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Category Archives: Products Liability

Be Alert: FDA Halves Lunesta Dose

In an effort to reduce the dangerous morning-after effects of sleep aids, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced labeling and dosage changes for the drug eszopiclone, brand name Lunesta. In mid-May, the FDA reported findings of a study that looked at the effect of the drug on 91 healthy adults aged 25 to… Read More »

More to Come: GM Fined for Failures and Recalls More Cars

Difficulties for owners of cars manufactured by General Motors (GM) continue as another 2.7 million cars are recalled and the carmaker is fined millions for its systematic safety failures. Many consumers are aware of the problem with GM cars. Earlier this year, the company began recalling older cars for a deadly ignition switch defect that… Read More »

The GM Ignition Recall: How it Could Affect Your Life

A tiny defect in several cars’ ignition switches has led to 13 confirmed deaths, many lawsuits and millions of recalls. The company behind it all? General Motors. In fact, many believe that someone at GM or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was aware of the defect early enough that lives could have been saved… Read More »

The GM Recall: A Personal Loss

Recently announced vehicle recalls by General Motors (GM) are provoking a firestorm of response from consumers, regulatory agencies and the U.S. Justice Department. For one Wisconsin family, the storm began in 2006.  The memorial for Wisconsin teen Amy Lynn Rademaker was held on her 16th birthday. Ms. Rademaker was returning from a shopping trip to… Read More »

Toyota Agrees to Pay $1.2 Billion to Settle Criminal Charges

In its continuing effort to put a recent history of death and defects behind it, Toyota Motor entered an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York to pay $1.2 billion to settle criminal charges.  Since 2009, consumers and regulatory agencies sought answers to the mystery of unintended acceleration in… Read More »

Contaminated Food Roll Call: Cheese, Salad, Meat…

Listeriosis is an infection caused by Listeria monocytogenes. In 2011, Listeria-contaminated cantaloupe caused the death of 33 people across the United States. The outbreak, traced to a farm in Colorado, was caused by unsanitary storage, antiquated cleaning equipment and poor agricultural hygiene.  By March of this year, one person had died and eight others were… Read More »

GM Recalls 1.6 Million Cars for Deadly Defect

The weight of a key ring on certain GM models causes the car to shift from run to accessory. This kills the engine — and possibly killed at least 13 people.  In 2006, General Motors (GM) produced a technical bulletin describing a problem with heavy key chains and the inadvertent shutdown of the car engine… Read More »

Graco Recalls Millions of Faulty Car Seats

On the road, young children need to be in their seat — a safe car seat. Recently, Graco Children’s Products, Inc. recalled almost four million car seats because of a faulty buckle.  The recall stretches across 11 car seat models offered by Graco. According to the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) of the National Highway… Read More »

Problems with “The Safest Car in America”

In October, Tesla Motors took some heat when one of its Model S cars caught fire and burned across the Internet in a viral video. In the weeks since, the safety reputation of this unique electric car has gone up in smoke as two more fires raise questions about its design. In the past, the… Read More »

Kickbacks, Misbranding and Criminal Accusations: Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Pay $2.2 Billion to End Investigations

The once-trusted healthcare products giant Johnson & Johnson entered into an agreement in November with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay one of the largest healthcare fraud settlements in U.S. history. Facing civil complaints and criminal allegations, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries agreed to pay $2.2 billion to end investigations into off-label marketing… Read More »