July 2014 Personal Injury News

Our monthly personal injury news report below will help keep you up-to-date on local lawsuits and important product recalls:

Local Lawsuits

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon.com over mobile purchases made by children. The FTC filed a complaint against Amazon earlier this summer, claiming that the company had failed to acquire customer consent for the purchases made on mobile devices by children. Amazon plans to fight the case, saying that the FTC is attempting to fight the same battle they settled with Apple in January, where the Silicon Valley company had to refund $32.5 million to customers and change its billing practices. Amazon says its billing procedures already meet those standards, and that they have already refunded customers for unwanted purchases made by their children.

Last month, the International Franchise Association filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Seattle regarding the adoption of the gradual increase of the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The suit claims that the ordinance discriminates against the franchise business model and its small businesses, as well as interstate commerce. The concern is that the ordinance will put the higher labor costs on the small franchisers earlier than their non-franchised competitors, therefore causing their businesses to fail.

The Archdiocese of Seattle settled 30 sexual abuse claims lawsuits a couple of weeks ago for $12 million. The cases included in the lawsuits involved abuse that allegedly occurred at O’Dea High School in Seattle and Briscoe Memorial School in Kent. According to the suits, 30 men were sexually abused at the two schools by known abusers, and the Archdiocese failed to protect them. Late last month, the Archdiocese agreed to pay the men a total of $12.125 million in settlement.

Product Recall Notices

Popular children and baby products brand Graco has recalled several of their products recently. The company recalled the child restraints on rear-facing seats including SnugRide, SnugRide Classic Connect, and Aprica models because the harness has a defect where the buckle becomes stuck and will not release. Several other Graco brand model restraints were recalled earlier this year for the same problem – click here for details on that recall notice. If you own one of the models included in the recall, Graco will replace the buckle. For more information or to learn how to acquire your replacement buckle, call Graco at 1-877-766-7470, visit www.gracobucklerecall.com, or email consumerservices@gracobaby.com.

As you travel this summer, the Law Offices of David S. Roth encourage you to be safe and careful. Please contact us if we can assist you or a loved one with representation in an injury claim.

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