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GM’s top lawyer to retire amid ignition switch defect scandal

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General Motors (GM)’s top lawyer Michael Millikin is retiring from the company early next year after a 36-year career with the Detroit automaker. His resignation comes amid a U.S. Justice Department investigation of the company’s handling of its deadly ignition switch defect, which affects 2.6 million vehicles and has been linked to at least 29 deaths and 27 serious injuries. Mr. Millikin and GM’s entire legal team have fallen under harsh criticism after it became known that they played a key role in the company’s inaction while millions of vehicles with defective, potentially deadly ignition switches rolled off GM assembly ... Read More

Toys R Us recalled toy toaster sets that can break, injure children

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Toys R Us, the popular American toy retailer, has announced a recall of nearly 30,000 “Just Like Home Toy Toaster Sets.” The recalled toy toaster sets include pieces of plastic toast, which can break off into small pieces and create sharp edges that pose hazards to small children. In addition to the 30,000 sets recalled in the U.S., roughly 6,000 are also under recall in Canada. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall, the plastic toy toaster sets are a teal blue with silver trim around the slice opening on top. The handle on the side and three-dimensional ... Read More

Hospira recalls several LifeCare intravenous solutions

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Hospira Inc. is recalling certain lots of several products in its LifeCare line of flexible intravenous solutions because the containers may leak. This is one of at least eight Hospira recalls involving intravenous products in 2014. Leakage of these product containers exposes the solutions to contamination; compromises sterility; causes drug waste or spillage; and could result in inaccurate or inconsistent solution/medication dosing, and/or a delay in therapy, all of which may require medical intervention. Hazardous topical exposure may also occur if a hazardous drug is added to the flexible container. No reports of adverse events associated with this latest recall ... Read More

Jurors allowed to hear about thousands of pending lawsuits in Pinnacle metal hip trial

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Jurors in a bellwether trial against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics will be able to hear about the 6,500 other cases pending in multidistrict litigation  (MDL) alleging the company’s Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant was defectively designed, causing injuries. The decision by a Texas federal judge overrides an earlier order that prevented discussions of similar lawsuits during the trial. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade said that DePuy had paved the way for other cases involving its Pinnacle hip implant to be mentioned because the company had called plaintiff Kathy Herlihy-Paoli’s case an outlier and suggested that her surgeons were also outliers. That, Judge ... Read More

Newer hip implants may not be better than older models

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When Dr. Art Sedrakyan and fellow researchers published the first paper on premature failures of metal-on-metal hip replacement systems in 2011, several medical device manufacturers responded by withdrawing their all-metal hip implants. It turned out the failures were caused when the metal parts rubbed against each other, causing metal bits to inflame neighboring tissue and leech into the bloodstream poisoning the blood. Sedrakyan and his team’s research came on the heels of the Johnson & Johnson’s unit DePuy Orthopaedics worldwide recall in 2010 of its ASR metal-on-metal device. Last year, Johnson & Johnson set aside $2.5 billion to resolve about ... Read More

Pinnacle hip implant executive pressed to show safety tests on device

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Attorneys for a woman who was poisoned by an allegedly defective hip implant grilled an executive at Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit over what studies the company performed on its Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip replacement system in an attempt to show jurors that the company was negligent in proofing the device’s safety before they were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000. Plaintiff Kathy Herlihy-Paoli’s lawsuit is the first of more than 6,000 lawsuits claiming DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implants caused injuries from premature failures and corrosion of the metal parts causing a type of blood poisoning known ... Read More

Country Clipper lawn mowers recalled due to fire hazard

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Shivvers Manufacturing Inc., of Corydon, Iowa, has announced a recall of about 1,911 Country Clipper riding lawn mowers sold in the U.S. and in Canada. The hazard associated with these lawn mowers involves ignition module failure, causing overheating and melting, resulting in a fire hazard. The mowers in question were sold by Country Clipper lawn mower dealers nationwide from October 2011 to May 2014 for between $5,300 and $9,500. The recalled lawn mowers are model year 2012, 2013, and 2014 Country Clipper riding lawn mowers, equipped with 27-horsepower Kohler Command CV740 or Kohler Courage SV740 twin cylinder engines. The Command ... Read More

Gas fireplaces, inserts and gas logs recalled due to risk of gas leak and fire hazard

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Twenty thousand Hearth & Home Technologies®, Heat-N-Glo®, Heatilator®, Outdoor Lifestyles® and Quadra Fire® natural or propane gas indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets have been recalled, effective immediately, due to a hazardous gas valve leak in the products, creating a fire hazard. The recalled products were sold in fireplace stores around the country from May 2014 through July 2014 for between $1,200 and $8,000. The company is instructing customers to stop using the gas fireplaces, stoves, inserts and log sets, turn off the gas to the unites and contact the fireplace store where the unit was purchased to ... Read More

Bad Boy Buggies recalls off-road vehicles due to improper braking ability posing potential crash hazard

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Bad Boy Buggies of Augusta, Ga., has announced an immediate recall of three models of off-road vehicles. Manufacturers have recently determined that the parking brake and brake lines in the vehicles are compromised and can reduce the driver’s braking ability, which poses a crash hazard. The vehicles in question were sold nationwide from August 2012 through May 2014 for between $9,600 and $14,400. About 4,460 of these gas- and electric-powered, four-wheeled recreational vehicles were sold during this time. The recalled off-road vehicles have bench seats for the driver and passenger, a cargo bed in the rear of the two-person model, and a rear-facing ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson gears up for second round of metal hip lawsuits

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A year after Johnson & Johnson set aside $2.5 billion to resolve about 8,000 claims alleging that its ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system was defective and caused injuries, the company faces a new round of lawsuits over another hip implant for poisoning patients. The lawsuits center on the Pinnacle hip implant. Like the recalled ARS device, the Pinnacle was made by Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics and was fashioned with all-metal parts. What was discovered to be an issue with the ASR artificial hip was found to be a problem with the Pinnacle as well. The metal in the ... Read More