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Surviving the first hurdle in your class action lawsuit

Georgia has long recognized that large companies often enjoy an advantage over single individuals seeking claims against them. Class-action lawsuits are intended to "level the playing field" when it comes to civil litigation.

Imagine the plight of a single stockholder who suffered a financial loss due to the poor business decisions made by an investment company. Acting alone, that single stockholder faces an uphill battle against a wealthy investment company capable of retaining scores of attorneys to defend against that claim.

How Georgians may be able to help their product liability cases

Many people find the prospect of filing a product liability lawsuit daunting. It's easy to feel intimidated by large companies. However, our attorneys have experience successfully pursuing damages against companies whose products have harmed consumers. We guide our clients through the process and fight to hold companies accountable for defective and unnecessarily dangerous products.

While there are federal regulations that govern product safety, state product liability laws vary. That's why it's important to work with a firm that knows that Georgia laws.

Lesser-known dangers involving truck accidents in Georgia

Most motorists are already aware that commercial tractor-trailers pose a hazard to other motorists due to their enormous size and weight. When compared to the average car or SUV, it's clear that an accident with a semi-truck holds the potential to be much more destructive.

It's also true that many of us are familiar with the reasons for most truck accidents. Driver fatigue, distracted drivers and the use of drugs or alcohol by drivers are all factors which have been well documented as causing truck accidents. However, there are also some lesser-known dangers which exists throughout the trucking industry.

How can hackers take control of Georgia residents' cars?

As any Georgian who's bought a new car in recent years knows, our vehicles are becoming increasingly computerized. According to one electronic design professional, there are "anywhere from 30 to 40 microprocessors in most cars and even up to 100...running different functions in some vehicles."

With computers controlling so many of our cars' operations, the possibility that someone could take control of the vehicle by hacking into its systems is very real. That's why some companies that have specialized in preventing malware attacks to computers are now turning their attention to the vulnerabilities in our cars.

Why Georgians should think twice before eating pork

Information just made public by a whistleblower protection group called the Government Accountability Project should cause concern to anyone who eats pork. The organization released affidavits from four U.S. Department of Agriculture meat inspectors. Three of the whistleblowers are still working for the USDA, while the other retired last year after nearly a quarter-century with the agency.

Much of the inspectors' criticism is aimed at a pilot hog slaughter inspection program started by the USDA to speed up the lines at five pork-processing plants. The inspectors all worked in these plants. Hormel Foods Corp. has some involvement with three of the plants. The company either runs or contracts with them.

Strict liability under Georgia defective products law

Georgia takes a rather dim view of manufacturers who place consumers at unnecessary risk of injury because of the defective products they sell. In fact, the state legislature has enacted a statute that establishes strict liability to any manufacturer who introduces products that cause injury when used in the normal manner for which they were intended.

Generally, a victim must prove that they purchased the product new and that it was in essentially the same condition as it left the factory when the product caused the harm. A victim must also show that the product actually caused their injury and that the manner in which the product was used might have been reasonably foreseen by the manufacturer.

Report: Auto accident fatalities have dropped in recent years

There's some good news for drivers here in Georgia and throughout the country from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. According to IIHS, which is known by many for its vehicle safety ratings based on crash tests, the chances of the driver of a late-model vehicle dying in an accident dropped in recent years by over one-third.

This "huge improvement," as an IIHS executive described it, comes amid more recall news after a year where faulty ignition switches and airbags, among other problems, resulted in a record 60.5 million vehicles being recalled in this country alone. The New York Times reported that over two million vehicles are being recalled for a second time due to faulty airbags. Moreover, according to regulators, there may not be enough of the parts required to make this additional fix on all recalled vehicles until the end of the year.

What if a drug prescribed to me in Georgia made me sicker?

American consumers take many things for granted. For example, we expect that commercially available products meet certain health and safety standards before they are introduced into the marketplace. We owe much of our consumer confidence to the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA is the federal agency tasked with monitoring foods and medicines. When it comes to prescription drugs, the FDA requires all pharmaceutical manufactures to undergo a stringent evidence-based drug approval process. This rigorous testing and research must demonstrate that medicines can be reliably produced at required safety levels before becoming available for commercial sale.

Rule violations and your Illinois truck driving accident lawsuit

Even a minor collision with a commercial tractor-trailer can result in catastrophic injury for a victim in an automobile. The problem is that Illinois relies heavily on commercial trucking in order to facilitate commerce in and out of the state. Because of our reliance on heavy trucks, legislators have attempted to reduce the safety risks to motorists associated with the trucking industry by imposing regulations that are designed to balance those competing interests.

Unfortunately, some truck drivers and the companies who employ them believe it is more important to place their needs over your safety. If you are a motorist who has been injured in a preventable truck accident, you may be surprised to know that some drivers routinely flout safety regulations.

Georgia residents may benefit from new poultry standards

Approximately one million people in the U.S. are sickened every year by salmonella. Almost one-fifth of those people became ill because they ate contaminated chicken or turkey.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has just announced proposed standards to attempt to reduce the number of cases of foodborne illnesses contracted by eating raw poultry. Specifically, the USDA is hoping to reduce the prevalence of salmonella and campylobacter. The latter is another pathogen found in some chicken and turkey that causes symptoms similar to those experienced by people sickened by salmonella.

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