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Blog Posts in 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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  • Air Bag Defect Prompts Honda to Recall another 273,000 Autos

    In its fifth recall over the same auto defect since 2008, Honda is recalling another 273,00 motor vehicles because of a faulty air-bag deployment system. This latest announcement ups the number of autos affected to almost 2 million. The safety issue involves the driver’s side air bag, which could deploy in too forceful a manner during a crash. If this were to happen, the metal inflator casing, ...
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  • NHTSA Probing Whether GM Chevrolet Volts Lithium-Ion Batteries Pose a Fire Hazard

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a formal probe into whether General Motors’s Chevy Volts’ batteries are at risk of catching fire after they are involved in a serious car crash. While GM has stated that its vehicle is not a fire hazard, the NHTSA remains committed to continuing its safety defect investigation until it reaches its own conclusions. Safety officials began ...
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  • Prevent Child Injuries This Holiday Season By Avoiding Dangerous and Defective Toys

    Each year, World Against Toys Causing Harm, Inc. puts out its “10 Worst Toys” list as a warning to consumers for products to avoid when shopping for the holiday season. Toys that made this year’s list that pose specific child injury hazards include the: • Twist ‘n Sort • Fold and Go Trampoline • Power Rangers Samurai Mega Blade • Pulling Animal Duck • Z-Curve Bow • Sword Fighting Jack Sparrow • ...
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  • Michigan Products Liability Lawsuit Seeks Wrongful Death Damages Against Nap Nanny Maker

    The parents of a 4-month-old girl who died after she became entrapped in her portable baby recliner is seeking $75K in Michigan products liability damages from manufacturer Baby Matters LLC. The baby, Juliette Thiel, died on July 9, 2010 from asphyxiation. The infant was found hanging from the Nap Nanny’s side while her face had gotten caught between the recliner and the crib bumper. In their ...
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  • Retailers Can Be Held Strictly Liable for Sale of Defective Products, Reaffirms Federal Court

    A federal court in New Jersey says that retailers can indeed be held strictly liable for selling defective products. The case is DeGennaro v. Rally Manufacturing . In this New Jersey products liability case, the plaintiff sued the manufacturer and seller of a lead-acid battery that he said exploded while in his hand. The judge found that Pep Boys’ management either should have or already knew that ...
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  • Swallowing High-Powered Magnets Can Be Deadly for Kids, Warns CPSC

    Once again, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning parents and guardians to watch out that their kids don’t swallow any magnets. The latest advisory focuses on high-powered magnets, in particular, and comes following a rise in the number of related child injuries reported in the past two years. In 2009, the CPSC says there was just one incident involving high-powered ball-bearing ...
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  • Secret Whistleblower Played Key Role in Bank of New York Mellon Investigation

    The US Justice Department and the New York attorney general have filed separate securities lawsuits seeking more than $2 billion from Bank of New York Mellon Corp. The complaints accuse the BNY Mellon of overcharging clients billions of dollars with currency trades and defrauding them for over 10 years. Federal and state officials didn’t arrive at these findings without help. According to The Wall ...
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  • Texas Auto Products Liability Lawsuit Seek Damages from Chrysler Over Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Involving Durango Crashing into Townhome

    Wendell Keetch and the family and estate of Bettie Nelson and are suing Chrysler Group, LLC for Texas auto products liability and wrongful death. Nelson, 80, died last February when a 2006 Dodge Durango crashed into the home of Keetch, who sustained life-threatening injuries. According to police, the SUV, which was driven by Fidel Flores, ran a stop sign and rammed through a brick wall before ...
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  • Toys R Us Ordered to Pay $20.6M Products Liability Lawsuit in Inflatable Pool Slide Death

    A jury has awarded a family $20.6 million Massachusetts products liability verdict in their wrongful death case against Toys ‘R’ Us. Robin Aleo, 29, died in 2006 after she hit her head while sliding down a Banzai Falls, inflatable in-ground pool slide. At the time, Aleo, her husband, and their 18-month daughter were attending a pool party at a relatives’ home. As she went down head-first, side ...
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