December 23, 2013

Wal-Mart Agrees To Contribute Millions Towards Defective Gas Can Settlement

Retail giant Wal-Mart said that it is willing to contribute $25 million towards a proposed $161 million settlement that would settle dozens of lawsuits alleging that the Blitz USA gas cans it sold were defective and could explode.

The manufacturer of the gas cans is now bankrupt and out of business, in large part due to payouts it made to victims of the alleged explosions. Blitz was the largest manufacturer of gas cans in the nation. Wal-Mart sold millions of Blitz-made gas cans and has been named in 24 of the some 80 outstanding lawsuits.

The lawsuits allege that Blitz and Wal-Mart consciously sold a defective product and that the resulting deaths and burn injuries from the explosions were the result of a design flaw that could easily have been addressed with the addition of an inexpensive safety device called a flame arrester. A flame arrester is a piece of mesh or a disk with holes that decreases the risk of an explosion by preventing a spark or flame from entering the can.

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October 7, 2013

15 Million Surge Protectors Recalled After Injuries, Fire Risk Reported

house fireThe product liability attorneys at Farah & Farah in Gainesville have learned that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced the recall of nearly 15 million surge protectors that may pose fire and injury hazards.

The commission has received 700 complaints concerning APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors. The CPSC says that the surge protectors can overheat, causing them to smoke and melt, which poses a fire hazard.

There have been 55 claims of property damage from fire and smoke. In one instance, a faulty APC surge protector allegedly was to blame for a house fire that caused $916,000 in damages. Another fire allegedly linked to a defective surge protector caused $715,000 in damages to a medical facility.

Along with property damage, there have been 13 reports of injuries allegedly linked to the defective surge protectors. The injuries range from smoke inhalation to contact burns from touching the overheated products.

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August 19, 2013

Kissimmee Infant Dies After Ingesting Laundry Pod

A 7-month-old Kissimmee infant has died in what may be the first fatality attributed to the ingestion of a concentrated laundry detergent packet.

The detergent packs have been controversial since they were introduced. Critics of the product claim that the small, often colorful packages look like candy to unsuspecting children. According to Consumer Reports, there have been 5,753 incidents of children 5 and younger being exposed to the ingredients inside the single-load laundry packets between January 1 and July 31 of this year. Last year, poison control centers around the country received reports of 6,231 exposures by children 5 and younger.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that the child and his mother had been staying in a shelter for battered women where the incident occurred. According to Kissimmee authorities, the shelter had handed out the detergent pods and the mother had left them in a laundry basket on a bed next to her sleeping son. She stepped away briefly and when she returned she found that the infant had ingested one of the pods and was working on a second one.

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April 15, 2013

Toddlers Legs Severed In Horrific Lawn Mower Accident

A two-year-old girl is recovering at Tampa General Hospital after her father accidentally backed over her with a riding lawnmower. The horrific and heart-breaking accident severed both of the toddler’s legs just below the knee joints.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, unbeknownst to the father, the girl had been following him behind the mower as he drove it back to the garage. The girl’s mother saw her daughter running behind the lawnmower and signaled for her husband to stop. The husband misinterpreted the gesture and instead of stopping he put the mower in reverse — with tragic results.

The girl was flown to Tampa General and was listed in serious condition. She has already undergone two surgeries and has at least two more scheduled.

Although these kinds of accidents are rare, they occurred often enough that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) implemented a requirement in 2003 that all new riding mowers have a feature that disables the blades when they start spinning in reverse. The Times reports that the lawnmower involved may have been an older model made before the safety requirement was in place.

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April 8, 2013

Recall of Surgical Dye Causing Blindness at Florida Compounding Pharmacy

Several people have filed lawsuits against Franck’s Compounding Lab, based in Ocala, alleging that they contracted severe eye infections from a contaminated surgical eye dye that was manufactured by the lab.

Franck’s issued a recall of its Brilliant Blue G surgical dye in March of 2012 after it received several reports of eye infections linked to the dye. Almost two months later, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that the lab would be recalling all of its sterile human and veterinary products after bacterial and fungal growth were discovered at the facility.

The plaintiff’s are claiming that they suffered severe and debilitating eye injuries and, in some cases, permanent blindness after the dye was used during their eye surgery procedures in November 2011. The complaints state that the pharmacy knew or should have known that the dyes were unsafe. The suits allege negligence, failure to warn, and breach of warranty.

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December 3, 2012

CPSC Issues Report about Bedrail Hazards

From January 2003 to September of this year, bedrails were implicated in the deaths of 155 people, according to a report just issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Of those who died, 126 victims were 60 or older.

For years, consumer safety advocates have been pushing federal regulators to study bedrail accidents and injuries; and although the study did not review bedrail designs for potential problems, many felt it was a good first step, The New York Times reported.

According to the study, 61 percent of bedrail deaths occurred at home, while another 25 percent occurred at nursing homes. Most of the deaths happened when a person’s neck or head got caught in the bedrails. From 2003 to 2011, some 37,000 people were injured in bedrail accidents, according to data gathered by the CPSC. Nearly half who died in bedrail incidents had medical problems such as heart disease, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

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September 19, 2012

Tire Blow Out Lawsuits Headed To Collier County Court

In Sept. 2010, two teen cousins died in eastern Collier County after a Cooper Discoverer HT tire blew out and allegedly caused the Ford Explorer they were passengers in to careen out of control and rollover.

The families of the teens filed product liability lawsuits, alleging that Ford and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. designed and manufactured defective products. The families also named New Life Tire Centers of Bonita Springs in the suits, claiming that the company sold them old tires that were made in 2001 just three months before the crash.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the teens, who were ejected from the SUV, were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, but an attorney attached to one of the suits claims that Ford Explorer seat belts have been known to fail.

According to Naplesnews.com, court records reveal finger pointing all around. Ford blames the teens for not wearing seat belts, Cooper for manufacturing a defective tire, and New Life for selling an old tire that was improperly installed. Cooper blames Ford and New Life and has suggested that other vehicles may have caused the accident —not a tire blow out as claimed.

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September 5, 2012

Riata Patients Can be Stuck with the Bill for Revision Surgeries

Recently, St. Jude’s Medical removed its Riata and Riata ST defibrillator lead wires from the market after it was found the devices were coming apart inside the body and may have been responsible for shocks and shorts that led to defibrillator failures and deaths in patients.

Although the devices were removed from the market, thousands of patients still have the leads implanted since it was deemed that removing them might be more dangerous than retaining them — despite studies that suggest one in five of the devices may malfunction. According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), more doctors are suggesting that the leads be removed and replaced as the extent of the problems with the leads become clearer.

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July 17, 2012

Johnson & Johnson May Be Facing Expensive Sequel to ASR Hip Replacement Recall

Johnson Johnson Hip Replacement RecallIt was two years ago that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) recalled its ASR metal-on-metal hip devices due to the high failure rate of the implants. The recall was considered one of the most expensive medical device failures in U.S. history — and history, according to Reuters, seems to be repeating itself.

Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants, which succeeded the ASR implants, are experiencing the same kinds of problems as its predecessor. Pain, swelling, infection, difficulty in walking, elevated levels of chromium and cobalt in the blood, and implant failure requiring revision surgery are some of the complaints lodged in the 1,600 lawsuits currently pending against the Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.

While the Pinnacle line covers non-metal models as well, it is the class of metal-on metal hip devices in general that are drawing the most scrutiny from doctors, patients, and federal authorities.

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July 16, 2012

FDA Investigating Dialysis Company for Failure to Warn of Product Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating why Fresenius Medical Care, the nation’s largest operator of dialysis centers in the U.S., failed to inform customers about the potentially lethal risk posed by one of its products.

It is estimated that the company treats one-third of the 400,000 Americans who currently receive dialysis treatment. The German-based supplies dialysis machines and products for its clinics and for many other non-company dialysis clinics as well.

In November of 2011, the company sent an internal memo to the physicians working at its clinics stating that improper use of one of its products, GranuFlo, could substantially increase the risk of patients dying of cardiac arrest.

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March 19, 2012

More Foodborne Disease Outbreaks Linked to Imported Foods

Florida Food PoisoningThe maxim “you are what you eat,” may or may not be true, but when it comes to imported foods, what you eat may be putting you at a higher risk of becoming hospitalized due to a dangerous foodborne illness, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC reported that foodborne illnesses caused by imported foods rose in 2009 and 2010. From 2005 to 2010, there were 39 outbreaks and 2,348 illnesses linked to imported foods — 17 of those outbreaks occurred in 2009 and 2010 alone. According to CDC experts, the reported number of outbreaks may wildly underestimate the true total since the origin of many foods that cause outbreaks is either unknown or not reported.

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February 28, 2012

Dangerous Synthetic Drugs Sold Over the Counter to Teenagers — Again

Last year, the Florida Legislature banned the sale of “bath-salts,” — dangerous synthetic drugs that had been marketed as bath salts and were sold in head shops, corner stores, and online, where they were easily bought by teenagers. Before the ban, the products had been sold legally. But Florida authorities moved against the products, which contained the synthetic drug MDVP, because of reports of hallucinations, violent behavior, muscle damage, kidney failure, and even death associated with their use.

As a result, several forms of synthetic cathinones (bath salts) and synthetic cannabinoids (known as K2) were banned by the state of Florida. In September of 2011, The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) also placed an emergency ban on products that contain MDPV and methylone — key ingredients of “bath salts.”

