State Farm Class Action Lawsuit Underway in Lousiana

The State of Louisiana has sued State Farm Insurance Company for engaging in “unsafe and deceptive” auto repair practices. Although for a while it appeared the litigation would be brought in federal court in Orlando, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has moved the litigation back to Louisiana.

Basically, the suit has alleged State Farm made their customers use knock-off, junkyard parts of a far lesser quality than they are typically obligated to under a standard contract for automobile insurance.

State Farm is the largest auto insurer in Louisiana, writing roughly a third of all policies in the State. The suit also alleges that State Farm steered their insureds to “direct repair facilities,” which are forced through market pressures and contractual obligations to make vehicle repairs as quickly and cheaply as possible—many times leaving the drivers of repaired vehicles in unsafe vehicles.

In a statement last week, Attorney General Caldwell said, “State Farm has violated Louisiana laws by engaging in a pattern of unfair and fraudulent business practices aimed at controlling the auto repair industry and forcing unsafe repairs on vehicles without the knowledge or consent of Louisiana consumers…”

It will be interesting to see how this litigation proceeds. Many of our clients initially reach out to us because they have received an unfair and lowball estimate on their property damage. Hopefully, litigation like this will push insurers to meet their duties and perform all repairs as they are contractually obligated to.


Distracted Driving – “From One Second To The Next” A Film by Werner Herzog


Riddell Helmet Lawsuit

Riddell Helmet Lawsuit

Recently a jury in Colorado awarded a plaintiff $11.5 million in a Riddell Helmet Lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought against football helmet manufacturer Riddell and school administration by a teenager who sustained severe brain injuries while playing football in 2008. The jury in the Riddell Helmet Lawsuit found that Riddell did not actually release a defective product, but that Riddell failed to warn consumers about concussions that might occur while wearing the helmet. There has been a growing concern about the danger of concussions while playing football. Riddell and the NFL are currently conducting research in order to make football safer. Riddell has recently developed it’s safest helmet yet, the Riddell 360. The NFL has also changed rules in order to reduce head-to-head contact and high speed collisions. Football is the most popular sport in America and the game is built on tradition. Due to the sport’s long established tradition there is some hesitation for change. Admittedly, it is impossible to eliminate all injuries in contact sports. However, lawsuits like the Riddell Helmet Lawsuit have helped push the industry forward making football safer for all.

Riddell Helmet Lawsuit

Riddell Revolution Helmet

Typically participants involved in sports assume the risk of injury related to the activity. These normal and expected risks are known as inherit risks. This means that being tackled is an inherit risk one assumes while participating in football. Participants are not owed a duty to be protected from the usual and inherit risks related to an activity. However any injuries that occur outside of the inherit risks might allow a party to recover. One might also recover for injuries relating to intentional or reckless conduct, or a defective product. If you or a loved one have been injured while participating in an activity, or due to a defective product, please contact The Bruner Law Firm. The Bruner Law Firm has represented hundreds of clients in personal injury cases similar to the Riddell Helmet Lawsuit. To contact The Bruner Law Firm please give us a call at (850) 243-2222. You can also fill out our contact form.


IKEA Junior Bed Recall

Ikea

IKEA has recently requested consumers who have a “KRITTER” or “SNIGLAR” junior bed to stop using the product due to the IKEA Junior Bed Recall. IKEA has asked consumers to immediately check their bed to see if it is an affected model. The recall was instated after IKEA received several reports from consumers concerning a hazard relating to the beds. These junior beds have a metal rod that becomes a potential hazard when unattached. When unattached the metal bar produces a sharp edge. This sharp edge becomes laceration hazard to children while asleep in the bed. Affected models can be identified by checking the product label and corresponding date stamp. Kritter junior beds with animal cut-outs on the headboard and date stamps marked 1114 to 1318 are affected models. Sniglar junior beds with a white painted fiberboard insert on the headboard and date stamps marked 1114 to 1318 are also affected models. The beds were sold nationwide in IKEA stores and on IKEA’s website from July 2005 to May 2013. The beds originally sold for a retail price of $60 to $90. It is estimated that about 22,000 of the imported IKEA beds were sold in North America. More information concerning the IKEA Junior Bed Recall and the specific models affected can be found at the press release located on IKEA’s website.

