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Product Liability / Recalls in Boston

Products Liability law protects consumers from defective and dangerous products by holding manufacturers and sellers liable for introducing a defective and dangerous product into the market-place. A Products Liability claim may be brought under any one of several legal theories, which makes understanding products liability law quite difficult.

Typically, various national or local institutions will alert consumers about unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products via product recalls. The most common types of recalls include defective toys, food, medications, or vehicles. If you feel that you have been injured by a company’s defective or dangerous product, a Boston Personal Injury lawyer can help you understand if you have a personal injury case.

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Food Safety Precautions Every Restaurant Should Take

Food poisoning, or food borne illness, affects roughly 48 million people a year, or about 1 in 6 Americans. It can be a potential liability for a restaurant or a food packaging company -- and a painful purchase for their customers and buyers.

By inadequately handling, packaging, or even inspecting their food, businesses often must pay up for making people sick. In extreme examples, a company can even face a wrongful death suit.

If your business regularly handles raw eggs, meat, poultry, or leafy greens, you should tread -- and stir -- carefully by complying with all Massachusetts food safety regulations.

FAA Investigates as More Dreamliner Jets Are Grounded

Days after a Dreamliner jet caught fire in Boston, stories of more Dreamliner mishaps are emerging.

Yet U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is still insisting that these planes are safe, saying that he would have “absolutely no reservations of boarding one of these planes and taking a flight.”

One day after a lithium ion battery caught fire in a Dreamliner jet parked at Logan International Airport, another Dreamliner was delayed at Logan International Airport after a fuel leak.

Toyota Fined $17M for Delaying Lexus Recalls

Toyota has been slapped with a huge fine for delaying its June Lexus recall, reports USA Today.

The fine is a staggering $17.35 million, the largest allowable under the law. It stems from charges by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency charged with maintaining driver safety.

The fine is the fourth that Toyota has had to pay in the past three years, since the unintended acceleration problem came to light.

The current fine involves the June recall of 154,000 Lexus RX crossovers for unintended acceleration. The vehicles were either accelerating without a driver's foot on the gas pedal, or failed to slow down when a driver hit the brakes.

New Ailment Linked to New England Compounding Center

The dangers linked to the tainted injections from a Framingham pharmacy have only gotten worse. Now, victims are coming forward with abscesses at the injection spot, reports The Boston Herald.

These abscesses were previously undetected and are found deep in the tissue where the shots were administered, in the patient's spines. This latest discovery is scaring health officials as the drug liability for the New England Compounding Center could be even greater than initially anticipated.

FDA Investigates Deaths Related to Energy Drinks

How safe are energy drinks? The popular 5-Hour Energy drink could be hazardous, even deadly, reports WGGB News.

It's very popular with college students and as the dangers of the energy supplement are starting to be exposed, many students in and around the Boston area should start thinking twice before consuming the drink.

The Food and Drug Administration is reportedly investigating 92 complaints that have emerged since 2009.

Regulators Ban NECC's Pharmacists From Working

We've talked before on this blog about the claim of negligent hiring. We've also talked about the Framingham pharmacy and the meningitis outbreak.

But we've never talked about the two together.

First off, we'd like to make it clear that the New England Compounding Center (NECC) is not being sued for negligent hiring or negligent supervision of employees. At least not that we're aware of.

However, such a claim might not be far off, especially now that Massachusetts regulators have come down on the NECC and ordered all of its pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to stop working.

South Grafton Boy Gets Salmonella From Peanut Butter at Trader Joes

A South Grafton family has filed a lawsuit against Trader Joe's after their four-year-old son was stricken with salmonella, reports Patch.

The salmonella case stems from a nationwide recall of peanut butter. Last week, the Center for Disease Control issued an advisory on the recall by Sunland Inc. of their peanut butter, sold in stores across the nation, including Target, Walmart and Whole Foods.

These peanut butter products are sold under many names, including Earth Balance and Archer Farms (at Target).

Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Framingham Pharmacy

A pharmacy in Framingham is under scrutiny as more people have been infected with meningitis after receiving steroid injections for back pain.

The meningitis outbreak has been linked to the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, reports The Boston Globe.

Nissan Recall Includes Pathfinders, Xterras, Frontiers

It's been a bad week for automobile recalls.

Nissan announced this week it's recalling three models. According to MSN Autos, some Nissan Pathfinder, Xterra and Frontier models are being recalled for faulty front wheel hubs which have the potential to crack. This could potentially lead to a loss of steering control.

What is it with the steering wheel defects this week? Earlier, we reported that Honda was recalling some of its Accords for issues involving leaky steering wheel fluid.

Honda Recalls Accords, But Parts Not in Until 2013

Recall news! Honda has announced that it will be recalling 600,000 Accords, The Associated Press reports.

The issue is the Accord's power steering hose, which has the potential to leak fluid. The leakage of fluid is a fire hazard, according to the AP.