NJ Attorney Victor Rotolo Responds to the GM Vehicle Recall Details Announced Last Week by Providing Defective Product and Product Liability Law Clarification


Lebanon, NJ (PRWEB) September 30, 2014

A compensation expert retained by GM announced that to date 21 deaths related to faulty ignition switches in certain of their vehicles have been deemed eligible for compensation, with another 120-plus death claims still to be reviewed, according to an ABC News story released on September 22. This defect, although known to the company for over 10 years, was only made public after a recall this February. Per Personal Injury attorney Victor Rotolo such secrecy is not uncommon and may be a contributing factor to the millions of injuries related to defective products reported each year.

A total of 143 death claims and 532 injury claims were filed against General Motors in connection with faulty ignition switches in some of its smaller cars. The defect, which could cause engines to shut off unexpectedly and lead to crashes, led the company to recall some 780,000 vehicles. “This happens all too often; the recall comes too late to spare certain consumers from death or injury,” stated Mr. Rotolo.

Each year, millions of people in this country are injured or killed by defective products. Costs associated with these injuries tally in the billions. While various regulatory safeguards are in place to ensure consumer products meet strict safety standards, defects slip through the cracks and their impact can be disastrous. In some situations consumers don’t learn of a product’s defects until they themselves suffer an injury or death of a loved one even though the product had been responsible for injuries to others beforehand. The General Motors recall is one example, but that company is not alone.

There are a number of reasons why defective product information is suppressed: some companies try to remedy the problem before going public; others involved in product liability litigation sometimes enter into settlement agreements contingent upon the injured party remaining silent about the case. This is compounded when courts issue orders to seal case records.

This secrecy is being challenged by a bill, the Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2014, introduced this past spring, which would require federal judges to consider the public’s need to know before approving settlements or ordering records sealed in cases where public safety is an issue. This, however, is not the first attempt at enacting such legislation; past attempts have failed to modify the law. In the meantime, consumers do have some recourse.

Product liability laws aim to protect consumers and help ease financial hardships of those who have suffered losses due to injuries or death of loved ones caused by defective products, assuming the product was used as it was originally intended. “Product liability law,” Mr. Rotolo explains, “requires proof of a defect in the product, not of any negligence by the product’s manufacturer.”

There are several steps consumers can take to prepare for a product liability case:


Check if the product has been recalled. [The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) regulates the safety of more than 15,000 consumer products ranging from children’s products to ATVs.] If the product has not been recalled, file a defective product report, which can be done on the CSPC CSPC website.

Keep the product. It will be needed to prove the defect.

Document details of the injury with photos of the injury and the product if possible.

Gather names of witnesses, if any, and retain related insurance information.

Preserve copies of all related medical records.

Any party involved in the production and distribution of a product, including manufacturers of a product’s individual components, assemblers of those components, and wholesalers, distributors, and/or vendors of the completed product can be held liable for injuries resulting from defects under strict product liability law. The defect can lie with the product’s design, its manufacturing process and/or any associated warnings and breaches thereof.

“Consumers who have been injured or have a loved one who has been injured or killed as a result of a defective product may be eligible for compensation in the form of compensatory and/or punitive damages,” explains Mr. Rotolo.

Standards used in awarding compensatory damages, which compensate a victim for physical suffering and financial losses related to the injury, usually differ by state but often take into account the extent of injuries sustained. Punitive damages are awarded as punishment and to serve as a deterrent to other manufacturers.

As an experienced attorney, Mr. Rotolo comments that, “While monetary awards in court may make an individual or family whole financially, these awards cannot truly compensate for serious injuries or the loss of a loved one.”

Mr. Rotolo is the founder of The Rotolo Law Firm, a litigation and trial practice firm located in Lebanon, NJ, and has more than 30 years of litigation experience in personal injury, family law and civil and criminal litigation. For more about Mr. Rotolo and The Rotolo Law Firm, visit http://www.rotololawfirm.com.