But now, chemists have tweaked the formula to get around the law and the drugs are back in Florida.

New batches of the product are being marketed as bath salts, herbal cigarettes, and plant food, and have been implicated in the recent hospitalizations of three Charlotte County high-school students who overdosed on it. Florida lawmakers want to make it a third-degree felony to manufacture or sell the drugs in their new form.

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February 21, 2012

Watchdog Group Claims Medical Device Industry Pushing for Relaxed Review Standards

With the reauthorization of the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA) currently being debated in Congress, medical device industry lobbyists, congressmen, and consumer watchdog groups are locking horns in a battle for the future of medical device regulation.

The MDUFA, which has to be reauthorized every five years, requires a user fee to be levied on medical device manufacturers seeking approval for a new device. A recent agreement reached between the industry and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would double the current user fee level — fees the agency claims are needed to hire more qualified device reviewers and managers to speed up the approval process.

Some consumer groups are crying foul. Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group, claims that members of Congress, influenced by powerful medical device industry lobbyists, have introduced 14 bills that aim to speed up the approval process at the expense of patient safety. They go on to state that the current approval process is far less rigorous than the one used for new drugs, and point to a study by the Institute of Medicine that concluded the FDA process used to clear 95 percent of moderate- and high-risk medical devices, and even the process for approving the highest-risk devices, fails to ensure they are safe and effective.

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December 26, 2011

Walmart Pulls Dangerous Infant Formula after 1 Death

Retail giant Walmart has pulled the 12.5-ounce can of Enfamil after an infant died from a bacterial infection after consuming the product. The Associated Press reports the lot number is ZP1K7G and the product is Newborn powder formula, made by Mead Johnson Nutrition. The company can be contacted at (800) 222-9123.

Walmart pulled the product voluntarily from about 3,000 stores nationwide out of “an abundance of caution,” according to a spokesperson. The action follows the Sunday, December 18, death of a 10-day old boy from Missouri who became “gravely ill’ after drinking the formula. Tests showed he had a rare bacterial infection known as Cronobacter sakazakii. The Missouri Department of Health is investigating the death and the agency has sent samples of the formula to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is testing both the formula and the water used to make it as it’s not yet definitive which contained the bacteria. Powdered infant formulas are milk-based and Missouri health officials believe it is linked to the rare infection.

CNN reports the family said the infant was sweating profusely before he died yet he was cold to the touch. Mead Johnson says it’s confident in the safety and quality of their products.

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December 15, 2011

Homeopathic Weight Loss Supplements May be Banned

Weight loss, muscle building, and sexual enhancement are the three big areas of the supplement industry that seem to attract marketers trying to make a lot of money and quickly. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is consistently finding those areas attract all sorts of bogus products and producers. In the latest crackdown, the FDA and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have sent seven Warning Letters to companies making “homeopathic” weight loss products. The products claim to contain human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) which is found in the urine of pregnant women and in human placenta. It is approved as a prescription drug for some types of female infertility.

The letters say there are no FDA-approved uses of HCG for weight loss, according to a story by Consumer Affairs, and that it is against the law to sell the drug over-the-counter and to make unfounded claims.

The product makers claim that someone can lose 20 to 30 pounds in 30 to 40 days as the pills “reset your metabolism,” reports USA Today.

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August 9, 2011

Women in Florida Sue over Defective Synthetic Mesh Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced plans to make changes to the fast-track system for getting many medical devices on the market without premarket testing, but for some women the slow-acting agency announcement is too little too late. In July, the FDA issued a second, stronger-worded warning that complications from mesh may not be “rare” as the agency had previously stated in 2008. Instead there may be a 10 percent complication rate, says the FDA warning, based on adverse reaction reports coming into the agency. Those reports are believed to represent just a fraction of what occurs in the real world. The FDA will convene a panel of experts in September to discuss mesh, but in the meantime it remains on the market and it is estimated that about 75,000 women receive the medical device for pelvic organ prolapse every year.

One woman tells Florida Today about feeling like she has barbed wire inside of her after she had synthetic surgical mesh implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse. Four women from the Melbourne area of Florida are now part of dozens of lawsuits that have been filed against mesh manufactures involving hundreds of women from 34 states. A federal judge in West Virginia is overseeing the discovery process. The lawsuits can be settled or sent back to the plaintiff’s state for a jury trial.

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July 29, 2011

New Testing Requirements for Children's Toys Adopted by the CPSC

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) which oversees the safety of all types of consumer products, has decided to toughen third party testing requirements to make children’s toys safer.

In recent years, children’s products, many imported from China, have been found to have cadmium and lead in excessive levels which can be ingested by a child. In a 5-0 vote Wednesday July 20, the CPSC approved a new testing requirement to be conducted by a third party specified by manufacturers. Toy makers have until December 31, 2011 to identify and pay for third party testing which will result in a certification.

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July 22, 2011

CPSC Cut Lead Limits for Children's Toys by Two-Thirds

On August 14th the allowable lead level in children’s toys will be lowered from 300 parts per million (ppm) to 100 parts per million. That decision came in a 3-2 vote Wednesday, July 13 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The question now is what do retailers do with the inventory of children’s jewelry and toys that have too much lead paint after August 14th?

The CPSC says there is no safe level of lead. Back in 2008, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act required the 100 ppm limit so the CPSC phased in the reduced levels beginning with 300 ppm in August 2009.

The commission’s two Republicans complained that the additional regulations will cost business and force some to close.

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June 30, 2011

Study Finds Toxic or Untested Flame Retardants in 80 Percent of Baby Products Examined

The arrival of a new baby signals a buying frenzy by parents and relatives, but a recently released study reveals that 80 percent of those changing pads, portable cribs, and car seats contain untested or toxic chemical flame retardants. Published in Environmental Science and Technology, the study found flame retardant, TCEP, a known carcinogen, in nursing pillows, along with the chemical tris, which was phased out of children’s pajamas in the 1970s because of concerns about cancer.

The flame retardants are used by overseas manufacturers eager to comply with California’s strict fire prevention standards. Both the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have expressed concern about tris and its link to cancer, reproductive problems, developmental problems, and other health problems.

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June 2, 2011

CPSC Recalls 1 Million Pool and Spa Drain Covers due to Entrapment, Drowning Dangers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently recalled about 1 million pool and spa drain covers because of the injuries that have resulted when the defective covers caused swimmers to become entrapped and drown. The move could result in the closure of thousands of swimming pools around the country, including the Jacksonville city pools, which were closed over the Memorial Day holiday following the recall notice but reopened Wednesday, June 1, after the city’s review found that none of the recalled drain covers are found in the city pools. Instead they have a gravity feed drainage system which does not present a danger, according to a report in The Florida Times-Union.

An investigation by the CPSC found that the defective drains were certified and put in use based on faulty and inaccurate flow ratings that can result in suction so strong that it can entrap and disembowel a swimmer. According to a May 2011 report by the CPSC, there were 97 reports of entrapment between 1999 and 2010, 79% of the incidents involved children under the age of 18. Included in the incidents were 11 fatal entrapments of children and one adult.

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February 1, 2011

Boston Scientific Sued for Selling Defective Heart Devices

Consumer Affairs reports that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a complaint against Boston Scientific Corp. and Guidant for knowingly selling defective cardiac defibrillators. The medical devices in question, the Ventak Prizm 2, and the Renewal 1 and 2, were being redesigned but Guidant continued to sell the remaining stock that was still on shelves knowing they were defective.

Implantable cardiac defibrillators detect an irregular heart beat and are supposed to deliver a life-saving shock.

The government complaint says Guidant knew as early as April 2002 that the Prizm2 had a potentially life-threatening defect and hid that information from doctors, patients, and the FDA putting patient lives at risk and costing Medicare and taxpayers. In fact, Guidant did not reveal the defective devices to the FDA until May 2005 after an article appeared in the New York Times.

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January 4, 2011

Consumer Site Makes Tracking Defective, Harmful Products Easier

According to an article in The Los Angeles Times, a new website is going to make it easier for parents to track harmful, defective products for children and potentially dangerous foods that are recalled.

The new website is http://www.ClickCheckandProtect.org, which is associated with Consumer Reports but is compiled by the National School Safety Coalition, the National Parent Teacher Association, and the National School Boards Association. The idea is to make it a one-stop place for parents to easily receive information about defective product recalls and harmful products. The newly formed coalition will also sent out alerts on recalls concerning children’s toys, medicines, furniture, and food.

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January 3, 2011

$10 Million Settlement Reportedly Offered by Toyota to Settle Acceleration Lawsuit

When California Highway Patrol officer Mark Saylor and his family died in a fatal crash in an accelerating Lexus in August 2009, it was the first time the nation realized that a number of Toyotas had the same unintended acceleration problem. Now The Los Angeles Times reports that Toyota is going to settle a wrongful death and product liability lawsuit filed by Saylor's family members for $10 million. According to the article, Toyota has agreed to the settlement.

Toyota has said all along that the floor mats in many Toyota vehicle models are responsible for jamming against the accelerator pedal and it blames the car dealership for failing to remove the thick floor mats on the Saylor Lexus. Toyota critics contend the problem with the vehicles has nothing to do with floor mats and more to do with Toyota’s electronics.

