January 18, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Toyota Motor Corp. has settled what was to be the first in a group of hundreds of pending wrongful death and injury lawsuits involving sudden, unintended acceleration by Toyota vehicles, a company spokesman said Thursday. Toyota reached the agreement in the case brought by the family of Paul Van Alfen and Charlene Jones Lloyd, spokeswoman Celeste Migliore said. They were killed when their Camry hit a wall in Utah in 2010. Migliore would not disclose the financial terms, and plaintiffs' attorney Robert Krause did not immediately reply to a phone message.
August 22, 2013 |
The parents of a 30-year-old Burlington City man who was killed in a New York City crane collapse last year have settled their wrongful death lawsuit for $1 million. The Liberty Mutual insurance company will pay the sum as part of the settlement between crane owner Yonkers Contracting and the parents of Michael J. Simermeyer. The settlement concludes the suit brought by Colleen and Michael Simermeyer alleging wrongful death of their son, who was killed April 3, 2012, when the crane collapsed in Manhattan during a subway construction project.
March 2, 2012 |
Synthes Inc. and four of its former executives involved in an illegal clinical trial of bone cement were sued Thursday in California Superior Court by the families of two patients who died on the operating table. Ryoichi Kikuchi and Barbara Marcelino were both 83 when they died after surgeons at the John Muir Medical Center in Northern California injected bone cement into their spines. Both died after their blood pressure dropped precipitously and doctors could not revive them, though the bone cement could not be definitively identified as the cause of death.
July 23, 2013 |
Peg Keeley last saw her son alive 916 days ago - she keeps count - when Mark Keeley walked out the door of the family's Fox Chase home to work the evening shift at Philadelphia Gas Works. It was Jan. 18, 2011. That cold winter's night, the 19-year-old gas worker was killed when natural gas from a cracked high-pressure main exploded, unleashing a fireball so powerful it destroyed two rowhouses on Torresdale Avenue in Tacony. Mark Keeley was just outside the chiropractor's office that blew up, drilling holes in the street to let gas trapped below the pavement escape.
May 7, 1986 |
The sister of a South Philadelphia man who died in police custody an hour after he was stopped for running a red light has filed suit against the city and three police officers, seeking more than $10 million in damages. The wrongful death suit, filed in U.S. District Court yesterday, contends that David Perkins, 34, of Manton Street near 26th, was beaten to death by the three officers. "By their use of excessive force, violent blows to the head, cruel, barbarous and inhumane treatment of the decedent, (the officers)
February 13, 1987 |
A Schuylkill County man yesterday filed an $11 million wrongful-death suit against Bic Corp., contending that his wife died from injuries suffered after a Bic butane lighter "suddenly exploded" in her hands. The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, comes just four months after Bic Corp. agreed to pay $3.25 million to a Philadelphia woman who said she was engulfed in flames after placing a defective Bic lighter in her pants pocket. In that case, Cynthia Littlejohn, 34, of Center City, suffered burns over 25 percent to 30 percent of her body after placing a Bic lighter in her pocket on Oct. 16, 1983, while on a camping trip in Spartanburg, S.C. Her attorney said in October that Littlejohn was hospitalized for two months and had undergone seven operations because of the burns.
October 15, 1998 |
A mother has sued Mayor Rendell and other city officials, alleging that bureaucratic negligence contributed to the death of her 6-year-old daughter who was slain last month while in foster care. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in federal court, contends that city officials "failed to protect" from harm the victim, Jacqueline Veney, and her 3-year-old brother, Samuel Harper, who allegedly was beaten. The suit also alleges that officials failed to provide the two children with "protective case worker services," and "failed to take reasonable steps" to return them to their natural mother, Jacqueline Y. Veney, 24, an ex-drug addict who now works as a dancer.
January 9, 1997 |
A Broomall mother who was awarded $350,000 in a wrongful-death settlement arising from the fatal stabbing of her teenage son in 1992 described her feelings yesterday more as an "emotional victory" than elation over a financial windfall. "They could have given me 3 1/2 billion dollars; the money was not the issue," said Jeanne Amoroso, chafing at the notion that a dollar value could be placed on the life of her son, Michael, a 1992 graduate of Marple Newtown High School. On June 16, 1992, Amoroso, 17, died after he was stabbed during a Senior Week brawl in North Wildwood, N.J. Stephen Freeman, a wrestling teammate of Amoroso's, was charged with aggravated manslaughter.
February 28, 2013 |
Attorneys for the parents of a 7-year-old boy who drowned in a backyard pool while enrolled in what authorities have described as a fraudulently licensed day-care center filed a wrongful-death suit Wednesday against the operation's directors and the owner of the home where the child died. Isear Jeffcoat was swimming with 20 other children from Tianna's Terrific Tots on June 30 when he drowned in the deep end of a filthy, 9-foot-deep inground pool at a home in East Oak Lane. Tianna Edwards, 31, had left the children to swim at her mother's pool under the supervision of an employee with a lengthy criminal history that should have prohibited him from working with children, according to a state review of the case.
March 1, 2013 |
A lawyer for the mother of a 7-year-old boy who drowned in a backyard pool while enrolled in what authorities have described as a fraudulently licensed day-care center filed a wrongful-death suit Wednesday against the operation's directors and the owner of the home where the child died. Isear Jeffcoat was swimming with 20 other children from Tianna's Terrific Tots on June 30 when he drowned in the deep end of a filthy, 9-foot-deep inground pool at a home in East Oak Lane. Tianna Edwards, 31, had left the children to swim at her mother's pool under the supervision of an employee with a lengthy criminal history that should have prohibited him from working with children, according to a state review of the case.