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Michigan Auto Law Attorney Steven Gursten to Speak on Advocating for Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors at 360 Advocacy Group & Michigan Association for Justice Seminars

Farmington Hills, MI (PRWEB) September 27, 2014

Teaching lawyers about traumatic brain injury (TBI) does not begin with the topic of how to get bigger settlements, as many people believe. What’s more important is teaching lawyers how to advocate for the brain injury survivor in a world that often doesn’t understand their challenges, says attorney Steven Gursten, of Michigan Auto Law, a Farmington Hills-based law firm.

“This lack of understanding is reflected in the frustration many brain injury survivors have in finding effective legal representation,” Gursten says. “Brain injury cases are more expensive and can be harder to win, so many attorneys refuse to take them. And when they do, this frustration is often magnified by how insurance companies choose to defend these cases in civil lawsuits.”

This week, Gursten will be speaking on brain injury at two advanced legal seminars for attorneys who practice auto accident litigation.

On September 27 and 28, Gursten will be moderating and speaking at “Auto Crash Litigation 3.0,” in Chicago, sponsored by the 360 Advocacy Institute His topic is called, “Why There’s More to Maximizing Settlements for Brain Injury Cases.”

On September 29, Gursten will be in Southfield, Michigan, presenting to the Michigan Association for Justice during the annual No Fault Institute. His topic is,“Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Motor Vehicle Crash Cases – How to Identify and Prove this to Adjusters and Juries.”

“Accident victims with brain injury need compassion in a society that doesn’t usually comprehend what they’re experiencing. It isn’t like the movies. Too often, brain injury survivors look normal but have terrible problems. And they often don’t get better,” Gursten said. “They deserve to have effective legal representation from lawyers who understand the law and the medicine of brain injury.”

Gursten plans to discuss the following :


17 potential “defense attacks” in brain injury litigation, such as no accompanying physical injuries, low vehicle damage and no loss of consciousness.
New technology that can better help prove brain injury, such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI).
The injuries that usually accompany TBI that many lawyers miss, such as chronic pain syndrome, fatigue and depression.

“This is really about teaching lawyers to understand the medicine of brain injury and explain it to the defense attorneys, insurance adjusters and juries,” Gursten said.

The 360 Advocacy Institute hosts legal conferences and legal seminars throughout the United States.

The Michigan Association for Justice is the state’s largest organization of personal injury attorneys and consumer protection lawyers.

Gursten is an active member of both organizations.

About Michigan Auto Law: Michigan Auto Law has 17 lawyers exclusively handling automobile accident and No-Fault insurance litigation throughout the state. The law firm has received the top-reported jury verdict or injury settlement for a car or truck accident victim for the past 15 consecutive years, according to published reports by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Michigan Auto Law has offices in Farmington Hills, Detroit, Sterling Heights, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. For more information, visit http://www.michiganautolaw.com or call (800) 777-0028.

About Steven M. Gursten: Steven Gursten is recognized as one of the nation’s top attorneys handling serious auto accident injury and wrongful death cases. Steve is an active leader in many prominent legal organizations, including current President of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and Past Chair of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Lawyer of the Year.” Steve is also listed in Best Lawyers in America and is named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan by Super Lawyers. Steve lectures at seminars throughout the country on topics such as trial advocacy, traumatic brain injury, truck accident litigation and maximizing personal injury settlements.







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Tru-Comp Payroll Survey: Pentamerous Payroll-Provider Prevarications


Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 26, 2014

Every industry has an image — and a set of myths that go along with it. The payroll industry is no different. These are five of the top myths or “fibs” that payroll clients typically hear from current or former providers and have shared with Tru-Comp:

“We’re passionate about payroll…”

Payroll service marketers and salesmen love to open with this one. According to Maddie Stern of Tru-Comp: “It’s just silly – and unnecessary. There’s nothing wrong with admitting what you’re really in it for – fees. The unvarnished truth is that the biggest providers are most passionate about the cash cow that clients become through relentless line-item and hidden fees.”

“The bigger the more complicated…”

Nearly all modern-day back-end payroll processing is done via computer and without related human intervention. Says Stern: “It’s completed by way of a key stroke or two. How many more key strokes are involved in a payroll of 50 versus 5000? Zero. It’s the same cost for the big provider just with incrementally larger profits.”