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December 2, 2010

New CPSC Toy Safety Report Highlights Rise in Toy-Related Injuries

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is assuring parents that through its efforts there are safer toys on the market this holiday season, as reported by NBC 15 News. Safer means low or no lead, usually found in painted items made in China, along with a reduction in phthalates, a type of plastic, reduced by a mandatory standard. The government has been working with U.S. Customs to try and track shipments as they come into this country to make sure toys are in compliance.

The efforts seem to be working. There were 44 toy recalls in 2010, reports NBC 15, and 50 toy recalls in 2009, down from 172 recalls in 2008.

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November 22, 2010

CPSC Recalls over 523,000 Window Shades Made by Hanover Direct Inc.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling over 523,500 window shades made by a New Jersey company, Hanover Direct Inc., after the cord of the defective product strangled a 22-month-old and was found hanging by his neck.

Hanover Direct Inc. makes Roman shades and roller blinds. The blinds were made in China and sold at the company stores also called Domestications, the Company Store, and Company Kids stores between January 1996 and October 2009. A year ago the company was the subject of another CPSC recall over hazardous and defective window shades after a youngster almost lost his life due to cord strangulation.

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October 20, 2010

Trampoline Recall Due to Collapse Dangers

On Saturday, October 9, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled about 160,000 trampolines made by Bravo Sports due to a danger from improper assembly that can cause the faulty trampoline to collapse and injure users.

Consumers were advised to stop using the trampolines after Bravo Sports, of Santa Fe Springs, California, received 247 complaints. The trampolines come in 12-foot, 13-foot, and 14-foot sizes with model names of AirZone and Variflex. The trampolines were sold between January 2007 and September 2010 and they cost between $200 - $400.

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October 15, 2010

Evenflo Company, Inc. Recalls Maestro Booster Seats

This morning Evenflo Company, Inc., along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of Defects Investigation (NHTSA) announced the voluntary recall of over 13,000 Maestro Combination Booster Seats. This is a direct response to a crack that occurred in some of the child restraint systems during high-impact frontal collision laboratory tests in late September. The crack could cause the child product to not properly retrain the child within the seat, increasing the possibility of injury or death.

There have been no reports of the crack occurring to consumers and no injuries have been reported. Nevertheless, Evenflo has removed all Maestro Combination Booster seats from store shelves.

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October 8, 2010

CPSC and FDA: Stop Using Sleep Positioners Following Infant Deaths

The announcement from these two federal agencies is quite clear – consumers should stop using infant sleep positioner following the deaths of a dozen infants over 13 years. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued the warning after the positioners caused the babies to become trapped and suffocate between the device and the side of the bassinet or crib.

The positioner is a cloth with two bolsters at either end. It is supposed to keep babies on their back during sleep, considered the safest position to avoid Sudden Infant Death Syndrome or SIDS. But the positioners failed to do the job for which they were intended and most of the fatalities occurred when the infants rolled on their stomachs.

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September 24, 2010

Similac Powder Infant Formula Recalled Due to Beetle Contamination

Similac powdered infant formula is being recalled after some consumers found beetles in the powder infant formula. The FDA Similac recall announcement states that Abbott Laboratories is voluntarily conducting the recall of millions of containers of powder Similac formula.

The company searched the Sturgis, Michigan plant further and found that some formula may contain parts of a small common beetle or its larvae. The products affected include Similac powder in the 8 ounce, 12.4 ounce, and 12.9 ounce cans.

Reuters reports the loss represents about $100 million to Abbott. Competitor, Mead Johnson’s Enfamil is seeing sales rise.

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August 20, 2010

Kawasaki Recalls ATV

Kawasaki Motors Corp is recalling about 4,000 of one of its off-road motorcycles because of safety concerns. Kawasaki agreed to the recall suggested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Consumers are warned they should stop using the off-road bike. It is also considered illegal to resell a recalled motorcycle.

The motorcycle in question is the Kawasaki 2010 KLX110. It is an off-road bike distributed by Kawasaki Motors of Irvine, California.

The problem – the bike has a faulty housing for the ignition switch which can allow water to enter. That can potentially activate the starter and since this is an electric starter, it can cause serious hazard of death. No injuries have been reported.

Note that the 2010 model year is involved and includes series KLX110CAF and KLX110DAF off-road motorcycles. They are distinguished by their lime green color with the word “Kawasaki” on the side of the fuel tank.

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July 27, 2010

Toyota Investigated for Hiding Steering Problems

Automaker, Toyota has been out of the limelight lately, following a series of recalls for runaway vehicles, but a New York grand jury has put troubled Toyota back in the news, according to a Consumer Affairs article.

Toyota has disclosed that it’s received a subpoena related to flaws with the steering system in some vehicles. This concerns auto product liability attorneys in Florida and throughout the United States. The subpoena related to a recall initiated by the company in 2005 for a faulty relay rod on pickup trucks and SUVs that could cause a loss of control in 1989 to 1996 vehicle model years.

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July 23, 2010

Pottery Barn Recalls Drop Side Cribs

Millions of drop-side cribs have been recalled this year and now Pottery Barn Kids is recalling its version of the popular type of crib, according to a Consumer Affairs report. Eighty-two thousand are being recalled due to the dangers of entrapment. When hardware breaks, as frequently happens on the drop-side cribs, a young child can become wedged between the mattress and the crib’s frame leading to suffocation.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports the hardware of the drop-down cribs tends to malfunction with age and with incorrect assembly.

The CPSC says that there have been 36 reports of malfunctioning Pottery Barn cribs. Seven children have been injured. One child fell out of the crib and others had their legs caught. One child became entrapped but was not seriously injured.

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June 30, 2010

CPSC: Seven Crib Manufacturers Recall Drop-Side

Before the end of the year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants to eliminate drop-side cribs from the market. Toward that end, the CPSC and seven manufacturers this week announced they were recalling the troublesome cribs that can entrap and suffocate infants, according to a Chicago Tribune report.

The picture on the Web site of CPSC shows how easily a little one can become wedged between the crib and the mattress when the hardware comes loose.

So far, 32 infants have died from being trapped in these cribs, and more than a dozen other deaths are suspected to have resulted from a failure of their drop-side crib. The drop-side crib is intended to make it easier for parents to place or remove a child from a crib.

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June 24, 2010

First Jury Award to Homeowners with Chinese Wallboard

According to a Miami Herald report, Miami-Dade jury has found Miami-based Banner Supply at fault for a couple’s home that was built with defective Chinese drywall and on Friday, June 17, awarded them $2.5 million. This is the first test of a Chinese drywall case that has gone before a jury and the outcome is not a good omen for the industry.

In this case, the couple, Armin and Lisa Seifart, sued Banner Supply, the drywall company that provided the defective drywall from China. They were building their dream home in Coral Gables, but instead, the home was a nightmare. The air conditioner corroded and the home had a strange sulfur odor.

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June 15, 2010

Swallowing Batteries a Growing Risk for Kids

Jacksonville defective product injury lawyers are noting that children swallowing batteries is becoming a growing problem as people increasingly are using button batteries. A Reuters story reports that there has been an increase in the number of children that put the tiny batteries in their mouth where they can become lodged in the esophagus or ingested.

If the lodged batteries are not removed within two hours, they can cause tears, burning or internal bleeding. The studies - published in the June issue of Pediatrics - come to the same conclusion – that the number of cases of battery swallowing are on the rise. Research suggests a 6.7 fold increase in the percentage of button batteries swallowed between 1985 and 2009. That increase mirrors the increasing use of the little lithium cell batteries that go in remote controls, cameras, watches, children’s toys, and many household products.

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March 29, 2010

Toyota Pulls Strings Within NHTSA To Kill Probes

An investigation is uncovering the amount of influence former NHTSA employees may have had over the current Toyota probe. Critics in Congress say that Toyota had help from two former NHTSA employees. Christopher Santucci worked as a defect investigator for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator. He then got a job at Toyota, the very company he had been in charge of investigating. He worked for Christopher Tinto, who also used to work for NHTSA. Now with these two together at Toyota they helped to limit probes into Toyota records show. Together, they pointed the NHTSA probe to focus on the brief burst acceleration instead of the runaway vehicles that have led to so many accidents and deaths.

Toyota documents that CBS News obtained from 2006 show that while NHTSA wanted company documents on “a broad testing and analysis question” concerning the Camry and Solara vehicle engine surge, Toyota in negotiations with NHTSA, got the agency to “reduce the response” and essentially provide much less data. A third ex-NHTSA employee also helped Toyota, former NHTSA attorney Kenneth Weinstein. Joan Claybrook, who used to head NHTSA, characterizes it like this. “They maneuvered and manipulated and I think Bamboozled the agency.” Congress is taking the apparent conflict-of-interest question before Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Absolutely not” he said.

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March 5, 2010

Chrysler Recall Expanded

The Chrysler Group is recalling 24,000 Dodge and Jeep automobiles because of a defect that could cause the brakes to fail. The bulk of the recall applies to the Dodge Ram pickup truck, model years 2009-2010 as well as the 2010 Chrysler Sebring, the Dodge Avenger and Nitro, the Jeep Liberty, Commander and Grand Cherokee.

The problem is a rod-retaining clip that has been fitted incorrectly and in some Ram trucks the part has not been fitted at all. No accidents are reported as a result of the brake issue, but Chrysler says the problem with the braking system could result in brake failure without warning, “which could cause a crash.” As auto defect attorneys in Florida and throughout the U.S. are monitoring recall updates, Chrysler is working closely with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the recall.

