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Severe Burn Injuries Caused By Exploding E-Cigarettes

Gone are the days when smoking cigarettes was universally viewed as a sign of strength, sexiness or sophistication. The tobacco industry’s effective—and deceitful—advertising campaign rolled out over the last century finally...more

Nearing a Tipping Point on a Mandatory Furniture Tip-Over Standard?

Currently, furniture makers and retailers may opt to comply with voluntary stability and tip-over standards established by the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM). The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)...more

Volkswagen Caught – Another Car Maker Duping Consumers

The latest scandal from the automotive industry proves that the public, and now the planet, continue to be cheated despite well-meaning regulation designed to keep us all safe....more

CPSC Snapshot: CPSC Multimillion Dollar Penalty With a Twist

Earlier this month, the CPSC announced an agreement to yet another multi-million dollar settlement. However, in an unusual course of conduct, the CSPC agreed to suspend all but $200,000 of the penalty based on the company’s...more

A Handmade Dismissal for Maker’s Mark

A recent decision from the Southern District of California demonstrates the uphill battle consumer lawsuits face when challenging “handmade” or “handcrafted” labels on alcoholic beverages. On July 27, 2015, in Nowrouzi et...more

Food and Beverage Alert (US)

This regular publication by DLA Piper lawyers focuses on helping clients navigate the ever-changing business, legal and regulatory landscape. Blue Bell resumes ice cream production in Alabama. The Alabama Department...more

Feds Go After Websites Selling Suspect Medicine and Devices

Partnering with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, the FDA last month put the screws to more than 1,000 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous drugs and medical devices directly to consumers....more

No Prescription For Consumer Protection

Allowing plaintiffs to pursue claims under consumer protection statutes in prescription medical product liability litigation is trying to pound a square peg into a ham sandwich. It doesn’t fit, and the combination isn’t very...more

Inspections Expose Unsafe Product Imports

The United States Department of Justice recently filed a product liability lawsuit in federal court against Toys Distribution Inc., BLI Apparel Inc., All Seasons Sales Inc. and S&J Merchandise Inc., as well as six of the...more

Alabama Legislature Abolishes Weeks Innovator Liability Theory

That didn’t take long. Yesterday the Alabama House of Representatives passed SB-80, which abolishes the innovator liability theory created in the execrable decision in Wyeth, Inc. v. Weeks, ___ So.3d___, 2014 WL 4055813...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

Judge rejects consumer claim concerning evaporated cane juice - On March 12, a US district judge in the Northern District of Illinois dismissed with prejudice a consumer lawsuit against the manufacturer of Healthy Grains...more

Generic Drug Manufacturers to Face Failure-to-Warn Claims in California

On January 20, 2015, the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal involving failure-to-warn claims against generic pharmaceutical manufacturers. Teva Pharms. USA Inc. v. Super. Ct., No. 13-956, 2015 WL 231967 (U.S. Jan. 20,...more

California Supreme Court Considers Component Parts Doctrine

Last week, the California Supreme Court granted review of Ramos v. Brenntag Specialties, Inc. to resolve a split in the Second Appellate District regarding the application of California’s component parts doctrine. The...more

Who Is at Fault When a Driverless Car Is in an Accident?

One author's view on how to determine the answer that may surprise you....more

The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2014

This is the third edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings...more

Lead Paint Companies Hit With Billion Dollar Judgment in California Public Nuisance Case

In a decision with potentially far-reaching impacts, a California state court has ordered three major paint companies to pay $1.15 billion to clean up lead paint in homes throughout California. People v. Atlantic Richfield...more

Infuse Bone Graft Lawsuit Website Launched By Hissey Kientz, LLP Law Firm

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP announces the launch of its new website, Medtronic Bone Graft Lawyers ( A Yale University Study has linked the Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft to severe...more

Table Saw Lawsuits Allege Injuries Caused by Lack of Adequate Safety Equipment

Despite the existence of technology that could prevent countless injuries caused by table saws, thousands of Americans suffer finger amputations, lacerations, or hospitalizations each years due to accidents caused by table...more

The Stories Behind Outstanding Verdicts

Recently I attended the Trial Lawyer of the Year Gala hosted by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA). I always enjoy this event not only because it showcases outstanding legal advocacy, but also because I...more

You Should Know - April 2013

In This Issue: - Ask Congress to Hold Generic Drug Makers Accountable - Ruling May Leave You Vulnerable to Unsafe Generic Drugs - By the Numbers - Bookmark Favorites - What's Your Drug Safety IQ? -...more

Toyota Recalls 160,000 Tacoma Pickups Due to Rust

Toyota issued another recall that will affect a number of drivers in New York as well as other states. This recall involves the Tacoma pickup, a vehicle known for plowing through the snow and carrying a heavy load on its bed....more

BioMet M2a Magnum Hip Replacements Linked to Painful Side Effects

BioMet M2a Magnum hip replacement devices have been linked to complications including metal poisoning, hip implant loosening, fretting and corrosion, dislocation and fractures at the site of the implant....more

Stryker hip replacements may cause serious complications

Stryker Corporation issued a voluntary recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II modular hip replacement systems in July 2012 after stating that the metal-on-metal hip devices posed an increased risk for severe...more

GranuFlo Recall Website Launched By Hissey Kientz, LLP Law Firm

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is announcing the launch of its new website, GranuFlo Recall Help ( The site will serve as a source for news and legal information for patients and their...more

Zoloft Use During First Trimester of Pregnancy Can Increase Risk of Birth Defects

Use of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant Zoloft during the first trimester of pregnancy can increase a child’s risk of being born with serious heart defects or other birth defects. ...more

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