“Changing providers is pure hell…”

According to Stern: “If it is or was, it’s because ADP and friends made it that way — and they want it to always seem that way. But in the 21st Century, it’s simply not true any more.”

“We’re forced to charge for all the little extras…”

It’s well established that “extra” line-item charges like postage, customization and paper checks are more than covered in the regular fees a client pays. “Modern and honest providers don’t bill for these basics,” says Stern: “Neither does Tru-Comp.”

“You can’t leave without notice…”

“Even ADP-type lawyers know they can’t lock you in – for any period of time,” says Stern: “So why even insert the intimidating “notice” language? The best providers stand on their service and allow you to leave any time you want.”

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DataOne Provides Comprehensive Vehicle Data to Power Interactive 360s Innovative Products and Services

Beverly, MA (PRWEB) September 24, 2014

DataOne Software, a division of Dominion Dealer Solutions and a leading provider of automotive data and software solutions, today released a case study detailing the success Interactive 360 has attained by switching to DataOne’s vehicle data solutions. The highly accurate vehicle descriptions and seamless integration provided by DataOne Software help Interactive 360’s versatile automotive products and services perform to their full potential.

Interactive 360, located in Amarillo, Tex., provides web-based CRM software, training and consulting, website design and hosting, and digital marketing services to automotive dealerships and other businesses. A well-rounded, dynamic operation like Interactive360 requires the best and most comprehensive vehicle data. With their previous vehicle data provider, however, they were getting inconsistent and limited data.. In addition, the vehicle descriptions provided did not meet OEM marketing requirements. “Our customers were getting flagged by the manufacturers for not describing vehicles correctly,” said Interactive 360 CEO Rick McCley.

McCley and his company needed a vehicle identification solution that could provide more reliable and consistently compliant vehicle data.

“Maintaining OEM marketing compliance for dealers’ websites and inventory listings is a challenge that many dealer service providers face,” said Jake Maki, DataOne Software general manager. “Fortunately, choosing the right data provider can go a long way toward meeting that challenge. Our data provides vehicle details and style descriptions that are compliant with all OEM marketing standards.”

DataOne’s Advanced VIN Decoding Logic and Extended Vehicle Data proved to be a much better fit for Interactive 360. “When we saw what DataOne could provide, we had to make the switch,” said McCley. “We don’t have to worry about data coming in inaccurately or doing any manual configurations. We trust DataOne to always deliver.”

Click on the link below to learn more about how DataOne has impacted the effectiveness of Interactive 360’s suite of products and services through seamless integration of extensive and reliable vehicle data.

Case Study: DataOne / Interactive 360

About DataOne Software

Since 1999, DataOne Software has fulfilled unique content and data needs in the automotive marketplace, providing businesses with cost-effective data integration and support for rapid technology development. The company sources automotive and related content including data and media, and was one of the first companies to make automotive content available by web service. Today, DataOne Software, as a division of Dominion Dealer Solutions, provides data and materials to most segments of the automotive industry, including insurance, warranty and service contract sectors, transportation, federal and state agencies, newspaper and print, as well as the auto dealer marketing sector. For more information about DataOne Software automotive content, visit http://www.dataonesoftware.com, call 877.438.8467 or e-mail sales(at)dataonesoftware(dot)com.

About Dominion Dealer Solutions

Dominion Dealer Solutions helps car dealers attract, retain, and service customers for life. Dominion Dealer Solutions’ marketing performance system includes: lead generation, mobile apps, reputation management solutions, web-based customer relationship and lead management tools; custom digital marketing tools including websites, SEO, SEM, digital advertising, specialized data aggregation; and, inventory management analytics including market reports. Every OEM and more than 60 percent of auto dealers nationwide utilize the Dominion Dealer Solutions’ technologies to solve their marketing challenges.

Dominion Dealer Solutions is a division of Dominion Enterprises, a leading marketing services and publishing company serving the automotive, recreational and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, parenting, and travel industries. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, with 3,300 employees in the United States, Canada, England, Spain and Italy, the company provides a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions, and more than 45 market leading websites. Millions of For Rent® and HotelCoupons.com® publications are distributed across the U.S. each year. For more information, visit DominionEnterprises.com.

