General Motors has issued six more recalls on Wednesday, July 23. This marks a total of 60 recalls within the year that cover around 30 million vehicles.
The most recent recall covers nearly 823,000 cars, trucks and SUVs mostly in North America, but some include a small number of exports. The largest is for faulty seats in just over 475,000 cars and small SUVs. Other problems include incomplete welds on seat brackets, turn signal failures, power steering failures, loose suspension bolts and faulty roof rack bolts.
The recall has brought investigations from the Justice Department and Congress, as well as a maximum $35 million fine from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for delaying reporting problems to the agency.
Most of GM’s previous recalls covered models that were no longer in production. However, Wednesday’s batch affects many current models such as the GMC Sierra pickups, Chevy Equinox, Chevy Silverado and the Chevrolet Camaro.
GM has set up a fund to compensate victims. This includes $400 million to compensate victims of ignition-switch related crashes; $874 million to account for recall expenses during the next 10 years; and $1.2 billion for recalls announced during the quarter.
General Motors says second-quarter profit fell 85 percent as a result of recall costs.
In St. Clair Shores a barking dog complaint brought out police officers to investigate the situation. When officers arrived on the scene they found Lexie, a 44 pound mixed breed.
What attorney Chris Olson explained was what is caught on video from the police dash cam. “Neighbors complained of a dog that was barking. [Police] showed up. The first thing that they said out of their mouths was they don’t like dogs; they don’t do dogs; they’re going to shoot the dog anyway. And that’s exactly what they did,” Olsen goes on to explain, “Then they shot the dog again, instead of trying to take care of the dog, getting some care of the dog to prevent it from dying, they did what they intended to do. They made sure that the dog died. They shot it again, and then the dog walked into the animal control van and then when we picked up the dog it had extra bullet holes”.
Reports claim that the dog’s owner was at work and that the dog was under the care of a grandfather, who forgot to let Lexie back inside during a cold night. Reports indicate that the dog was in the yard barking, but whether the dog caused a threat towards police is still unclear.
Brittany Preston, who is the owner of Lexie, has filed a federal lawsuit against two police officers, an animal control officer and the city of St. Clair Shores for the shooting death of her dog.
Clarence Gomery is a former prosecutor for Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties. He is now being accused of trying to hire a hitman from Traverse City to murder another attorney in northern Michigan. Gomery allegedly tried to hire Dale Fisher to murder Traverse City lawyer Christopher Cooke.
Prosecuting Attorney for Grand Traverse County, Bob Cooney, stats that “The essential allegation is that Mr. Gomery offered to pay a handyman $20,000 to murder another person. A plan was discussed where this other individual would purchase a handgun in Grand Rapids with money supplied by Mr. Gomery and the handgun would be used in the killing”.
Many news sources are saying that a civil court battle between Gomery and Cooke could be the reason. However, no motive has officially been recorded for the murder solicitation.
Twenty-two-year-old Ramsey Fakhouri of Troy wanted money to buy his Illinois girlfriend an engagement ring. The problem, he helped carry out a robbery outside the bank where she worked. Fakhouri has now been sentenced to six and a half years in prison after he pleaded guilty in March, and his 18-year-old co-defendant from Concord, Michigan still awaits trial.
Authorities say Fakhouri took part in the Feb. 14 robbery of nearly $26,000 from a Bradford National Bank worker outside the bank in Highland, Illinois, just east of St. Louis.
Prosecutors say Fakhouri’s girlfriend worked at that bank. The girlfriend was allegedly unaware of her boyfriends plans to rob the bank, and she claims she watched the whole robbery unfold without knowing her boyfriend was involved in what was happening.
A survivor involved in a boating accident on Lake Michigan that killed at least two people is now suing the company that rented the group the 33-foot motorboat that caught fire miles from shore.
The suit that was filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court against Sail Time Chicago, alleges that maintenance was performed on the boat prior to the group renting it was the cause of the fire.
Three days before the group of four rented the boat, “a battery or electrical problem” occurred. On the same day, Sail Time Chicago put efforts into repairing the problem. On May 31, while miles off the shore, the boat caught fire and by 8 p.m. the boat had sank.
Two people, 26-year-old Chicago attorney Ashley Haws and another woman in her 20s who has not yet been identified, died as a result of the boat fire and subsequent sinking, authorities said. The fourth person on the boat, 30-year-old Orest Sopka, is still missing.
The two-count suit alleges negligence and is seeking an undisclosed amount in damages.
Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad, a Detroit area soccer player who is accused of killing a referee with a punch to his neck appeared in court on Thursday.
Saad is now charged with second-degree murder. The 36 year old auto mechanic from Dearborn was arraigned Thursday in Livonia District Court. Saad’s bond is set at $1-million.
John Bieniewicz died last week from injuries sustained June 29 when he was hit while working as a referee at a men’s soccer game in Livonia. Police and prosecutors say Saad struck Bieniewicz as the 44-year-old referee formally announced his decision to eject him.
Saad initially was charged with assault, but prosecutors amended the charge after the death of Bieniewicz.
Defense lawyer Brian Berry has said his client is not guilty of assaulting Bieniewicz, whose funeral service was held on Thursday.
Oakland County Exec L. Brooks Patterson is one of many who listen to The Law Show on WJR every Sunday at 11am. In fact he called the show after Brian started discussing potential changes to Michigan’s No Fault insurance program. Listen to the call by clicking on the play button below.
The Law Show – Michigan Personal Injury Attorney – Brian Dailey
The Law Show – Michigan Personal Injury Attorney – Brian Dailey
Has your loved one lost his or her life at the hands of another? Could the fatal accident have been prevented? If so, Michigan law may permit you to obtain compensation for your loss, and for the pain and suffering of the deceased.
Under the Michigan wrongful death statute, a ‘wrongful death’ occurs when a person is killed due to the negligence or fault of another person. Surviving family members and any other dependents may obtain economic compensation for their losses, including loss of support, companionship, society, and income. The estate of the deceased individual may also be able to recoup damages for pain and suffering.
Wrongful death lawsuits can arise in a variety of contexts involving negligence. These may include fatal automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, incidents involving products liability (especially motor vehicle defects causing death), medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, police misconduct, premises liability, and recreational accidents.
The tragic story of the drowning of a five-year-old boy at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn this past Friday is an example of a possible case. The Harper Woods boy was at a party held at the swimming pool and his family lost track of him. He was found at the bottom of the pool shortly before 9:45 PM.
A lack of proper adult supervision, negligence in maintaining the pool area, and/or an absence of life preservers are only a few plausible causes of what could have been a preventable death. Cutting corners on swimming pool safety is unacceptable and demonstrates gross negligence.
If your loved one has lost his or her life in a swimming pool incident, or any other type of accident that may have been caused by the misconduct of another person, talk with a wrongful death attorney today. Our legal team at Dailey Law Firm, P.C. is not only knowledgeable and experienced, but empathetic. As always, your initial consultation is complimentary. If we agree to handle your case, we only take compensation in the event of success. Particularly in wrongful death cases, suit must be filed before a critical date, known as the ‘statute of limitation’. Contact us at (866) 66-LAWYERS to ensure that you do not lose your right to compensation.