product liability

The Truth Behind Product Liability Claims

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 27th, 2011

When people talk about healthcare, they often talk about how lawsuits increase the costs. If you made a list of dangerous drugs that were withdrawn from the market only after people started suing, it would be very long. Prescription drugs are just one of the products that are covered under product liability law. This law ensures that manufacturers cannot release something onto the market and claim its safe without being held responsible for that product.

The Truth Behind Product Liability Claims

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 27th, 2011

When people talk about healthcare, they often talk about how lawsuits increase the costs. If you made a list of dangerous drugs that were withdrawn from the market only after people started suing, it would be very long. Prescription drugs are just one of the products that are covered under product liability law. This law ensures that manufacturers cannot release something onto the market and claim its safe without being held responsible for that product.

Is your Injury Due to a Faulty Product?

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 3rd, 2010

Faulty products cause thousands of injuries each year. Today, there is even more reason to be concerned about this. More and more, manufacturers have turned to outsourcing as their primary means of manufacture. This means that, when you buy a product from a company, that company may well have had nothing to do with how it was manufactured, where it was manufactured or the standards of quality and safety to which that product was held. This is a worrisome situation and many consumers have found reason to be suspicious of today's manufacturers.

A good number of products sold in the US are made in China. The labor and safety standards in that nation are far less than they are in the US. While these products are supposed to be manufactured to US standards, there have been many instances of unsafe products being sold in the US, including the infamous incident where baby products were found to contain lead paint. The fact that these products are manufactured in another nation doesn't mean that no one is responsible for it when they injure or kill the consumers who purchase them.

Patent Infringement Halts Sales of Microsoft Word

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009

A news report on WFAA.com gives the details of a recent court decision that has Microsoft under fire once again. The massive software company has been ordered to stop selling its hugely popular and widely used Microsoft Word products as of January 11, 2010. The issue with the products is that they infringe on a patent held by a Canadian software company known as i4i. In addition to the halt of sales, Microsoft has been ordered to pay the software company almost $290 million dollars in damages.

 

ALERT: Toy Gun Recalled due to Choking Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009

According to Justice News Flash, a potentially dangerous toy gun was recalled last week. The toy in question is called the Action Team Toy Dart Gun Set. OKK Trading handles the distribution of the toy.

ALERT: Precious Moments Tree Topper Recall, Poses Fire Hazard

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009

That peaceful angel sitting atop your Christmas tree may not be as innocent as she appears. If you have a Christmas tree up or even if you have recently picked up some new ornaments you had better have a look at your tree topper. If you are one of the approximately 4,300 owners of a Precious Moments Angel Tree Topper you need to be aware that the item has recently been recalled due to its potential risk of overheating and starting fire, according to an article on JusticeNewsFlash.com.

ALERT: Slim-Fast Recalls Can Drink due to Bacteria Contamination

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 23rd, 2009
Chances are, you probably have tried Slim-Fast at least once in your life. If not to lose weight then to at least taste what all the fuss is about! However, it may concern you to know that Slim-Fast (or Slimfast) recently found itself in a precarious situation because of possible bacterial contamination in its products. 
 
Slim-Fast voluntarily ordered a product recall of all its “ready-to-drink” canned shakes effective December 3. This product recall included all cans regardless of flavor or even “best-by” date. The company urged its customers to continue using snack and meal bars as well as powdered shake mixes as replacements.
 
According to the Food and Drug Administration, there was a possibility that cans were contaminated with Bacillus cereus. This bacterium is known to be harmful and could cause painful and dangerous symptoms of infection like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Though this infection isn’t believed to be life threatening, it is unknown how it can affect consumers with sensitive digestive or immune systems.
 

ALERT: Non Child Resistant Packaging Sparks Vicks DayQuil Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 22nd, 2009

It is something that parents often fear. The possibility of a child getting into the medicine cabinet and being able to open medication packaging is a terrifying thought. The packaging of such products has improved dramatically over the years. Child resistant caps and tougher blister pack backing has improved safety. Trans World News is reporting that the Proctor and Gamble Company has just issued a voluntary product recall of Vicks DayQuil Cold & Flu 24 packs.

 

ALERT: More Toxic Toys Found on Store Shelves

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 22nd, 2009

In a story that is reminiscent of two years ago, just in time for the holidays, there is a new report of toxic toys on the market. MSNBC is reporting that some toys carrying the Barbie and Disney logos have been found to have high levels of lead. The Center for Environmental Health, a consumer advocacy group, ran tests on approximately 250 toys and found that seven of them violated federal standards for lead levels. These findings are extremely concerning as higher concentrations of lead can cause permanent brain damage. 

Unsettling New Findings regarding CT Scans

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 17th, 2009

It is terrifying to think about, but sometimes the tools used to diagnose illness can cause illness themselves. According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, CT scans, which use radiation to detect abnormalities, have been linked to a higher risk of cancer than previously thought. This is quite an alarming finding because, as reported in the article, the use of the computerized tomography scan has tripled in the US since the beginning of the 1990s. Over 70 million were performed in 2007 alone. With CT scans linked to cancer, there is even more reason to be aware of and involved in your own health and medical treatment.

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