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March 3, 2010

Crib Recall Policy Revised by CPSC

A new crib recall policy could be part of the newly beefed up crib safety rules initiated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). When consumers find that they own a defective crib that has been recalled, CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum recently told congress that her “Safe Sleep Initiative” would require a crib maker to offer a refund or store credit to the owner of the defective crib. That is, as long as it does not force a company into bankruptcy. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) says what is most shocking about this is that all of the recalled cribs were certified as meeting the industry’s safety standards.

The problem with many recalled cribs is that they continue to resurface in the second-hand market, whether it is through a garage sale or consignment store.

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February 11, 2010

Merck Trying to Expand Gardasil Use

Drug maker, Merck, has given the FDA new data to win approval to market its HPV vaccine, Gardasil, to women between the ages of 27 and 45. The drug is already approved to protect girls and younger women, ages 9 through 26, from four strains of the human papillomavirus, which can lead to cervical cancer and warts. The vaccine also won approval to prevent genital warts in young males.

The drug has not been the blockbuster that Merck wanted so it has been trying for some time to win further FDA approval. In June 2008, the FDA rejected Merck’s application to expand use of the drug. And early last year, the FDA again withheld approval, asking Merck for more data on a 48-month study.

After a much heralded approval in 2006, Merck pushed and almost received approval for mandatory vaccinations for young girls. But there was a backlash when it was found that lobbyists were targeting female legislators to introduce new laws in their states. Gardasil sales slowed and now Merck faces competition from its rival, Cervarix, made by GSK.

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February 1, 2010

Toxic Metal in Kid's Jewelry from China

After news surfaced that Chinese manufacturers allowed dangerous levels of lead to be present in children’s toys and jewelry, a different substance – cadmium – was used instead. However, a recent associated press investigation has revealed that the heavy metal cadmium which has replaced lead in children’s jewelry is no substitute at all. Cadmium poses many dangers to children as well. Lab tests conducted by the associated press discovered that the most contaminated piece contained 91% cadmium. Bought on a national level, other pieces of jewelry amounted to a weight of 84% to 89% cadmium.

It is no secret that cadmium is a carcinogen and can easily come off of objects, thus contaminating the hands and other body parts of users. As additional concern arose regarding the exposure of this dangerous chemical substance to children, the Associated Press bought 103 items from store locations throughout Texas, New York, California, and Ohio, all during the months of November and December. What they found in the purchased items was that 12% of the jewelry items had at least 10% of cadmium present.

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January 22, 2010

Floridians File Lawsuit Against Drug Makers

Two Floridians both had colonoscopies and both have kidney disease. Both have also filed Florida pharmaceutical lawsuits against the drug makers of the drugs used to cleanse the bowels. Both Floridians took drugs that contain sodium phosphate. Doctors often refer to it as the “killer of kidneys” and their lawyer argues the drugs caused their kidney damage.

The drugs are known as over-the-counter drugs Fleet Phospho-soda and OsmoPrep pills.
One of the individuals is 63 and relies on dialysis after suffering kidney failure, reports Health News Florida. The other individual is 80, is a retired airline pilot, and is not on dialysis, but he cannot enjoy a normal active lifestyle.

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January 18, 2010

H1N1 Strikes Jacksonville Man

Jacksonville has had its first serious drug side effect of paralysis to report, apparently a result of receiving the swine flu vaccine.

Shortly after receiving the H1N1or swine flu shot, a Jacksonville firefighter has become paralyzed with the condition called Guillain- Barre syndrome or GBS. He is in Baptist Hospital and appears to be recovering.

GBS affects the nervous system causing paralysis and it has rarely been seen in the 2009 version of the swine flu vaccine; however, in 1976, during the last round of swine flu, the vaccine created at that time was known to cause GBS as a side effect.

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January 18, 2010

Roman Shades Recall

A mother says in an interview that she's been waiting for this day to come ever since her one-year-old daughter was strangled by a home window blind cord in June 2002. That’s when she tucked twins into baby blankets in their cribs. One of the twins accidentally strangled herself by looping an inner cord within the window blinds around her neck.

Since the twin’s death, the mother has formed Parents for Window Blind Safety, lobbying the federal government for a recall of the dangerous blinds.

This week, the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced one of the biggest product recalls in U.S. history, working with industry to recall all Roman-style shades and roll-up blinds with cords because of the risk of strangulation.

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January 8, 2010

Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer

Talc is the world’s softest rock but the minute fibers contained in talc are very similar to asbestos. For years, environmental scientists have been saying that talcum powder can cause cancer. Now that issue will be going to court.

A 52-year-old woman from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is suing Johnson & Johnson and two mining companies for failing to warn consumers about the possibility of contracting ovarian cancer from talcum power.

She was diagnosed in 2006 after using the powder in her genital area every day after showering from 1975 to 2007.

The Argus Leader reports that the federal complaint says the talc caused her cancer and the mines and health care company failed to warn the public, making them guilty of negligence.

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January 7, 2010

Woman Dies From Runaway Prius

A woman driving in the Middleburg community near Jacksonville was fatally injured Sunday after being involved in a two-vehicle accident, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The 67-year-old woman from Venice, Florida was initially hospitalized in critical condition. The accident occurred on Blanding Boulevard at County Road 215. Investigators believe that she drove her Toyota Prius into the path of a southbound Ford SUV, failing to stop at both a stop sign and a flashing red light. The accident happened about 5:15 p.m. so it was still light enough to see. The SUV was driven by a Jacksonville man who suffered minor injuries.

Both individuals were wearing their seat belts. The woman died at Shands Jacksonville hospital.

The Toyota Prius has had its problems with unintentional acceleration.

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January 6, 2010

Toyota's New Problem - Stalling

Toyota has had its share of problems recently with the sudden, unexplained acceleration in some of its vehicles that led to a recall of 4 million vehicles. While the floor mat was initially blamed, Toyota will add additional safety features to prevent the accelerator and brake from applying at the same time as part of the fix.

The company is facing another federal safety probe. Now regulators are trying to understand why Corolla and Matrix cars from model year 2006 are experiencing engine stalling problems. That can occur even at highway speeds and intersections. The 1ZZ-FE engines are named specifically.

The Corolla is a top seller for Toyota, ranking fifth among all vehicle sales this year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched the investigation November 30 after it received 26 complaints from drivers. Neither model is included in the previous recall of 4.2 million cars.

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December 31, 2009

St. John's Wort and the Cataract Connection

News is beginning to emerge in the popular media that the plant, St. John’s wort may, while being a cure for mild depression, not be good for our eyesight.

Research out of Fordham University finds that in the lab, hypericin, which is the active ingredient in St. John’s wort, may also make the eye susceptible to sunburn, even in visible light, which can cause a cloudy lens, leading to cataracts, and a damaged retina, which can mean irreversible macular degeneration which can lead to blindness.

In other words, the herb is phototoxic to the ocular lens.

If that is true we would expect to see the effects in a large population…and that is exactly what we are seeing.

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December 29, 2009

Slim-Fast Recall

The popular weight loss liquid drink, Slim-Fast ready-to-drink cans are being recalled because of a possible bacterial contamination. Unilever issued the voluntary recall in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration Friday.

The New Jersey based company found a bacterial contamination - Bacillus cereus, a micro-organism, which may cause diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. The products were sold in stores nationwide the company says in a statement.

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December 18, 2009

Tip-Over Injury Warning - CPSC

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents and caregivers about the dangers to young children from furniture in the home that is not properly secured and leads to tip-over deaths. It happened in Jacksonville this year when a young girl reached for a toy on the top of a television just resting on a stand. It toppled over onto her killing her. She was just one of about 134 tip-over deaths reported to the CPSC in recent years. More than 16,300 children under the age of five were treated in emergency rooms in 2006 because of tip-over hazards.

Some parents may not think that an unsecured television, furniture, or appliances could be a hidden hazard, but they are and they exist in almost every room.

“The most devastating injuries resulting from furniture tipping on children are injuries to the brain and when a child is trapped under a heavy piece of furniture and suffocates,” according
to Dr. Gary Smith, who is Director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

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December 16, 2009

Toyota Recall of 110,00 Tundra Trucks

110,000 Toyota Tundra pickup trucks are being recalled. The announcement was made the day before Thanksgiving, a good time to hope something goes unnoticed.

The problem according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is that road salt used in the winter can cause the underside of the Toyota Tundra’s frame to corrode.
That is the area where the spare tire is mounted and a falling spare tire can cause road hazards. That is also the area where the rear brake lines are located and corrosion can lead to a brake system failure, according to NHTSA.

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December 15, 2009

Palatka Auto Product Liability and Van Rollover Lawyers

The city of Palatka is home to approximately 10,804 and has seen a 7.5% jump in population since 2000. As a popular city in Florida, Palatka only has a population density of 1553 people per square mile in its stretch of 6.96 square miles in size, which is fairly low compared to other cities comparable in size. Situated in Putnam County, a little over 20% of Palatka residents both live and work in the city. With such a large amount of people commuting within and outside of Palatka’s area limits, the reliance on privately owned vehicles is evident.

With the amount of vehicles on the road in Palatka in mind, an unfortunate occurrence of accidents, injuries, and death have been known to occur due to defective vehicles. Whether these catastrophic incidents are brought on by disjointed auto manufacturing standards or the negligence of a particular auto maker, the failure of auto parts can have damaging repercussions for drivers and passengers to endure.

