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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

DOJ seeks to shut down operations at pharmaceutical supply company after reports of infection

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is moving to shut down Pharmaceutical Innovations, a Newark, N.J.-based company blamed for producing ultrasound gel that caused infections in 16 patients. The DOJ, working on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), filed a complaint against the company and its president and owner, Gilbert Buchalter, seeking an injunction to halt operations at the plant until it resolves violations to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The DOJ claims the company produced the gel used in ultrasound tests without following proper manufacturing practices, failed to obtain proper approval before distributing its products, and ... Read More

General Motors ignition switch death toll rises to 23

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The number of deaths linked to the ignition switch defect in more than a decade of General Motors (GM) vehicles continues to climb, with the latest toll hitting 23, according to a report by Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer overseeing a fund established to compensate crash victims and their families. After it finally began recalling vehicles affected by the potentially deadly ignition flaw last February, GM said that it had linked the defect to 13 deaths and 54 crashes. Underscoring the seriousness of the problem, safety advocates and plaintiffs’ lawyers, however, said the real toll was likely to be much higher. ... Read More

Former Peanut Corporation of America Officials Convicted on Criminal Charges

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“Just ship it.” These three words have come to haunt former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA)owner Stewart Parnell since he sent them in an email to a plant manager in March 2007 concerning tainted peanut products. U.S. prosecuting attorneys brought this statement to light in the opening statements of brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell’s trial concerning the 2009 outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to their company’s tainted products. In an unprecedented conviction, a federal jury returned guilty verdicts against two former officials and one broker for the Peanut Corporation of America for the unlawful sale of salmonella-tainted peanuts and peanut ... Read More

U.S. Treasury approved GM exec pay raises despite poor performance, losses

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Top executives at General Motors (GM) and Ally Finance (formerly GMAC, GM’s former consumer finance offspring) received “excessive” pay hikes approved by the U.S. Treasury Department, which has monitored and approved executive salaries and bonuses since the companies received $66.7 billion in taxpayer-funded bailout money. According to a report released Wednesday by the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), the Treasury Department allowed total pay packages of at least $1 million for all of the top executives at both companies. The report also says several GM executives who received a combined $3 million ... Read More

GM announces two new recalls to repair fire hazards

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General Motors (GM) has announced two new safety recalls over defects that could potentially result in fire, and in some cases, explosion. Last week, GM said it was recalling about 3,200 natural gas-powered cargo vans for gas leaks that could lead to an explosion and fire. The recall affects 3,196 Chevrolet Express CNG and GMC Sahara vans powered by compressed natural gas. The Detroit automaker informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the affected vehicles “may have a CNG (compressed natural gas) high pressure regulator that leaks natural gas into the atmosphere,” adding that this flaw “could cause ... Read More

NHTSA’s failure to address GM ignition switch problem detailed in Congressional report

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Federal auto safety regulators fell under scathing criticism again this week following the release of a House committee report that underscored their failures in policing General Motors (GM) while consumer complaints about defects and accident reports piled up in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) database. “The agency’s repeated failure to identify, let alone explore, the potential defect theory related to the ignition switch — even after it was spelled out in a report the agency commissioned — is inexcusable,” the House Energy and Commerce Committee concluded in its report. The report blames NHTSA for failing to notice a ... Read More

Tire blowout causes deadly tractor trailer crash in Liberty, Texas

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LIBERTY, Texas – A tire blowout is to blame for a truck driver losing control of his 18-wheeler and crashing early Tuesday morning on Interstate 45 in Huntsville, Texas. Driver Michael Bird, 56, was traveling in the right northbound lane on I-45 near exit 113 when the blowout on the right front tire occurred. Mr. Bird’s truck veered off the highway, colliding with a guardrail and hitting a concrete bridge support column head-on. The impact caused the truck to burst into flames with Mr. Bird still inside. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash also caused severe structural ... Read More

North Carolina church bus crash victims sue tire maker over alleged tire defect, blowout

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Survivors of a North Carolina church bus crash joined family members of those killed in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the tire that is alleged to have caused the crash and the estate of the bus driver, who was also killed. The lawsuit, filed last week in Iredell County Superior Court, alleges that Hankook Tire Co., which made the front left tire that blew out and caused the driver to lose control, is to blame because it “knew or should have known … that the subject tire’s design and/or manufacture resulted in a defective product which exposed vehicle occupants ... Read More

FDA panel recommends safety testing on sunscreen ingredients

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New safety testing standards for sunscreen ingredients are being proposed by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee in an effort to ensure product safety. Sunscreens, designed to prevent sunburns and to reduce the risk of skin cancer and aging, are regulated by the FDA in the same fashion as over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. The active ingredients have been on the market for decades. Manufacturers of sunscreens are not required to submit new drug applications as long as they stick to one or more of the 16 drug ingredients identified in the OTC Drug Monograph. Many of these drugs date ... Read More

Settlement reached in lawsuit involving airport sign that killed Kansas boy

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A settlement has been reached in a wrongful death lawsuit against a group of contractors involving a 10-year-old boy who was killed last March at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Seven members of the Bresette family were traveling from a trip to Destin, Fla., to their home in Kansas, switching flights at the Birmingham, Ala., airport, when a heavy flight-status board came loose from its moorings on the wall and fell on four members of the family while they walked past. The signs were added during a renovation of the airport, and weigh an estimated 300-400 pounds each. Of the four family ... Read More