Product Recalls

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Do Not Pass Go: Federal Judge Orders Execs Jailed for Contempt of Recall Order

A recent federal decision has made clear that court-ordered recalls can have real teeth, not just for manufacturers but also their officers—especially when the court has reason to suspect a company’s execs are deliberately...more

Company Officer Liable in Buckyball Recall

Buckyballs are high-powered spherical magnets that can be stacked to form interesting designs. The manufacturer Maxfield & Oberton began selling the product in the United States in 2009. Originally marketed as a toy, the...more

Drug Recalls at Record High

Drug Recalls May Hit ‘Record High’ in 2014 - According to a recent article from Becker’s Hospital Review, 2014 may prove the worst year for drug recalls on record. Dangerous drugs and defective medical devices can...more

FDA Posts Largest-Ever Medical Device Recall

On August 29, 2014, the FDA issued 233 Class I medical device recalls for products manufactured by Customed. According to its website, Puerto Rico-based Customed is a medical supplies leader and distributes a wide range of...more

FDA Initiative — Recall Information Now Readily Available

The Food and Drug Administration is modernizing the way it reports recalls of products that pose risks to consumers. Through the development of an application programming interface, all recalls reported to the Recall...more

Recent Recalls Aimed at Infant Products - Child Product Recalls: Hazardous High Chairs and Cribs

It is always distressing to learn that a product you have purchased has been recalled. For new parents, information about a defective infant product can be particularly alarming. According to a recent article in the...more

House Appropriations Amendments Would Halt CPSC’s Voluntary Recalls Rule; Fund Testing Relief

The House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 5016, the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2015, which provides funding to many different parts of the federal government for the next...more

Helpful Hints: The Revision Decision – What Should I Do?

Virtually all Rejuvenate and ABG II patients have received notice from their doctor that the devices have been recalled. These patients are all now faced with the prospect of a painful and risky revision surgery. Rejuvenate...more

Risk Planning and Board Liability

Board members are in the hot seat, or to put it another way – they are in a hot kitchen. The question is whether they can stand the heat of the hot kitchen....more

Blood Clot Test Strips Voluntarily Recalled Following Three Deaths

Alere Inc. has voluntarily recalled Alere INRatio2 PT/INR Professional Test Strips after nine adverse events — including three deaths — were linked to the defective medical device. The prothrombin time test measures how long...more

Recall of Blood Thinner Product

Alere Defective Medical Testing Strips Recalled - Are you currently taking a blood thinner to prevent the risk of a stroke, blood clot, or other medical condition? A recent article in Forbes alerted patients that...more

FDA Launches Huge Online Database of Adverse Events

As part of the Obama administration's effort to make public information more accessible, the FDA launched openFDA on June 2, 2014. This new database makes nearly 4 million pharmaceutical adverse event reports the FDA...more

Former CPSC Chairman Brown Expresses Concern over CPSC’s Voluntary Recalls Rule

Former CPSC Chairman Ann Brown recently sent a letter to the leaders of the CPSC’s congressional oversight committee asking for them to “urge the Commission to consider its proposed [voluntary recalls] rule carefully and to...more

The Epic Buckyballs® Saga Settles

May 2014 brought an ordinary end to a series of extraordinary events, with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) settling an unprecedented proceeding against Craig Zucker, the former CEO of Buckyballs® manufacturer...more

Check Your CAP: CPSC Releases Revised Monthly Progress Report Form for Recalls

The CPSC recently released a new monthly progress report form for companies conducting recalls with the agency. The revised form is in some respects better written than its predecessor and retains many of the old information...more

CPSC Settles Complaint Against Ex-CEO of Buckyballs and Buckycubes

On May 9, 2014, the CPSC and the maker of Buckyballs and Buckycubes settled the July 2012 administrative case brought by the CPSC alleging that these “rare earth magnets” pose a substantial product hazard. The settlement...more

Dangerous Ride: Graco Car Seat Recall

For young children, car seats can be lifesavers. A recent recall of Graco car seats raises the question of whether car restraints can cause death. In 2012, the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) of the National Highway...more

Evenflo Announces Product Recall of Child Car Seat Buckles

Recent months have witnessed a heightened level of attention regarding car seat safety. Evenflo is the most recent company to issue a product recall on one of their products, citing safety concerns. According to USA Today,...more

Levick Monthly - Activist Investors; The Ten Most Momentous Recent Events

In This Issue: - Activist Investors: The Ten Most Momentous Recent Events - CORPORATE REPUTATION: Speaking Intelligently on Business Intelligence - DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT: LinkedIn's Exclusive Influencer Program Is...more

Changes of the Amended Regulations on Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices

The Regulations on Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices was amended and promulgated by the State Council on March 7th, 2014, effective June 1st, 2014. The last version is from 2000. The following highlights the...more

GM Recall — Bad Switches, Bad Relations, Bad Acts

Why is GM in so much trouble? Is it just about bad switches or improperly operating air bags; recalls of millions of vehicles? Isn’t about more than that? Isn’t it really about corporate attitude, corporate responsibility and...more

Are Product Recalls Effective? Report Suggests Children’s Products Recalls Are Largely Ineffective

For most Americans, hearing news that one of our children’s products has been recalled can induce much anxiety. When we buy products for our kids, such as a car seat or a high chair, we expect that they are going to be safe...more

FDA Reports Rise in Medical Device Recalls and Warnings

This news is not surprising to anyone who pays attention to medical device recalls. There has been a substantial jump in medical device recalls – up 97 percent over the last decade! This news comes from the division...more

Graco Car Seat Recall

This February Graco Children's Products, Inc. (Graco) announced a massive recall of its toddler and booster child restraint systems. With an estimated 3.7 million units affected, the recall is one of the largest in history....more

Recent Notable Recalls

By now most subrogation professionals understand the importance of keeping current with the frequent Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notices. For this blog post we note the following recent notable recalls for the...more

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