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December 8, 2009

Jacksonville Beach Auto Product Liability and Van Rollover Lawyers

As the largest town within the Jacksonville Beach community, Jacksonville Beach has an estimated population of 21,849. The population of Jacksonville Beach has grown by 4% since the year 2000. Often called “Jax Beach”, the popular area is a major section of Duval County. In being called home by thousands, Jacksonville Beach also attracts several tourists throughout the year to its beautiful beaches and vast cultural attractions.

With its immense population and large amount of visitors taking to the road and local highways, it is an ill-fated reality that accidents, injuries, and even death take place in Jacksonville Beach due to defective vehicles. Whether these tragic incidents are caused by the negligence of a particular auto maker or auto manufacturing standards that are unorganized, the breakdown of auto components often create detrimental circumstances for drivers and passengers to endure.

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December 4, 2009

Popular Baby Stroller Recall After Babies Lose Fingers in Hinge

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling one million of the popular Maclaren strollers after 12 children had their fingertips amputated in the stroller hinges.
The recalled strollers have been sold in the usual retail outlets since 1999 up until November of this year. They are made in China and sell from $100 to $360. People generally love the strollers.

The CPSC stated in an announcement on its Web site that, “The stroller’s hinge mechanism poses a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to the child when the consumer is unfolding/opening the stroller.”

So far 15 reports have been made of children placing their finger in the stroller’s hinge, with 12 children losing fingertips. Maclaren will send parents protective covers for the hinges.
This recall involves all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers. The word “Maclaren” is printed on the stroller. The affected models included Volo, Triumph, Quest Sport, Quest Mod, Techno XT, TechnoXLR, Twin Triumph, Twin Techno and Easy Traveller.

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December 3, 2009

Jacksonville Auto Product Liability and Van Rollover Lawyers

The city of Jacksonville has a population of about 805,605 and is the most populated city in the state of Florida. Jacksonville is also the 12th most populous city in the U.S. Covering 874.3 square miles in size, Jacksonville is the biggest city in the country for total land area. As more and more people are drawn to the vast culture and lively nature of Jacksonville, the area’s popularity for tourism also increases. Taking the large amount of inhabitants and visitors throughout Jacksonville into consideration, accidents, injuries, and even wrongful death occur as a result of defective vehicles. Some of these incidents take place due to shoddy auto manufacturing standards or the negligence of a specific auto maker. Nevertheless, the failure of auto components can create numerous life-altering effects for drivers and passengers to endure.

One major point of concern for auto product liability and auto defects pertains to 15-passenger vans. Even with the U.S. Department of Transportation issuing warnings for consumers regarding potential dangers associated with the inefficiency of 15-passenger vans, these vehicles are still purchased and used. 15-passenger vans are defectively designed with a notable high center of gravity which creates a propensity to “fishtail” and overturn. Issues with tire inflation are also a serious problem with 15-passenger vans because this can contribute to a rollover collision.

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December 1, 2009

Lake City Auto Product Liability and Van Rollover Lawyers

Situated within Columbia County, Florida, Lake City is also known as the “Gateway to Florida.” Lake City is a typical stop for travelers on their way to Southern Florida and is a popular tourist destination. The population in Lake City continues to increase and was recently estimated to be about 12,000. Columbia County, where Lake City is located, has approximately 68,000 inhabitants as of 2006. With such an array of residents and visitors taking to the road, it is an unfortunate actuality that accidents, injuries, and even death take place in Lake City as a result of defective vehicles. Some of these tragic incidents are caused by the negligence of a specific auto maker or are caused by inefficient auto manufacturing standards. No matter what the exact cause, the failure of auto parts can inflict serious ramifications on drivers and passengers.

15-passenger vans are a big concern when it comes to auto product liability and defective auto parts. Despite constant warnings from the U.S. Department of Transportation regarding the inefficiently and danger of 15-passenger vans, consumers continue to purchase and travel in these vehicles. One of the issues associated with the vans connects to tire inflation which can contribute to a rollover crash. In addition, these vans are defectively designed and have a high center of gravity which can lead to the van “fishtailing” and/or overturning.

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November 24, 2009

Orange Park Auto Product Liability and Van Rollover Lawyers

Orange Park, Florida is a prominent suburb of Jacksonville situated in Northeast Clay County. Located south of Jacksonville, Orange Park possesses a dynamic community full of culture and history. Orange Park’s population exceeds 180,000 and has a high population density. In addition to those who call Orange Park home, several visitors and passerby traverse along the local streets and highways in Orange Park.

Within its vast region, residents of Orange Park greatly depend on privately owned autos to get around. With its large population taking to the road, it is an ill-fated reality that accidents, injuries, and even death occur in Orange Park as a consequence of defective vehicles. Some of these catastrophic accidents are brought on by the negligence of a specific auto maker or are caused by disjointed auto manufacturing standards. No matter what the cause, the failure of auto parts can impose life-altering repercussions on drivers and passengers.

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November 20, 2009

Toyota's Ongoing Problems

If you are driving a Toyota, I hope you are aware of what is going on.

Last month, Toyota announced it was planning its largest recall ever of nearly four million vehicles over the issue of loose floor mats that may be interfering with the accelerator pedal, causing the car to speed out of control.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has conducted an investigation into a high profile crash in California and is raising questions as to whether the floor mats are the only culprit in Toyota and Lexus models.

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November 19, 2009

St. Augustine Auto Product Liability and Van Rollover Lawyers

Home to the longest-standing port in the continental U.S., the city of St. Augustine is often called “the nation’s oldest city.” Surrounded by beautiful beaches and museums, St. Augustine is home to approximately 12,157 residents and caters to many visitors passing through Northern Florida. As a well traversed area, St. Augustine is situated 60 miles north of Daytona Beach just 5 miles east of Interstate 95, and 40 miles south of Jacksonville.

With the immense population of St. Augustine taking to the road and local highways, it is an unfortunate reality that accidents, injuries, and even death take place due to defective vehicles. Whether these catastrophic incidents are brought on by incompetent auto manufacturing standards or the negligence of a particular auto maker, the failure of auto components can impose many negative consequences on drivers and passengers.

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November 19, 2009

Yaz Yasmin Oral Contraceptives Lawsuits Growing

In 2007, a 39-year old woman from San Francisco was the happy mother of 3-year-old twins.
Doctors put her on the Yaz birth control pill. Four weeks and one day later, she suffered a stroke.

Today it’s obvious to see part of her skull has been removed. Doctors had to operate to accommodate the brain swelling following her stroke. Her IQ is 77. She has chronic pain and has no short-term memory. She can no longer drive.

The injured woman was in the hospital for six months and returned to her twins a different person. They are getting help coping with the condition of their new mother, who walks, talks and looks different, with the help of a counselor.

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November 18, 2009

FDA Will Probe Medication Errors

One important element of health care reform that’s often not mentioned is the cost of medical errors and specifically errors involving prescriptions.

Medication interactions, a pharmacy mix-up, or the inability to read the doctor’s handwriting, can all lead to drug dosage errors which cost us all about $4 billion a year, not to mention lives and injuries.

Now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is trying to identify how 1.5 million prescription errors happen every year, according to the Institute of Medicine.

It is astonishing and even FDA commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, who is a doctor was stunned by the numbers. She announced a new plan called “Safe Use Initiative” by saying it “doesn’t require a new scientific discovery or a budget appropriation.”

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November 17, 2009

Brunswick, Georgia Auto Product Liability and Van Rollover Lawyers

The city of Brunswick is situated in southeastern Georgia approximately 30 miles north of Florida. Brunswick is well-known for a variety of reasons, a few of which include being home to the fourth-largest automobile port in the eastern United States and being the center of Georgia’s shrimp and crab industries. Brunswick’s estimated population was 16,235 in 2007 and it had a metropolitan population of 101,792.

In encompassing the twelfth-largest metropolitan area in the state of Georgia, Brunswick residents rely heavily on personally owned automobiles as transport throughout the vast counties of Glynn, Brantley, and McIntosh. With its immense population taking to the road and local highways, it is an unfortunate actuality that accidents, injuries, and even death take place in Brunswick due to defective vehicles. Whether these tragic incidents are caused by incoherent auto manufacturing standards or the negligence of a specific auto maker, the failure of auto components can have detrimental consequences on drivers and passengers.

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November 13, 2009

Recall of Flammable Robes

Nine deaths are now blamed on highly flammable women’s robe sold by Blair LLC and the company is expanding its recall. Made by a Pakistani manufacturer, Blair LLC of Warren, Pennsylvania has been working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to widen the recall.

So far about 300,000 chenille robes have been recalled including a full-length robe, a chenille jacket, lounge jackets, and chenille tops. Earlier this year there were five reports of death linked to the robes.

What generally happens is that women wear the chenille robe in the kitchen near the stove where they catch fire. The garment has failed to meet federal flammability standards so are particularly dangerous if near an open flame.

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November 12, 2009

Florida Go-Cart Accident Kills Fourth Grader

A 12-year-old boy lost his life last Saturday afternoon in Palm Bay, Florida in a tragic accident.
The boy was riding as a passenger in a go-kart that was traveling about 30 miles per hour down a dirt road when he was ejected. The go-kart was being driven by a 16-year-old who apparently lost control after avoiding a hole in the road. Another passenger was injured when the go-kart flipped.

