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Blog Posts in August, 2009

  • Millions of Window Shades and Blinds Recalled Following Child Strangulation Deaths and Injuries

    A number of strangulation injuries and deaths involving young children has compelled the Consumer Product Safety Commission and six companies to recall about 5.5 million roll-up window blinds and shades. The companies involved in the recall are Vertical Land Inc., Lutron Shading Solutions, Lewis Hyman Inc., IKEA, Victoria Classics, and Pottery Barn Kids/Williams-Sonoma, Inc. The largest recall ...
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  • Construction Safety Record Shows Remarkable Progress since 1998

    According to a study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (“AGCA”), construction fatality rates have declined 47% since the passage in 1998 of federal oversight legislation that introduced a “collaborative safety” approach, safety incidents declined by 38% over the same time period. This collaborative approach rewards contractors for finding and fixing safety problems before ...
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  • Child Car Safety Seats Can Deprive Babies of Oxygen

    While child car safety seats are a must for newborns riding in cars, the seats can also cause a baby to experience breathing problems. Infants have to be placed in an upright position when in a child safety seat. However, according to a new study published in Pediatrics, this can cause the baby’s chest wall to become compressed, decreasing airway size and lowering oxygen levels in the blood. T. ...
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  • Texas Court Holds Arbitration Contract Clause Unenforceable

    The Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas has decided that an arbitration clause in a Blockbuster Inc. contract with its customers was illusory and could not be enforced by Blockbuster. The lawsuit was brought by customers after the names of movies the customers rented from Blockbuster were published on Facebook under a contract between Blockbuster and Facebook. Customers ...
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  • New Colorado Law Punishes Employer for Misclassifying "Employee" as "Independent Contractor

    A new law, effective June 2, 2009 is of vital importance to employers in Colorado. The law imposes substantial fines and other punishment to any employer who misclassifies an employee as a subcontractor. The fine for a first willful violation is up to $5,000 for each misclassified employee. For a second willful violation, the fine is up to $25,000 for each misclassified employee and a two year ...
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  • Defective Tire Lawsuit Can Proceed in Arizona Even if Rollover Accident Occurred in Mexico, Says Court

    The Arizona Court of Appeals says that a local woman who was hurt and lost her mother and daughter in a Mexico car accident can sue Continental Tire North America in the state of Arizona. Attorneys for the tire company wanted the auto products liability lawsuit to be argued in Mexico where the rollover accident happened. Court documents state that the car accident victim, Maria Pozo Parra, was ...
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  • Florida Auto Products Liability Lawsuit Accuses Toyota of Negligence in Fatal SUV Rollover Crash

    The widower and children of a woman who died in an SUV rollover accident last May are suing Toyota Corporation and Courtesy Toyota of Brandon for wrongful death. Elisa Obediente, 56, died after losing control of her vehicle on Interstate 75 in Florida. According to police, she over-corrected her steering to avoid hitting another vehicle when making a lane change and her 1998 Toyota 4Runner rolled ...
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  • Do Tanning Beds Cause Cancer?

    According to international cancer experts, tanning beds can cause cancer. Analysis of some 20 studies have found that people who start using tanning beds before they turn 30 see a 75% increase in their chances of getting skin cancer. The new findings by the World Health Organization can be found in Lancet Oncology, a medical journal. Whereas before scientists had spoken about tanning beds as ...
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