When Larry Long suffered a stroke due to his consumption of prescription pain medication Vioxx, it resulted in significant harm, both physical and financial. He became dangerously close to foreclosure while waiting for a settlement from a class-action lawsuit, and had to explore his diminishing options until he could receive the money he knew was coming. He decided to take out a loan from lawsuit lender Oasis Legal Finance in the amount of $9,150 to tide him over until his settlement came through. When he finally received his settlement of $27,000 a mere 18 months later, Long found himself owing Oasis over $23,000.
In April 2010, an off-duty Andover Township police officer was driving his pick-up truck on Route 80 in New Jersey after picking up a friend at Newark International Airport. Near Mount Olive, the officer suddenly lost control of his vehicle while on a downward slope. He hit a guardrail and his truck overturned. The officer and one of his three passengers were killed in the car accident, and the other two passengers suffered serious injuries but ultimately survived.
It appears that Toyota's legal troubles will not end anytime soon. In September, just over one year after a tragic car accident took the lives of an off-duty police officer and three of his family members, Toyota settled a lawsuit with the family of the deceased. Although the details of the settlement were kept under wraps for several months, it was recently revealed that Toyota agreed to pay the family $10 million.
In September, the world learned of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old New Jersey college student who committed suicide after two fellow students, including Clementi's roommate, allegedly taunted and bullied him because of his sexual orientation. This week, Clementi's parents, Jane and Joseph Clementi of New Jersey, have taken the first step in filing a wrongful death lawsuit against New Jersey's Rutgers University, the site of the bullying that led Tyler to take his life.
Golden Globe Award winner Gene Barry had a long and successful career. He began acting on Broadway in the 1940s and soon made the move to film, starring in The War of the Worlds in 1953. He then worked in television, holding the title role in Burke's Law in 1963-65 and again in a 1993 reprise. When Barry began to suffer from dementia-related diseases in the late 2000s, his children decided to place him in a nursing home, believing it would be a safe and healthy place for him. However, six months after he entered the home, Barry suffered serious injury and passed away four days later. His children have filed a lawsuit against the nursing home, claiming the staff neglected Barry and ultimately caused his death.