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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

More lawsuits claiming ovarian cancer risk with talcum powder

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Talcum powder is generally considered safe and thus widely used in body and face powders. But about 700 lawsuits have been filed against makers of talc-containing products claiming genital use of talcum powder for personal hygiene can cause ovarian cancer. “There probably will be more,” FairWarning reporter Myron Levin told Public Radio International. An increasing number of lawsuits name consumer health care giant Johnson & Johnson, who has sold Johnson’s Baby Powder for more than a century, and currently markets other brands including Shower to Shower. The lawsuits claim that studies dating back 30 years or more have drawn a ... Read More

Honda opts to expand Takata airbag recall in Japan

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Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s order, Honda has expanded its Takata airbag recall to include more than a quarter million vehicles sold in the Japanese domestic market. Honda appears to be experiencing the most turmoil from the Takata airbag recalls considering how the automaker had the most cars affected. In the latest Japanese recall, Honda must now add 259,479 brand-new vehicles equipped with defective airbag inflators, not including the previously known 79,249 Honda vehicles still in line to be fixed. The recall notice states that the affected Honda vehicles, ranging from 2002 through 2008 model years, include ... Read More

Daimler Trucks included in Takata airbag recall

Takata airbag - image source alexauto321, wikicommons

The Takata airbag recall list continues to grow as Daimler Trucks will be included on its infamous index of affected vehicles. Takata recalled a total of approximately 34 million vehicles worldwide and has been responsible for the largest auto-related recall in history. Daimler Trucks North America, a leading manufacturer of medium-duty trucks and specialized commercial vehicles, announced that some Freightliner and Western Star models are included in the Takata airbag recalls. The exact number of trucks affected has not been released yet, but Daimler Trucks claims it is small. Daimler will now join the ranks of the other 10 Takata-impacted ... Read More

Criminal charges pending for GM’s mishandling of defective ignition switch

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According to the Wall Street Journal, General Motors (GM) may soon be facing criminal charges brought by the U.S. Justice Department to punish the company for its alleged lies regarding the decade-long defective ignition switch cover-up. GM was able to avoid class action fraud lawsuits linked to the long-delayed ignition switch recalls because of its 2009 bankruptcy restructuring.  However, the automaker’s luck might soon take a turn for the worse as federal prosecutors attempt to discern which charges will be brought and how GM will proceed, whether by pleading guilty, or making a deferred-prosecution deal. If GM were to agree to ... Read More

Chinese drywall threatens Miami luxury condo tower

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A Miami luxury condo development has linked ongoing problems some that residents are experiencing with the presence in nearly 30 of its units of defective Chinese drywall that emits toxic fumes. The 500 Brickell East condominium developers face costs of at least $3.3 million to have the Chinese drywall removed from already-occupied condo units and replaced. It’s a cost the developer will have to pay for up front rather than wait for the outcome of pending litigation in the matter, which could be years away. Drywall made in China was imported in massive quantities during the pre-recession building boom of ... Read More

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