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Blog Posts in 2012

  • Sacramento Kings, Francisco Garcia Settle Products Liability Lawsuit Over Defective Exercise Ball

    Ledraplastic S.p.a. has settled the exercise equipment lawsuits filed against it by the Sacramento Kings and team member Francisco Garcia. The swingman sustained severe injuries when an exercise ball made by the company manufactured exploded while he was on it. Garcia had to miss four months of a five-year contract extension valued at $29.6M while he recovered. The defective product occurred on ...
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  • About 50,000 Dream On Me Bath Seats Recalled Over Drowning Hazard

    The CPSC and importer Dream On Me Inc. are recalling about 50,000 bath seats because the product does not satisfy federal safety standards and poses a drowning hazard to babies. Already, there have been five reports involving this product, including a near drowning accident involving a 12-month-old girl who almost died. According to the recall, due to a lack of stability, the Dream on Me Bath ...
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  • CPSC Sues the Maker of Nap Nanny and Nap Nanny Chill Infant Recliners Following Five Baby Deaths

    The CPSC has submitted an administrative lawsuit against Baby Matters, LLC. This is the company that makes the Nap Nanny® and Nap Nanny Chill™ recliners for infants. The complaint comes following five baby deaths—four in a Nap Nanny Generation Two model and another one related to the Chill recliner. The regulator is alleging design defects and problems with the products’ accompanying instructions ...
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  • Honda Recalls 871,000 Vehicles to Fix Roll-Away Problem and Ford Recalls Autos Over Fire Risk, Contends with NHTSA Pedal Entrapment Probe Upgrade

    Honda Motor Company is recalling 871,000 autos because of concerns that the vehicles might roll away if the transmission lever hasn’t been moved into park and the ignition key falls out. This could happen if a portion of the ignition lock becomes worn or damaged. 318,000 Odyssey minivans and 259,000 Pilot crossovers (2003, 2004 models) and 230,000 Acura MDX crossovers (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 ...
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  • Tire Blowout Lawsuit Blames Bridgestone for Texas Rollover Crash

    A mother and daughter are suing Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations for Texas auto products liability. The plaintiffs, Staci and Joanna Mathes, blame a faulty spare tire for the 2010 SUV rollover crash that they left them with serious injuries. The tire had been installed by a service station after the original tire blew out. According to their Texas tire defect lawsuit, which the plaintiffs ...
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  • Backyard Trampolines are Dangerous, Warn Pediatricians

    In an updated statement recently issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the group is once again strongly discouraging the use of trampolines in homes and backyards. Dr. Michele LaBotz, who co-authored the “Trampoline Safety in Childhood and Adolescence” policy update, described the recreational equipment as “intrinsically dangerous” even with accompanying safety features, such as padding ...
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  • Liquid Laundry Packets Can Cause Child Injuries, Poisoning, Warns CPSC

    The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued an alert cautioning that single-load liquid laundry packets may be harmful to kids. The reason for this, said the CPSC, is that some of the chemicals contained in them are toxic. The federal agency wants caregivers and parents to keep these packets out of children’s reach. Adults are not immune from this safety risk either. Just this year alone, ...
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  • Dangerous Toys Continue To Pose a Safety Hazard To Kids This Holiday Season

    Holiday shopping season has begun–a time for gifts to be exchange while manufacturers sell millions of dollars worth of toys. Unfortunately, not all of the toys available on store shelves and online are safe–some may even prove quite dangerous. At The Gilbert Law Group®, our child injury lawyers represent children and their families with products liability cases against toy makers, distributors, ...
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  • Britax Recalls 55,455 Convertible Car Seats Following Child Gagging Incidents

    Britax Child Safety Inc. is recalling 55,455 of its convertible car seats after receiving reports that some kids are chewing or biting on the child safety device’s HARNESS chest pads, which is placing them at risk of becoming involved in a choking accident. Infants are especially susceptible to choking injuries from this parts defect. The Harness Ultra-Guard System (HUGS) chest pads are located on ...
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  • Chrysler Recalls Airbags in 919,000 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty SUVs

    In a global recall, Chrysler is recalling 919,000 Liberty SUVs and Jeep Grand Cherokees over concerns that the air bags may inflate while the sports utility vehicles are in operation. Affected models include Liberty models from 2002 and 2003 and Grand Cherokees from 2002, 2003, and 2004. 745,000 of the SUVs are in the United States. The air bag defect can prove dangerous should a parts failure in ...
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  • Whistleblower Lawsuit Accuses Northwestern University of Double Billing the US Government for Patient Care

    An ex-Northwestern University employee has submitted a whistleblower lawsuit against the institution and Northwestern Memorial Hospital claiming that they double-billed the federal government for patient care. The whistleblower, Audra Soulias, claims that the alleged Medicare fraud, involving hospital patients that were taking part in federally funded clinical trials, was going on even before she ...
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  • General Motors Sued in Texas Rollover Lawsuit Over 15-Year-Olds Wrongful Death

    The parents of 15-year-old Skylar Carpenter are suing General Motors for her wrongful death. In theirTexas SUV rollover lawsuit, the family contends that their daughter died because the 2007 Chevrolet Suburban she had been riding in had multiple defects and was never properly tested. Becky and David Carpenter also believe that the automaker had been well aware that the sport utility vehicle would ...
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  • Dorel Juvenile Group, Graco Among Infant Product Manufacturers to Recently Recall Possibly Defective and Hazardous Inventory

    After receiving 17 reports of incidents involving its Eddie Bauer Rocking Wood Bassinets Eddie Bauer Rocking Wood Bassinets, Dorel Juvenile Group is recalling about 97,000 of them over concerns that they may pose a suffocation hazard to infants. The babies cited in the reports were mainly under the age of three months. The infant safety hazard involves the bottom locking mechanism, which may not ...
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  • Medicare Beneficiary Whistleblowers To Share in $5.5M Pharmacy Fraud Settlement Involving CVS Caremark Subsidiary RxAmerica

    A $5.25 million pharmacy fraud settlement has been reached between the US Department of Justice and RxAmerica stemming from two whistleblower lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act. The CVS Caremark Subsidiary is accused of misrepresenting the prices of drugs to senior citizens that were part of the Medicare Part D Prescription drug benefit program. One of the complaints was filed by Max and ...
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  • Toyota Recalls 7.43 Million Vehicles Because Faulty Power Window Switches Can Cause Fires

    In one of its largest auto recalls ever, Toyota has recalled 7.43 million motor vehicles globally over concerns that defective power window switches could cause the vehicle to emit fire and/or smoke. Over 12 models of trucks, cars, and sports utility vehicles are affected, including 2.5 million autos in the US including the Tundra pickup, Camry, and RAV4 (2007, 2008, and 2009 models), Yaris (2007 ...
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