In a momentous step forward for infant safety, e-commerce titans Amazon and eBay announced on December 4, 2019 that they are banning the sale of all inclined infant sleepers on their platforms. Walmart and Buy Buy Baby quickly followed with commitments that they too would pull inclined sleepers from their stores and websites.
The news is the latest blow for a product that many parents use …
A documentary series by Netflix covering dangerous consumer products in a handful of industries will shine a spotlight on a growing epidemic of dresser tip-overs in the U.S.
“Broken” aired on the streaming platform on Nov. 27, just two days before consumers hit the stores for Black Friday. The trailer cites the statistic from the Consumer Product Safety Commission that every 17 minutes someone is injured by a …
If you are pregnant, or hoping to become pregnant, taking
vitamins and eating nutritiously most likely ranks high on your list of priorities.
But whether you are planning for the patter of tiny feet — or not — you may
find it surprising to learn that there is one thing every woman of childbearing
age should do: take folic acid.
What Are the Benefits
of Folic Acid?
Folic acid is a man-made …
As child safety advocates, parents and lawmakers turn up the
heat in their fight to keep children safe from dresser tip-overs, two more furniture
makers have succumbed to the pressure to get their unsafe furniture out of their
Ridgewood Industries (also known as Ameriwood Home) and
E&E, on Oct. 3, 2019, became the fourth and fifth furniture makers in the
past five months to recall dressers which are unstable …
At least three people have died in a single-vehicle crash
involving a multi-passenger van in Chester County, Pennsylvania, according to
breaking news coverage.
The afternoon crash on Oct. 16, 2019, on Route 1 southbound,
near the Newark Road Exit, in New Garden Township, reportedly left eight others
injured, some of them critically.
What’s known at this time from news reports is that the van
overturned. Two people were ejected, and some …
In another victory in the growing movement to keep children
safe from unstable furniture, furniture design company Home Meridian has
announced that it is recalling dressers that do not comply with the furniture
industry’s already inadequate voluntary safety standard.
The September 24, 2019 recall, issued jointly with the
Consumer Product Safety Commission, affects Mid-Century three-drawer chests, in
brown or white finish. The recall notice states that the chests are unstable if
Attorneys Daniel S. Weinstock and G. Scott Vezina are investigating
an Aug. 19, 2019, aviation accident in which a college senior who aspired to
become a commercial pilot was seriously injured when he deployed the parachute
of his rented aircraft before it went down nose first into a heavily wooded,
swampy area in Tappahannock, Virginia.
The plane, a Cirrus SR22, crashed at approximately 3:43 a.m.
on the outskirts of the Tappahannock-Essex …
As parents, consumer safety organizations and lawmakers
continue to ramp up their pressure on the furniture industry to enact standards
designed to reduce dresser tip-overs, furniture and home goods retailer
Kirkland’s has announced that it is recalling about 3,000 dressers that do not
comply with the furniture industry’s already weak voluntary safety standard.
The Aug. 28, 2019 recall, issued jointly with the Consumer
Product Safety Commission, affects two models of dressers …
On what should have been her son’s seventh birthday, Feldman
Shepherd’s former client, Crystal Ellis, testified at a congressional hearing about
the dangers of furniture tip-overs and the day that forever divided her life
into before her 23-month-old son Camden was killed in his bedroom when a
three-drawer IKEA MALM dresser tipped over, and after.
The hearing before the House Committee on Energy and
Commerce on June 13, 2019, addressed the …
As a family mourns the loss of their 3-old-girl who was
killed by a falling tree branch at a New Jersey campsite over the July 4
holiday weekend, it remains to be seen whether this tragic death could have
What’s known at this time from news reports is that the
toddler was inside a tent on July 6 at Jellystone Park Campground at Tall Pines
in Elmer when she …
Expecting a baby is supposed to be one of the most joyous times
of a woman’s life. But whether a pregnancy will end with a celebration or a medical
tragedy for the mom may hinge upon the color of her skin, according to a new
report by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC found that for 2011 through 2015, black women died of pregnancy-related causes at about …
December 3rd, 2014
One of the issues this blog has covered tirelessly is tort reform, which (in states that have passed such legislation) has neither created more doctors nor lowered overall healthcare costs. Writing for the New York Times’ healthcare blog The Upshot, medical school professor Aaron E. …
November 26th, 2014
Americans are living longer due to advances in medicine, but the physical safety of the elderly population is becoming even more precarious.
According to a New York Times article published in late October, “The number of people over 65 who died after a fall reached nearly …
November 20th, 2014
Over the past few years, this blog has discussed the dangers of trucking from various angles, covering the government’s efforts to keep drivers off their cell phones and reporting about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s findings that tractor-trailers killed nearly 3,800 people in 2011. …
November 19th, 2014
Tort reform is hardly a headline-grabbing subject, and it’s not all that often that a high-profile news outlet runs a thorough and insightful piece on the subject. The magazine Mother Joneshas done so, however, in an article targeting interest groups’ financing of judicial elections called …
November 12th, 2014
Back in July of this year, we published an article about a recall that happened at the same time as the 20 million-vehicle GM recall, which despite being nearly as dangerous was not as well-chronicled. While GM was trying to deal with cars that powered …
November 5th, 2014
In the past, this blog has covered the issue of forced arbitration (through contracts of adhesion), a practice that enables corporations and other businesses to avoid lawsuits from consumers in favor of mediation with a company-appointed arbitrator. The consumer has no idea that he/she is …
October 29th, 2014
In mid-September of this year, a jury in Texas awarded Martha Salazar $73 million dollars–including $50 million in punitive damages–after she brought a lawsuit against Boston Scientific, the company responsible for manufacturing the Obtryx transvaginal mesh sling. Salazar, who received the pelvic implant to clear …
October 22nd, 2014
Punitive damages–monetary amounts designed to be a deterrent for reckless behavior against defendants–are important to the civil justice system in this country. However, they are also often attacked by critics in the so-called “tort reform” movement for being disproportionately large and arbitrarily assigned. The headlines …
October 15th, 2014
By now it is common knowledge that there is an outbreak of the infectious disease Ebola in West Africa. Having killed thousands there, the disease has also spread to the United States, where one patient just died (at the time of this writing). Thomas Duncan, …
October 8th, 2014
Since the summer of 2013, journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal has been publishing articles in theNew York Times in an ongoing series called “Paying Till It Hurts,” which investigates the incredibly high price of healthcare in the United States. Her most recent entry, which ran on the …
October 1st, 2014
Over the years, many in the medical profession have pushed for so-called tort reform measures, which would alter the country’s civil justice system so that it is tilted in its favor. Lobbyists have made efforts to limit liability for medical negligence claims. But when it …
September 24th, 2014
The last time this blog posted an article on the massive (20 million cars and counting) recall issued by GM earlier this year, it was to report that federal regulators were beginning to suspect a cover-up among executives at the automotive company. More troubling, from …
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