Toyota Set To Recall Sienna Mini-Vans Due To Possible Brake Failure

As if Toyota has not had its share of recall woes in recent months, the company is poised to announce another vehicle recall in January.

According to Reuters, Sienna mini-van owners are to be notified that there is a defect in the brake system that could reduce the vehicle’s ability to stop safely. Some 110,000 Sienna mini-vans will be involved in the recall, 92,000 of which are here in the U.S. The issue apparently involves the use of the parking brake which could damage the overall braking system.

According to Toyota officials, there have not been any accidents or injuries to date associated with this brake issue. However, a brake system failure is a critical issue and can result in fatalities for drivers of the vehicle and passengers.

The braking problem was supposedly corrected when Toyota installed differently designed parts on all Siennas that were manufactured after this past November 5.

At Munley, Munley & Cartwright, our goal is to provide exceptional legal services to our clients. We strive to achieve the highest standard of excellence for the protection of individual rights through team work and the use of our considerable resources and experience. For a free consultation regarding your defective auto parts injury claim, contact us today online for a free consultation or call us toll free at 1-800-318-LAW1.

Cartwright Receives Boy Scout’s Silver Beaver Award

The lawyers of Munley, Munley & Cartwright take pride in serving the community both as skilled legal advocates and as dedicated community volunteers.

In recognition of distinguished volunteer service, attorney Matthew Cartwright, a partner in Munley, Munley & Cartwright, has received the prestigious Silver Beaver Award. The award is the highest honor given by the National Council of Boy Scouts to a volunteer for exceptional and noteworthy service to youth.

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America presented the award to Cartwright and two other volunteers at its council recognition dinner in November.

Matt has served for a number of years on the Executive Board of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He currently volunteers on the Council Advisory Board.

As a personal injury lawyer and partner at Munley, Munley & Cartwright P.C., Cartwright represents individuals and families in complex personal injury litigation including medical malpractice and interstate trucking accidents. He is a law review graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hamilton College.

Cartwright has been recognized as one of the nation’s top 650 trial lawyers and is one of four Munley, Munley & Cartwright P.C. attorneys recognized as Super Lawyers. He is married to Marion Munley Cartwright and they have two sons.

$2.255 Million to be Paid by Police Officer and Bar to Settle Car Crash Lawsuit

St. Louis website, Stltoday.com, reports an off-duty police officer and the bar which served her alcohol will pay $2.255 million to the families of the four young people who died in a car crash on March 21, 2009.

The wrongful death lawsuit states the 42-year-old police officer had consumed a “high quantity” of alcohol at O’Leary’s Restaurant & Bar before leaving to drive home.  On her way home she crossed the center line and drove her Mitsubishi into the Honda about 1:45 a.m.  All four passengers were killed and the driver suffered a head injury, fractured rib, liver trauma and lung and skull contusions.

The bar was included in the lawsuit because its employees knew the police officer was drunk and did not call her a cab or stop her from driving her car.  It is also alleged the bar continued to serve her alcohol despite her slurred speech and unsteady gait.

The Scranton, Pennsylvania attorneys of Munley, Munley & Cartwright have years of experience representing the survivors of wrongful death victims.   For a free consultation of your legal claim throughout the state of Pennsylvania, please submit an online form or call us at: 1-800-318-LAW1.

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Pennsylvania’s Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C. Ranked Among America’s Best Law Firms

Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., a prominent Pennsylvania personal injury law firm with more than 40 years of experience, has won a coveted place on a list of the nation’s best law firms, published in September jointly by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers magazine.  “To make this highly competitive list is an honor and a reward for years of intensive and quality work by our lawyers on behalf of our clients,” said Robert W. Munley, the founding partner of the firm.

The rankings are presented in tiers both nationally and by metropolitan area or by state, and they showcase 8,782 different law firms ranked in one or more of 81 major practice areas. Peer surveys combined with more than 3.1 million evaluations of individual lawyers in the most recent Best Lawyers survey of leading lawyers are used to develop the rankings.

“U.S. News is the world’s leading publisher of institutional rankings based on both objective data and peer evaluations,” says Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers. “We are combining this expertise with Best Lawyers’ experience of providing rankings of individual lawyers.”

Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C represents victims and consumers in personal injury litigation, including automobile accidents, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, toxic chemicals, workplace injuries, nursing home litigation and other serious accidents. The firm has offices in Scranton, Stroudsburg, Carbondale, Plains, Hazleton, Hamlin and Harrisburg.

To contact the law firm, call 1 800-318-LAW1 or visit the firm’s website, http://www.Munley.com.

Matthew A Cartwright Recognized by Luzerne County Bar Association for Pro Bono Efforts

L-R: Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association President Robert Schaub, Atty. Matt Cartwright, Jack Cartwright, and W-BLLA Executive Director Thomas Burke.

Matthew A. Cartwright was one of four attorneys who received awards for exceptional legal leadership during a gathering of the 700-member bar association of Luzerne County, the Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association.

Cartwright, a lawyer with Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., was recognized for his leadership of the Juvenile Pro Bono Defense Program, which was created to guarantee pro bono counsel for juveniles that had been adjudicated by former President Judge Mark Ciavarella in the event their cases were retired.

