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May 2011 Archives

Jersey Shore star causes car accident in Italy

Although many New Jersey residents (and most Americans, for that matter) do not rush to claim the stars of MTV's "Jersey Shore" as their own, it is somehow still newsworthy when one of the cast members runs into trouble with the law. This is the case with the ubiquitous Snooki, who is believed to have caused a car accident in Florence, Italy, where the cast is currently filming its fourth season of the popular reality show.

Jury: airplane maker not responsible for fatal Yankees crash

Earlier this month, we wrote about a lawsuit that had been filed against airplane manufacturer Cirrus by the widow of former New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle. According to the wrongful death lawsuit, Melanie Lidle alleged that design flaws in the Cirrus SR-20 were responsible for the tragic airplane crash that took her husband's life. This week, a jury disagreed with that allegation, ruling that Cirrus was not liable for the airplane crash or Lidle's death.

Reporting nursing home neglect

Many different emotions usually play into a decision to place a loved one into a nursing home or assisted care facility. Feelings of guilt, abandonment, sadness and sorrow are usually involved, as well as anger and frustration. However, what most people don't anticipate is the fear and worry that accompanies a suspicion of nursing home abuse or neglect.

New Jersey teen mourned after fatal car crash

Members of a New Jersey high school baseball team are mourning the loss of their teammate after a fatal car accident in Lakehurst last week. According to police reports, the 17-year-old Jackson boy was killed when the vehicle in which he was a passenger collided with an SUV, ejecting him from the backseat. Two other 17-year-old baseball players were in the front seat of the car at the time of the car accident. They were treated for minor injuries and released from Community Medical Center in Toms River.

New Jersey mother files wrongful death lawsuit against Yaz maker

When pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer came out with Yaz, the drug was heavily marketed as a revolution in birth control, providing the same medicinal benefits with significantly less side effects. However, what the company failed to mention was one new danger of the drug: an increased risk of serious injury and death due to stroke, heart attack, and pulmonary embolism.

Multiple tractor-trailer crash slows New Jersey Turnpike traffic

Earlier this week, a chain-reaction accident involving one car and seven tractor-trailers plugged up the New Jersey Turnpike in both directions for several hours. The massive truck accident began when a lone tractor-trailer broke down and stopped in the southbound center lane near the Hightstown exit.

Johnson & Johnson is the most sued company in New Jersey

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has won the dubious honor of being named the most sued company in New Jersey for 2010. The company defended 63 lawsuits in the state last year, the majority of which were products liability lawsuits based on the harmful side effects of Johnson & Johnson medication. Other companies near the top of the most sued list range from pharmaceutical companies such as Merck and Bristol-Meyers Squibb, retailers such as Wal-Mart, and large banks and mortgage lenders.

Widow files wrongful death suit after deadly plane crash

On October 11, 2006, New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle departed the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey with his flight instructor, hoping to see the sights of New York from a different perspective. But the flight ended in tragedy after the plane spun out of control and crashed into a high-rise condominium building in New York's Upper East Side. Both 34-year-old Lidle and his 26-year-old flight instructor were killed on impact.

Sara's Law will create next-of-kin registry in New Jersey

On September 24, 2007, Betty and Vic Dubinen received a call from a friend of their daughter, Sara, asking how Sara was faring after her car accident. Not knowing what the friend was talking about, the Dubinens called the police department and local hospitals. They soon learned that Sara had been in a serious car accident, that she was in critical condition, and that hospital staff had been trying to locate her parents for over an hour.

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