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How much should automakers be fined for not complying with recall rules?

In late March, the United States Senate approved legislation that would increase the fines levied against U.S. automakers who failed to comply with automobile recall regulations. Currently, automakers are fined a maximum of...more

FDA Must Improve Monitoring of Food Safety

According to a report by the Department of Health and Human Services, every year 128,000 Americans are hospitalized and 3,000 die from food poisoning. The FDA is responsible for safeguarding the food supply and for inspecting...more

Another Warning on Baby Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

If you give your baby acetaminophen to reduce fever and pain, pay close attention to the packaging. Several months ago, we reported about the FDA’s interest in more accurate dosing information for children’s Tylenol ....more

Lap-Band Clinics Are Warned by the FDA for Overly Rosy Promotions of Weight Loss

For a couple of years now, Southern California drivers have become used to seeing billboards for a medical procedure that promises to turn overweight people into the thin creatures they want to be. By calling 1-800-GETTHIN,...more

Advertising News & Analysis - November 3, 2011

In this Newsletter; Venable’s Advertising Practice Named “Law Firm of the Year”;“Company Doe” Lawsuit Challenges CPSC Database; Senate Unveils Bill to Revitalize USPS, Stave off Five-Day Delivery; Santa Monica, CA Files...more

Youth and Tanning Beds: Do Not Mix

The groundswell against the use of tanning beds got an additional boost last week when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation prohibiting children younger than 18 from using the body-bronzers as of January 2012....more

FDA Issues a Warning for Avastin – Again

The problems with the cancer drug Avastin are never ending. The FDA has issued a another warning about the drug’s dangers, this time involving ovarian failure, jaw necrosis (bone decay), blot clots and excessive...more

Proper Child Car Seat Installation Isn’t Always Easy

Car seats provide children, the most vulnerable of passengers, with much-needed extra protection in the event of a car accident. However, when they’re not installed correctly, car seats don’t protect children the way that...more

Costco Slip-and-Fall Lawsuit Shows How Court Jurisdiction Works, Says New York Slip and Fall Lawyer

New York slip and fall lawyer David Perecman comments on a 74-year-old woman's lawsuit against Costco. Theresa Danza claimed she was injured after slipping and falling in a store in North Miami, Florida. What made...more

Consumers Seek Recall of Brazilian Blowout

It sounds like a World Cup Soccer match result, but in fact, Brazilian Blowout is a hair-straightening product. And thanks to a wave of unpleasant responses to its use, the FDA has issued a warning letter to its...more

Illinois–In the Minority On Helmet Laws

It’s a contentious issue for many bikers–whether states should be able to require motorcyclists to wear helmets. For them, it’s an issue of personal choice and freedom. But there are many other interests at stake. For...more

Turkey Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with public health officials across the country and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) to determine the cause of...more

Stroller Manufacturer Calls For Mandatory Regulation After Massive Recall

Maclaren USA, the stroller manufacturer which issued a massive recall in November 2009, is calling for mandatory federal regulations of standards for strollers and global harmonization of stroller safety. In a press...more

Plugging the "Black Hole" in Medical Licensing Boards

Too often, patients and families with a serious complaint about an incompetent or unethical medical doctor will write their concerns to the state licensing board and then see their case drop into a black hole. But now, thanks...more

Manufacturers Dither While Toddlers Get Strangled in Window-Blind Cords

With an average of one child every two weeks strangled on the cords of window blinds, it’s no wonder that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has asked manufacturers to come up with a way to eliminate the risks to...more

Are Children’s Car Seats Safe?

According to recent reports, it’s unclear whether car seats are safe. Current testing methods for car seats are inadequate and based on insufficient test data. Nevertheless, despite questionable data, new standards are...more

Federal Fair Debt Collection Liability for Violation of State Licensing Laws

On February 23, 2011, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland followed the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in holding that a debt collection company could incur liability under...more

Almost 10,000 Crib and Playpen Injuries a Year, Study Says, But Will Congress Roll Back Safeguards?

Nearly 10,000 infants and toddlers are hurt in crib and playpen accidents each year, according to a recent study. The release of the study coincides with a U.S. House subcommittee hearing on February 24 on consumer product...more

Nearly Two Million Baby Monitors Recalled After Infant Deaths

Here’s a frightening story — almost 2,000,000 baby monitors produced by Summer Infant have been recalled because two children strangled in their cribs after getting tangled in the devices’ electrical cords. What a terrible...more

Congress Passes New Food Safety Bill

Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Illinois Food Safety Attorney The Food Safety Modernization Act was recently passed by Congress at the end of December 2010 in an effort to reduce the number of people that are sick,...more

Motor Vehicle Safety Act May Be Closer to Implementation

Chicago Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney Illinois Personal Injury Attorney The Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 2010 was introduced in May 2010 following a series of Toyota recalls caused by an unintended acceleration...more

Voluntary Auto Recalls on the Rise in 2010

2010 was a record year for voluntary automobile recalls. Over 20.3 million cars were recalled last year. The recall statistics were obtained from a recent report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety...more

Deadline Fast Approaching to Weigh In on New CPSC Consumer Complaint Web Site

In August 2008 the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (“CPSIA”) became law, imposing sweeping changes in consumer product regulatory requirements and beefing up enforcement tools to enhance product safety. Section 212 of...more

FDA Uncovers More Manufacturing Problems at Johnson and Johnson Pharmaceutical Plant

The safety of our pharmaceutical supply is of the utmost importance and the failure to control the quality of medications produced can have serious ramifications, including long lasting injuries, side effects and even...more

Johnson & Johnson Recalls two hip replacement systems affecting thousands

DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, recently recalled two of its popular hip replacement systems – the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System – due to a higher-than-normal failure...more

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