Also honored during the celebration were attorneys Kelly Ann Bray, Matthew Muckler and Frank T. McCabe II. Bray organized volunteer lawyers to draft wills for area first responders and other public service personnel through the Young Lawyers’ Division program “Wills for Heroes” held at Luzerne County Community College in 2009. Muckler and McCabe organized the 2010 Regional Mock Trial Competition at the Luzerne County Courthouse over several nights. Area schools competed by arguing cases before judges of the Court of Common Pleas and volunteer juries in a courtroom.

Parents File Lawsuit After Deadly Connecticut School Bus Accident

The parents of a teenage boy have filed suit against Autumn Transportation following a crash that injured their son and caused emotional turmoil when his friend was killed in the crash, reports the Connecticut News. The parents are suing on behalf of their son according to Connecticut law since the boy is a minor.

The bus went off the highway after it collided with a Volvo station wagon. The suit alleges the bus company allowed a driver who did not have proper training and licensing to drive the school bus, and further claims the company does not adequately supervise or train its drivers. The bus driver’s license has since been suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Also named in the suit are the bus driver and the teen driver of the Volvo for failing to take necessary precautions to avoid an accident.

If you have been injured or a loved one killed in a vehicle accident that was caused by another person’s carelessness or recklessness, you may be able to recover damages that include medical costs, property loss, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Please call Munley, Munley & Cartwright’s lawyers at 1-800-318-LAW1 for a free assessment of your case or use our Free Online Accident Case Evaluation.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Preemption

In the highly anticpated case of Wyeth vs. Levine, the Supreme court has ruled that federal law does not preempt a state’s ruling that the drug Phenergan was inadequately labeled. Past rulings, such as Riegel v. Medtronic had established that FDA decisions on drug safety preempted state rulings, effectively shielding drug manufacturers from pharmaceutical injury claims.

This ruling is being viewed as a win for drug injury victims as it may allow others who have been injured by prescription drugs a chance to seek compensation.

If you or someone you love has been injured due to a prescription drug, please contact our pharmaceutical injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

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Lawyers Group Asks New Administration To Limit Preemption Regulations

The American Association for Justice, a trial lawyers group, has asked the Obama administration to reverse Bush-era regulations that “preempted” the right of U.S. to hold wrongdoers accountable through the civil justice system.

“AAJ has outlined five key steps that will restore the traditional balance between federal regulation and state-based consumer protections and ensure injured Americans have access to the courts when injured by negligence or misconduct,” according to a press release on the AAJ site.

Said AAJ Senior Vice President for Public Affairs Linda Lipsen, “The efforts to give negligent corporations complete immunity, escape accountability, and leave Americans without any recourse has gone too far and must be reversed.”

At the Munley, Munley & Cartwright Law Firm in Pennsylvania, we believe those who cause personal injuries must be held accountable. We believe the rights of victims deserve protection. The Scranton personal injury lawyers of Munley, Munley & Cartwright have experience representing clients in a variety of accident claims. If you have been injured in Pennsylvania, contact us for a free consultation at 1 (800) 318-LAW1 or through or online contact form.

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Dan Munley in St Louis for Presentation

Dan Munley, a partner in Munley, Munley & Cartwright, will be speaking the Association of Interstate Trucking Attorneys in St. Louis, MO today. He will present Spoilage in Tractor Trailer Case.

Dan, a member of the Executive Board of the American Association for Justice’s Interstate Trucking Group, was invited to speak because of his growing reputation as a stand-out in commercial vehicle litigation.

He will also present Discovery in a Tractor Trailer Case to the Kentucky Justice Association next month.

Dan is a Civil Trial Specialist, certified by the National Board of Trial Advocates; he is also an active member of the American Association for Justice and the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. He has been recognized as a Million Dollar Advocate, a Pennsylvania Rising Star Super Lawyer and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.

Munley’s practice is concentrated upon personal injury cases with a special focus on tractor trailer litigation. He has successfully litigated commercial motor vehicle cases for more than a decade, and is a frequent speaker on tractor trailer litigation.

Dan is also a contributing author of Truck Accident Litigation 2nd Edition, published by the American Bar Association.

3 MMC Attorneys Named PA Super Lawyers

Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Inc. have named three Munley, Munley and Cartwright attorneys “Pennsylvania Super Lawyers” for 2008. Robert W. Munley, Marion Munley and Matthew CaCheck Spellingrtwright were recognized for their outstanding reputation in personal injury litigation for the fifth consecutive year! Recently, the firm’s managing partner, Caroline Munley, was named a “Rising Star Super Lawyer”.

The Super Lawyers designation, which recognizes only 5% of PA attorneys, is compiled through peer review and independent research by Law & Politics. The stringent selection process is widely hailed throughout the legal field for its multi-step evaluation utilizing data gathered through balloting, critical assessment of the attorneys and independent research. The potential nominee’s professional achievements, experience, impact on the industry and peer evaluations determine the final listings.

All of us at Munley, Munley & Cartwright are proud of Robert, Marion and Matt for this outstanding accomplishment. To learn more about Super Lawyers, click here.