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Poor Design = Poor Outcomes: From the Jeep Grand Cherokee to the Space Shuttle

space shuttle.jpgYou trust companies to put safe products into the marketplace, but that doesn't always happen. From time to time, unsafe or poorly designed products make it to market, with the potential to cause serious injury or death. By no means is this a new phenomenon, as you will see in the recent examples below.

Hold On: Tesla Cars Aren't Fully Autonomous. Yet.

The buzz around self-driving cars has everyone excited - and some worried.

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Tesla Motors' current semi-autonomous technology augments, but does not replace, the human controlling the vehicle. This technology could potentially help a driver avoid a distracted-driving crash, for example, because of a call from a friend or the need to intervene in the kids' back-seat dispute. What it's not meant to do is allow the driver to stop driving altogether.

The Technology That Stops Jetliners from Crashing Into Mountains


Plane crashes. No one wants to think about them. But so far this year there have been roughly 15 aviation accidents around the world. A variety of factors contributed to these accidents - engine failure, runway incursions, weather-related issues, hijackers, and navigational-related issues. In a few, the primary cause remains unknown.

If You're Paid by Piece Rate in California, You Must be Paid for Breaks

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Under California Assembly Bill 1513, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015, any employer paying their workers on a piece-rate scale are required to pay for breaks and other "non-productive" time, at or above the state's minimum wage floor of $10/hour. (The law predominantly affects agribusinesses, salons, spas and other businesses with a tradition of paying employees on a piece-rate basis.)

The Case of the Teen Lifeguards: Is Splash Kingdom Breaking the Law?


Throughout the course of American history, workers have sought fairness - in workplace conditions, in the number of hours on the job, and in their wages. This holds true for workers in all jobs, and for workers of all types, from teens to young adults to mid- and late-career workers.

Work life today generally isn't so bad, at least in the U.S., where a variety of employment laws protect workers from mistreatment and injustice. But that doesn't mean mistreatment and injustice doesn't happen.

Take Splash Kingdom, for example, and the many young people who work there.

Half a Dozen Girardi | Keese Attorneys Selected for Lifetime Achievement

Only 100 lawyers in Southern California are selected for lifetime membership - we have six.

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Six Girardi | Keese attorneys have been honored by America's Top 100 as Lifetime Achievement Recipients. As such, these attorneys join the membership ranks of only 100 Southern California lawyers to make the cut.

The Dangers of the IVC Filter


The Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter has been used for years, but recently it has made the news based on problems that appear to be caused by it. With that in mind, it is very important to understand what these filters are, how they work, and the risks associated with them.

Zoloft: Do the Risks Outweigh the Benefits?

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The antidepressant Zoloft has been linked to some unpleasant and even dangerous side effects, but has also been shown to be effective at helping people who struggle with clinical depression.

So should people take the drug? Are the risks too significant, or do the benefits outweigh the potential for harm?

Talking with a doctor can help you decide, but doing research on your own is also important. That way you have all the information you need in order to make an informed decision regarding whether to use Zoloft.


The Soto Verdict

Girardi | Keese attorneys have won a $2.3M verdict for a Long Beach resident run over by a Parks & Rec truck. Read more here.

The Madero Verdict

Attorney Christopher T. Aumais persuaded a San Bernardino County jury to deliver an  exceptionally high verdict in an area known for low jury awards.

A Champion of Justice

Partner Amy Fisch Solomon was a Champion of Justice in 2015, proving that success in law isn't just about the size of your verdict or settlement.

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