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2019 | California Personal Injury Blog

Watch Out for Recalled Products Being Sold on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace

By Brian Chase on November 11, 2019 - No comments

Watch Out for Recalled Products Being Sold on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace

Watch Out for Recalled Products Being Sold on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace

Consumer Reports is warning the public about recalled products, which may not be in stores anymore, but are still being sold with ringing endorsements on Craigslist and the Facebook Marketplace. For example, Consumer Reports, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), have all advised against the use of infant inclined sleep products after reports of nearly 75 child deaths due to suffocation. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

Uber’s Driverless Cars Were Not Programmed to Stop for Jaywalkers

By Brian Chase on November 11, 2019 - No comments

Uber's Driverless Cars Were Not Programmed to Stop for Jaywalkers

Uber's Driverless Cars Were Not Programmed to Stop for Jaywalkers

Uber’s driverless vehicles had one major flaw: They were not programmed to stop for jaywalkers. The Verge reports the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) finding that this defect may have played a significant role in a fatal March 2018 pedestrian accident in Tempe, Arizona, where a pedestrian was struck outside of a crosswalk by an Uber driverless SUV. In that case, the NTSB found that the SUV did not start to stop until about a second before impact simply because it wasn’t designed to recognize a pedestrian outside a crosswalk. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Auto Defects

Pressure Cooker Explosion Leaves 2-year-old Critically Injured

By Brian Chase on November 11, 2019 - No comments

Pressure Cooker Explosion Leaves 2-year-old Critically Injured

Pressure Cooker Explosion Leaves 2-year-old Critically Injured

A 2-year-old girl in Virginia suffered severe burn injuries after a pressure cooker exploded in her family’s kitchen. According to a report in The Destin Log, the incident occurred when the girl, Addie Mae Davis was standing next to her mother, Bethany Davis, when the accident occurred. The pressure cooker was a gift the family recently received, but it had been used before, according to the girl’s mother. The family said Bethany Davis was cooking chicken for dinner and began venting the cooker. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

CDC Identifies ‘Chemical of Concern’ in Vaping Lung Injury Investigation

By Brian Chase on November 11, 2019 - No comments

CDC Identifies 'Chemical of Concern' in Vaping Lung Injury Investigation

CDC Identifies 'Chemical of Concern' in Vaping Lung Injury Investigation

Samples of lung fluid from 29 lung injury patients in 10 states all contained the same chemical, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced. According to a report on The Verge, this discovery is a big step forward in the ongoing investigation into the severe and mysterious lung injuries that have affected e-cigarette users across the country. The chemical, called vitamin E acetate is now considered a chemical of concern by the CDC. As of Nov. 5, 39 people have died and 2,051 cases of lung injuries related to vaping are being investigated. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Defective Products

Trader Joe’s and Grocery Outlet Contractor Faces $1.6 Million in Fines for Wage Theft

By Brian Chase on November 8, 2019 - No comments

Trader Joe's and Grocery Outlet Contractor Faces $1.6 Million in Fines for Wage Theft

Trader Joe's and Grocery Outlet Contractor Faces $1.6 Million in Fines for Wage Theft

An Anaheim company that does inventory work for Trader Joe’s and Grocery Outlet is facing payments of back wages and fines totaling more than $1.6 million. According to a news report, the California Labor Commissioners Office made the announcement saying that Inventory Professionals have been ordered to reimburse 64 workers to whom the company failed to pay minimum wage, overtime and other types of compensation. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Employment Law

Mann Packaging Company Recalls Vegetable Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

By Brian Chase on November 8, 2019 - No comments

Mann Packaging Company Recalls Vegetable Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

Mann Packaging Company Recalls Vegetable Products for Possible Listeria Contamination

The Mann Packaging Company is voluntarily recalling more than 100 vegetable products sold in the United States and Canada for possible listeria contamination. According to a CNN news report, the recall was issued in response to a notification by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding potential listeria contamination. The packages have a “Best If Enjoyed By” date of Oct. 11, 2019, to Nov. 16, 2019. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Food Poisoning

California Man Sues Monsanto Over Roundup Weed Killer After Developing Cancer

By Brian Chase on November 8, 2019 - No comments

California Man Sues Monsanto Over Roundup Weed Killer After Developing Cancer

California Man Sues Monsanto Over Roundup Weed Killer After Developing Cancer

A Northern California man has filed a lawsuit against Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) alleging that the company has known for many years that glyphosate, the active ingredient in its Roundup weed killer, can cause cancer. According to a report in the Redding Record Searchlight, the plaintiff, Fred Pulice, found out in 2018 that he had developed cancer in his lymphatic system called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Pulice has joined dozens of others in California and across the country suing Monsanto over Roundup. The lawsuit also names Orchard Supply Hardware as a defendant because Pulice purchased the product from the store. …Read the rest »

One Dead, Nine Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef

By Brian Chase on November 7, 2019 - No comments

One Dead, Nine Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef

One Dead, Nine Sickened in Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Ground Beef

One person in California died and nine others were sickened in a six-state salmonella outbreak that has been linked to ground beef. According to a KTLA news report, a total of 10 people were infected with salmonella Dublin, including two in California, three in Colorado, two in Kansas and one each in Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas. Officials said that the illnesses tied to the outbreak were more severe than expected. Of the 10 who were sickened, eight were hospitalized including the unidentified California resident who died. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Food Poisoning

More Than 2 Million Pounds of Chicken Recalled for Metal Contamination

By Brian Chase on November 7, 2019 - No comments

More Than 2 Million Pounds of Chicken Recalled for Metal Contamination

More Than 2 Million Pounds of Chicken Recalled for Metal Contamination

More than 2 million pounds of chicken are being recalled because the poultry may be contaminated with metal. According to a USA Today news report, Simmons Prepared Foods, based in Arkansas, is recalling several of its ready-to-cook chicken products including chicken legs, wings and whole chickens. The notice says the chicken was shipped to institutions including restaurants, schools, hospitals and distributors in California, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. The recall doesn’t include chicken sold in stores. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Food Poisoning

California DMV Data Breach Exposes Drivers Social Security Numbers

By Brian Chase on November 7, 2019 - No comments

California DMV Data Breach Exposes Drivers Social Security Numbers

California DMV Data Breach Exposes Drivers Social Security Numbers

Long lines are not the only thing you have to fear at the DMV. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, thousands of drivers in California have had their Social Security numbers exposed in a data breach that gave federal agencies unauthorized access. According to the Times, the breach also showed which drivers do not have social security numbers making it especially concerning for undocumented immigrants who were issued driver’s licenses. Apparently, federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, had access to this information. …Read the rest »

Posted in: Class Action


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