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Many times after our skilled team of professional investigators thoroughly examines a personal injury claim, a Beasley Allen lawyer will determine that the injury was caused by a defective product. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost more than $700 billion each year. We help ensure that manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.

A great number of the product liability claims we investigate are single vehicle accidents. In investigating automobile accidents and product liability cases over the past 30 years, we have seen many single vehicle accidents that were caused by a design defect or mechanical problem. Single vehicle accidents where the occupant received injuries disproportionate to the severity of the accident can often be traced back to a defect

Lumber Liquidators CEO Bob Lynch “unexpectedly” resigns during formaldehyde controversy

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Lumber Liquidators CEO Bob Lynch has abruptly left his leadership position within the discount flooring retailer, adding even more uncertainty to the company’s standing during its recent formaldehyde controversy. In response to the surprising news, Thomas Sullivan, founder of Lumber Liquidators, announced he will serve as CEO until the company finds Lynch’s permanent replacement. Sullivan commented that Lynch’s resignation occurred “unexpectedly,” much to the shock of executives and investors alike. Lumber Liquidators CFO Dan Terrell also announced his departure from the company last month, effective the beginning of June. “60 Minutes” first broke the story on Lumber Liquidators’ Chinese-made laminate flooring ... Read More

Pentagon stands by Osprey aircraft after Hawaii crash killed two Marines  

U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Helicopter - U.S. Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Michael Sheehan

Defense Department officials said Monday that U.S. armed forces will continue to use tilt-rotor Osprey airplane-helicopter hybrids despite the aircraft’s troubled history, including an Osprey crash that occurred in Hawaii during a training exercise Sunday, killing two Marines and injuring 20 others. Called a VTOL for “vertical takeoff (and) landing,” the V-22 Osprey is an aircraft that takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter but flies like an airplane. The Pentagon reports that seven Ospreys, built by Boeing and the Bell Helicopter unit of Textron Inc., have crashed since it first started testing them in 1991. Osprey crashes have ... Read More

First Blue Bell lawsuit filed after listeria-related illness

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Blue Bell has now been confronted by its first recall-related lawsuit, alleging the company’s products caused one ex-Houston, Texas, resident to contract listeria-related meningitis while working at a retirement complex. According to the Blue Bell lawsuit, David Philip Shockley was employed as the associate executive director of nursing at the retirement community, Eagle’s Trace. While on the job in October 2013, Shockley ate Blue Bell ice cream purchased by his superiors. Not long after consuming the Blue Bell products, Shockley called 911 for assistance, but was diagnosed with migraine and sent home. Shockley then collapsed alone at his home just hours ... Read More

Takata to double airbag recall to 34 million affected vehicles – largest auto recall in history

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Japan-based automotive parts supplier Takata is about to reach new heights of infamy as the company nearly doubles the size of its already multimillion airbag recall to a whopping total of nearly 34 million recalled cars – the largest automobile recall in history. The recall continues to claim that the faulty airbags have the potential to explode, bursting sharp metal shrapnel into the face and body of those in the front seats. The recalled airbags have been linked to five deaths thus far and took place primarily in Honda vehicles, likely due to the high number of Honda cars equipped ... Read More

Woman developed deadly cancer from talcum powder product

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A 73-year-old woman who developed the fatal lung cancer mesothelioma after using talcum powder with traces of asbestos was awarded $13 million by a Los Angeles jury who found the manufacturer Colgate-Palmolive Co. was responsible for the woman’s illness. Billions of dollars have been paid in verdicts and settlements in cases where people have developed mesothelioma and other serious lung conditions from exposure to asbestos. However, most of those cases involve people who have worked in the construction materials or insulation industry. The woman’s case is somewhat unique because she was a consumer who was exposed to asbestos through a ... Read More

Black & Decker pays $1.5 million penalty for not reporting dangerous lawnmowers

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Black & Decker Inc. will pay the U.S. more than $1.5 million for marketing and selling cordless electric lawn mowers that it knew were defective and dangerous, the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced. Federal regulators say that Black & Decker violated the reporting requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Act by failing to report that cordless lawnmowers it made and sold between 1995 and 2006 could start spontaneously and continue to run even after consumers released the handles and removed the safety keys. According to the U.S. Justice Department, Black & Decker received more ... Read More

Blue Bell knew it had listeria problems, FDA documents show

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Listeria bacteria was a problem in Blue Bell’s Oklahoma plant as early as March 2013 but the ice cream producer failed to take adequate measures to sanitize its factory, a federal investigation conducted in March and April concluded. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the investigation results after filing a Freedom of Information request. Those documents show the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found violations in all three of Blue Bell’s facilities, but the most extensive violations were found in its Broken Arrow, Okla., plant. According to the AP, the FDA documents reveal inspectors listed 17 separate tests on ... Read More

Blue Bell won’t resume making ice cream for several months

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Blue Bell Creameries said on its website that its ice cream won’t be back in stores for several months as the company cleans it three manufacturing facilities in the wake of a deadly listeria outbreak and develops a plan for its ice cream products to return to production. “Unfortunately, we do not yet have a firm timeline for when Blue Bell Ice Cream will be back in stores, but we believe at this time that it will be several months at a minimum,” said Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse. “We are evaluating all of our operations in light ... Read More

Lumber Liquidators suspends sales of Chinese-made flooring

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Lumber Liquidators said it is suspending sales of laminate flooring made in China amid accusations that the products contain toxic levels of formaldehyde. The move also comes as the company faces a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) probe, possible criminal charges, slumping sales, and a falling stock price. Lumber Liquidators, North America’s largest and fastest-growing wood flooring retailer, for several months has received complaints from consumers who have installed the allegedly toxic flooring in their homes, only to be sickened by fumes that cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, asthma and other chronic respiratory distress ranging from mild to severe. ... Read More

Meltons honored for courage in pursuing justice for victims of GM ignition switch defect

Ken and Beth Melton, Lance Cooper

On April 30, the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) honored Ken and Beth Melton, the couple whose daughter’s death led to the recall of millions of General Motors (GM) vehicles, with the Courageous Pursuit of Justice Award. The Meltons’ investigation of their daughter’s car crash revealed an ignition switch defect that caused her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt to slip out of the “on” position, forcing her to run into another vehicle. The GM ignition switch defect turned out to be a widespread problem that the automaker was aware of and hid for more than a decade. In 2013, the Meltons sued GM over ... Read More