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Why are Millennials Changing Product Liability Litigation?

The divide between generations is often difficult to pin down, but Millennials are, by and large, the 20 and 30-somethings who were born in the 80s and 90s. They’re the first generation that grew up with computers and are the ones dealing with the student loan crisis you keep hearing about. They are also entering the courtroom for the first time as jurors, which means big changes may be coming. The opinions of Millennials are changing product liability litigation in particular, since their general view of businesses and products is starkly different from their predecessors. In a way, the Millennials are the safety-conscious generation. The reason may be tied to childhoods full of anti-smoking warnings and safe driving commercials depicting possible car crash injuries. Or it could be that the internet and the increased connectivity afforded by smart phones has allowed Millennials access to more information in real time. No…
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What We Can Learn From the Chinese Drywall Debacle

An article in the November 2013 issue of the American Association for Justice’s Trial magazine highlighted what can be learned from Chinese drywall litigation. In the article, Colson Hicks Eidson firm partner Patrick Montoya discuss the strategies they used to obtain a $2.5 million award for a Miami couple in the nation’s first Chinese drywall jury trial and how those strategies can be adapted to help victims of other toxic exposure cases. After drywall imported from China was found to be defective and began causing injuries to U.S. consumers nationwide, victims whose homes were damaged and health threatened filed lawsuits seeking to recover compensation for damages. During this landmark litigation, several strategies were used to hold defendants accountable for their negligence that can be helpful to plaintiffs in other toxic exposure cases, including: Defendant Selection – In a product liability case, the ideal defendant is the manufacturer. However, in the…
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Who is Responsible for Defective Car Injuries?

Like all product liability claims, lawsuits involving injuries from a defective vehicle can be complex and involve a myriad of potentially liable parties. Make sure your product liability attorney has experience in defective vehicle lawsuits, and it will improve your chances of a successful recovery for your injuries. Your vehicle passed through many different hands before you drove it off the lot. If the defective vehicle is “pre-owned” or used it may have had more than one previous owner. All of these entities could share in the liability for your injuries: Manufacturer – In products liability cases involving motor vehicles, the manufacturer is typically a large company. This means it may have more money to compensate you for your injuries. Parts manufacturer – If your case involves a defective part, such as the tires or the battery, be sure to include the manufacturer of that part if it is a separate company…
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Whom Can I Sue in a Product Liability Case?

A defective product is a product that is unreasonably dangerous, does not carry sufficient warnings or the manufacturer fails to provide complete or adequate instructions for the product’s use. The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) is the government agency that tracks injuries and deaths from defective consumer products. Some noteworthy CPSC findings: Product liability cases have the second-highest median in damage awards at $300,000 – second only to medical malpractice cases In December 2005, Dell recalled over 200,000 laptop batteries due to overheating and risk of fire Approximately 26 infants die every year from dangerous cribs In 2006, Toyota recalled over 1.4 million vehicles because of defective parts In a product liability lawsuit, your personal injury attorney can identify all parties in the chain of distribution (the path from the manufacturer to consumer). The chain begins with the manufacturer, which can be a large corporation or a small business….
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Colson Hicks Eidson Partner Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson Named to Leadership Committee in Toyota Multidistrict Litigation

MIAMI (May 17, 2010) – Senior Partner Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson of the Coral Gables-based law firm Colson Hicks Eidson, was appointed Friday by U.S. District Judge James V. Selna in Santa Ana, California, to serve on the nine member personal injury/wrongful death leadership committee in the Toyota multidistrict litigation (MDL). The personal injury/wrongful death leadership committee will be primarily responsible for the product liability aspects of the consolidated cases before Judge Selna including participation in any MDL trial of the class actions. Eidson, a nationally recognized product liability expert, was the national co-lead counsel in the Ford Explorer/ Firestone tire litigation, which prior to the Toyota recalls was the largest automotive recall in history. He was also involved in the Chrysler Minivan latch case that led to the recall of 4 million vehicles. In addition, at age 29, he tried and won along with his partners, the first case…
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Eight Colson Hicks Eidson Partners Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2012 Guide

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2011) –The law firm of Colson Hicks Eidson is pleased to announce that eight of its partners have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.), the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession and highly-regarded as the ultimate guide to legal excellence. The Colson Hicks Eidson attorneys selected to the 2012 edition and their corresponding practice areas include: Dean C. Colson: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, and Product Liability Litigation. Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson: Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Plaintiffs and Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs. Joseph J. Kalbac, Jr: Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation. Julie Braman Kane: Medical Malpractice Law. Roberto Martinez: Commercial Litigation and Criminal Defense: White Collar. Curtis B. Miner: Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar,…
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