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Untruth in Advertising: FTC Sues VW

"For years Volkswagen's ads touted the company's 'Clean Diesel' cars even though it now appears Volkswagen rigged the cars with devices designed to defeat emissions tests."

- FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez

In a press release late last month, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it was suing automaker Volkswagen for deceptive ads run in 2008-2015, a seven-year period during which VW sold roughly half a million "clean diesel" VW and Audi models to unwitting consumers.

VW's infamous emissions scandal - in which the automaker rigged its cars to cheat emissions tests - revealed that the apparently "clean diesel" vehicles were anything but. If you've been driving a "clean diesel" VW or Audi, read about joining our class action against the automaker.  

$3,551,037 Verdict in Madero v. Broughton

Congratulations Christopher T. Aumais!

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The Madero Verdict

On Feb. 4, 2016, a San Bernardino County jury delivered an exceptionally high verdict in an area normally known for notoriously low jury awards in personal injury cases.

The case - led by Girardi | Keese attorney Christopher T. Aumais - involved a fatal head-on collision on Highway 62 in San Bernardino County. DJ Madero, only 16 years old, lost her life in the crash and her mother suffered serious injuries.

The jury awarded damages totaling $3.55 million, a top verdict in an area where juries in similar cases typically return $1 - $2 million, at most.

The 'Girardi Collection' of Original Courtroom Illustrations Finds a Home in the Library of Congress

"Courtroom illustrations provide visual documentation of important cases that have shaped interpretations of legislation or depict pivotal moments in criminal history. I am honored to have played a role in building this collection, which is the most comprehensive in any American public institution."

Tom Girardi of Girardi | Keese

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Rare is the chance to contribute to the works of art and history that hang on the walls of the Library of Congress in D.C., but thanks to the generosity and effort of our founder Tom Girardi, scores of original courtroom illustrations depicting famous scenes and moments in U.S. history will soon be on exhibit.

Three Bullet Points on the Modernization of American Aviation

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  • The Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act

As the pro-aviation industry's Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association ("AOPA") puts it, this is a "long-awaited" bill that tackles medical certificate reform and privatizes our air traffic control system.

Landing at 270 pages, the AIRR Act's essential purpose is to modernize America's aviation system by making the Federal Aviation Administration - the agency tasked with regulating and overseeing all aspects of civil aviation - more effective.

But there are concerns, particularly with air traffic control.

Girardi | Keese Attorney Amy Fisch Solomon Honored with 'Champions of Justice' Award for 2015

Amy COJ Photo2.jpg"Having been a part of the Civil Justice Program at Loyola Law School since its inception, and chairing the dinner for several years, it was especially touching and meaningful to me [...] I am humbled beyond belief."

- Amy Fisch Solomon

Honoring the Legal Profession's Finest Practitioners

Loyola Law School started its Civil Justice Program in 2005, which honors two top attorneys as "Champions of Justice" each year.

As program directors and law professors Anne Bloom and John T. Nockleby write, "The list of past honorees reads like a who's who list of the Southern California trial bar."

It's certainly true that Amy is in good company.

A Tort Law Museum? Now We're Talking

"A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity." - Ralph Nader, activist, author, attorney

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One of Ralph Nader's long-held ambitions has come true: the American Museum of Tort Law, located in Winsted, Connecticut, is a real thing now. According to its website, the museum's vision is to increase citizen understanding of tort law and its role in protecting personal freedom, health and safety through the civil justice system.

As law professor John Culhane writes for Politico Magazine (Ralph Nader's Strange New Museum), there are those who might imagine a "pedantic slog through the history of tort law" - in short, a rather unexciting museum experience - but the reality is anything but.

Like Bryan Stow, Another Dodger Stadium Fight Leaves Fan Critically Injured

fan-fight.jpgEerily similar to the assault that Bryan Stow sustained on the evening of the 2011 Dodgers Opening Day game, this past Friday night October 9, 2015, yet another opposing team's fan was brutally beaten in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium. Witnesses said the ordeal began in the Dodger parking lot at around 10:30 PM. One man, identified as a Mets fan, was punched in the head so hard by a Dodgers fan, he fell, hit the ground and began bleeding profusely -almost in identical fashion and Bryan Stow. According to witness Maria Cerecer, it was other Dodgers fans who were first to the injured man's aid, "[T]here was a gentleman on the floor and [he] was bleeding profusely from the head. We got free rally towels that night, so they were holding the rally towels to his head." Like Bryan, the victim is now in critical but stable condition at an USC County Hospital.

Poison Pods: Lock Them Up

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If you have young children, be sure to keep both your dishwasher pods and your laundry detergent pods safely locked away. Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich recently cautioned via Facebook that roughly one child per hour suffers poisoning from eating laundry detergent pods (Erin's information comes from a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics).

A few of the raw facts:

The Balcony Collapse in Berkeley Was Preventable

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In the weeks following the Berkeley balcony collapse, Aoife Beary was released from the high dependency unit and began intensive rehab six days per week, according to Irish Central staff writers, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

Make no mistake: The fact that Ms. Beary will survive is great news. But there's also a question as to the extent of her injuries. A quick glance at the Irish Central article, and you might rush to the false conclusion that because Ms. Beary was released that she's well on her way to recovery.

Eric's Law: Ending Celebrities' and Performers' Backstage Pass for Weapons Checks

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Last year, a concert promoter named Eric Johnson was shot five times - police still have not located the suspect - while backstage at a Wiz Khalifa and Young Jeezy concert. It is thought that a member of Young Jeezy's entourage was the shooter.

Eric's Law would put an end to this sort of thing.

Eric's Law would make it so celebrities and performers, their security personnel, and their entourage, would all undergo weapons checks. "No one should be exempt from that," Eric's cousin said in a KRON 4 News segment.

IN THE NEWS

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.

Own a VW Diesel?

Read about VW's emissions scandal and 
our class action against the automaker.

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