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Reposted from ndtv.com By Sameer Contractor | Jul 21, 2016

 

Iconic American motorcycle maker Indian Motorcycle has initiated a voluntary recall involving 18,637 bikes over a potential fire hazard caused due to an issue with the ignition system. The recall involves Indian's range-topping motorcycles including the Chief Classic, Dark Horse, Chieftain, Roadmaster, and Chief Vintage, which were manufactured between April 15, 2013, to June 16, 2015. The new Indian Springfield as well as entry-level Scout and Scout Sixty are not part of the recall.

From Out of the Abyss...

This week’s article from the past is titled Investigation of Wildland Fires and was written by George Berdan, Assistant Law Enforcement coordinator – California Division of Forestry.  It is taken from June, July, August Vol.  IX No. 1 issue of the CCAI newsletter.

Investigation of Wildland Fires

SUMMARY:

Forest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Flagstaff recreational trailers manufactured August 11, 2015, through October 27, 2015, and Work N' Play recreational trailers manufactured from October 25, 2015, through May 6, 2016. The MB Sturgis liquid propane (LP) regulator on these vehicles may allow propane gas to leak into the regulator sight glass causing it to degrade and potentially crack.

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Description

This recall involves brown metal floor lamps with alabaster glass shades. They are illuminated with a single 100-watt light bulb and measure about 70 to 72 inches tall. The model numbers LMP4229, LMP4168 and LMP10771 can be found on the label at the bottom of the lamps.

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STATE FARM FIRE & CASUALTY CO., as subrogee of Allen & Greenboatstuff Properties, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY, a foreign corporation, Defendant.No. 13-CV-0328-TOR.United States District Court, E.D. Washington.October 5, 2015.

ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND TO PRECLUDE EXPERT TESTIMONY

THOMAS O. RICE, District Judge.

BEFORE THE COURT is Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment and to Preclude the Testimony of Plaintiff's Expert Witnesses (ECF No. 27). The motion was heard with oral argument on September 28, 2015. James Jason Marquoit appeared on behalf of Plaintiff State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. ("State Farm"). Christopher G. Betke and William F. Etter appeared on behalf of Defendant Hewlett-Packard Company ("Hewlett-Packard").

Subrogation & Law Blog-Cozen & O'Connor Posted on July 12, 2010 by John R. Slattery

Subrogation professionals should be aware of a recent opinion in New York where computer fire modeling utilized by the defendant’s expert was held to be inadmissible.   In Santos v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., No. 000790/07 (N.Y.Sup. Ct. Jun. 28, 2010), a trial court held that the defendant had not presented sufficient evidence that computer fire modeling was generally accepted as reliable in the fire investigation community.

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State Farm Fire & Casualty Co v. Hewlett-Packard Co

STATE FARM FIRE & CASUALTY CO., as subrogee of Allen & Greenboatstuff Properties, LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
HEWLETT-PACKARD COMPANY, a foreign corporation, Defendant.
No. 13-CV-0328-TOR.
United States District Court, E.D. Washington.
October 5, 2015.

ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND TO PRECLUDE EXPERT TESTIMONY

THOMAS O. RICE, District Judge.

BEFORE THE COURT is Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment and to Preclude the Testimony of Plaintiff's Expert Witnesses (ECF No. 27). The motion was heard with oral argument on September 28, 2015. James Jason Marquoit appeared on behalf of Plaintiff State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. ("State Farm"). Christopher G. Betke and William F. Etter appeared on behalf of Defendant Hewlett-Packard Company ("Hewlett-Packard").

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Nestlé Waters North America Recalls AccuPure Water Dispensers

water_1Description

This recall involves Nestlé Waters North America AccuPure countertop water filtration dispensers. The water dispensers are black and measure about 17.5 inches tall and 12.8 inches wide.  The units connect to the plumbing system, draw water from the system, filter the water and dispense hot and cold water through the unit.  “AccuPure” is printed on the front and side panels.  The model number is HCB215n and is printed on the back of the water dispensers.

water_2See the details at CPSC

 

 

 


From Out of the Abyss...

From Out of the Abyss...

This week’s article from the past is titled Arson as a Defense: Company May Void Policy if it Has Logical Proof of Guilt and was written by P.A. Bienvenu (Bienvenu & Culver of New Orleans).  It is taken from February 1966 Vol. XIII No.1 issue and concluded in the April 1966 Vol. XIII No. 2 issue of the CCAI newsletters.

Mobile Device Discovery

Posted on Subrogation & Law Blog - Cozen O'Conner
February 18, 2015 by William E. Gericke

Cell phone

Smartphones and tablets have radically transformed the practice of law in recent years. People are using their mobile devices more frequently today for both business and their personal lives than ever before. However, for many litigators, mobile device discovery remains an unexplored frontier.  The proliferation of smartphones and tablets has changed the face of a party’s electronic discovery obligations.  Mobile device data can provide critical evidence in various practice areas.

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Ignition Patterns Influence Fire Severity and Plant Communities

ABSTRACT

In the prairies of the Pacific Northwest, USA, fire has been reintroduced as a tool for reducing non-native, invasive plant cover and promoting the growth and establishment of native plant communities.  Head fires and backing fires are the two primary ignition patterns used to complete most prescribed burns, but the relative effectiveness of these two methods on invasive plant control and native enhancement is unknown.  A clear understanding of the relationship between fire behavior, fire severity, and fire effects on vegetation and how these metrics are affected by fire ignition patterns could help managers fine tune burn prescriptions to better achieve ecological objectives.  We used observations from five prescribed burns in the south Puget Sound prairies of western Washington, USA, to evaluate the relationship between intensity, severity, and effects.  Additionally, we collected data from two burns on how ignition patterns affected these relationships.  We found a significant positive correlation between maximum surface temperature and fire severity, and a decline in perennial taxa with increasing fire severity.  We also found that surface temperatures did not differ between ignition patterns, but a greater area burned at moderate severity in backing fires than in head fires.  Ignition patterns differentiated plant communities by changing the number of species present within different life form categories. However, this response was contingent upon site history and pre-burn conditions.  Native perennial forbs were associated with head fires in a site with high pre-existing native plant species richness.  Native and exotic forbs were associated with backing fires at a site with low pre-existing native plant species richness. Thus, managers may want to consider ignition patterns when planning burn prescriptions in order to achieve particular ecological objectives.

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