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CAR INSURANCE savings tips

CAR INSURANCE savings tips

The main ways to reduce your CAR INSURANCE PREMIUM

 

Now we work with GoCompare for CAR INSURANCE so we are going to suit this to the way their forms are constructed and savings can be made so here we go-

 

Fit a CAR INSURANCE company approved alarm and/or tracker.

 

Now this is one of those questions I have never answered yes to so I tried it out to see how much difference it made. With a singular addition it only made a slight difference but when worked together it knocked approx 5% off the quote. So If you are going to keep the vehicle for some time this could be a good reduction. Basically its a cost to save ratio!

 

Below are the list of approved CAR INSURANCE alarms and Trackers

 

Alarms-

Thatcham 1 (basic immobiliser)

Thatcham 2 (immobiliser and alarm joint)

 

Trackers

Aegis

Cobra

Asset Phantom

Nav Trak

RAC

RDM

Thales

Tracker (guard and Echo)

 

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Alter Your CAR INSURANCE Excess (and try a few to see the difference)

Firstly I want to add a note of caution, most companies have a voluntary excess which adds on top of your excess. When working out what you can afford take this into account!!

 

This made a difference on all quotes; normally a doubling of excess would reduce approx a minimum of £50.

 

Make Sure You input the right annual Mileage cover

 

This is always a CAR INSURANCE question that I make up and normally over estimate (or fit to what I have on my car agreement) but you do need to have this as close as possible. So again I tried this out and worked out my actual mileage and what my agreement was (and what I would have put in)

 

I was surprised that for an extra 4000 miles this added £43. Another note of caution don’t underestimate as your insurance could not cover (or incur charges) but don’t go way over the top

 

 

Top of Form 

 

Bottom of Form

Only O

Only take the optional Extras you actually need

 

Each site has a really in-depth description of what these are so I am not going to do into this in great detail the usual optional extras are-

Courtesy vehicle

No Claims Cover

Legal Expenses

Suit your cover to your need not a whim or want

 

Keep your vehicle safely housed

 

Now this is the age old question that has been on Car Insurance quote forms since time began. It does make a big difference, the options are normally-

On the road

Driveway

Garage

CCTV covered area

Etc

 

So the safer way to store your car the better, possibly if you park on the road work out the saving and compare this to the cost of hiring a private garage!

 

Unfortunately its clear that the majority of the Car Insurance cost is built into statistics, demographics, geographic crime rates and sometimes the willingness of a Car Insurance company to cover you

 

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Online Insurance Quotes Tool Now Updated to Include Liability Policy Prices Online


Nashville, TN (PRWEB) September 20, 2014

A new quotation tool provided at the Quotes Pros website is now helping the public to find different prices for insurer agency policies in the U.S. this year. The online insurance quotes tool is now including liability price data at http://quotespros.com/auto-insurance.html.

The direct link that now takes place inside of the open portal is meant to showcase rates from providers that might be unavailable through other insurer systems offline. The groups of companies that are now featured for review can be found once a zip code is used to search the Quotes Pros system.

“The liability coverage plans that are available for vehicle owners searching our system can help a person to review a policy that meets all state legislation for coverage,” said a Quotes Pros rep.

The tools that are supplied for the public to begin using this year from the QuotesPros.com website have been intelligently programmed to supply more than just state minimum price data. When a car owner enters the database, a choice of providers can be made that offer multiple formats of policies for review.

“Someone who already has a liability plan for insurance can still use our system to find rates discounts and other plans that could be cost effective in the U.S.,” said the rep.

The Quotes Pros formatted database also provides the public with a faster route to locating life, health or homeowners insurance by zip code. The secondary tool at http://quotespros.com/life-insurance.html is now offered for use to any consumer hoping to locate price information online.

About QuotesPros.com

The QuotesPros.com company supplies the public with a new method of reviewing costs in the insurance industry through its portal on the Internet. The company data that is supplied is generated through its database connected to national insurers. The QuotesPros.com helps the public search for price information using a zip code portal that is now usable from the homepage and any Internet enabled device can be used to search the tool.







