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September 2010 Archives

Maryland Senate Candidate Hit and Killed by SUV While Biking

Maryland lost our Green Party Senate candidate to tragedy a week ago. The candidate, Natasha Pettigrew, was training for a triathlon early on the morning of Sept. 19 when she was struck by an SUV while riding her bike along Route 202 just outside of Largo in Prince George's County.

Johnson & Johnson Could Face a Flood of Wrongful Death Suits

In the eight years since Johnson & Johnson first introduced the Ortho Evra birth control patch, the company has made close to $1.6 billion on the product. During that time, they have also paid around $68 million to quietly settle wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits related to the patch.

Aspiring Maryland Politician Hit and Killed in Car Accident

An aspiring Maryland politician passed away on Monday after being struck by an SUV while riding her bike along Route 202. Natasha Pettigrew was running as a Green Party candidate for the United States Senate and, though a political long shot, many agreed that the 30-year-old had a bright future in front of her.

Natural Gas Pipeline Failure Proves Fatal, Raises Questions - P.2

In our last post, we discussed the natural gas pipeline explosion in a suburb of San Francisco last week and how cities throughout Maryland and the rest of the country could be at risk.

Natural Gas Pipeline Failure Proves Fatal, Raises Questions - P.1

A major explosion that rocked a San Francisco suburb late last week has drawn attention towards a nationwide issue: New construction expansion over decades-old utility gas pipeline infrastructure leaves Maryland communities as well as others throughout the country vulnerable to explosions and utility companies open to wrongful death claims. The San Bruno fire is bringing necessary public visibility and urgency to the fact that utility companies must take a more proactive approach in replacing piping in danger of leaking and erupting.

Ford Pays Out $131 Million in Wrongful Death Suit

When Ford was asked to pay $131 million to the family of a young man killed when his Explorer SUV rolled over in 2001, it was a big deal. Not only was the verdict among the largest in history, but the case itself reintroduced substantial concerns about the safety of SUVs and a history of corporate ignorance at Ford that makes Toyota look like Wikileaks.

Maryland Officials Warned About Faulty Propane

Maryland is one of 12 states being warned about a potentially deadly problem with propane shipped in from an Illinois plant, following a deadly construction accident in Massachusetts this past July. On Wednesday of this week, Aux Sable Liquid Products sent a letter warning state officials that propane shipped from the plant may have been lacking in the odorant that is usually added to the gas before commercial distribution.

Baltimore and Washington D.C. Ranked Lowest in Driver Safety

Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. were ranked at the very bottom of Allstate's "America's Best Drivers Report" this year. The insurance company's yearly publication looks at the 200 most populous cities in America and then rates them based on the frequency of collision to determine which cities are the safest and which are the most hazardous.

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