Summary: Initiated on August 22, 2023, this wrongful death and survivorship lawsuit is brought forth by the estates and personal representatives of five individuals who tragically lost their lives in an aircraft crash. The defendants in the case include De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, Viking Air Limited, Longview Aviation Capital Corporation, Northwest Seaplanes, Inc., and West Isle Air, Inc. The litigation centers on a fatal incident involving a De Havilland DHC-3 Otter aircraft on September 4, 2022, which led to the demise of all passengers on board. The crash is believed to have been caused by a malfunction in the aircraft's horizontal stabilizer actuator, a crucial component for flight safety. The plaintiffs argue that the actuator's design was inherently dangerous and defective, and that safer, alternative designs were available that could have averted the disaster. The defendants are charged with neglecting to ensure the airworthiness of the aircraft and its components, and for failing to inform the aircraft owner or the FAA about the defect in the horizontal stabilizer actuator design. The lawsuit holds the defendants accountable for their roles as the DHC-3 Type Certificate holders, irrespective of any historical corporate changes or changes in named ownership. The "Northwest Seaplane Defendants" are also implicated for their shared maintenance and operation of the ill-fated flight. The lawsuit encompasses several aviation companies, including Longview Distribution Services Limited, Viking Aerospace US Limited, 2219292 Alberta Limited (operating as Pacific Sky Training), and Pacific Sky Training Ltd. The plaintiffs allege that the merging of these companies into De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited led to the transfer of liabilities, including those associated with the aircraft and the transfer of Type Certificates. The plaintiffs are pursuing damages under general maritime law, Washington state wrongful death and survival statutes, and any other relevant laws for all damages resulting from the injuries and deaths of the victims. The lawsuit also aims to ascertain the extent of these companies' business operations in Washington and their dealings with Washington residents, as the contacts of wholly owned subsidiaries are considered the contacts of their parent companies for personal jurisdiction purposes.
Yelp Inc. v. Ken Paxton
Improved Summary: Yelp has proactively initiated legal action against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to forestall a possible lawsuit that might contest Yelp's right to categorize crisis pregnancy centers on its platform as entities that do not offer abortions or referrals to abortion providers. Yelp maintains that any such lawsuit would violate its First Amendment rights, asserting that its labels accurately represent the services these centers provide. The potential lawsuit from Paxton's office, hinted at last week, could aim to penalize Yelp for purported breaches of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Yelp's legal action seeks judicial affirmation that its labels are not misleading and a ban on Texas initiating future lawsuits regarding these labels.
Fix The City, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles
Summary: The nonprofit organization, 'Fix The City', has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, challenging her local state of emergency declaration concerning homelessness and housing. The group contends that the declaration unlawfully extends the mayor's power, circumventing competitive bidding and compromising the principles of fairness, transparency, and fiscal responsibility in public procurement. They further argue that it enables affordable housing projects to bypass the city's planning review process, effectively removing public hearings, due process, and appeal rights. The lawsuit seeks the revocation of three executive orders issued by Bass, aimed at accelerating the city's approval of homeless shelters and affordable housing. This lawsuit, marking the first significant legal challenge to Bass's strategies on homelessness, could potentially impede the city's efforts to tackle homelessness if successful.
Federal Trade Commission, et al. v. Amazon.com, Inc.
Improved Summary: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), under the leadership of Chair Lina Khan, has initiated a lawsuit against Amazon, marking a significant step in the ongoing efforts to regulate the increasing influence of major tech corporations. Khan, who is recognized for her progressive antitrust ideologies, has previously expressed support for the dissolution of Amazon. The lawsuit, which could potentially lead to a court-mandated restructuring of Amazon's $1.3 trillion operations, scrutinizes several of the company's practices. These include alleged policies that inhibit lower pricing on rival websites and obligate merchants to utilize Amazon's logistics and advertising services. Amazon counters these allegations, asserting that any alterations to these practices could adversely affect product variety, pricing, delivery speed, and opportunities for small businesses. This lawsuit marks the fourth FTC case against Amazon since Khan assumed her role in 2021. The outcomes of these cases could significantly alter competition regulations in digital markets. However, due to the protracted nature of such cases, the final rulings will likely be determined by Khan's successors.
Native American Guardian's Association v. Washington Commanders et al
Improved Summary: The Native American Guardians Association (NAGA) has filed a federal lawsuit against the Washington Commanders and their new owner, Josh Harris, citing defamation, civil conspiracy, and civil rights infringements. NAGA contends that the NFL team's decision to discard the 'Redskins' moniker suppresses the recognition of Native American history, which they believe was celebrated through the previous name. The lawsuit seeks $1.6 million in damages and a proactive role in the promotion of Native American history. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is also named in the lawsuit, accused of contributing to the erasure of Native American imagery and history from public discourse. The complaint further alleges that Harris is perpetuating the historical marginalization of indigenous peoples.