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Industrial Magnetics, Inc.’s Acquisition of Prater Generates Positive Change


Boyne City, MI (PRWEB) September 18, 2014

Earlier in the summer, as Prater celebrated its 89th Memorial Day of providing its customers with particle processing solutions, employees got word that something new was on the horizon. It was announced that Industrial Magnetics, Inc. (IMI) Boyne City, MI USA, an industry leader in manufacturing engineered, innovative permanent and electromagnetic solutions since 1961, had acquired Prater-Sterling. Employees were assured by CEO Bud Shear that positive changes were in the pipeline that would be personally rewarding and would get everyone working towards cohesive corporate goals.

At ninety days post-merger, the impact of those changes can be felt, as well as seen. Significant modifications have been made to health care and related benefits packages, which now provide employees with lower premiums and more options for insurance. Additionally, there’s been an increase in company-match towards the 401(k) retirement plan, as well as added supplemental compensation opportunities.

Customers are noticing changes as well. The first “customer-friendly” measure initiated was to provide open payment terms, which is in stark contrast to the cash-in-advance terms that had previously been Prater’s policy. Other initiatives impacting customers include IMI’s significant capital equipment investments that will bolster production capacity, as well as improvements to Prater’s toll processing and laboratory capabilities. Product improvements via design enhancements will continue to emerge through investment in engineering and software technology.

The Sterling Systems and Controls division has also been busy with positive changes that will allow it to step out from the shadows and establish itself as a stand-alone brand. A new logo and website are being designed and a current search is underway for channel partners that will focus on Sterling’s batching & weighing systems.

According to Bud Shear, “Both companies are moving forward intact from a personnel perspective, with the exception of the previous owner, Scott Prater, who left to pursue new interests. We are closing in on securing a new GM to oversee day-to-day Prater operations. Prater and Sterling are comprised of so many talented and experienced individuals. It has been enjoyable to work alongside them and share ideas and concepts for moving the organization forward on a positive path”.

PRATER-STERLING: for additional information or to request a catalog, visit Prater-Sterling online at http://www.prater-sterling.com or call 877.203.3540.







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Higher Education Institutions Consistently Save More Than 35% Through eLynxx

Chambersburg, PA (PRWEB) September 16, 2014

The pressure being faced by many colleges and universities to get their messages out while staying within ever decreasing budgets is enormous. To survive many institutions have had to search for ways to increase efficiency without sacrifice of quality and on-time delivery, gain more marketing coverage for the same marketing spend, bring full transparency and instant reporting, substantiate compliance with minority, woman owned, small disadvantaged and other important initiatives, and improve control over their own people, processes and vendors.

This is not easily accomplished in an environment consisting of semi-autonomous operating units – like administrative, educational departments, athletics, alumnae affairs, student and staff recruitment, placement, marketing and communications, foundation, entertainment, student affairs, etc. Each operating unit has its own constituency, processes and trusted vendors. Yet there is also a need for centralized policy making, reporting and shared experiences.

Yet, during the first half of 2014, the higher education sector experienced a 36.11% savings on their print related spend through the deployment and adoption of eLynxx software. And these same institutions were also able to reach their parallel operational goals.

According to Mike Jackson, chief executive officer of eLynxx Solutions, “The eLynxx purpose-built software works well in a decentralized semi-autonomous environment where centralized policy making, reporting and transparency are highly regarded. The eLynxx software readily adapts to the specific needs, requirements and processes of its users.” Jackson continued, “only eLynxx provides centralized reporting, financial insight and sharing of resources at the institutional level without disrupting autonomy, people, processes and vendors at the departmental level.” Combined with an exclusive patented competitive sourcing method, eLynxx users across all business sectors regularly achieve per-unit cost savings of 20% to 40% on all kinds of custom printed materials.

Besides higher education, eLynxx Solutions also helps organizations in the non-profit, financial, manufacturing, heavy equipment, building products, logistics and shipping, grocery, insurance, medical, retail and technology sectors. Helping organizations extend their capabilities to get better results from a traditionally hard-to-control area of operational spending has been the primary focus of eLynxx Solutions since 1975. Other approaches always require some level of sacrifice. With the eLynxx approach organizations achieve the best possible price, quality and service on custom-printed materials while retaining control through their own people, processes and vendors.

