Product Liability

Lawsuit Alleges Textured Breast Implant Cancer Risk Coverup at Allergan

Allergan facing US lawsuits over textured breast implantsMuch of the initial concern over textured breast implant associated cases of anaplastic large cell lymphoma started out focused on non-U.S. markets. While the vast majority of U.S.-based breast implant procedures utilize smooth implants, the opposite held true for much of the rest of the market.

Six U.S. women who had textured breast implants used in their augmentation procedures have sued Allergan over their increased cancer risk and allege that ...

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Peaches, Plants, People…It Seems Like Nothing is Safe from Bayer and Monsanto

bayer chemical wiping out orchards across midwestAs the battle over Bayer’s flagship weed killer Roundup rages on, a new fight has opened over another one of the company’s agricultural products. And, as if endangering their customers’ lives wasn’t quite bad enough, this time the company seems to be destroying their livelihood as well.

Over 140 lawsuits allege that Bayer’s herbicide dicamba ravaged crops when the chemical drifted onto fields from neighboring fields occupied ...

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Florida Lawsuit Filed Over Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

lawsuit filed in florida over exploding samsung galaxy note 7 smartphoneA Florida man has filed suit against Samsung Electronics after his Galaxy Note 7 smartphone allegedly exploded in his pocket and caused severe burns to his leg and hand. While Samsung Galaxy Note phones have been in the news recently over the battery defect, this is likely the first lawsuit over the issue.

U.S. regulators cite to nearly 100 reports of overheating batteries ...

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Toyota Re-recalls 766,300 Vehicles for Airbag Shrapnel

Toyota to recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles for shrapnel risk from airbagsToyota is recalling 766,300 cars and trucks in the United States for continued risk of shrapnel from passenger-side airbags. Toyota recalled vehicles in April 2013 for the same issue, but has discovered that the supplier, the Takata Corporation, may not have provided a comprehensive list of all of the cars that were potentially affected.

These recalls are because of improper manufacturing ...

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CPSC Recalls Residential Elevators after Boy Suffers Catastrophic Brain Injury

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling residential elevator units after three reports of incidents, one of which left a 10-year-old boy with a catastrophic brain injury. The elevators in question are Elmira Hydraulic residential elevators, manufactured by Cambridge Elevating and distributed by Coastal Carolina Elevators.

Elmira Hydraulic units were installed in homes with multiple floors. According to the CPSC’s description, “they have a manual accordion-style car gate door with vinyl laminate inserts and a control panel ...

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With Power Morcellation Under Scrutiny, What Are the Other Options?

Power morcellation was, until recently, considered a reasonable option for women seeking treatment for uterine fibroids. Amidst FDA warnings and various recalls, this option has been largely advised against. An article in the Wall Street Journal discusses the alternatives to power morcellation that are available to women that want to avoid this risky procedure.

Laparoscopic power morcellators are currently being investigated regarding their potential risk in spreading cancerous tumors in women. The ...

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