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  February 21, 2020

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Conair Hair Dryers Can Catch Fire and Burn Uses, Says Class Action Suit
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A recently-filed class action lawsuit alleges that Conair hair dryers can cause burns to users. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois against Conair Corp. and alleges the Conair Infiniti Pro Hair Styler, Series 259Y, has the potential to catch fire and burn users. According to the complaint, the defendants were aware of defects in the product causing it to spark and/or catch fire but failed to issue a warning to consumers.
Linda Cook, Quad-City Times 02/20/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Laws/Cases

 
Caltrans to Pay $5.5 Million in Homeless Camp Clean Up Lawsuit
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California transportation agency Caltrans will pay $5.5 million to settle a lawsuit in which the department was accused of violating the constitutional rights of homeless people. Caltrans officials in Alameda County are accused of violating the rights of the individuals by seizing their belongings during camp cleanups. As part of the settlement, Caltrans will compensate homeless people for their property and adopt new procedures on clearing camps statewide.
Wes Venteicher and Erin Tracy, The Sacramento Bee 02/20/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Lawsuit: Portland Residents Are Overcharged for Waste Services
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A lawsuit has been filed against the city of Portland, Oregon, alleging that residents are being overcharged for waste services. The lawsuit was filed by Citizens for Water Accountability Trust and Reform in Clackamas County on Tuesday. According to the complaint, the Metropolitan Service District is subsidizing commercial “dry” garbage services by overcharging haulers for residential garbage services. As a result, the city "systematically causes residential garbage customers to be overcharged to subsidize demolition contractors."
Lizzy Acker, The Oregonian 02/20/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Koch Food Facing Multiple Sexual Harassment Complaints
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Multiple lawsuits have been filed in Alabama against Koch Food alleging a culture of sexual harassment. The allegations in the lawsuits stem from two human resource managers at Montgomery-based plants. According to the complaints, the managers were in a sexual relationship while propositioning other employees and fostering a toxic culture of sexual harassment. At least one of the lawsuits was settled earlier this month. The others are scheduled to go to trial later this year.
Melissa Brown, The Montgomery Advertiser 02/18/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Products

 
Instant Pot Makers Sued Over Woman's Burn Injuries
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Instant Brands, Inc., the maker of the Instant Pot pressure cooker is accused in a lawsuit of misrepresenting product safety. The plaintiff, a woman from California, sustained severe thermal burns to her body when her pressure cooker exploded. According to the complaint, the defendants claim the devices are marketed as having "safety mechanisms" which are supposed to prevent them from building pressure if the lid is not closed properly. The complaint was filed by Johnson // Becker, PLLC, a law firm representing over 175 clients who have been severely burned by exploding pressure cookers designed and sold by numerous manufacturers.
Staff Report, Yahoo News 02/19/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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Personal Injury

 
Venue Worker Sues After Fall from Stage at DMX Concert
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A worker's fall off stage at rapper DMX’s concert at 20 Monroe Live in Michigan last year is the subject of a personal injury lawsuit. The venue has been named as defendant in the lawsuit citing multiple injuries. As alleged in the complaint, the plaintiff suffered a collapsed lung, broken ribs and fractured vertebra in a 10-foot fall at the Grand Rapids venue. The venue's "open-sided stage without guardrails concealed by a dark curtain" led to the plaintiff's injuries, states the complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
John Agar, MLive 02/20/2020   Facebook iconTwitter iconLinkedIn Icon
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