Blog Posts in February, 2016

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  • Trial Begins in GM Ignition Switch Recall Case

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 29-Feb-2016

    According to the Associated Press, a jury has been selected to serve in a Manhattan civil trial addressing hundreds of pending claims against General Motors, all of which allege defective and dangerous ignition switches. This trial is the first of six that have been scheduled throughout the coming year to narrow legal issues in lawsuits affecting more than 1,000 people. Hundreds of lawsuits with ...
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  • Police Brutality Lead to Death of Dannemora Inmate

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 26-Feb-2016

    The civil rights issue of police brutality has seen a lot of attention over the past year. In an effort to bring one overlooked case to light, a recent article published by the New York Times last month is yet another reminder to the public that police misconduct is a serious concern in our state and throughout the country, with many perpetrators escaping punishment for violating the rights of ...
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  • New Study: Voice Commands are Highly Distracting to Drivers

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 22-Feb-2016

    A new study conducted by the University of Utah for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that hands-free car systems may still be a major distraction behind the wheel. Although designed to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, many car infotainment systems have been shown to have the undesirable effect of taking attention away from the road. According to the study, it can take ...
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  • What is Police Brutality & Excessive Force?

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 18-Feb-2016

    Police officers are granted broad powers in the course of their duties. While the majority of officers are responsible in regards to this responsibility, there are unfortunately others who abuse their power and go beyond the limits of “reasonable force.” Cases of police using excessive force against citizens in the course of their duties are all too common in the news, and can result ...
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  • Florida Man Shot by Deputy Awarded $23M

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 16-Feb-2016

    Earlier this month, a federal jury awarded a 22-year-old black man $23.1 million after he was shot and paralyzed from the waist down by a sheriff’s deputy while unarmed. However, because of a $200,000 state cap for jury awards, the issue must now receive the approval of the Florida Legislature, a process which could potentially take years. According to the lawsuit, Dontrell Stephens was ...
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  • LYFT Announces GM Investment of $500M

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 15-Feb-2016

    Popular ride-hailing service Lyft has announced that General Motors has donated $500 million in the company. This is the single largest direct investment by an auto manufacturer into a ride sharing service in the United States. In addition to this investment, GM will also be supporting Lyft on future projects, including helping to develop an on-demand network of self-driving cars, a project that ...
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  • Tesla Model S Bursts into Flames While Charging

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 12-Feb-2016

    A Norwegian Tesla Model S owner got a terrible surprise one evening when his luxury electric vehicle caught fire at a charging station. Within minutes, the entire vehicle was completely ablaze. Firefighters were immediately called to the scene, but because the vehicle was electric, they could not use regular water to put out the blaze. The only way to extinguish an electric car fire, apparently, ...
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  • Federal Defective Tire Recall System "Completely Broken"

    Posted By The Russell Friedman Law Group, LLP || 10-Feb-2016

    Every year, problems with car tires result in 33,000 accidents and more than 500 motorist deaths. As defective tires continue to make vehicles unsafe to drive, the federal system in charge of issuing recalls is failing in its duty to get them off the road. Currently, only one in five defective tires is being taken out of service through recalls, with more than half (56 percent) of all defective ...
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