 million to the beneficiaries of the person killed in the crash. We’ve all seen people driving on the highway while distracted by cell phone conversations or, worse yet, attempting to text…