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 (“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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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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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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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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Electric bicycles are popular around the world. Millions of people around the world own an electric bike. Electric bikes cost $1,000 or more. An electric bike is powered by rechargeable lithium batteries. Riders use the electric motor to power them through hills, headwinds, or fatigue. These bikes can also travel as far as 60 miles…

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With the warmer weather emerging, people are getting out and on their bikes for fresh air and exercise. However, when bicycle components fail, serious injuries can occur. Bike components commonly malfunction due to design or manufacturing defects, which are typically referred to as “product liability.” Component failures on bicycles can include problems with wheels, forks,…

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Numerous lawsuits are being brought throughout the country against the manufacturers and distributors of opioids. The drug makers are being accused of using aggressive and false marketing campaigns to promote the effectiveness of opioids for pain relief, while minimizing the dangers of opioid addiction and overdoses. Distributors are being accused of failing to monitor and…

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