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Michael Phelan

Facts about E-Cigarette Explosions

E-cigarettes or electronic vaporizers are battery-powered devices that simulate tobacco smoking by producing a heated vapor. According to an October 2014 article by the U.S. Fire Administration entitled, Electronic Cigarette Fires and Explosions, E-cigarettes were first patented in 2003 and […]

Michael Phelan

E-Cigarette Explosions

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, at least 66 e-cigarette batteries have exploded since 2015. The FDA is currently reviewing e-cigarette explosions, but has yet to take action. Recently, New York Senator, Chuck Schumer, asked the FDA and […]

Michael Phelan

Almost 100 Hepatitis A Cases Linked to Tropical Smoothie

The number of hepatitis A cases linked to contaminated frozen strawberries served by Tropical Smoothie Cafe’ seems to grow daily.  The number is now up to 100, with at least 80 Virginia residents reported to have contracted hepatitis A after […]

Michael Phelan

55 Cases of Hepatitis A in VA Linked to Tropical Smoothie

The Virginia Department of Health confirmed Wednesday that 55 Virginia residents have tested positive for hepatitis A associated with the contaminated <a href=”http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/article_1f7797f0-e31e-56c0-9e67-1d5f490a0abc.html”>Tropical Smoothie Café</a> strawberries from Egypt, including six from the Central Region, which includes Richmond. An official with […]

Michael Phelan

Why are E-Cigarettes Blowing Up?

Before any of you vaping fanatics get all fired up (pun intended) about this post, watch this You Tube video – E-Cigarette Explodes in Man’s Pocket. The poor guy is simply trying to pay for something at the Shell station […]

Michael Phelan

Pinnacle Hip Implant Trials to Continue

The multidistrict litigation (MDL) regarding allegedly defective Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants made by Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. unit is being overseen by Texas U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade.  The first bellwether trial in the Pinnacle hip implant MDL […]

Michael Phelan

Takata Airbags and Products Liability Law

As the lawsuits on behalf of the families of victims killed by metal shrapnel from defective Takata airbags mount, it is interesting to read about the strategy of plaintiff’s counsel in these cases.  The most recent Takata lawsuit was filed […]

Michael Phelan

Texas Teen Killed by Defective Takata Airbag

Eleven Takata Airbag fatalities so far On March 31, 2016, a 17-year old Texas woman died from injuries she sustained when her 2002 Honda Civic collided with another vehicle in Fort Bend, Texas, causing the Takata airbags to activate.  The […]

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Study Links Talcum Powder Use to Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer

“A sprinkle a day keeps the odor away,” according to the old ads for Johnson & Johnson baby powder and Shower to Shower.  For millions of people, sprinkling baby powder on their bodies and underclothing was a daily routine. According […]

Michael Phelan

Ninth Death Linked to Takada Airbag

Honda has confirmed that a Takata airbag inflator ruptured during a July crash near Pittsburgh involving a 1991 Honda Accord, and that shrapnel from the rupture likely lead to the death of the young driver.  This would be the ninth […]