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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.

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

Fatal I-10 crash underlines importance of sharing the road with big rigs

18 wheeler No Zones - courtesy Alabama Department of Public Safety

State police in Slidell, La., said the apparent cause of a fatal crash on Interstate 10 earlier this week was a motorist’s attempt to pass an 18-wheeler in foggy conditions. Police say the driver of a pickup truck trying to pass on the shoulder probably couldn’t tell the road narrowed to a bridge ahead of the truck. When the driver ran out of road room, police believe he swerved back onto the road and collided with the 18-wheeler. The impact forced the 18-wheeler driver to crash into another big rig traveling in the left lane, and an 18-wheeler crashed through ... Read More

Railroad industry under fire for repeated whistleblower retaliation charges

railroad tracks

In order to ensure a safe workplace, employees must be able to report potential dangers. It seems like employers would be grateful to have feedback that would prevent on-the-job injuries or worker deaths. However, plaintiffs’ lawyers, union officials and analysts say complaints of illegal whistleblower retaliation in the railroad industry are rampant. Whistleblower protections are included in 22 federal laws established by the U.S. Department of Labor through the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). These laws are designed to shield American workers from retaliation by their employer if they report workplace hazards, expose fraud, waste and abuse; or refuse ... Read More

New VW recall announced for possible power-assisted brake failure

VW consumer fraud

A new VW recall will include 92,000 vehicles in the U.S. that may have faulty brakes. Volkswagen officials say a mechanical problem may impair power-assisted brakes, increasing the risk of a crash. The latest VW recall includes 2015 and 2016 year model Beetles, Golfs, Jettas and Passats with 1.8-liter and 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines. Volkswagen is still reeling from an October announcement that several of its diesel-powered vehicles were equipped with a so-called “cheat device” designed to disguise actual emissions during testing. The software disguised true nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission on more than 10 million diesel vehicles, allowing them ... Read More

DOJ indicts Chilcott exec on the heels of criticism it let Novartis leaders off the hook

Pills - Stethoscope on Money

The Department of Justice (DOJ) flew in the face of its critics last Thursday when it indicted W. Carl Reichel, former president of Warner Chilcott PLC’s pharmaceutical division, on charges of conspiring to pay kickbacks to physicians. The felony health care fraud charge was part of a False Claims Act (FCA) settlement agreement that also included $125 million in fines. The arrest may silence critics who last week accused the DOJ of breaking its vow to get tough against Big Pharma leaders when it let Novartis off the hook for an alleged illegal kickback scheme with a $390 million settlement, ... Read More