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Jenny Albano

Deere & Company Recalls John Deere Tractors Due to Collision Hazard

Deere & Company, in conjunction with the CPSC, is recalling about 5,400 John Deere Compact Utility Tractors due to a collision hazard.The forward drive pedal can get stuck, posing a risk of loss of control and injury to the operator and bystanders. Deere & Company has received seven reports of incidents. No injuries have been reported.The recalled product has a model number that is 3203, which…

Jenny Albano

Sweetwater Valley Farms, Inc. Recalls Southern Cheddar Jack Volunteer Special Cheese

Sweetwater Valley Farms Inc., in conjunction with the FDA, is recalling its Southern Cheddar Jack Volunteer Special Cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable to Listeria. Symptoms of Listeriosis include, but are not limited to, fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and…

Jenny Albano

Third Recall for Mattel Because of Lead-Tainted Toys

Mattel has announced another recall on toys, which has been the third recall in less than five weeks. All the recalled toys have been pulled from the shelves because of excess lead in the surface paint. This worldwide recall involves 11 different toys, including eight pet and furniture playsets sold under the Barbie brand and three Fisher-Price toys — two GeoTrax toys and a Big, Big World…

Jenny Albano

Cloud's Tuna and Egg Salad Sandwiches Recalled Due to Contamination

CFS Operating Ltd. is recalling 4219 units of Cloud’s Tuna Salad Sandwiches and Egg Salad Sandwiches because they may be infected with Listeria monocytogenes, which is an organism that can cause serious infections in children, elderly people, and those with weak immune systems and may even cause death. For healthy adults the infection may cause high fevers, headaches, stiffness, nausea,…

Bruce Roberts

Food and Drug Administration to Strengthen Warnings for Antidepressant Drugs

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the strongest possible warnings for antidepressants to warn patients and physicians that the drug could increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in adults 18 to 24 years of age.The action comes after a Food and Drug Administration committee recommended the warning after finding small increases in suicidal thoughts, and behaviors by young…

Bruce Roberts

Oxycontin Manufacturer Agrees to Plead Guilty and Pay Fine of $600,000,000

The company that makes the narcotic painkiller OxyContin and three current and former executives of Purdue Pharma, the company that markets OxyContin pled guilty in Federal Court to criminal charges that they misled doctors, federal regulators and patients as to the addictive nature as to the prescription drug, OxyContin. OxyContin is a powerful, long-acting narcotic that provides relief of…

Bruce Roberts

State Court Ruling Places all Vioxx Suits in Texas on Hold

A ruling by a state district judge has resulted in more than 1,000 personal injury lawsuits presently pending in Texas against the pain medication Vioxx on hold until the Judge’s order can be appealed. State District Judge Randy Wilson granted a motion by Merck and Company, Inc. the manufacturer of Vioxx to dismiss part of the plaintiffs’ lawsuits. The basis for the order was a law passed in…

Bruce Roberts

JUDGE OVERTURNS $15,000,000.00 JURY

A United States Federal Judge rejected a $15,000,000.00 jury verdict and ordered another trial. The verdict was the result of a lawsuit against Ford Motor Company by a Tulsa, Oklahoma couple whose son died in a rollover crash. According to the United States Chief District Judge Claire Eagan, the defendant, Ford Motor Company was prejudiced by plaintiff’s counsel’s conduct. The judge stated…

Bruce Roberts

FDA Issues New Warnings on Sleep Medications

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered manufacturers of sleeping pills to strengthen their warnings about a rare side effect known as sleep driving. According to the report many if not all sleeping pills may sometimes cause sleep driving. This rare side effect was first noted in the media when Congressman Patrick Kennedy crashed his car. Congressman Kennedy blamed the wreck on the…

Bruce Roberts

Safety Investigation into Dodge Pickups

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into a potential defect in the Daimler-Chrysler Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup series manufactured from June 2002 through July 2005. The potential problem is that if a driver tries to put his car in park, it may be in fact be a false park. The problem appears to be that even though the gearshift indicator looks like…