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Defective Takata Airbags Take Another Victim

The tragic death of a Houston-area teen driver underscores the public safety crisis associated with defective Takata airbags found in more than 20 million U.S. cars, trucks and SUVs. As these unnecessary deaths and injuries continue to mount, automakers and Takata must work harder and with great urgency to fix the dangerous airbags. Authorities confirmed

Jurors send $500 million message to Johnson & Johnson over dangerous Pinnacle hip implants

Dallas jurors sent a powerful message for corporations that hide dangerous flaws in their products and fail to warn the public about their dangers. After a two-month trial and a week of deliberations, jurors hit Johnson & Johnson with a $500 million verdict for injuries caused by its metal-on-metal DuPuy Pinnacle hip implants. Jurors found

Recent Improvements to Auto, Tire Defect Recall System Don’t Go Far Enough

The recently enacted Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act provides incremental improvements in the way U.S. motorists are notified about vehicle and tire safety defects, but the legislation stops far short of the kind of fixes necessary to adequately inform consumers of the dangers they face on the road. Thanks to tire industry lobby, the

Former NHTSA Safety Expert calls Takata airbag response “deplorable behavior”

Disturbing reports continue to surface regarding defective Takata airbags found in more than 20 million U.S. autos and blamed for at least 10 traffic deaths. Some of the latest developments include disclosures that Takata’s own engineers altered data discarded evidence of safety problems as much as 16 years before the safety concerns and injury reports

Houston Attorney Named to Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in 3M Bair Hugger Surgical Blanket Lawsuits

Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball helping lead more than 100 federal MDL cases nationwide MINNEAPOLIS – After leading the way in lawsuits against 3M Co. (NYSE: MMM) over serious infections linked to the company’s Bair Hugger surgical blanket, Houston attorney Kyle Farrar of Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball LLP has been named to the Plaintiffs’

Sanctions upheld against Goodyear Tire for hiding evidence, misleading courts about fatal G159 flaw

Thanks to the Arizona Republic for its recent article exposing for a wide audience Goodyear Tire’s shameful record in failing to alert the public regarding dangerous defects in its G159 tire. The piece by reporter Dennis Wagner details the lengths to which Goodyear went to block information about its defective tires from public view, actions

GM to pay $900 million to settle criminal charges for flawed ignition switch deaths, injuries

As injuries and fatalities continue to rise in connection with defective ignition switches in millions of GM cars and trucks, General Motors has agreed to pay $900 million to settle criminal charges related to its poor response and botched handling of the grave product safety issue. At least 124 people have died and many more

Farrar & Ball Houston Attorneys Earn Repeat Texas Super Lawyers Honors

Recognition follows firm’s successful work in faulty tire tread, truck crash injury cases HOUSTON – Trial lawyers Kyle Farrar and Wesley Ball of Houston’s Farrar & Ball, LLP, once again are being honored among the state’s top attorneys on the annual Texas Super Lawyers list. The pair’s recognition by peers in the 2015 edition follows

Wesley Ball discusses $2.6 million Willoughby v. Swift verdict and trucker safety issues on the Sirius XM Radio Road Dog Trucking program

The $2.6 million jury verdict for owner-operator truck driver Herbert Willoughby in a Houston federal court in August 2015 has sent ripples among commercial truckers and transportation companies. Lead trial attorney Wesley Ball was a guest on Sirius XM Radio’s Road Dog Trucking show to discuss the case and address serious safety issues that surface

Key documents released in $2.6 million Willoughby v. Swift truck maintenance verdict

The $2.6 million verdict for independent truck driver Herbert Willoughby in August 2015 has resulted in a national news discussion about the maintenance practices of trucking and transportation companies, as well as the pressures faced by independent truckers who must decide every day whether the trailers they’re hired to pull are safe. See the original

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