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Key Considerations for Post-Incident Media Response

In today’s world, news of a corporate disaster or fatal injury travels fast.  In less than a minute from the time an incident occurs, media phone calls begin.  There are countless recent examples of how companies have botched initial post-incident communications in such a way that their actions have led to devastating consequences, from inviting political attacks or litigation to...

Counsel for Estate of Worker Killed in Plane Crash Sanctioned for Pursuing Court Action Against Employer

Following a tropical storm, two employees of a solar power plant flew over the sight in one of the employee’s single-engine aircraft to survey the damage from the storm.  The plane crashed and one of the workers died.  That worker’s Estate brought claims of negligence, negligent hiring, wrongful death under a theory of negligence, and wrongful death under a theory of...

Airline Faces Significant Proposed Penalties By FAA For Alleged Safety Violations

The Federal Aviation Administration announced yesterday that it was proposing a $911,000 civil penalty against a U.S. airline for allegedly operating two aircraft that were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations.  Specifically, the FAA alleges that the airline failed to inspect the cargo door skins on two regional jets at required intervals.  In 2006, the FAA determined...

Federal Agency Fails To Prove Adequacy Of FOIA Search

Following an altercation at a Philadelphia airport in 2006, Plaintiff filed a FOIA request with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) seeking “copies of all records, reports, follow-up reports, and similar material from any TSA office containing her name initiated by any and all TSA officers, officials, investigators, and personnel.”  The TSA identified 375...

Court Addresses Legal Duty Owed By Travel Agency To Inform Travelers Of Airline Safety Record

Following an airplane crash in the Northern Mariana Islands, a group of Chinese plaintiffs sued the travel agency that booked them on the airline alleging that the agency was negligent  in not informing them of the airline’s faulty safety record and the airline’s failure to provide safety instructions in Chinese to Chinese tourists.  The travel agency filed a motion to...

Preventive Maintenance Steps To Maximize Preparedness For Litigation And Crisis Management

As the year winds down, there is no better time to make sure that your company is as prepared as possible for future litigation and crisis management.  Below is a quick checklist of 10 preventive maintenance steps you can take to maximize your preparedness.  When conducting any of these steps, be cognizant of protecting privilege.  Document the scope of reviews and clarify the purpose...

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