Lithium Batteries

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Hot Pocket: Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Recall Highlights Risk of Lithium Batteries During Air Transportation

Air transportation of lithium ion batteries recently garnered significant attention due to events following reports of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s batteries overheating, catching fire, and even exploding. See Samsung Recalls...more

Lithium-Ion Batteries: Small Products, Big Exposures

They are everywhere: in your pocket, in your car, in your hands, in your lap and even “in your face.” Lithium-ion batteries are in nearly every product that has become a staple of modern life, such as smartphones,...more

DOT/PHMSA Proposes to Harmonize U.S. Lithium Battery Transport Requirements With International Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a proposed rule that would harmonize U.S. hazardous materials regulations with international hazardous materials transport...more

Battery Problems Spread to Smartphones

After more than a decade of laptop battery fires, coupled with the surge in new battery operated devices causing fires (including hoverboards and e-cigarettes), it seemed almost impossible that news of a new string of...more

The State of Umbrella Damages in Canadian Antitrust Litigation

Judges in Ontario and B.C. have reached different decisions on whether cartel members may be liable for umbrella pricing. These two cases of first impression may be headed for the Supreme Court of Canada. ...more

Computer Recall Due to Battery Overheating - Risk of Consumer Injury from Overheating Toshiba Lithium-Ion Batteries

Personal injury lawyers discuss the recent recall of more than 100,000 Toshiba laptop computers and the serious injury risks associated with defective lithium-ion batteries....more

PHMSA Signals Intent to Adopt ICAO Ban on Bulk Shipments of Lithium Ion Batteries as Cargo on U.S. Passenger Aircraft

Summary: The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued a safety advisory notice indicating that the agency may soon adopt a ban on bulk shipments of lithium ion batteries shipped alone as cargo on...more

Hoverboards and Head Injuries

Over the past several years, hoverboards have become extremely popular mobile devices, especially with people between 20 and 30 years old. In 2015, these self-balancing scooters with motors powered by lithium-ion batteries...more

ICAO Bans Bulk Shipments of Lithium Batteries as Cargo on Passenger Aircraft

On February 22, 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (“ICAO”) Council announced an interim ban on bulk shipments of lithium ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. The ICAO Council adopted this new...more

Understanding New Lithium Battery Transport Requirements & Emerging Developments as Safety Concerns Mount

Growing concerns over the safety of air shipments of lithium batteries have prompted international authorities, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), and Congress to take action. On January 19, 2016, the...more

Hoverboards Under Attack

Multiple UK retailers have asked customers to throw out their hoverboards, the self-balancing scooters that have clambered onto holiday wish lists this season, due to suspected safety issues with the devices. The retailers...more

Graphene Technology Increases Anode Capacity For Lithium-Ion Batteries

XG Sciences Inc. of Lansing has used its proprietary know-how to improve lithium-ion battery capacity by a factor of four over conventional anodes. Using graphene nanoplatelet anode material not only improves charge storage...more

Remedies Of FCPA Violations – Lessons Learned From The Boeing 787 Lithium-ion Battery Issue

Over the past three months, the aircraft manufacturer Boeing has gone through a public relations nightmare and financial disaster over the failure of lithium-ion batteries in its new flagship aircraft, the 787. This Boeing...more

Cobasys Absorbed Into New Subsidiary

Cobasys LLC of Orion, Michigan has been combined with SB LiMotive Germany GmbH of Stuttgart to form Robert Bosch Battery Systems. This is a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH. Cobasys has been focused on nickel...more

Michigan Lithium Ion Battery To Power Electric Boat

Torqeedo, a German-based manufacturer of outboard motors, has contracted to use lithium ion battery packs from Johnson Controls' Holland plant for its 80-horsepower electric boat motor. The battery is based on a modification...more

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