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December 2013 Archives

'Four Loko' insurer not obligated to defend dangerous product

The name of the beverage is 'Four Loko' for a reason: It previously contained a lethal mix of caffeine, alcohol, taurine and guarana. Scores of Illinois students were seduced by the beverage, first created in 2005 by two Midwestern natives. Now, the company that produces the beverage - which has since had caffeine removed from its recipe - will not benefit from insurance protection in connection with several fatal accident allegations. Victims and their relatives allege that this dangerous product led to a variety of personal injuries and deaths. Current claims against the company include negligent manufacture, along with failure to warn, wrongful death, design defects and others.

Illinois driver gets prison time for motorcycle wreck

Although the legal system attempts to keep unlicensed drivers off the road, repeat offenders have a habit of cropping up throughout the nation and the state of Illinois. In a recent case, an Elgin woman who had previously been cited multiple times for unlicensed driving is finally serving jail time for her role in a 2011 motorcycle accident.The woman had struck and killed a motorcycle driven by a 25-year-old victim as she attempted to make a left turn at an intersection in her large SUV. The motorcyclist had the right-of-way.

Car accident victim's relatives sue sheriff's department

Police chases are known to be dangerous to the general public and should only be pursued with great caution. The reason: Innocent bystanders are often injured or even killed in these high-risk chases, which may not even result in the apprehension of a suspect. Now, one Illinois family is striking back against unnecessary car chases by filing a lawsuit against a Kane County officer and the sheriff's department, all because their 18-year-old son was killed in a chase-related car accident.

Illinois man gets $15M for wife's childbirth death

An Illinois man whose wife died while giving birth to the couple's child in 2008 has been awarded more than $15.5 million in connection with the medical malpractice case. The wrongful death reportedly occurred in a Chicago-area hospital when the woman died from blood hemorrhage. Physicians had failed to diagnose the 33-year-old mother with a potentially fatal complication known as placenta accrete.

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