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eLynxx Solutions has been providing innovative products and services for helping organizations manage projects and connect with vendors of custom-produced graphic communication, direct mail, marketing materials, publications, labeling, packaging and all things print since 1975. Born, raised and still located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania along the east coast’s graphic communications corridor connecting Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New York City, today’s eLynxx Solutions is a leading innovator and provider of project management software for the marketing supply chain. As a software boutique, eLynxx Solutions tailors its cloud software and services to fit the needs and requirements of its customers, providing the functionality of custom software with the economy of out-of-the-box solutions. eLynxx project management software empowers an organization’s people to work with their own vendors and strengthen their own processes to achieve better results. For more information regarding eLynxx Solutions, please visit eLynxx.com.







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Smokers Can Qualify for Life Insurance Without Taking a Medical Exam


(PRWEB) September 13, 2014

Termlifeinsurancequotesonline.org has released a new blog post explaining how to find affordable life insurance for smokers.

Smokers can now find affordable life insurance plans that do not require a medical examination. The only application process clients have to go through is completing a simple form and answering a few medical questions.

Since smoking will increase life insurance costs, clients should compare several plans before making a decision. Comparing life insurance policies is now simple, as clients can do it online for free.

Life insurance is an important investment as it provides financial security for family members. Smokers can purchase life insurance without taking a medical examination online.

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Seven Insurers Sue Toyota Over Acceleration Claims

SEVEN AUTOMOBILE insurance firms have followed Allstate Insurance Co in suing Toyota Motor Corp to recover money they paid in claims for car crashes blamed on unintended acceleration of Toyota vehicles.

The insurers’ court action has opened a new front in U.S. civil litigation mounting against the Japanese automaker as the company battles to move beyond an auto safety crisis sparked by wide-ranging complaints of Toyotas speeding out of control.

Acceleration problems in Toyotas led to renewed scrutiny from federal regulators, several congressional hearings and a series of worldwide recalls that damaged Toyota’s reputation for quality.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating reports that as many as 89 crash deaths since 2000 may be linked to sudden acceleration in Toyotas and the company’s luxury-line Lexus vehicles.

Toyota also faces an estimated $ 10 billion in potential civil liability in U.S. courts for consumer fraud, personal injury and wrongful death claims stemming from acceleration complaints.

The latest lawsuits, filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, echo claims in separate cases pending elsewhere that Toyota long ignored and hid a defect that causes some of its engines to surge out of control, and failed to install a brake-override system that would have prevented accidents.

The seven insurers are collectively seeking compensatory damages of at least $ 188,000, a fraction of the $ 3 million in losses sought by Allstate in its own filing in October for itself and affiliates.

The seven latest companies to bring such subrogation actions against Toyota are:

American Automobile Insurance Co, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co, National Surety Corp, Ameriprise Insurance Co, IDS Property Casualty Insurance Co, Motorists Mutual Insurance Co and American Hardware Mutual Insurance Co.

Their suits, brought in three separate filings, come nearly two weeks after it was disclosed that Toyota agreed to pay $ 10 million to settle legal claims from the family of a California state trooper and three relatives whose fatal car wreck in 2009 helped trigger the automaker’s recalls.

Those recalls, encompassing 5.4 million U.S. vehicles, were ordered by Toyota for repairs of ill-fitting floor mats that can jam the accelerator and for gas pedals that did not spring back as designed.

Toyota has steadfastly denied allegations raised in much of the litigation it faces, including the latest insurer claims, that an as-yet unidentified electronic glitch is to blame for its acceleration problems.

Toyota issued a statement on Tuesday saying that the latest lawsuits are without merit and that subrogation claims “are common between insurers and automakers.”
“Toyota believes that any allegation that a vehicle-based defect is the cause of unintended acceleration in this or any other complaint is completely unfounded,” the company said.

