Is the NHTSA Too Cozy with Automakers?

While the General Motors ignition switch recall has dominated recent automotive headlines, it has been far from the only major automaker to face recent massive legal challenges. Over 60 million vehicles were recalled in 2014, and the 80,000 complaints received was more than twice the previous record set in 2004. Each of the top 8


Protected Speech in Play as Supreme Court Tackles Texas License Plate Battle

A Supreme Court hearing that began Monday regarding personalized Texas license plates will likely reignite the debate over protected speech and could potentially redefine the ways that governments collect revenue. Like many states, Texas offers drivers the opportunity to purchase specialty plates advertising causes or non-profit groups. Many groups pay the state to produce the


The ET-Plus Guardrail: When Safety Becomes Political

The Federal Highway Administration recently gave passing grades to the ET-Plus guardrail in four recent crash tests; however, both the agency and embattled manufacturer, Trinity Industries, are now facing an even higher degree of scrutiny. The ET-Plus passed despite the final test causing a sizeable gash in the driver’s side door, causing extensive damage to


What to Expect if Your Car Accident Case Goes to Trial

Though most car accident claims are settled before a trial, some cannot be.  Sometimes, it isn’t clear who caused the accident.  Other times, it is clear who caused the accident but there is disagreement over a fair settlement. Every state’s court system is different, but the general process is fairly similar.  The case will most


Are All 15-Passenger Vans Defective?

Some auto experts think that all 15-passenger vans are defectively designed because they have a propensity to roll over.  This quote raised my eyebrow: “The rollover rate for fully loaded or nearly loaded 15-passenger vans is about three times the rollover ratio of vans with fewer than five passengers,” the report said. Source: Consumer Groups: Type of Van


Biller gets cleared to use Toyota documents

It’s no exaggeration to say that the entire product liability bar is dying to know what is in the Biller documents:  An arbitrator has ruled that a former Toyota Motor Corp. attorney can use internal company documents to press his claim that he was hired to “plan and carry out discovery fraud” on behalf of