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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 […]

Rick Shapiro

Talc Powder – Potential Cause of Ovarian Cancer

Many cigarette companies knew about the health risks associated with their product years before it was brought to light to the general public. The same goes for the railroad industry and exposure to toxic asbestos fibers. Unfortunately, history appears to […]

Rick Shapiro

Burned Alive: Corporate Indifference and Defective Lawnmowers

Frank Wright, just days before Christmas, got on his Ryobi ride-on lawnmower to mulch and vacuum up leaves in his backyard. While mowing, a fire suddenly broke out causing his clothing to catch on fire. In the blink of an […]

Patrick Austin

2.5 M Verdict for Widow of 88-Year-Old Man Burned to Death by Ryobi Mower Fire in Chesapeake, Virginia

Interview of Richard N. Shapiro Regarding the $2.5 Million Defective Ryobi Ride-on Mower Jury Verdict After a five-day Norfolk, Virginia federal jury trial, the jury returned a $2.5 million verdict in favor of the widow of an 88-year-old man who […]