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Target Penalized for Toys With Lead Paint

October 11, 2009  ·  By HM&M


This week, a teenager in Massachusetts was sentenced to one year in jail for causing a fatal car accident while texting. The accident took the life of one man and seriously injured the man's girlfriend. Using cell phone records, prosecutors demonstrated that the teen sent text messages within a minute of the fatal crash. A jury convicted the teen of motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation while texting.

As a car and truck accident lawyer, I have seen just how dangerous distracted driving can be, and texting is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. As anyone who has sent a text message knows, to type and read text messages, a person needs to look directly at his or her phone. Thus, when someone is texting and driving, his or her eyes are off the road for at the very least a brief moment. As this case shows, taking your eyes off the road, even if only for a split second, can lead to a devastating accident. I encourage all drivers to avoid dangerous distractions like texting for their own safety and the safety of all others sharing the road.

October 11, 2009

9th Cir. Cty. of Appeals Has Upheld San Francisco's Ban On Cigarette Sales In Any Licensed Pharmacy

Ray Theodore reports, “In a brief, unpublished decision the three-judge panel unanimously found that the ban is permissible because it restricts the sale of cigarettes and not cigarette advertising” (Andrews Publications for FindLaw, 9/16). The court reject the argument that the product itself is an advertisement and found that the sale of cigarettes does not... Read More

October 11, 2009

Death Toll Rises to Three in Arizona Sweatbox Case

Recently, the story surrounding three deaths and eighteen injuries caused by spending time in a “sauna-like sweatbox” has lead to a homicide investigation of the October 8 “Spiritual Warrior” program by self-help expert James Arthur Ray at the Angel Valley Retreat Center near Sedona, Arizona (CNN, 10/18). Ray is widely known for leading programs that... Read More

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