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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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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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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Congressional Report Shows Some Baby Foods Contain Toxic Metals

A recent report to Congress shows dangerously high levels of heavy metals, like lead and arsenic, in a variety of popular baby foods. This report, released on February 4, states that some of these baby foods contain “significant levels” of these toxic metals, which can lead to irreversible neurological damage in infants and children. This…

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Paraquat Dichloride Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Paraquat dichloride (“Paraquat”) is a chemical agent commonly used as an herbicide. It is used on over 100 different types of crops. Because Paraquat is so toxic, it is classified as a Restricted Use Product, meaning only licensed applicators are able to purchase and use the product. As a result of its toxicity, Paraquat has…

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Proving Defective Product Cases

Under Virginia tort law, there is no strict liability. Recovery for product related injuries or property damage turns on proving that the product, as designed, manufactured, or labeled, is unreasonably dangerous for its reasonably foreseeable uses. Liability for unreasonably dangerous products may be based on multiple legal theories. Most product liability cases in Virginia are…

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UPDATE: Graco Inclined Rocker Accessory Recalled for Suffocation Risks

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall for inclined sleepers associated with Graco Pack ‘n Plays. Inclined sleepers have a potential risk for suffocation if infants roll onto their stomachs while in the sleeper. The current recall affects the following products: Graco Pack ‘n Play Day2Dream Playard with Bedside Sleeper, model numbers…

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Suffocation Danger Associated with Nursing Pillows and Baby Loungers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a serious warning to consumers regarding nursing pillows, lounging pads, and related products. According to the CPSC, they pose a significant suffocation hazard to infants and older babies. These products are safe for use when babies are awake, but a number of children have tragically died after…

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