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China Rejects Another Effort To Serve Drywall Lawsuit

China’s Ministry of Justice has again rejected a lawsuit filed by thousands of U.S. homeowners who say the government’s Assets Supervision and Administration Commission should pay for the damage to their homes caused by defective drywall that emits corrosive sulfuric fumes. According to the Associated Press, the Ministry of Justice “says it won’t serve the legal papers because the agency is immune to such lawsuits and the legal service would infringe on China’s sovereignty.” New Orleans Federal Judge Eldon Fallon has ruled that China’s state-owned Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. must pay damages to all the homes its toxic drywall ruined. ... Read More

Vertical roaster recall announced by TCC Cooking Company due to reports of breakage

Nearly 4,000 vertical roasters are now under recall by TCC Cooking Company after reports that the roasters can break or shatter during use, putting consumers at risk of receiving lacerations and burns. The black roasters are made of a flameproof ceramic with “CHEFS” branding and consist of a round roasting pan with handles with a removable insert. The roasting pans measure about 11.75 inches in diameter on the inside and 2.5 inches high. The removable insert is 4.5 inches high and measures 7.5 inches in diameter from the base. The center of the rimmed base features the CHEFS logo. Before ... Read More

OPM data breach jumps from 1.1 to 5.6 million fingerprints hacked

It isn’t often that the federal government admits fault, but when it does, chances are it’s a big deal. According to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), approximately 5.6 million fingerprint records on file were compromised by a major data breach. OPM originally reported that only 1.1 million fingerprints had been stolen, but a new statement refreshes the number to read more accurately. While federal officials have yet to name who is suspect for committing the crime against the U.S., speculation is leaning toward the Chinese government. The major worry on the government’s mind is that there may be counterintelligence ... Read More

Philips halogen bulb recall initiated after reports of injuries, property damage

Following reports of the bulb’s lens abruptly shattering or falling from the lamp, Philips Lighting will now recall about 370,000 Halogen Bulbs posing both laceration and burn hazards to unsuspecting consumers. The Philips halogen bulb recall states that only 60W PAR 16 120V bulbs manufactured between November 2013 and March 2015 are included in this recall. The recalled bulb’s glass has “PHILIPS Halogena PAR 16,” “China,” “60W/120/V” and date code printed on it. The date code represents the month and year the halogen bulb was produced. The following date codes are included in the Philips halogen bulb recall: 2013 2014 ... Read More

Baja mini bike recall initiated after 22 reports of front fork separation; 11 injured

Following reports of the vehicle’s front fork separating from the wheel, Baja Motorsports has announced a mini bike recall spanning 4,600 units nationwide. The defective mini bikes were manufactured in China from November 2014 through December 2014. According to the mini bike recall, the gas-powered vehicles have a black frame featuring a black padded seat and storage tank, as well as camouflage fenders, side reflectors, a tail light and headlight. A “Baja Warrior 200” decal has the vehicle’s model number inside a circle with wings attached and is located on both sides of the storage tank. The Vehicle Emissions Control ... Read More

China Rejects Drywall Litigation, Says Its Companies are Immune From U.S. Law

Plaintiffs suing Chinese companies that made allegedly defective drywall likely face an uphill battle as the Chinese government, which owns the manufacturing companies, shields them from litigation in the U.S. As many as 4,000 U.S. homeowners claim that sulfuric drywall made by Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. emitted fumes that corroded metal wiring and appliances, destroyed their belongings, and made them sick. Many of the homeowners, who live in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia, say the defective drywall has forced them to abandon their homes, leaving them bankrupt. Damages could exceed $1 billion. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs have been ... Read More

Hanging chair recall initiated by Big Lots after five reports of minor injuries

Big Lots, popular American retail company headquartered in Ohio, has announced a substantial hanging chair recall, which spans nearly 16,000 units total. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)’s recall notice states that when the chairs swing sideways away from the base, they may tip over unexpectedly. The hanging chair recall involves egg-shaped chairs hanging from a chain. The chain, which connects to the brown wicker chair with a red cushion, is linked to a black metal pole with a U-shaped base at the bottom. Before the hanging chair recall was announced, Big Lots received information regarding eight separate incidents of ... Read More

Massive data breach linked to China exposes 4 million federal workers

Hackers linked to the Chinese government broke into U.S. government computer systems in December, allowing them to access personal and professional data files for about four million current and former federal employees, U.S. officials said Thursday. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) discovered the massive data breach in April while updating its cybersecurity defenses, “adding numerous tools and capabilities to (its) networks,” Donna Seymour, the OPM’s chief information officer, told the Washington Post. “As a result of adding these tools, we were able to detect this intrusion into our networks,” she added. The OPM was updating its network security in ... Read More

Victims of toxic Chinese drywall may soon see relief

The sudden turnaround of a Chinese drywall manufacturer that has repeatedly snubbed U.S. courts is a promising sign for thousands of U.S. homeowners whose homes, and even their lives, have been ruined by toxic, highly corrosive drywall, plaintiffs’ lawyers say. Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a drywall company owned by the Chinese government, last week paid $3.2 million in damages to a federal court in New Orleans. That money will be disbursed to seven Virginia homeowners whose complaints against Taishan were tried as bellwether cases representative of a much larger, complex body of litigation still pending. The payments stunned those involved ... Read More

Ace Bayou recalls more than two million various bean bag chairs after two children die of suffocation

Following the tragic deaths of two children, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Ace Bayou Corp. are now recalling more than two million bean bag chairs in the United States. According to the recall notice, the bean bag chairs’ zippers could be opened by children who could then climb into bean bag and potentially become trapped, then suffocated or choked on the foam beads within the bean bag. If the bean bags are non-refillable, the standard requires the chair to be closed and zippers permanently disabled. The recalled bean bag chairs feature two zippers that can be unzipped and ... Read More