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Blog Posts in July, 2010

  • CPSC Recalls 30,000 Baby Recliners After Death of 4-Month-Old Girl

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Baby Matters LLC are recalling 30,000 Nap Nanny® portable baby recliners because they pose fall, entrapment, and suffocation hazards. One baby, 4-months-old, reportedly died while in the recliner. She was in her harness but hanging over its side and stuck between the crib bumper and the recliner, which was in the crib. Another infant, who was also ...
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  • Even Colorado's Bed Bugs are Well-Traveled

    As a Colorado native, I’m always on the lookout for articles that tout the advantages of Colorado living. Boulder’s reports that a bed bug problem at the University of Colorado dorms and family housing apartments merely mirrors a similar problem across the country. According to CU officials, the bed bugs were centered mostly in the family housing apartments than elsewhere, at least ...
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  • CPSC Attempts to Prevent Injuries to Children with Recalls of Smith + Noble Roman and Roller Shades, Kari√±o Baby Pacifiers, and Tots in Mind Playards

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced several recalls in the past week geared toward preventing serious injuries to children. The most recent one comes today with the recall of approximately 1,160,000 Roman shades and 115,000 roller shades made by Smith + Noble. The shades pose a strangulation hazard that can occur in the event that the child’s neck either gets ensnared in the shade ...
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  • Toyota Motor Corp. Subpoenaed Over Steering Rod Defect

    With its defect troubles and bad publicity far from over, Toyota Motor Corp. has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury over possible defects involving its vehicle steering rods. They jury is asking the automaker to provide documents related to the auto defect. Toyota had recalled 977,839 Toyota Trucks, 4Runners, and Toyota T100s in the US in 2005 because the steering-relay rods were at risk of ...
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  • CPSC Votes to Ban Drop-Side Cribs

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission has taken action to ban all drop-side cribs. On Wednesday, the federal agency voted unanimously to stop the manufacture, sale, and resale of cribs with drop-sides. Drop-side cribs are at least 32 infant deaths (and possibly another 14 child fatalities) in the past decade alone. In the last five years alone, more than 9 million drop-side cribs have had to be ...
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  • Man's Prosthetic Leg Set on Fire

    Yet another digression from my assigned duty of composing a Colorado Business blog dedicated to legal analysis. A group of friends in New Mexico, Colorado’s good neighbor to the south, decided they would spice up an otherwise mundane drinking contest. They agreed –no doubt drunkenly– that the person who drank the least would be set on fire. The unfortunate loser drank only six beers, after which ...
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  • $32 Million Defective Tire Judgment Against Goodyear Upheld

    The Nevada Supreme Court is upholding the $32.2 million defective tire verdict against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in the tire blowout accident that killed three victims and injured seven others. Goodyear had argued that the jury award was excessive. However, the court says that the loss of life and serious injuries justify the amount. The tragic car accident happened on August 16, 2004 when a ...
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  • Something to Make Your Day Just a Little Drearier

    971653_medical_cross_3.jpg A Colorado Springs woman undergoing chemotherapy treatments for leukemia four times a week almost lost her health insurance coverage over an alleged one cent shortage in her premium payment. Yes, you read that right: one cent. La Rosa Carrington, the single mother of two teenage daughters lost her job in May. Under COBRA, she was allowed to keep her insurance coverage, ...
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  • Another Toyota Recall: 270,000 Lexus and Crown Vehicles To Be Repaired Because Of Faulty Engine Valves

    More bad news for Toyota. The automaker is now recalling 270,000 more vehicles that were made between July 2005 and August 2008 over defective engine valve springs that could cause an auto that is in motion to stall. 138,000 of the vehicles affected by the recall are in the US. Recalled autos include Lexus models LS600hL, LS600h, LS460, IS350, GS460, GS450h, and GS350 and Crown models. Officials ...
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  • Denver Judge Finds Police Officer Filed a False Affidavit for Arrest Warrant

    Denver, Colorado District Judge Edward D. Bronfin entered an Order on June 24, 2010, dismissing all charges against a man accused of a bias motivated crime, robbery and second degree assault, all felonies. Judge Bronfin’s order noted that Denver Officer Paul Baca stated in the sworn affidavit for arrest warrant that Aaron Puller, 22, was identified by two witnesses as having participated in the ...
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  • Gene Patents - Rewarding Innovation or Inhibiting Research?

    stock-vector-dna-with-medical-sign-vector-illustration-abstract-background-9888538.jpg In May 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation filed a lawsuit against Myriad Genetics and the University of Utah Research Foundation. The lawsuit challenged patents granted to Myriad on two genes related to breast and ovarian cancer. U.S. District Court Judge Robert ...
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