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GM Bankruptcy and Recall Continue to Make Headlines

GM's bankruptcy continues to make headlines nearly six years after its completion. Recently, GM's creditors won a challenge to nearly $1.5 billion, which was previously classified as secured loan, but has now been ruled an unsecured debt that can be collected.

We've previously blogged on this topic, as it involves both defective products and auto accidents that have led to life-altering injuries. We have been closely following the GM case for many years, and our attorneys have even written about the impact that GM's bankruptcy has had on consumers.

Resilient Individuals, Facing Adversity: An Update

"Obviously, I would like to walk again, that would be great. I don't know how far down the road that would be, if it would happen, but if not, I wouldn't let it hold me down."

These are the words of a California high school junior who broke his neck when he hit a sandbar. The boy's spinal cord injury is serious, but he will not let a diagnosis dictate his fate.


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This story is an excerpt from a post that was originally added to our blog on January 15, 2013. Since that time, there have been significant positive developments in this young man's life, which are discussed more below. As a firm that is dedicated to providing hope to those who have suffered severe neck and spinal cord injuries, we are inspired by the dedication and optimism of the young man in this story.

4th and Goal: Part Two of Our Look Back at Our Top 10 Football-Related Posts

Earlier this week, we began our review of the top football-related posts on our blog. If you haven't read that post yet, we encourage you to do so now. That will not only allow you to read the other posts we've highlighted, but also help you understand why this topic is important to us and how these issues are relevant to our legal practice.

1st and 10: Part One of Our Look Back at Our Top 10 Football-Related Posts

With Super Bowl XLIX fast approaching, we decided it was a good time to look back at 10 of the football-related posts that have appeared on our blog. You may find yourself asking "How is football relevant to a blog on injury law?" That's a fair question. The answer - football and other sports have high incidences of traumatic brain injuries, head injuries, and other life-altering injuries. As a firm dedicated to fighting for those who are injured or recklessly put in a position to be injured, we believe these football-related injury issues are closely tied to our work and our mission. We invite you to read these posts and see more of this connection for yourself.

Keurig® MINI Plus: Recalled Due to Danger of Burn Injuries

Everywhere you look today, there seems to be a Keurig® brewing system. As enticing and easy to use (just pick your flavor, insert the cup and brew) as these machines may be, some of them contain a hidden danger that can lead to life-altering injuries.

CPSC Releases Report on Dangerous Nursery Products

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When parents buy nursery-related products (cribs, playpens, strollers, baby gates) for their children, they trust that those products are safe and will make their children's lives better. Unfortunately, every year tens of thousands of children are harmed, and hundreds of children are killed, in incidents associated with nursery products.

A recent report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) titled "Injuries and Deaths Associated with Nursery Products Among Children Younger than Age Five" reveals the following facts:

Dangerous Toy Lists for 2014/2015

In the past, we have blogged during the holiday season about the dangers that certain defective toys and hazardous toy materials pose to children. With the holiday season reaching its end, it is time to once again assess which toys have been deemed substantially dangerous heading into 2015.

In this entry, we summarize two lists of dangerous toys - the list compiled by the World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. (W.A.T.C.H.), and the Trouble in Toyland 2014 list (created by the U.S. PIRG Education Fund).

GB&W Attorneys Nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our clients are always our first priority. If in the course of providing exceptional representation to our clients we obtain professional accolades, we consider that a bonus.

Recently, attorneys Mark Quigley, Ivan Puchalt and Christian Nickerson received such recognition when they were nominated for a respected legal award for the work they provided to a client in a high stakes whistleblower/conflict of interest case (Pedowitz v. The Regents of The University of California). Due to the skill and service they provided to Dr. Robert Pedowitz as he fought to ensure that physicians disclosed any financial conflict of interest to their patients, the previously listed attorneys were nominated for the Trial Lawyer of the Year award by the Consumer Attorneys of California.

We are proud of the dedication and hard work that our lawyers brought to this case, and congratulate them on their nomination for this prestigious award.

More Dangers From Holiday Lights, But Not What You'd Expect

We've previously blogged about the dangers that holiday lights can pose when they cause burn injuries or electrocution. Recently, though, holiday lights were a part of a serious accident in which they were not the main cause of the resulting injuries.

The L.A. Times notes that a man who was suspected of driving under the influence and who did not have a valid license on file crashed into two parked cars and hit 13 bystanders. This sounds like a fairly straightforward car accident situation, so how does it relate to holiday light injuries? All of the injured pedestrians were looking at a residential Christmas light display at the time of the accident.

Faulty Brakes Lawsuit Against Nissan Nearing An End

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The class action suit against Nissan related to faulty brakes in its Armada, Titan and Infiniti QX56 models appears to be nearing its conclusion. The lawsuit alleged that a defective electrical component in these vehicles could affect the brakes, causing the brakes to fail unexpectedly and put drivers and passengers in significant danger.

In early December, a settlement agreement was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Now, the settlement needs only be approved by the presiding judge. If that happens, those who qualify for compensation could receive up to $800 from Nissan, depending on their vehicles' mileage.

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