IKEA Junior Bed Recall

If you or a loved one have been injured by the IKEA Junior Bed Recall or a similar defective product, please contact The Bruner Law Firm. The Bruner Law Firm has helped numerous clients receive compensation for their losses due to defective products. Our firm has served the people of Northwest Florida in personal injury cases over the past 30 years. We have offices located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Panama City, Florida for your convenience. To contact The Bruner Law Firm please use our online contact form or give us a call at (850) 243-2222.


Toyota Recall

Lexus RX350 Recall

Toyota has announced they will recall 2.5 million cars sold in the U.S. to fix a defective power window switch linked to several hundred reports of smoke and fires. At least nine people have been injured from the defect.

If you have been injured because of a defective product, call the Bruner Firm today. Our Panama City Attorney and Fort Walton Beach Attorney are ready to help. We can be reached toll Free for a FREE consultation at 1-800-Bruner-1.


Honda set to recall 268,000 fiery SUVs

Honda will recall roughyl 268,000 CRV sport utility vehicles (SUVs) sold in the United States due to risk of fire emanating from the power windows under certain conditions. The Japanese automaker will collect and repair free of charge CR-V vehicles produced between 2002 and 2006. There have been no official incidents reported thus far. Honda officials have not immediately confirmed the report. Honda recalls have also recently requested 572,000 mid-size Accords sold in the U.S. be recalled which were at risk of catching fire due to faulty power steering hoses. It appears as if many Hondas are experiencing defects which may cause fire or some other types of injuries. If you have been harmed by a motor vehicle (similar to the Honda Recall) you may need an attorney. Our experienced product recall lawyers may be able to help. This Honda Recall is just a classic example of a vehicle defect that may create an injurious condition for a vehicle occupant.

 

At the Bruner Firm, we specialize in personal injuries al throughout the Florida Panhandle. Whether you are in Chipley, Bonifay, Blountstown, Altha, Marianna, Wewahitchka, Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach, Panama City Beach, Crestview, Defuniak Springs, Vernon, Ponce De Leon, Ebro, Freeport, Destin, Alford, Wausau, Cottondale, Greenwood, Sunny Hills, Graceville, Caryville, Apalachicola, Westville, Campbellton, Grandridge, or Navarre we can meet you by appointment. Call 1.800.BRUNER.1 for a FREE consultation. You can also fill out our online contact form. We can help.


BP oil spill still sending tar balls ashore

BP Oil Spill Claims

Researchers from Auburn University have confirmed a link between oil from the massive BP oil spill and tar found on Alabama beaches after Hurricane Isaac. Auburn University researcher Joel Hayworth said Tuesday a chemical analysis showed that tar balls collected after Isaac were associated with the type of oil spilled after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010.

Auburn researchers collected roughly 15 pounds of tar balls after the storm. Officials around the Gulf Coast area continue to collect more. BP will hold a press conference in New Orleans to discuss its response to the news.


Mercedes-Benz recalls over 8,000 SUVs due to Defective Floor Mats

Defectice Car Recall

Mercedes-Benz has recalled select all-season accessory floor mats sold for use in model year 2012 and 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML-Class SUVs. According to the recall notice, the floor mats in question may not properly conform to the contour of the vehicle’s floor plan. The recall affects models 8,675 ML350, ML550 and ML63. As such, the clearance between the mat and gas pedal may be constricted, thus causing the gas pedal to become stuck, which may prevent it from retracting. Not surprisingly, this could make it hard to bring the vehicle to a stop. Drivers are advised to apply the brakes cautiously to slow the vehicle. If you have been harmed in car wreck, call our Fort Walton Beach or Panama City Lawyer today at 1.800.BRUNER.1


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