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Michael Phelan

Are Takata Airbags Dangerous Even in Newer Model Vehicles?

The crisis involving defective Takata airbags may now include side airbags and newer model vehicles.  Volkswagen AG is investigating vehicles equipped with Takata side air bags after a rupture incident involving the side airbag in one of its vehicles.  In June […]

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls: Another “Switchgate” and a Host of Other Problems

Faulty Ignition Switches Lead to Loss of Engine Power, Power Steering, Braking and Airbags On June 3, 2015, Chrysler updated its recall of Jeep Grand Cherokees (model years 2005-2007) and Jeep Commanders (model years 2006-2007) over an ignition switch defect, […]

Michael Phelan

Takata Airbag Cover Up: another example of why Tort Reform is a Terrible Idea

At least 139 people have been injured as a result of shrapnel shot out from defective Takata airbags.  And, millions of vehicles are now on NHTSA’s recall list because of the Takata airbag recall.  Honda had to recall 5.1 million […]

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Power Morcellator Recall by J&J’s Ethicon Unit

Medical devices known as power morcellators are a set of spinning blades used during laparoscopic surgeries to cut tissues.  Morcellation refers to the division of tissue into small fragments, which allows the surgeon to remove the tissue through small incission […]

Michael Phelan

Let There Be Light

The best way to ensure that the products sold on the U.S. market are safe for their intended and foreseeable purposes is not through regulation or legislation, but rather through a strong and transparent civil justice system.  The preservation of […]

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DePuy Pinnacle Hip Implant MDL Likely

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has scheduled a May 16, 2011, hearing in Louisville, Kentucky, to determine whether to consolidate for purposes of discovery all federal DePuy Pinnacle…

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Tainted Triad Alcohol Wipes LInked to Infections and Death

Bacillus cereus is a gram positive bacteria listed by the FDA as a bad bug. It is typically associated with food poisoning. Hence, you can imagine the initial confusion at a Houston hospital when,…

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FOUR LOKO:The Facts About "Alcopop" or "Blackout in a Can"

“Four” is a line of alcoholic energy drinks manufactured and sold by Phusion Projects LLC. The name is derived from the drink’s original four main ingredients: alcohol, caffeine,…

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MDL Panel Assigns DePuy Hip Cases to Northern District of Ohio

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation decided that all pretrial proceedings in federal lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, parent of DePuy Orthopaedics, over recalled devices used in…

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News re: Johnson & Johnson DePuy Hip Implant Recall

DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson issued a worldwide recall of all components for its ASR™ XL Acetabular System (total hip implant) an DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing…