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Amarillo’s Top Criminal Defense Attorney Offers Free Consultations: Supreme Court to Review Texas Death Penalty Case

Posted on January 15, 2017 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

The U.S. Supreme Court will review the death penalty case of a Fort Worth man who shot and killed a 5-year-old girl and her grandmother at a children’s birthday party. The high court said Friday it would look into a legal distinction between ineffective lawyering in the trial court and during state appeals. Erick Davila, … Continue reading Amarillo’s Top Criminal Defense Attorney Offers Free Consultations: Supreme Court to Review Texas Death Penalty Case

GM Ignition Case: NHTSA Federal Agency Overlooked Safety Issues, Says Auditor’s Report

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

On its website, NBC News (6/23, 2.54M) says a report from Transportation Department’s inspector general on the investigation into defective GM ignition switches “contends NHTSA failed to properly review safety issues and then didn’t take required action against automakers when problems were discovered,” and that the agency failed to properly train or supervise staff. Additionally, … Continue reading GM Ignition Case: NHTSA Federal Agency Overlooked Safety Issues, Says Auditor’s Report

Product Liability: GM Adds 243,000 Cars to Faulty Air-Bag Recall

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

The AP (6/20) reports that General Motors has added at least 243,000 US and Canadian compact hatchbacks to its list of recalls for faulty Takata air bags. The new recalls involve passenger air bags on Pontiac Vibes made from 2003 to 2007. The cars were designed by Toyota and made at “a jointly owned factory … Continue reading Product Liability: GM Adds 243,000 Cars to Faulty Air-Bag Recall

Product Liability: Honda Confirms Eighth Takata Air-Bag-Linked Fatality.

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

The Los Angeles Times (6/20, Hirsch, 4.03M) reports that on Friday Honda confirmed the eighth death due to faulty Takata air bags. This one involved the rupture of an air bag inflator in the crash of a rented 2001 Honda Civic on Sept. 7, 2014. The family of victim Jewel Brangman, 26, filed suit earlier … Continue reading Product Liability: Honda Confirms Eighth Takata Air-Bag-Linked Fatality.

GM Ignition Cases: Plaintiffs Accuse GM of Fraud, Racketeering.

Posted on June 17, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Reuters (6/15, Dye) reports that Plaintiffs suing GM filed an amended complaint on Friday accusing the company of fraud and alleging that it violated racketeering laws by concealing problems with a faulty ignition switch. The complaint also seeks class status for those who owned or leased a GM car between 2009 and 2014, or purchased … Continue reading GM Ignition Cases: Plaintiffs Accuse GM of Fraud, Racketeering.

National Legal News: Judge Orders Trinity to Pay $663 Million

Posted on June 12, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

In continuing coverage, Bloomberg News (6/11, Lee, 3.81M) reports that on Tuesday, several months after a jury in Texas agreed that Trinity Industries had “defrauded taxpayers,” the judge ordered the guardrail maker to pay $663 million, with $199 million going to whistle-blower Joshua Harman “and the rest to the government.” According to the report, this … Continue reading National Legal News: Judge Orders Trinity to Pay $663 Million

Product Liability: Acura Recalls 48,000 Vehicles Due to Braking Technology Glitch.

Posted on June 12, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

The Detroit Bureau (6/11, Strong) reports that Acura has recalled 48,000 vehicles from two models of SUVs, the MDX and RLX from the 2014 and 2015 model year, due to a glitch in the automatic emergency braking systems, which can put the vehicles at risk of a collision. Acura’s “Collision Mitigation Braking System” can misinterpret … Continue reading Product Liability: Acura Recalls 48,000 Vehicles Due to Braking Technology Glitch.

GM Ignition Case: GM, law firm accused of covering up ignition switch defect.

Posted on June 12, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Detroit News (6/12, Burden, Shepardson, 523K) reports that on Thursday, Texas attorney Bob Hilliard, who represents plaintiffs suing General Motors over defective ignition switches “filed a motion accusing” the company and “outside law firm King & Spalding of conspiring to cover up the defect.” The article notes that “GM admitted wrongdoing and paid a record … Continue reading GM Ignition Case: GM, law firm accused of covering up ignition switch defect.

Supreme Court Case: Takata Corp, NHTSA Agree to Recall 33.8 Million Airbags in Largest Recall in US History

Posted on June 2, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

The AP (6/1, Gordon) reports Takata Corp. has declared 33.8 million air bags defective in an agreement with NHTSA regulators. It’s the biggest auto-safety recall in US history. The AP adds that a top Takata Corp executive says the company plans to “replace the chemical in its air bags that has been linked to a … Continue reading Supreme Court Case: Takata Corp, NHTSA Agree to Recall 33.8 Million Airbags in Largest Recall in US History

Supreme Court Cases: High Court Overturns Conviction of Man Accused of Posting Threats on Facebook

Posted on June 2, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

NBC Nightly News (6/1, story 3, 1:55, Holt, 7.86M) reported on “a major decision from the Supreme Court,” affecting “every American that uses social media.” NBC (Williams) added, “In a decision applying to the 200 million Americans who use social media, the court said that just because a message causes genuine fear, that doesn’t make … Continue reading Supreme Court Cases: High Court Overturns Conviction of Man Accused of Posting Threats on Facebook