A witness called 911 but on the way to the hospital the 12-year-old boy went into cardiac arrest and could not be revived, according to an investigator who arrived at the scene.

Our prayers go out to the family of this young boy who lost his life in a senseless accident. His classmates report that he was in fourth grade and will be greatly missed.

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November 4, 2009

Chantix Reports of Suicide Keep Coming In

Even tobacco executives acknowledge these days that smoking is an environmental risk for cancer. According to the American Lung Association, more than 400,000 American lives are lost each year due to smoking or from secondhand smoke shared with babies and spouses.
Chantix sounded like a lifesaver when it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in May 2006.

Also known as Varenicline Tartrate, Chantix is made by Pfizer and given to end smoking addiction. The FDA reportedly reduced its usual review time from 10 to six months.

Here’s how it works. Instead of using nicotine, which many smoking cessation therapies include, Chantix reduces cravings and decreases the pleasurable effects of smoking. But side effects reported include nausea, headaches, abnormal sleep, and Chantix dreams, vivid wild dreams.

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November 2, 2009

Ford Recall Involving Faulty Switch and Fire Danger

The Ford Motor Company is issuing a recall for 4.5 million vehicles because of a faulty switch that can overheat and catch fire.

The action comes after an 18-month federal investigation that has Ford recalling more than 14 million vehicles in eight recalls over a decade over the faulty switch and the potential for fires.

The problem switch is made by Texas Instruments and sold for about $21. The cruise control deactivation switch can leak hydraulic fluid, overheat and then burn risking fire, even when the car is parked in your garage. The Windstar vans have an elevated risk, said a Ford spokesman.
The Detroit News, reports that Ford stopped using the switches in early 2003, but not before they were linked to at least 1,500 complaints and 550 vehicle fires.

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October 28, 2009

Fentanyl Patch Dangers

Doctors may finally be getting the message about the dangers of Johnson & Johnson’s fentanyl patches. Sales are down worldwide 20.5 % equating to roughly $200 million dollars. The drop comes after a series of deaths and lawsuits and at least two J & J recalls in the last two years.

Just last month, the painkiller was prescribed to a 15-year-old boy who died of an overdose following a tooth extraction. The Seattle teen was autistic and for some reason was prescribed the patch usually used for chronic pain in cancer patients and is generally prescribed for people who have developed a resistance to opium-based painkillers.

Since the 15-year-old was unable to speak and communicate to caretakers, it complicated his reaction and anyone’s ability to help him.

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October 22, 2009

Yaz Yasmin Lawsuits Abound

Yaz and Yasmin are two types of birth control pills manufactured by Bayer Healthcare. Both contain ethinyl estradiol which has been present in “The Pill” for more than three decades. However, what’s new about these popular forms of oral contraceptive is the presence of progestin in Yasmin and Yaz. It is called drospirenone, a so called fourth-generation synthetic progestin. Unfortunately it results in elevated potassium levels which can cause potentially life-threatening heart problems.

Approved by the FDA in 2006 and 2001, almost immediately the FDA began receiving adverse event reports including deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and heart arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat.

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October 7, 2009

Tylenol Recall

The makers of Children's Tylenol have announced a voluntary recall of more than 20 children's and infants' liquid products.

The products were made between April and June 2008 and the recall involves 57 lots of children’s products.

The full list and lot numbers of the products are contained on the Web site. Among those recalled:
Varieties of Children’s Tylenol have been voluntarily recalled. The brands include Children’s Tylenol Suspension 4 ounce Strawberry, Children’s Tylenol Pediatric Suspension 1 ounce Cherry, and Infant’s Tylenol Suspension Drops ½ ounce Grape.

The company says one of the inactive ingredients tested positive for a gram-negative bacteria, Burkholderia cepacia or B. cepacia. However none of the bacteria was found in the finished product and that the chance of a serious medical event is unlikely.

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October 2, 2009

Grandmother Says Gardasil Killed Her Granddaughter

A 17-year-old was about to graduate from high school when the cheerleader and softball pitcher received the first of the three-shot series of Gardasil, the Merck drug that is supposed to protect young girls from the human papillomavirus, or HPV, that causes two types of cervical cancer and two types of warts.

That was 19 months ago.

"I just didn't know what to think because she was so healthy. I just could not understand why she was dead. No one seemed to know why she was dead,” says her grandmother.

The teen had no health problems, but after the second shot in September 2007 she started to get bad headaches, as well as muscle aches, and joint pain, said her grandmother. The doctor thought it was stress. Her third shot was February 20, 2008. By February 22 she was dead.

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September 30, 2009

The Many Dangers of Avandia: Study Reveals Heightened Risk for the Elderly

After it was revealed in an analysis of 42 clinical trials in May 2007 that patients taking Avandia to treat Type 2 diabetes faced a 43% greater risk of having a heart attack, concern spread relating to the failure of manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline and the FDA to properly warn consumers about its cardiac risks. Based on a recent report, Avandia is now considered to pose more risk than Actos and a study revealed that senior citizens are the group most at risk of suffering from heart failure and death as a result of using Avandia. According to the article, in analyzing almost 40,000 records of patients 66-years-old and above, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre researchers in Toronto found that for every 93 patients given Avandia as opposed to Actos, there would be one additional cardiovascular event or death each year.

Even though new warning stating the specific risks of myocardial ischemia was added to Avandia’s boxed warning information in November 2007, other serious risks have been brought to the surface, such as liver failure. A Consumer advocacy group, Public Citizen, published the research that revealed Avandia’s risk of liver toxicity and noted that its risks “far outweigh its benefits.” And as skilled Jacksonville, Florida Avandia lawyers, we couldn’t agree more. It is utterly tragic when medication that is supposed to help treat a serious disease or ailment ends up making a condition worse or creating new health problems for an innocent patient to endure.

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September 24, 2009

Avandia – The News Keeps Getting Worse

Avandia is the drug many residents of Florida are discussing lately, which is used to treat Type 2 diabetes. Some users have found the cure has caused more problems than the original disease.

Heart failure can be a deadly result of taking the oral diabetes medicine, made by GlaxoSmithKline. Avandia, also known as rosiglitazone, has been found to contribute to heart attack or failure, according to a six-year study on Avandia. 6.9 percent of the patients taking the drug died or were hospitalized.

A new study from the British Medical Journal (BMJ), published in August 2009, concludes that the drug has no advantage over competitor, Actos, and is more likely to trigger heart failure and death.

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September 18, 2009

Exploding DVD Player Recall

They are sold in Wal-Mart for as little as $29. But you may get more than surround sound from this DVD player. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a second recall for the Durabrand DVD player after Wal-Mart received 14 reports that the inexpensive players can overheat and burst into flames.

The CPSC has now recalled a total of 4.2 million of the players. So far, no one has been injured, but when one player overheated it caused property damage, according to CNN.
Consumers can return the players to Wal-Mart for a full refund.

Wal-Mart is also providing a number at (800) 925-6278 or asks consumers to visit their Web site at http://walmartstores.com/.

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September 14, 2009

Chrysler Accepts Liability for Future Accidents in Defective Cars

The New Chrysler has reversed itself from its previous stand of refusing to accept any auto product liability lawsuits resulting from the 30 million vehicles still on the road. The automaker has agreed to cover product liability claims that result after the company emerged from bankruptcy protection on June 10.

In a company letter sent to Congress last Friday, Chrysler says that future car accident victims, who believe their injuries resulted from a defective, seat belt, roof, side air bag, or any other auto part, will be able to sue the new company. However, 300 or so claims that were pending before Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy will not be covered.

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September 8, 2009

Sen. Nelson Looks to China for Cooperation on Drywall

The United States is serious about China taking some responsibility for the drywall problems that homeowners in Florida and elsewhere are facing. That was the message that Florida Sen. Bill Nelson brought to China in a recent trip there to determine the level of cooperation forthcoming from the country.

His trip was followed by a delegation from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), investigating hundreds of complaints from homeowners about the defective high-sulfur content drywall that is emitting a rotten-egg smell, making them sick, and corroding electrical wiring, metal plumbing components, HVAC systems, and appliances.

Sen. Nelson says he plans to make sure that the drywall issue is on the agenda when Chinese President Hu Jintao meets with President Obama this fall.

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August 26, 2009

Florida Chinese Drywall Victims Call on Washington

A Florida resident has called President Obama to come over to her custom home in Port St. Lucie and see for himself what Chinese drywall is doing to her, according to a report. She has organized a number of people, organized from the internet, all living in homes constructed with the defective drywall that emits sulfuric odors and gasses responsible for corroding wiring and who knows what else.

She is part of a new trend – homeowners who are rattling some cages to try and get federal and immediate help so they can move out of their homes. She has contacted hundreds of people who she hopes will join her in her campaign to get the White House interested in these defective products in Florida.

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August 20, 2009

Palatka Product Liability and Defective Product Attorneys

There are about 2,421 families who call Palatka, Florida their home. With a total population of 10,804 people (as of July 2007 estimates), consumerism is undoubtedly alive and well. The city has an area of 7.5 square miles, and has experienced a 7.5% rise in population since the year 2000, meaning that more and more people each year move into the city limits, bringing their consumer goods and products with them.

From cars to clothing, home appliances to children’s toys, products can take a variety of different forms. However, there is always the possibility that those products, despite supposed testing, can be found to cause harm to people all over the country, Palatka residents included. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible for monitoring products throughout the country, ensuring that those products are free from defects and risks that could pose serious harm to consumers. However, when products fail and do injure consumers, it is the job of Palatka defective product attorneys to ensure that those parties responsible for the products are appropriately held liable for their actions.

