Although it hasn't been in the news much lately, the caffeine-laced alcoholic energy drink Four Loko continues to cause pain and suffering for families in New Jersey and throughout the United States. The parents of a 15-year-old boy who was killed in a Four Loko-related car accident recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the beverage, claiming that it was responsible for the death of their young son.
Earlier this month, we wrote about a lawsuit that had been filed against airplane manufacturer Cirrus by the widow of former New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, Melanie Lidle alleged that design flaws in the Cirrus SR-20 were responsible for the tragic airplane crash that took her husband's life. This week, a jury disagreed with that allegation, ruling that Cirrus was not liable for the airplane crash or Lidle's death.
When pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer came out with Yaz, the drug was heavily marketed as a revolution in birth control, providing the same medicinal benefits with significantly less side effects. However, what the company failed to mention was one new danger of the drug: an increased risk of serious injury and death due to stroke, heart attack, and pulmonary embolism.
On October 11, 2006, New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle departed the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey with his flight instructor, hoping to see the sights of New York from a different perspective. But the flight ended in tragedy after the plane spun out of control and crashed into a high-rise condominium building in New York's Upper East Side. Both 34-year-old Lidle and his 26-year-old flight instructor were killed on impact.
Last month, we wrote about a series of deadly bus crashes that took the lives of almost 20 people in New Jersey and New York. Now, the father of a 20-year-old college student who was killed in the second accident on the New Jersey Turnpike has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Super Luxury Tours, which operated the bus involved in the fatal crash.
A New Jersey widow has filed a notice of intent to sue multiple parties who she claims contributed to her husband's car accident death. The wrongful death lawsuit will name several parties, including Ewing Township, the Ewing Police Department and an individual officer, The College of New Jersey and the State of New Jersey, and a college dormitory and fraternity.
This weekend, several hundred New Jersey residents participated in the annual Polar Bear Plunge charity event in Sea Isle City. The fundraiser, which involves a winter jump into the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean, has become increasingly popular in recent years. People from throughout the region come to take part in the weekend's festivities, which often seem to revolve around parties and alcohol instead of charity. This is what the parents of a deceased Pennsylvania woman are alleging in a wrongful death lawsuit that was recently filed against the city, a local hospital, the police department, and several individuals.
On February 27, 2009, a New Jersey mother took her 5- and 3-year-old children to see Disney on Ice at the Sovereign Bank Arena (now the Sun National Bank Center) in Mercer County, expecting a night of fun with her family. However, the night turned tragic before it began: a nearby accident took the life of her 3-year-old daughter as the family was walking toward the arena. Now, almost two years later, the mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the arena, Mercer County, the city of Trenton, the state of New Jersey, and other parties allegedly responsible for her daughter's death.
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.
There is a long history of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, in New Jersey and across the country, against cigarette manufacturers and marketers in regards to deaths caused by lung cancer and similar diseases, in which the deceased was a long-time smoker. More often than not, these lawsuits are not successful. However, after allegations that a cigarette manufacturer provided free cigarettes to young children during the 1950s and 1960s, starting a now-deceased woman's lifelong smoking habit, a Massachusetts jury found the cigarette company liable for her illness and death, awarding over $150 million to her son.