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Tire Retirement

On June 2, 2008, after many years of prodding by consumer advocacy groups and attorneys, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer advisory concerning aging tires. This follows numerous lawsuits involving Explorer/Firestone rollovers, which made the public aware of the potential dangers of tire aging. Additional industry documents and studies have made clear that tires more than six years old are hazardous to drivers, and can result in tread separations, crashes and rollovers. A NHTSA study on Firestone ATX/Wilderness tire defects found that age was a definitive factor in failure, particularly in high-temperature environments that cause tire ... Read More

FLSA lawyers-fair labor standards attorney and lawsuits

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was created by the United States government in 1938. This act was set to protect the rights of workers and encourage ‘fair play’ between the management and labor. This act established a national minimum wage, created overtime pay and installed regulations for minors in the workplace. Because of the diverse nature of the American workforce, there is special consideration given to various groups such as children working on farms. Selected terms were given for people in executive and administrative positions as well as thousands of other special cases who are able to claim exemptions ... Read More

They pitch sales in their pajamas

At one moment, Jeanine Brown is selling Ronco knives. Five minutes later, she’s answering questions about the secrets of getting rich from real estate foreclosures. Brown is an agent for LiveOps, a company based in Palo Alto, Calif., with a national network of 16,000 operators who work from home answering the phone for TV infomercials. Brown, who lives in Houston, works in her pajamas and never knows what she’ll be selling until the script pops up on her computer screen. “You have to learn to be relaxed,” Brown said. LiveOps is on a hiring spree, ramping up to handle all ... Read More

Court decertifies class in Dollar General wage and hour lawsuit

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) announced today that the judge in the collective action lawsuit pending against the Company in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama issued a ruling during the trial decertifying the class which had consisted of approximately 2,500 individuals. The case, styled Edith Brown, on behalf of herself and others similarly situated v. Dolgencorp, Inc. and Dollar General Corporation, CV02-C-0673-W, asserts claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The judge is allowing the 12 named plaintiffs in the lawsuit to proceed with their case. The Company plans to continue to ... Read More

Type 2 diabetes drug Avandia linked to osteoporosis and bone loss

Researchers believe that the diabetes drug Avandia may cause bone loss and long-term use may speed up osteoporosis. The thinning of the bones is dangerous and could lead to fatal fractures. The study published in the December 2nd issue of Nature Medicine suggests that usage of rosiglitazone in the treatment of type II diabetes may cause osteoporosis. The maker of the drug, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), disputes the osteoporosis finding. The company said in a statement today that their ADOPT studies showed no increase in spine or hip fractures which are associated with osteoporosis. The company says they will be looking further ... Read More

Pharmacists will call: Digitek recalled

A generic form of digitalis – a heart drug – has been recalled in an unusual action that requires pharmacists to personally notify all customers who have purchased it. Doctors prescribe the drug, Digitek, to treat heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms. Actavis Totowa, a Totowa, N.J., manufacturer, recalled Digitek after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration. Actavis makes Digitek for Mylan Pharmaceuticals of Pittsburg, Pa. Actavis counsel John LaRocca said the company recalled Digitek after at least one pill emerged from the manufacturing process at double the appropriate thickness. An FDA statement said: “These tablets may contain twice ... Read More

How much is your life worth?

So how much do you think your life is worth? $100M? $20M? $420? According to a 1973 General Motors memo, the value of your life is $200,000. Evidently, GM saved over $250M by letting a few hundred people burn to death in their cars. For nearly 30 years, automobile manufacturers have skirted the issue of fundamental design flaws that make cars prone to catch fire when involved in a crash. Engineers know how to relocate fuel tanks to make them less likely to leak or suffer punctures, but manufacturers have never been held responsible for ensuring their vehicles are safe. ... Read More

Hormone therapy update

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide among women. It is the fifth most deadly cancer, killing about 502,000 people per year. All of us know a family who has had to deal with this most serious problem. A study published in the January issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention found that women who used combination hormone therapy for three or more years had a higher risk of lobular cancer. The study was led by Dr. Christopher Li of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and was designed to evaluate the relationship ... Read More

Lead shocks send patient to psychiatrist

A patient affected by Medtronic’s 2007 recall of defibrillator leads is suing the company, claiming unnecessary shocks led to post-traumatic stress syndrome that required psychiatric treatment. Plaintiff Donald Jackson received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator containing a Sprint Fidelis lead in 2006, which he says gave him unexpected and medically unnecessary shocks, causing excruciating pain. The shocks caused “great physical, emotional and psychological suffering and extreme anxiety,” placing Jackson in “imminent apprehension of death,” the complaint says. It adds that Jackson is now prescribed mood-stabilizing drugs. And, as a result of problems with the lead, he has an increased risk of ... Read More

Ortho Evra birth control patch label change

The FDA approved a label change to Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho Evra birth control patch on January 18, 2008. The patch has been known to cause blood clots which can lead to pulmonary embolism and death. The label change comes after testing revealed women on the patch between the ages of 15-44 are at a higher risk for pulmonary embolism. Currently there is litigation pending throughout the United States, including in Chicago, relating to the use of the Ortho Evra patch. Plaintiffs have filed claims after suffering from blood clots, pulmonary embolisms and in some cases death. The side effects ... Read More