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July 2015 Archives

Google announces 3 injuries in self-driving car crash

Readers may have heard that Internet giant and soon-to-be automaker Google has vowed to be more open with the public when its test vehicles get into accidents. This has already led to a series of news stories about collisions involving Google's self-driving prototypes, perhaps leading some to wonder if such vehicles will indeed eliminate most car accidents as promised.

Goodyear ordered to pay $2.7M for hiding evidence during lawsuit

The judicial process requires parties and their lawyers to be truthful and honest. Unfortunately, big corporations do not always play by the rules. They often attempt to hide evidence in order to shield themselves from responsibility or fault, or from paying legitimate compensation to victims.

What is an apology worth? To many medical malpractice victims, quite a lot

For many patients injured by the carelessness of medical professionals money is not the prime motivator to seek justice. Some patients simply want to hear the doctor responsible for their injuries say, "I'm sorry."

Takata CEO breaks his silence on deadly airbag defect

After months of silence, it appears that the prospect of the Congressional hearings has finally motivated the CEO of Takata to apologize for making defective airbags that have killed at least eight people.

Challenging "The Gig Economy" Model: Whereby Multi-Billion Dollar App-Based Companies Refuse to Compensate Innocent Victims Injured by Their Workers

The New York Times ran an editorial on Sunday that began with this trenchant observation:

Walkup Meoldia's Doris Cheng inducted into elite legal organization

We at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger are proud to announce that Doris Cheng has been selected for membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers. This special honor was made even more special when the ACTL asked Doris to "speak for her class" of 82 new members at the organization's recent annual meeting.

Retired judge killed by SUV while riding his bicycle

A retired Arizona judge was killed recently while riding his bicycle on a California road near Lake Tahoe. It appears that the driver of the SUV that hit him failed to give the victim enough room as he drove past.

Bay Area driver goes onto sidewalk, killing 1 and injuring 5

Even when pedestrians are not crossing the street, they are still at risk for being struck by wayward auto drivers. Within the last three years, our attorneys here at Walkup Melodia have handled three major injury accident cases where drivers either lost control, became confused about their surroundings, or absentmindedly put their car into drive instead of reverse when near the sidewalk. Because those drivers failed to keep their automobile safely off of the sidewalk, terrible injuries resulted to pedestrians who were minding their own business.

8 things to do after a car accident

Car accidents happen all the time in San Francisco, and they can be difficult to avoid. When a driver runs a red light, is texting while driving or is drunk driving, there is little other drivers can do to protect themselves. While no one hopes to be in an accident, it is a good idea to be prepared just in case it happens to you.

Legal Analysis of San Francisco Ordinance that Possibly Shielded Alleged Killer from Deportation

The July 1st murder of Kathryn Steinle has triggered a divisive national debate over the wisdom of local sanctuary laws and the effectiveness of the nation's immigration policies.