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Blog Posts in December, 2011

  • Recently Recalled Honda Civic Blamed in Georgia Air Bag Defect Lawsuit

    Honda has just recalled its 2001 Honda Civic, as part of an expansion of an earlier recall involvingdefective driver’s side air bags. This 10-year-old model is the same one that college student Kristy Williams was in on April 2010 when while stopped at a traffic light the vehicle’s frontal air bags suddenly deployed, sending razor sharp metal pieces into the left side of her neck as the driver’s ...
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  • Choking Hazard Prompts Build-A-Bear to Recall Over 280,000 Teddy Bears

    Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced the voluntary recall of 284,000 Colorful Hearts Teddy Bears. The recall is over concerns that the stuffed doll’s eyes might come lose and fall off, creating a potential choking hazard. To date, there have been no reports of related injuries. The announcement comes shortly after the CPSC fined Build-A-Bear ...
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  • Whistleblower Cases Result In Record $2.8B Recovery During Fiscal Year 2011

    According to officials, the government has recovered $2.8 billion in false claims cases with the assistance of whistleblowers. This monetary amount is a yearly record high. During fiscal year 2011, 636 qui tam lawsuits filed by whistleblowers. (In past years, about 300-400 complaints were submitted annually.) The Justice Department secured over $3 billion in judgments and settlements in civil ...
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  • Roche Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit for $20M

    Roche has agreed to pay $20M to settle a whistleblower complaint filed by an ex-manager who claimed that the drug Rituxan was marketed off-label and that Medicaid and Medicare ended up making payments for the immunosupressant that were unnecessary because of Roche is a unit of Genentech. Per the Pennsylvania whistleblower lawsuit, which was filed by former sales development senior manager John ...
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  • Registering Your Kids Products Can Help You Find Out About Dangerous Defects

    Under federal law, the manufacturers of toddler and infant products that are durable are supposed to include a pre-stamped postcard with each item. This gives parents the option to register the product via mail or online, which gives the product maker the ability to provide immediate notification in the event of a recall over a dangerous defect. Considering that millions of children’s products are ...
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  • Honda and Subaru Recall Vehicles Over Brake Defects

    Two automakers have announced auto recalls over unrelated brake problems. Honda Motor Corp. is recalling about 126,000 GL-1800 motorcycles (2001 and 2012 models) while Subaru of America is recalling approximately 32,000 vehicles (2012 models of the Outback, Legacy, and Impreza). So far, no related injuries or traffic crashes have been reported. However, if you or someone you loved was injured in a ...
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