DON’T SLIP ON THE BANANA PEEL! DC AREA MAN TRIES TO GET PAYOUT FOR FAKED SLIP AND FALL

Sounding strangely like a scene straight from the Mario Kart video game, Maurice Owens, a passenger of the DC Metro transit system, has claimed $15,000 in damages related to an alleged slip and fall as a result of a banana peel left in an elevator.  Unfortunately for Mr. Owens, security footage shows him dropping an object on the floor of the elevator and then slipping and falling on it when the doors open.  As a result, the DC transit police have echoed Mr. Owens’ claim by charging him with fraud based on what looks like a faked slip and fall.  Just when you thought banana peels drops were only for the video games it looks like, at least in the case of Mr. Owens, they may be somewhat a reality.

 

For more information check out:  http://gaithersburg.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/report-man-charged-in-alleged-metro-banana-peel-slipandfall-scam

AMAZON AHEAD AGAIN: BEZOS’ “DRONE DREAM” LEADING THE WAY IN RETAIL INNOVATION

The newest innovation in retail is the concept of delivery by drone, introduced by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last week.  Bezos has optimistically predicted his dream will become a reality within 5 years and will provide customers with the option to receive their packages within 30 minutes of placing their orders.  While the drone concept, which seems like something straight from a science fiction movie, is an exciting and interesting prospect, it does pose some obvious liability risks that retailers will have to assess and mitigate.  According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, there are environmental factors and potential risks to people and property on the ground that must be taken into account before the drone project goes live.  First, the drones will likely require FAA and potentially EPA approval, both of which can be lengthy processes.  Secondly, risk of trespass, property damage and attractive nuisance claims may exist.  For example, it has likely not been addressed by many courts whether a drone delivering your neighbor’s packages by flying over your yard may be a trespass on your property, the Wall Street Journal notes.  Regarding obvious questions and concerns for safety, and Amazon spokeswoman stated “Safety will be our top priority, and our vehicles will be built with multiple redundancies and designed to commercial aviation standards.”  Amazon has several years to work out the kinks of what has been dubbed “the drone dream” and in the process it is likely some of these legal and safety risks may be addressed.  For more information check out:

Amazon’s Drone Delivery Idea Faces Hurdles-Greg Bensinger- Wall Street Journalhttp://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/12/02/amazons-drone-delivery-idea-faces-hurdles/

Amazon’s Drone Dreams and the Future of Retail – Derek Thompson – The Atlantichttp://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/12/amazons-drone-dreams-and-the-future-of-retail/281972/

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