The House and Senate voted Wednesday to override President Obama’s veto of legislation allowing families of those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks to sue Saudi Arabia. The controversial bill—which Obama and legal experts warned could have serious unintended repercussions for the United States—will now become law.
With all those reports about Note 7s burning flesh and setting vehicles on fire, you’re probably wondering when you’ll hear about a lawsuit. Well, here you go. A man from Florida named Jonathan Strobel has filed a lawsuit against Samsung over an exploding Note 7, and it could be the first of its kind in the US. According to Reuters, the phone blew up in the plaintiff’s pocket while he was in a Costco on September 9th. It reportedly caused deep second-degree burns to his right thigh that’s about the size of the phone, as well as to his thumb.
That’s a week after Samsung announced its recall program and the same day the company started planning for an official recall in the country with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. The CPSC finally launched an official, nationwide recall program for Note 7s on September 15th. “Unfortunately,” Strobel’s lawyer said, “for my client [it] came too late.”
When Samsung first announced that it’s taking back units it already shipped, there were only 35 reported cases of batteries overheating. That number climbed until it reached 92 cases, according to the CPSC. Since replacement Note 7s won’t be available until September 21st, though, most buyers still haven’t turned theirs in yet. A Samsung spokesperson refused to talk about the case with Reuters, but she urged “all Note 7 owners to power their device down and exchange it immediately.” As for Strobel, he’s now seeking damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, along with other injuries.
President Barack Obama would veto a bill passed by both houses of Congress that would allow families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for damages, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday.
Currently, 16 other states do not have statutes limiting rape victims from filing cases against their abusers no matter how much time has passed. The California State Senate voted unanimously in favor of the bill (SB183), now it is up to Governor Jerry Brown to sign it into law. Surprisingly, the ACLU is against the bill stating that having no time limit could falsely incriminate individuals.
Transgender individuals have been around for a long time but only as of late have most people been aware of their tremendous struggle as they make a full transition into their genuine selves. The celebrity aspect of being a trans-person is well documented by Caitlyn Jenner but what about the non-celebrity people looking to make in the business world? They too have to make a living and it seems like businesses out there still have a lot to learn when it come to the positive aspects of inclusivity. Read what the first transgender member of the L.A. Workforce Development has to say: Why Trans Inclusivity Makes Good Business Sense for Restaurants.
There are 59 recognized National Parks in the United States. Now you can see them all, in a minute, from your couch. Enjoy! For more information on the National Parks, click here.