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November 21, 2008

$11 Million Settlement Reached in Chicago Metra Wrongful Death Suit

An $11 million settlement was approved in two wrongful death lawsuits arising from the 2005 Metra derailment in Chicago that killed two women and injured 117 other passengers. According to reports, on Sept. 17, 2005, a five-car Rock Island Line...

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November 17, 2008

Electra Bike Recall Expanded

We previously posted on the Electra Bicycle Co's Amsterdam bicycle recall. More recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an expanded voluntary recall of these bikes due to a risk of injury. About 1,500 bicycles are involved in the...

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November 8, 2008

City of Chicago Has Laws In Place To Make Winters Easier On Handicapped

Snowy sidewalks make city life difficult for the Chicago's handicapped population. Unfortunately there are no Chicago laws that require owners of private property to remove snow from private walks and drives however, under the Chicago City Code, landlords are required...

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October 18, 2008

EPA To Review Health Risk From Popular Weed Killer

The Environmental Protection Agency said recently it is “re-evaluating the health effects of a popular weed killer that has been found in drinking water supplies,” to determine if further restrictions are needed to combat health concerns (Dina Cappiello, AP for...

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October 7, 2008

Ill.Consumer Advisory: Five Million Unrepaired Fords, Lincolns & Mercurys Pose Serious Fire Hazard

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging owners of certain Ford, Lincoln and Mercury SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, and cars to take their vehicles to a local dealership for a corrective repair. According to a NHTSA press release,...

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September 14, 2008

Chicago Cyclists Be On Alert For Electra Amsterdam Recall

Chicago cyclists should be aware of a recent recall involving Electra Amsterdam bicyles. Late last month, the CSPC announced a recall on Electra “Amsterdam” model bicycles. The alert reported there were reports that interior alignment tabs of the bicycle's chainguard...

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September 9, 2008

NHTSA Issues A Recall To Illinois Nissan Altima Drivers

The American Association for Justice news brief recently included an article stating The National Highway Safety Administration said, “it isn't necessary to require that power windows operate in reverse to prevent the injury or deaths of children who could be...

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September 3, 2008

Ilinois Judge Rules That Expert Need Not Pinpoint Exact Cause Of Tire Failure

Trish McCloud was permanently disabled when her motorcycle's rear tire blew out in 2002. After the jury awarded damages to her in her products liability case, the tire manufacturer, Goodyear Dunlop Tires, asked for a new trial, raising a variety...

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