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August 18, 2009

Amelia Island Product Liability and Defective Products Attorneys

Amelia Island, Florida is located off the coast of Florida and is part of Nassau County. With a population of about 68,437 people, Amelia Island, otherwise known as the “Isle of Eight Flags,” is only 18.2 square miles in size. However, tourism is alive and well on Amelia Island, with visitors flocking to one of the many festivals that the island hosts each year, in addition to enjoying the sites and sounds while camping and sailing.

With such a large number of people coming and going each year, there are bound to be accidents along the way caused by defective products. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 2.4 million deaths in the United States in 2006, 121,599 of which occurred as the result of accidents and the unintentional injuries associated with those accidents. While not all of these deaths occurred as the result of defective products, some of them undoubtedly did. Defective products can injure unsuspecting consumers almost anywhere, including Amelia Island. In the event that defective product injury does occur, it is important to seek the assistance of a skilled Amelia Island defective product lawyer.

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August 14, 2009

Nassau County DUI Accident Kills Passenger

An 18-year-old, who was driving a pickup truck that rolled and killed a passenger last January, has been charged with DUI manslaughter, according to a story. The 18-year-old male of Bryceville was driving eastbound on Roy Booth Road, just south of Callahan, when his truck veered off the road at a curve, then traveled through a ditch, back across the roadway and then overturned. A 20-year-old male passenger of Callahan was killed.

We offer our sincere condolences to the family of this young man who left this world at such a young age. The Florida Highway Patrol investigated and determined that the 18-year old was the driver. Initially there were some claims he wasn’t, and that alcohol was involved. DUI manslaughter charges will be added to vehicular manslaughter, driving with a suspended license, and failure to wear a seat belt. The 18-year-old in this Florida drunk driving accident faces fifteen years in prison for one night of carelessness in his criminal case.

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August 13, 2009

Jacksonville Beach Product Liability and Defective Product Attorneys

Jacksonville Beach, Florida has a population of 21,849 people as of July 2007. Part of Duval County and often referred to as “Jax Beach” by the locals, Jacksonville Beach has a population density of about 993 people per square mile, and is more or less an extension of the city of Jacksonville. Operating as a prime tourist spot, Jacksonville Beach is made up of an assortment of locals and out-of-towners, all of whom, undoubtedly, use products in their day-to-day lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidents and unintentional injuries were the fifth leading cause of death in the United States in 2006. Even though said accidents only accounted for 5% of the total number of deaths that year, the percentage could have been much lower had negligent manufacturers ensured that their products were safe before introducing them to consumers. In the event that consumers are injured or negatively affected in some way as the result of defective products, it is vital that a skilled Jacksonville Beach defective product attorney examine the circumstances surrounding the accident to ensure that negligent parties are held liable for their actions.

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August 11, 2009

Is Chinese Drywall Flammable?

As if the problems with the foul smell coming from Chinese drywall is not enough to drive some Florida residents from their homes, now we learn that the state Fire Marshal’s Office and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are testing to see if the toxic drywall contributes to fires, based on a story. The source of two fires is in question and tests are underway by the state. We already know that as a defective product in Florida, the odorous drywall corrodes electrical wires and air conditioner coils.

The CPSC has received 608 incidents reports from 21 states about the Chinese drywall, most of the complaints coming from Florida, Louisiana and Virginia as we now find out in a CPSC status report on Chinese drywall in this country.

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August 11, 2009

Jacksonville Product Liability and Defective Product Attorneys

Jacksonville, Florida is the 12th largest city in the nation of any major U.S. city with a population of at least 100,000 people. The largest city in the state of Florida, Jacksonville has a population of 805,605 and stretches a total of 874.3 square miles in size, the largest land area of any city in the United States.

One of the more popular tourist destinations in the state of Florida, with its sprawling beaches and sublime weather, Jacksonville not only houses a large number of people, but hosts a large number of visitors each year as well. Consequently, a wide array of products, from automobiles to kitchen appliances to camping equipment to children’s toys, all are a part of the daily lives of Jacksonville residents. In the event of a defective product causing an accident, serious injury, or wrongful death, it is important to know that a skilled Jacksonville product liability attorney is available to assist all victims in the Jacksonville area.

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August 6, 2009

Lake City Product Liability and Defective Products Attorneys

Lake City is located in Columbia County, Florida and is known as the “Gateway To Florida.” With a population of about 12,000 and in a county whose population is on the rise (Columbia County has close to 68,000 inhabitants as of 2006), Lake City has become a popular tourist destination as well as a stop for those on route to Southern Florida. With such an expanse of visitors and residents who rely on a variety of products to maintain healthy living or add enjoyment to life, incidents of injury or death relating to a defective product tend to take place from time to time.

As consumers who expect that products they purchase and use themselves or give to their loved ones are safe, reliable and risk-free, it is devastating to have that trust violated. When children, adults, and the elderly use products that result in personal injury or wrongful death, a Lake City product liability attorney from Farah and Farah can help the injured person or the decedent’s family receive compensation for financial hardships.

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August 4, 2009

Orange Park Product Liability & Defective Products Attorneys

Orange Park is a suburb of Jacksonville located in Northeast Clay County just south of Jacksonville, Florida. Rich in history and a thriving community, Orange Park has a great deal to offer. Clay County, which Orange Park is located in, is also a bustling region of Florida. With a population in excess of 180,000 and a very high population density, hundreds of residents and visitors rely on a variety of products to maintain healthy living or add enjoyment to life. Many people understandably don’t want to believe or admit that defective products in Orange Park exist that are capable of causing injury or wrongful death to innocent children, the elderly, and adults alike. However, defective medical devices, defective auto parts, defective children’s furniture and toys, defective electronics or household products are all an unfortunate reality and can have serious life-altering consequences.

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July 30, 2009

St. Augustine Product Liability and Defective Products Attorneys

St. Augustine is home to the oldest port in the continental United States – in fact, St. Augustine is commonly referred to as “the nation’s oldest city.” In 2004, the population was estimated to be 12,157. Home to beautiful beaches and museums, St. Augustine continues to be a popular tourist destination in Northern Florida. Located about 40 miles south of Jacksonville and 60 miles north of Daytona Beach just 5 miles east of Interstate 95, St. Augustine is also a well traversed location. As a vastly populated area, St. Augustine residents and visitors use a wide variety and large amount of products on day to day. When children, adults, and the elderly use products that result in personal injury or wrongful death, a skilled St. Augustine product liability attorney can help the injured person or the decedent’s family receive compensation for financial hardships.

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July 28, 2009

Brunswick, Georgia Product Liability and Defective Products Attorneys

Brunswick is a city in southeastern Georgia located about 30 miles north of Florida. Home to the fourth-largest automobile port in the eastern United States, the city's economy encompasses manufacturing, agricultural processing, and bulk cargoes. In 2007, the city proper had an estimated population of 16,235 and an estimated metropolitan population of 101,792. Brunswick’s metropolitan area is the twelfth-largest in the state of Georgia and includes the counties of Glynn, Brantley, and McIntosh. With a region that encompasses such a large, varied area and a population that is on the rise, residents and visitors alike use a huge amount and wide array of products on a daily basis. When children, adults, and the elderly use products that result in personal injury or wrongful death, a Brunswick, Georgia product liability attorney can help the injured person or the decedent’s family receive compensation for financial hardships.

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July 15, 2009

Florida’s New Primary Seatbelt Law

Last week Florida joined 25 other states that have made wearing seatbelts a primary offense which allows law enforcement to pull a driver over. Previously, there had to be some other reason to pull a driver over, with the seat belt violation as a secondary offense. Now an officer can write you a ticket for $100.

Seatbelts save lives and there is no debate on that point. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that 1,700 serious injuries and 140 lives will be saved in Florida due to the primary seat belt law. This new enforcement will not only save lives, but also millions in associated costs which taxpayers ultimately pick up.

Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports that in 2007, nearly 2,000 people were killed in crashes and 61 percent of them were not wearing a seat belt.

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July 13, 2009

40 Million Reasons To Sell Your GM Car

If an individual files for bankruptcy protection because of mounting hospital bills, for instance, depending on the type of bankruptcy, you can have all of your debts wiped clean. The same thing apparently goes for major automakers, even while they are receiving taxpayer money to help them restructure.

With the help of the Treasury Department, Chrysler is wiping clean any liability for consumers who have pending product-liability lawsuits against their defective automobiles or parts.

Reportedly, the plan to do away with product liability claims was settled on during negotiations between the Treasury Department and Fiat. Chrysler chairman and CEO, Bob Nardelli, said that claimants would probably get nothing.

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July 9, 2009

Lake City Medical Malpractice and Pharmaceutical Litigation Attorneys

Lake City is located in Columbia County, Florida and is known as the “Gateway To Florida.” With a population of about 12,000 and in a county whose population is on the rise (Columbia County has close to 68,000 inhabitants as of 2006), Lake City has become a popular tourist destination as well as a stop for those on route to Southern Florida. With such an expanse of visitors and residents who encounter all sorts of medical needs due to emergencies, injuries, illnesses, or health conditions, medical malpractice in Lake City is prone to occur.

