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    Toyota Agrees to Pay $1.2 Billion to Settle Criminal Charges

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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    Contaminated Food Roll Call: Cheese, Salad, Meat…

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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    GM Recalls 1.6 Million Cars for Deadly Defect

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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    Graco Recalls Millions of Faulty Car Seats

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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  • Products LiabilityAuto Accidents

    Problems with “The Safest Car in America”

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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  • Products LiabilityAuto Accidents

    Toyota Settles Sudden Acceleration Case After Guilty Verdict

    By Michael Barasch

    In 2007, Jean Bookout was at the wheel of her 2005 Camry with her friend Barbara Schwartz. The friends exited an Oklahoma highway before Ms. Bookout discovered she could not stop her car. The vehicle sped through an intersection and hit an embankment, killing 70-year-old Ms. Schwartz and seriously injuring now 82-year-old Ms. Bookout. For […]

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    Home for the Holidays: Caution — Contaminated Spices

    By Michael Barasch

    With the approaching holiday season, cooks across America are reaching for the spice cabinet to create favorite family dishes. In October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report that might put a damper on recipes that call for imported spice. Continued efforts by the FDA to improve food safety led to development […]

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    Bright Lights Big Hazard: FDA Comments on Laser Toys

    By Michael Barasch

    A few years ago, lasers were novel and used primarily in eye surgeries or in high-tech industries. Today, lasers are found in toys for children and even for cats. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a draft guidance document to heighten awareness of the dangers of lasers in products used by children and […]

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    Strollers: Keeping the Next Generation Safe

    By Michael Barasch

    The Duchess of Cambridge has one. So do Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller and a host of other high-end moms. Selling for roughly $1,000, Bugaboo strollers are a must-have item for well-wheeled babies, but does expensive mean safe?  In January of this year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall for Chameleon and Donkey […]

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