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First Known Fatal Accident Involving Autonomous Vehicle

The first known fatal accident involving a vehicle operating in a type of autopilot mode occurred in Williston, Florida on May 7, 2016. The accident involved a Tesla Model S electric car that was engaged in Autopilot mode. The driver

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CPSC Recalls Hoverboards for Fire Hazards

On July 6, 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall for more than 500,000 hoverboards due to fire hazards. The recall involves ten manufacturers, retailers, online retailers and/or US importers, with over half involving the popular Swagway

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court: One Cannot Exculpate For Recklessness

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania recently held that exculpatory clauses that relieve a party of liability for “recklessness” are invalid as against public policy. Tayar v. Camelback Ski Corp. Inc., 2012 WL 2913750,* 10 ___ A.3d ___ (July 18, 2012). After a

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New Rule for Hearings in Arbitration Forums

Recovery professionals handling claims in Arbitration Forums, Inc.’s Property Arbitration Forum should be aware that, as of March 1, 2012, Arbitration Forums will be implementing new rules for hearings. Rule 3-7 now states that the written Contentions and supporting evidence

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The Independent Contractor Doctrine is Not Always Applicable in Delivery and Installation Cases

Defendants often claim that the negligent work they are being sued for was done by “an independent contractor”—thus attempting to alleviate their responsibility. This defense is often raised in cases where construction is being performed. However, it can also be

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Aquarium Heaters Recalled for Fire Hazard

On April 21, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) announced a recall of about 1.2 million Marineland “Stealth” and “Stealth Pro” aquarium heaters. The subject aquarium heaters are Marineland “Stealth” brand heaters of various model numbers and wattages,

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