Although most of us don’t want to believe or admit that medical malpractice in Lake City poses serious life-long affects because of failure to diagnose, birth injuries, hospital negligence, and surgical injuries, this kind of negligence is a reality throughout the U.S. and Florida. The knowledge and skills of a Lake City medical malpractice attorney is needed when taking on insurance companies, big hospitals, and/or doctors who will do anything, such as cover up mistakes, so that they aren’t held responsible for their negligent actions that put innocent people at risk for suffering life-changing injury or wrongful death.

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July 7, 2009

Orange Park Medical Malpractice and Pharmaceutical Litigation Attorneys

Orange Park is a suburb of Jacksonville located in Northeast Clay County just south of Jacksonville, Florida. Rich in history and a thriving community, Orange Park has a great deal to offer. Clay County, which Orange Park is located in, is also a bustling region of Florida. With a population in excess of 180,000 and a very high population density, hundreds of residents and visitors rely on a variety of medication to maintain healthy living or treat an illness or condition. Many people don’t want to believe or admit that pharmaceutical litigation in Orange Park occurs due to adverse drug reactions and dangerous side effects that went undetected in testing or were ignored while more products were distributed.

As patients and consumers who often rely on the aid of pharmaceutical products, we expect that the products we are prescribed or buy over-the-counter are safe and don’t pose a risk to our lives. When a manufacturing company distributes medication that causes dangerous side effects to its users, those who are injured may receive compensation; however, this is no easy task. An experienced Orange Park pharmaceutical litigation attorney can help you if you’ve suffered injury due to medication by evaluating the evidence involved so that justice can be attained.

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July 3, 2009

West Palm Listerine Product Liability

Two years ago, one 10 year old girl, was doing well in school and at home, but she had one reoccurring problem. She kept having strep throat. Her mother and doctor couldn’t figure out what was going on until the girl had to give up her bedroom to guests for a week. Her strep throat went away.

According to an article, turns out she didn’t use her dental rinse during that time. Agent Cool Blue Listerine is geared toward children and shows up a blue color when plaque is left behind. It’s supposed to encourage brushing. Instead it is encouraging a lawsuit.

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July 2, 2009

St. Augustine Medical Malpractice and Pharmaceutical Litigation Attorneys

St. Augustine is home to the oldest port in the continental United States – in fact, St. Augustine is commonly referred to as “the nation’s oldest city.” In 2004, the population was estimated to be 12,157. Home to beautiful beaches and museums, St. Augustine continues to be a popular tourist destination in Northern Florida. Located about 40 miles south of Jacksonville and 60 miles north of Daytona Beach just 5 miles east of Interstate 95, St. Augustine is also a well traversed location.

With hundreds of residents and visitors relying on a plethora of medication to maintain healthy living or treat an illness, many people don’t want to believe or admit that pharmaceutical litigation in St. Augustine occurs. As patients and consumers who often rely on the aid of pharmaceutical products, we expect that the products we are prescribed or buy over-the-counter are safe and don’t pose a risk to our lives. When a manufacturing company distributes medication that causes dangerous side effects to its users, those who are injured may receive compensation; however, this is no easy task. Pharmaceutical litigation is a complex process that requires an experienced St. Augustine pharmaceutical litigation attorney to help evaluate your case and the evidence involved so that justice can be attained.

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July 1, 2009

Zicam Warning for Consumer Safety

You may have heard the news reports about the popular cold remedy, Zicam.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is ordering the maker of Zicam to cease marketing the little bottle with the big nasal spray after continuing reports that some users have lost their sense of smell.

Here are the three over-the-counter Zicam products affected:

  • Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Gel

  • Zicam Cold Remedy Nasal Swabs

  • Zicam Cold Remedy Swabs, Kids Size (a discontinued product)


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June 19, 2009

Chrysler Leaves Injured Customers In The Cold

Those out there who drive Chrysler and General Motor cars have a real fight on their hands.

On June 1 when a bankruptcy judge decided to override a group of injured victims of Chrysler and approved the sale of the company to Fiat, he essentially cut the legs out from under Americans injured by the vehicles by leaving them with no assets to pursue the car company for their injuries. A victim’s fund would cost about $300 million a year, but the money was not put aside.

Clarence Ditlow of the Center for Auto Safety says Fiat even agreed to take on the liability. Instead the bankruptcy judge sailed through a prepackaged plan to leave thousands of Americans out in the cold.

Consumers just spent $57 billion of tax dollars to bailout Chrysler and GM.

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June 4, 2009

Florida Wrongful Death of 7 Year: Foster Kids Put On Drugs At Alarming Rate

The Florida Department of Children and Families, or DCF, in the past has had a terrible reputation of covering up and denying reports of child abuse within the foster care system. The recent Florida wrongful death of a little boy in foster care has been handled much differently this time around.

Seven-year-old Gabriel Myers had been put on several psychiatric drugs for depression, and ADHD. After parents, family members and a system let him down, the little boy is assumed to have killed himself in the shower of his Broward County home.

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May 21, 2009

Botox Warning Strengthened

With millions of men and women receiving Botox injections to fight the effects of aging, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants a new warning to help prevent serious personal injury in Florida and throughout the U.S.

A report states that Botox (Trademark name of Allergan) and similar anti-wrinkle drugs must carry stringent warning labels, such as a black box warning, the most serious issued by the agency, and a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS).

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May 13, 2009

Weight Loss Drug Hydroxycut Recall

After 25 reports of liver damage and severe liver injury, the Food and Drug Administration has taken the popular weight loss supplement Hydroxycut off the market to protect consumers. What does this recall mean for the millions of people who have bought Hydroxycut products? To start with, if you haven’t already stopped taking Hydroxycut products, it is advised that you do so immediately.

Hydroxycut over-the-counter drugs were purchased by over $7 million people for weight-loss, energy-enhancement, low-carb dieting, and fat-burning applications. It has not been revealed to the public which ingredients in Hydroxycut damage the liver. Due to Hydroxycut use, there has been one reported death caused by severe liver damage and 23 patients have required liver transplant surgery. Considering the prominent use of Hydroxycut nationwide, these numbers pose questions of how many cases of liver damage and liver injury have gone unreported and what will the future hold for any new cases?

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May 7, 2009

Florida Bill Tracks Prescriptions

Florida is trying to crack down on illegal prescription use, by following the lead of all but a dozen states. The bill would stop the practice known as ‘doctor shopping’ that is visiting various physicians and accumulate prescriptions, according to a report.

Presently, addicts come to Florida because the state doesn't have a prescription tracking system like other states that with the help of computers, can track addicts and drug dealers through a state system. Someone looking for oxycodone, for example, can visit a variety of clinics and obtain prescription in Florida and no one will know it.

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April 23, 2009

Florida Drywall Lawsuits and Testing

A class-action product liability lawsuit has now been brought against home builder Lennar on behalf of homeowners living in Florida with sick homes made with drywall that originated in China, according to a report.

This is just one lawsuit in Florida while many others have been filed in other states naming the Chinese drywall maker, builders and their suppliers. People claim they are getting sick from the sulfur gasses and fumes coming from the drywall used primarily in 2005 and 2006. The off gasses are also corroding wiring, mirrors, metals, and electronic equipment.

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April 22, 2009

Shielding Big Tobacco From Liability

Big Tobacco has some close friends among the Florida legislature meeting in Tallahassee. According to an article from tampabay.com, Senate Bill 2198 caps the bond Big Tobacco would have to set aside in case they lose the cases filed by about 8,000 sick smokers. These are cigarette lawsuits filed by survivors of spouses who died from cigarettes, or by those injured permanently.

The bill will allow Big Tobacco a safe haven to appeal every judgment by posting bonds of no more than $100 million. A bond is required to be posted before an appeal can take place. And filing appeal after appeal can take time – all in Big Tobacco’s favor.

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April 10, 2009

Florida Man Sued For Caylee Doll, Vick Chew Toy

Too bad you can’t be sued for being morally corrupt. There is no law on the books yet, but this guy would certainly qualify.

Apparently the Florida Attorney General agrees. AG Bill McCollum is asking the Duval County Circuit Court to issue a permanent injunction against Showbiz Promotions and its owner, Jaime Salcedo.

He is the Jacksonville “businessman” who created toys in the image of slain 2-year-old, Caylee Anthony, and chew toys resembling former NFL player Michael Vick who raised fighting pit bulls, has been sued.

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April 9, 2009

Raptiva Drug Recall

It was reported in an article yesterday, April 8, 2009 that Raptiva (efalizumab), used to treat patients with chronic plaque psoriasis, has been taken off the U.S. market by manufacturers Genetech, Inc.

The company has withdrawn the defective product because of a potential risk of patients developing progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), a rare and seriously fatal neurologic disease caused by a virus that affects the central nervous system. Genetech estimates that 46,000 patients worldwide have been treated with Raptiva since its FDA approval in 2003.

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April 2, 2009

Medtronic Defibrillator Lead Killed 13

Medtronic, the company that’s facing a slew of product liability lawsuits over the defective medical device Sprint Fidelis cardiac wire, now agrees the death count is higher than first reported.

An independent panel of physicians concluded that 13 have died from the defibrillator lead, up from the five deaths the company previously revealed.

Last month, Medtronic told doctors that leaving the lead intact was perhaps the best choice for the majority of patients since four of those patient deaths happened while trying to remove the defective lead.

The defective lead was in the heart of about 270,000 patients when Medtronic pulled the device in October 2007.

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