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Blog Posts in December, 2009

  • Our Thanks to the Men and Women of the Military

    Irrespective of your opinion about whether we should be at war in two countries or whether these wars are just, the brave men and women who have voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way nevertheless deserve our heartfelt thanks for their sacrifices and bravery. These men and women unselfishly uprooted themselves from their homes, families and friends to volunteer in the military, not knowing ...
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  • 213,000 Dorel Juvenile Play Yards and 600 IKEA LEOPARD Highchairs are Among Latest Childrens Furniture Product Recalls by CPSC

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today that it is recalling approximately 213,000 play yards with bassinets because of concern that the infant product posses a suffocation risk. The recall includes Eddie Bauer Complete Care Play Yards and Safety 1st Disney Care Center™ Play Yard. There are no reports of any related injuries to date. Hover, the metal bars that support the sleeper’s ...
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  • The Colorado Toilet Paper Caper

    A person who had worked for 26 years for the Community Hospital Association in Boulder, Colorado, was fired and denied unemployment compensation after admittedly taking remnants of toilet paper rolls that she believed to be trash, found on the floor and on a shelf above the toilet paper holders. The employee had been asked by a friend to collect the remnants so they could be sent to GI’s in Iraq, ...
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  • 7-Month-Old Baby is 11th Child Fatality Involving Simplicity Drop-Side Cribs

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission is once again warning parents and guardians about the dangers associated with Simplicity drop-side cribs. The CPSC began recalling these child sleepers, made by SFCA Inc. and Simplicity Inc., in December 2005. Over 2 million Simplicity drop-side cribs have been recalled because of the hazard they pose to children. CPSC’s other Simplicity recalls were ...
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  • Does an Employee have a Right to Privacy in Non-Business Text Messages Sent or Received on Leased City Pagers? Part II

    In my last post, Does an Employee have a Right to Privacy in Non-Business Text Messages Sent or Received on Leased City Pagers? Part I, I introduced a US District court case concerning non-business related text messages sent and received on leased city pagers and whether or not these private messages could be read by supervisory city employees. In this post I would like to discuss the outcome of ...
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  • More than 50 Million Roman-Style and Roll-Up Blinds Recalled Following Strangulation Injuries and Deaths

    To prevent infant and toddler strangulation injuries and death, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling all Roman and roll-up blinds. More than 50 million blinds (27 million roll-up blinds and 25 million Roman shades) are affected by the recall, which is one of the largest in the agency’s history. The Window Covering Safety Council is joining the CPSC’s efforts to get repair kits to ...
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  • Does an Employee have a Right to Privacy in Non-Business Text Messages Sent or Received on Leased City Pagers? Part I

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided on December 9, 2009 to review a decision of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that held that employees of a city police department have an expectation of privacy concerning non-business text messages sent and received on leased city pagers; that a wireless service provider had no authority to turn over to the city transcripts of the messages; and whether or not it was ...
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  • 24,000 Amboy Baby Motion Beds and Hammocks Recalled Following Two Infant Suffocation Deaths

    At least two baby deaths have been linked to the Amby Baby Motion Beds and Hammocks, which is why Amby Baby USA and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling about 24,000 of these child sleepers. One of the victims was a 4-month old Georgia baby who died in an Amby baby hammock in June. Another infant, a 5-month-old Oregon boy, died from suffocation last August. If the baby gets wedged ...
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  • Give What You Can Afford to Those in Need

    At this time of year, we are all deluged with mail and telephone solicitations from all types of charities. We receive dozens of calendars, note pads, greeting cards, address stickers and other various and sundry “free gifts,” with the expectation that we will not accept the “free gift” without feeling in our hearts that we are at least morally bound to donate something to cover the cost of the ...
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  • Thousands of FEMA Trailer Claims Filed by Victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita

    In the years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, thousands of their victims who received shelter in Federal Emergency Management Agency trailers have sued the trailer manufacturers for auto products liability because of illnesses they sustained from exposure to high levels of formaldehyde in the mobile homes. Some 143,000 trailers were used as emergency housing units following the two ...
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  • Florida Jury Awards Ex-Smoker $300 Million in Damages

    A Florida jury on November 19 awarded Cindy Naugle, a former smoker with emphysema, $56 million in compensatory damages and $244 million in punitive damages for its negligence in causing Ms. Naugle’s disease. The case was formerly a part of a class action. A trial was held on the class action, but a 2006 decision by the Florida Supreme Court decertified the class, allowing each member of the class ...
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  • WATCH and PIRG Unveil Dangerous Toys Lists

    With the opening of the holiday shopping season, it is important that buyers be wary of toys that may be dangerous for kids. Unfortunately, toys that are choking hazards, poking hazards, lead hazards, eye hazards, or pose other kinds of injury hazards continue be found on toy store shelves throughout the US. While toy manufacturers can be held liable for products liability in the event of injury ...
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