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Rick Shapiro

The Importance of Persistence in Product Defect Wrongful Death Cases

I’ve been a Virginia trial attorney for 30 years now and I continue to be surprised at how unpredictable plaintiff’s personal injury law can be. I recently concluded a Virginia product defect wrongful death case involving a Chesapeake resident who […]

Rick Shapiro

Talc Baby Powder and Ovarian Cancer: Did Gilda Radner, Madeline Kahn or Lauro Nyro Contract Ovarian Cancer from Talc Baby Powder Use?

Ovarian cancer has killed many notable women over the last several decades. Just how many of these women used baby powder containing talc? Only their loved ones and family members may know the answer. Take someone like Gilda Radner who […]

Rick Shapiro

Justice Affirmed – Court of Appeals Upholds $2.5 Million Jury Verdict in Defective Lawn Mower Wrongful Death Case

Justice for a family devastated by corporate indifference was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on November 23, 2016. A jury sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia found that Ryobi Technologies, Inc. […]

Rick Shapiro

New Takata Airbag Danger: Transportation of the Removed Components

Last month, 67-year-old Lucila Robles was killed in Quemado, Texas when a tractor trailer failed to negotiate a curve and crashed near the dead woman’s home and exploded. The explosion caused the truck to become engulfed in flames, which spread […]

Rick Shapiro

Did State Farm Unfairly Influence a Judge’s Election to Avoid Paying Billions?

State Farm car insurance policyholders received a partial answer to their nearly two-decade-old, billion-dollar question over the insurance company’s responsibility for paying a class action judgment on Sept. 16, 2016. On that date, a federal judge in State Farm’s home […]

Rick Shapiro

New Cars Still Equipped With Recalled Takata Airbags

A just-published survey of automakers that sell vehicles in the United States shows that six have 2016 or 2017 models that feature the kinds of Takata airbags that are subject to a worldwide recall related to a fatal design flaw. […]

Rick Shapiro

Safety Advocates Call for Regulations on Self-Driving Vehicles Following Tragic Crash

Experts in the auto industry predict that by the year 2020, there will be 10 million self-driving cars on the road. Not only have automakers such as BMW, Mercedes, and Tesla already introduced or are currently developing vehicles that have […]

Rick Shapiro

Health Update 2016: African American Ovarian Cancers Due to Talc Baby Powder Use

In the last few months, numerous reports have surfaced about the health and safety risks associated with baby powders containing talc, particularly the risk of women developing ovarian cancer. On May 12, 2016, a major study impacting African American women […]

Rick Shapiro

Popular Young Actor Crushed to Death by Jeep Included in Fiat Chrysler Recall

​On Sunday, word came from the Los Angeles Police Department that a popular, young actor had been killed in a horrific car accident. Twenty-seven-year-old Anton Yelchin, who was best known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek films, was […]

Rick Shapiro

2016 Public Health Update: Talc Baby Powder & Ovarian Cancers

There is increasing evidence that talc baby powder, something consumers have believed was absolutely safe, is far from it. There is a growing body of evidence that prolonged and regular use of talc baby powder for feminine hygiene causes ovarian […]