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Employers could be held liable for offsite accidents

California residents may be interested to learn that Home Depot, the popular home improvement store, will face a lawsuit that claimed that the company's negligence led to the murder of an employee by a supervisor. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, in remanding the case back to the trial court, held that the company knew that the supervisor had a history of harassing lower-level female employees but still allowed him to have supervision over the female employee, who was pregnant when she was murdered.

Ford named in wrongful death suit involving limo fire

Litigation continues in the aftermath of a deadly limousine fire that killed five women on the San Mateo Bridge in California in 2013. Although other victims and family members have settled out of court, a lawsuit filed by the husband of a 43-year-old woman who died in the accident claims that Ford Motor Co. knew about the vehicle's potentially deadly defect.

Keyless ignition to blame in multiple deaths

People in California who own a car with a keyless ignition may be interested to learn that a number of deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning have been associated with the technology. Class action lawsuits are in progress that allege that having an automatic shutoff for safety would have been simple and inexpensive and that manufacturers knew or should have realized the potential danger.

Actor's daughter files suit after California crash

A wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of Paul Walker's 16-year-old daughter alleging that the Porsche he was a passenger in the night that he and its driver died was defective. The suit claims that the 2005 Carrera GT lacked necessary stability control and had defective rubber fuel lines, and if it had those features, Walker would have survived the crash. An attorney for the girl claimed that the car was dangerous and did not belong on the street.

Drugs involved in California vehicular suicide that led to death

According to reports, on May 30, a 30-year-old Jamul woman caused a car accident, killing herself and another driver. The woman was headed south on state Route 67 in Lakeside, deliberately driving in the wrong lane in what police determined was a suicide attempt. Her vehicle, a Ford pickup truck, collided head-on with a utility truck that was being driven by a 49-year-old man from Alpine who was headed home from work. Both drivers were transported to the hospital where they later died.

Widow of driver killed in Paul Walker crash sues Porsche

A wrongful death suit has been initiated stemming from last fall’s crash that killed actor Paul Walker and race car driver Roger Rodas. The Porsche Carrera GT the two were riding in lost control on a street in Santa Clarita, hit the curb, sideswiped a tree and a light pole before hitting another tree. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol, the accident was caused primarily be excessive speed.

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