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Michael Roberts

New Product Liability Decision Addresses Retailer Warranty Liability

A July 17 Alabama Supreme Court decision, by a vote of 5 to 4 of its 9 justices, decided that the retailer or seller of a dietary supplement does not have an automatic sealed container defense that…

Michael Roberts

Mechanical Heart Pump Devices Subject Of Recall

According to recently published news accounts, Thoratec Corp. has recalled certain batches of its mechanical heart pumps. The recall was triggered by five deaths of patients, who died while using…

Greg Cusimano

Dangerous Products: Airline Safety; Medical Safety; Food Safety; Auto Safety; Environmental Safety

Can Our Government Protect Us From Dangerous Products and Activities? Can We Rely on Our Government? Should Our Citizens Have Input as Jurors? How safe are we? Do we need citizen regulation?

Michael Roberts

Fentanyl Pain Patch Recall

Additional recall developments have occurred involving fentanyl pain patches. On February 18, Actavis, Inc. announced a recall of 14 lots of its patches, due to a fold-over defect that may cause leaks that expose patients directly to the fentanyl gel. Previously, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary recalled certain lots of its fentanyl patches, marketed under the name of Duragesic.The FDA stated…

Shannon Weidemann

Deep Fryers Recalled Over Fire Hazard

A recall has been issued for over 27,000 deep fryers. The recalled deep fryers were sold by J.C. Penney through mail order and online sales. They may cause a fire or burn the person using it. The Chinese-made Cooks deep fryer were sold for about $50 each and has a brushed stainless steel exterior, a wire mesh basket with a handle, a lid with a window and black handles. The deep fryer has a…

Courtney Mills

5 million Pepperoni Pizzas Recalled Due to E. Coli Taint

General Mills recalled about five million frozen pepperoni pizzas Thursday sold under the name Totino’s and Jeno’s because the pepperoni toppings on these pizzas may be tainted with E. coli bacteria. Eight different types of pizza were recalled by the food supplier.Totino’s and Jeno’s frozen pizzas, trademarks of the giant food supplier, both appear to have been involved in some 21 E….

Chrissie Cole

Fisher Price Recalls 1M Toys for Lead Hazard

Fisher -Price, a division of Mattel Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a toy recall of approximately 967,000 toys due to the surface paints containing excessive levels of lead. Lead can be toxic if ingested by small children.The recalled toys were manufactured by a Chinese vendor and sold within the U.S. using non-approved paint pigments that…