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Wendi Lewis

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Wendi Lewis is the Communications Director for Beasley Allen Law Firm. She writes and manages content for Righting Injustice, BeasleyAllen.com, myMeso.org and other firm websites and publications. Her background includes journalism, with a focus on feature writing and community news reporting and editing; book publishing and project management; public relations communications; advertising copy writing and corporate profile writing. She is the author of Montgomery: At the Forefront of a New Century, a coffee-table book about Montgomery, Ala., published by Community Communications Inc. in 1996. She and her husband, Eric, live in Montgomery.

Patriotic themed fireworks recalled

Recall - fireworks Red White and Blue smoke, American Promotional

Just in advance of Independence Day, American Promotional Events, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, has issued a recall for its TNT Red, White & Blue Smoke fireworks. The company says the fireworks can explode unexpectedly after being lit, posing a burn and injury hazard to consumers. American Promotional Events has received three reports of incidents involving the recalled fireworks, including three people suffering burn injuries. The recalled fireworks are pyrotechnic devices that make smoke when lit. They were sold in a bag containing three canisters: one red, one blue and one white. Each colored smoke firework ... Read More

Publix recalls Tropical Medley Mix

Recall - Publix tropical medley mix

Publix Super Markets has issued a voluntary recall of its Tropical Medley Mix out of concern for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The product is a mixture of dried fruits. Publix representatives say they were alerted to the possible listeria contamination by the company that supplies the dried apricots in the mix. The recall applies to 5.7 oz clear plastic containers of the mix that were sold at Publix in the retail produce departments in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. The affected products have a UPC code of 41415-08586. All use-by dates are being recalled. Listeriosis, the ... Read More

Bard settles transvaginal mesh lawsuits

2012-TVM-serious-complications

C.R. Bard has agreed to settle nearly 100 lawsuits related to its transvaginal mesh (TVM) devices that were pending in U.S. District Court in West Virginia. Thousands of TVM cases are consolidated under U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. In addition to Bard, cases are pending against other medical device manufacturers including Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific. In August 2013, Bard was hit with a $2.2 million jury verdict in the first transvaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial in the consolidated multidistrict litigation (MDL). A jury found that the company’s Avaulta Plus Posterior BioSynthetic Support System TVM, used ... Read More

Holiday toys recalled; coin cell batteries pose hazard

Recall - toys, spinner, Easter, light up, Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has issued a recall for certain holiday themed toys. The coin cell batteries inside the light-up spinning toy may become detached, posing an ingestion and choking hazard to young children. Hobby Lobby has received one report of a 14-month-old child who ingested a battery. The child was x-rayed and the battery passed through. The holiday themed toys feature a plastic handle and dome, and were sold in two designs, one for Easter and the other for Independence Day (July 4). The Easter-themed toys are either blue with a ... Read More

Sunflower seed recall hits more products; Hershey recalls SoFit products for listeria risk

Recall - Hershey SoFit, sunflower seed, listeria

The list of products impacted by a recent sunflower seed recall continues to grow. Last week, Hershey issued a voluntary recall of certain lots of its SoFit brand snack products out of an abundance of caution. SunOpta, the sunflower seed supplier, issued a recall after discovering its sunflower seeds may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. There has been no report of illness linked to the Hershey SoFit product. The Hershey recall includes the following products from the SoFit line: SoFit Protein Plus Sunflower Seeds Sea Salt with the following date codes: 72H, 72J, 79P, 82F, 82G, 82K, 82L SoFit Protein ... Read More

Sky Rover toy recalled due to fire hazard with USB charging cord

Recall - Sky Rover toy, Auldey Toys

Auldey Toys, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has issued a recall for its Sky Rover remote-control flying toys. The USB charging cord sold with the toy can overheat, posing a risk of fire. Auldey has received 35 reports of charging cords overheating, but has no reports of injuries or property damage associated with this defect. The Sky Rover toy recall includes 325,000 units sold at WalMart and other mass merchandisers and independent toy stores nationwide. They also were sold online through Amazon.com. The recalled Sky Rover toy was sold from January 2015 through January 2016 ... Read More

Handgun Security Safes recalled for faulty locking mechanism that may lead to injury, death

Recall - gun safe

Rhino Metals, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of certain models of its handgun security safes. The manufacturer reports the Bighorn P-20 handgun security safes can be opened without the use of a combination, allowing unauthorized access to a handgun. This poses the risk of unintended injury or death when a child or someone untrained in the operation of the handgun may access the weapon. The recalled handgun security safes are gray and black and made out of metal. They measure about 3.25 inches high by 12 inches wide and 10.5 ... Read More

Dole recalls packaged salad linked to listeria contamination, one death

Recall - Dole salad - manufacturing code

Dole Food Co. Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a multi-state recall for packaged salads possibly contaminated with a strain of the listeria monocytogenes (listeriosis) bacteria. The CDC reports one person has died and 12 were hospitalized after eating packaged salads prepared and distributed at Dole’s Springfield, Ohio, facility. According to a CDC news release, the outbreak has affected people in six states. One person from Michigan died as a result of listeriosis, and one of the 12 people hospitalized was pregnant. The CDC reports five people who fell ill reported eating ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh manufacturer says supplying device records for MDL ‘burdensome’

transvaginal mesh

Lawyers representing Ethicon Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, in multidistrict litigation (MDL) surrounding its transvaginal mesh medical device are protesting that providing requested product records would be “inordinately burdensome” in the amount of time allotted. On Monday, patients requested that Ethicon produce the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required document history records within four days. The records contain detailed information about the design and production of selected batches of the surgical mesh produced by Ethicon. There are approximately 23,000 lawsuits against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson in the MDL in West Virginia federal court. Law 360 reports that ... Read More

Whistleblower exposed another Volkswagen cheat, German magazine reveals

VW consumer fraud

On Tuesday, Volkswagen (VW) admitted it lied to consumers again, this time with falsified information about the fuel efficiency of some models. A German magazine is reporting that it was the action of a whistleblower that exposed the latest Volkwagen cheat, in which the automaker “exaggerated” the fuel efficiency of some of its models. Volkswagen has been on the hot seat since September, when it was revealed a program in its proprietary software allowed certain diesel vehicles to pass Clean Air Act emissions tests, but that the cars ran “dirtier” when not being tested. The latest cover-up involves both diesel- and ... Read More