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Event in pictures: United for Palestine – Al Quds Day London, August 2013

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On the last Friday of Ramadan Muslims all over the world gather to protest against Zionism, condemn the Israeli occupation and show their solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine. Quds Day, as it is known, started in Iran at the time of the Islamic revolution in 1979 and since it’s inception has turned into an international annual event. It was our first time joining the demonstrators in London this year and we marched from Portland Place near BBC Radio to the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square. A few photographs after the cut…

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Uniting against the great injustice of Trayvon Martin & “Black Britain and Black America” by Dean Atta

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Although many of us saw it coming, the news of the George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin was still in a way, shocking. For some reason, every major injustice that we as a generation witness comes as a shock to us. Maybe it’s because a small part of us wants to believe that racism and prejudice are on the decline, that things are not as bad as they used to be and so these things shouldn’t be happening anymore, even though we know full well that these ideas are at the core of every major institution and continually filtering down into everyday life.

In a way, I have nothing to say that hasn’t already been said about the case, or about racism or injustice in general. But what do we do now? Racism and prejudice are so deep rooted, founded and perfected in centuries of history that there’s nothing we can do about it, right? Wrong. We should never have a defeatist attitude when it comes to the suffering of our fellow humans. We unite, we speak up and we fight back. We make it harder and harder for these things to be allowed to happen. Whether they are happening in our back yards or on other continents, we should never bite our tongues.

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To quote Dean Atta “…our struggles need not be separate”. In his wonderful new piece inspired by current events, Black Britain and Black America, Dean Atta speaks of racism and struggle, how he refuses to ignore the struggles of others and how he feels all the oppressed should unite. My sentiments exactly. Listen below or read the entire poem here. I salute this man. Writing beautiful poetry like this is a big step in the right direction, reaching out to people and bringing like minded souls together.

We might not all be able to express ourselves artistically, but we all can stand together in protest for what we be believe in. Want justice for Trayvon? Why not speak up about it this time? Here’s what’s happening in London tomorrow.

Upcoming Event: “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” Exhibition @ The Jewish Museum, July – September 2013

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The Jewish Museum in Camden opened the other day an original exhibition dedicated to the late Amy Winehouse. Put together by her brother Alex Winehouse and due to run until September, the exhibition celebrates all the things she loved and includes many of her personal belongings such as her first guitar, school uniform, as well as her record collection and many unseen family photographs.

The curators have aimed to look beyond the tragedy of her death and the events which led to them and show her in a more positive light than the media did at those times. According to the museum, the exhibit is “the perfect place to find out about the woman behind the music and beyond the hype”. Check it out for yourself and for further details click here.

Thought for Food: When Mac met Cheese – Pop Up Restaurant Review

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The Endurance in Soho has been housing When Mac Met Cheese for the past couple of weeks and yesterday we stopped by the pop up restaurant for a spot of lunch. With only three mac and cheese variations to choose from, ordering was easy and we both opted for “Carlos the Cactus” which included mozzarella and jalapenos. Topped with breadcrumbs and served up in no time at all “Carlos the Cactus” wasn’t as spicy as we were warned it was but just as we had hoped, was full of hot, gooey, cheesy goodness. After a short while we decided to place an order for the deep-fried Oreos and boy are we glad we did, those things were so much better than we could have imagined and it took a lot of willpower to fight our inner fat girls and resist placing a second order (have a look at our pictures below)!

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Live Review: Immortal Technique @ Royal Festival Hall, Sunday 16 June 2013

Last night Tech returned to London, and with support from Akir and Hasan Salaam gave the people of our city a truly wonderful show at the Royal Festival Hall.8aadd8669cf486b7c22f62715dbda50cA mistake we seem to be making a lot recently, we assumed that the 7.30 time printed on the tickets was doors opening (not showtime), and so we arrived at about quarter past 8, missing the supporting set. Completely annoyed at ourselves, and adamant we’d never make the same mistake again, we waded through the buzzing crowd to find our seats. And I can only imagine that his set was LIVE, because the atmosphere as we entered the hall was ELECTRIC and this was before Tech was even introduced on stage. I had honestly never felt so much collective excitement contained within one room before, but somehow it doubled when the main man came out.

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