CPSC Recalls Magnetic Ball Toys Due to Ingestion Hazard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) released a mandatory recall of two magnet ball and cube products due to ingestion hazards. Because of these high-powered magnets, the risk of ingestion can lead to fatalities. Further, because the company refused to agree to a voluntary recall, the CPSC sued the manufacturer to force a mandatory recall.…

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Michael Phelan Named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100

Phelan Petty is pleased to announce that partner Michael Phelan has been selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 list of Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in Virginia. This prestigious, invitation-only organization highlights the work of civil plaintiff and criminal defense attorneys across the country who have achieved outstanding results on behalf of…

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Amazon’s Change of Heart Regarding Defective Products Is Profit-Driven

Retail giant Amazon recently announced an update to its A-to-Z Guarantee, which covers the condition and timeliness of customer deliveries. The Guarantee now covers claims up to $1,000 when a defective product sold under the Amazon umbrella causes personal injury or property damage. Amazon claims this move is to facilitate more trust between Amazon and…

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Over Two Million Dehumidifiers Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

Many homeowners and renters use dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air. Especially in warmer months and climates, dehumidifiers are particularly useful in basements where condensation tends to collect, especially near an air conditioning unit. Many homeowners set up their dehumidifier and simply let it do its job, often forgetting it is even there.…

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Lawsuits Filed in Connection with NuWave Pressure Cookers

A number of lawsuits have been filed against NuWave LLC, alleging that their pressure cookers – specifically, the NuWave 6Q Nutri-Pot 6Q Digital Pressure Cooker” – have a design defect which allows consumer to open the lid of the cooker when the pressure is high enough to cause injury. Because of this defect, multiple plaintiffs…

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Carrier Safety: Are Trucking Companies Doing Enough?

The issue of commercial truck safety is an important one. In fact, we have an entire national organization devoted to it – the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or the FMCSA. The FMCSA hands down safety regulations to commercial truck companies, which all carriers and drivers must follow or risk penalties for non-compliance. How do…

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Juul Has a New Fight on Its Hands

Juul, the embattled e-cigarette company, is facing a crossroads. Once the most popular vaping device in the country, Juul’s low sales and constant lawsuits have the company campaigning for its life. As Juul attempts to meet a September deadline with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to continue selling their products in the United States,…

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Johnson & Johnson Recalling Sunscreen Products

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced July 14 they are recalling five sunscreen products due to the presence of benzene, a known carcinogen. The recall affects only aerosol Neutrogena and Aveeno sunscreen products, which the company advises consumers should stop using immediately. This recall was also announced by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration…

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In-Car Advertising: Is Distracted Driving About to Get Much Worse?

The Ford Motor Company® recently patented technology that supports in-car advertising. The technology, which is not yet in use, is a billboard detector that can read ads and display them inside a moving vehicle. This invention may mean good things for advertisers as it presents a new way to reach potential customers. However, the same…

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