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In mid-February of 2016, a Philadelphia jury socked Ethicon, Inc., a unit of Johnson & Johnson, with a $13.5 million judgment because of a transvaginal tape (TVT) product called Prolift. (TVT products are also known as pelvic mesh products.) Nearly three-fourths of the award, $10 million, consisted of punitive damages. Punitive damages mean that the
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Take the Chill Off Safely

  • January 22, 2016
  • Defective Products & Drugs
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You might know the following scenario: it’s cold outside and getting colder. Sitting around watching TV or simply relaxing with your family is making you shiver, and you don’t have a fireplace. Raising the thermostat setting for the entire house is expensive, so you turn to your portable heater. When the warm air shoots out,
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Alert: Whole Foods Recall

  • February 13, 2015
  • Business
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On February 10, Whole Foods Markets, Inc. recalled tens of thousands of pounds of ready-to-eat products because they have been contaminated with peanut allergens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture declared it a Class I hazard — that is, “a situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious,
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‘Tis The Season

  • December 12, 2014
  • Defective Products & Drugs
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This time of year, newspapers and social media post photos of homes lavishly decorated and lit for the Christmas season. Homeowners associations often sponsor decorating contests, drawing sightseers to “oooh” and “aahhh” as they slowly wind through neighborhood roads illuminated by all manner of electric light displays. What doesn’t always make the news are the
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Take That Back!

  • September 30, 2014
  • Defective Products & Drugs
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As a kid you might have given that order to someone who insulted your sister. But officials in Baltimore and all across the country are urging all of us to do just that with unwanted, unnecessary medications. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) began hosting prescription drug take-back events four years ago because at that
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Viagra: Is It Worth The Risk?

  • September 1, 2014
  • Defective Products & Drugs
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Viagra – “the little blue pill.” Manufactured by Pfizer, Inc., to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), Viagra has been taken by an estimated 25 million men since its release in 1998, raking in $2 billion in sales for Pfizer and making it one of the pharmaceutical giant’s best sellers. Marketed strongly through direct-sale advertisements, Viagra is
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The Hidden Dangers Of Bean Bag Chairs

  • August 29, 2014
  • Dangerous Toys
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For decades people of all ages have been lounging on bean bag chairs. First designed in the 1960s to appeal to the carefree flower children, they continue to be found in dorm rooms, dens and playrooms across the world. They were never actually filled with beans, rather with pellets of polyurethane, Styrofoam or PVC. As
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Ruling Expands Protections For Whistleblowers

  • March 21, 2014
  • Auto Product Liability
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Remember Sherron Watkins? She was the accounting executive who blew the whistle on Enron’s “creative accounting” practices, which included hiding risky investments and financial losses by creating special purpose entities and inflating assets and profits. In 2002, TIME magazine named Watkins one of its persons of the year, praising her for her “exceptional guts and
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Assault By Battery

  • March 10, 2014
  • Defective Products & Drugs
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Did you ever get one of those musical greeting cards? The kind that blares out a digitized version of “Who Let the Dog Out?” when you open it up. Did you know a danger lurks therein? We’re not talking about a dog; we’re talking about button batteries, those tiny cells that power many of our
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In The Grips Of Graco

  • February 21, 2014
  • Accidents
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Since the late ‘50s, parents have been turning to Graco, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of juvenile products, for things from highchairs to playpens, from strollers to carseats. As Google Finance says, “Dogs might be man’s best friend, but Graco is mom’s and dad’s best buddy.” The relationship has hit a snag, however. In
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