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Big Pharma Gets Slammed with Big Lawsuits Over Opioid Crisis

Counties, cities, and states across the country are suing the nation's largest pharmaceutical companies over their role in the opioid crisis. Most lawsuits are targeting drug manufacturing giants such as Johnson & Johnson, Purdue Pharma, Inc., and McKesson. According to many lawsuits, the companies failed to follow federal guidelines and "knowingly, recklessly, and/or negligently" released drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin to suspicious physicians and pharmacies. Others assert that the ease of access to opioids is what allowed dangerous substances to be sold on the black market resulting in widespread addictions and even deaths across the United States. Many allege that the pharmaceutical companies engaged in fraudulent marketing in an attempt to hide the addictive nature of opioid drugs.

Popular Fidget Spinners Sold at Target May Contain Dangerously High Lead Levels According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group

The twirling, hand-held toys are wildly popular at schools throughout the U.S., however there is growing concern that parents may want to refrain from buying the fidget spinners for their children.

Fiat Chrysler Recalling 50,000 Chrysler Pacifica Vans Due to Faulty Seat Belts

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 50,000 Chrysler Pacifica eight-passenger minivans from the United States and Canada for malfunctioning seatbelts. During driving, engineers discovered that rapid side-to-side motions, similar to those made in sudden lane changes, could cause the center belt buckle to unlatch and consequently release the passenger.

Mazda Recalls 60,000 Vehicles for Potential Power Steering and Airbag Issues

Mazda recently announced that it is recalling more than 60,000 of its 2015 and 2016 Mazda 6 sedans due to a wiring problem that can impede power-assisted steering and deactivate front passenger airbags. According to the safety recall report, the occupant classification sensor wire harness located below the front passenger seat may come into contact with welding debris on the seat frame and cause an electrical shortage. This may cause multiple warning lights to go off and, in some cases, may lead to a loss of power steering and deactivation of the front passenger airbags. Although the loss of power steering can increase the risk of a crash, no accidents related to this condition have been reported. The recall is expected to begin at the end of this month. Dealers will examine affected vehicles and install insulating tape or a protective pad in order to shield the wires.

Volkswagen Engineer Fined and Imprisoned

James Robert Liang a 63-year-old German engineer, who played a significant role in the Volkswagen's diesel emission scandal, attempted a cover up, according U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox. During sentencing in Detroit the judge stated "The conspiracy perpetrated a massive...stunning fraud on the American consumer that attacked and destroyed the very foundation of our economic system."

South Carolina Couple Suing Amazon for Selling Faulty Solar Eclipse Glasses

A seriously injured South Carolina couple is suing Amazon under negligence, negligent misrepresentation, negligent failure to warn, the South Carolina Unfair Trade Practices Act, Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment, seeking monetary relief of more than $75,000. Amazon sold "Eclipse Glasses" to the public so that they may view the total solar eclipse that occurred last August. According to the lawsuit, the couple alleges that the eclipse glasses were extremely defective and dangerous, and that their use resulted in vision damage and other physical injuries.

Settlement Reached in Pressure Cooker Explosion Lawsuit

Tristar Products Inc. and plaintiffs Ninfa and Jose Vasquez have reached a settlement in a products liability lawsuit filed in Brownsville, Texas. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs were severely burned after a pressure cooker purchased from Tristar exploded on August 2, 2014. The plaintiffs allege they were using the pressure cooker for the first time to prepare pinto beans for a family dinner-following all instructions provided with the device-when the device suddenly exploded without warning. The explosion allegedly occurred after the device had been unplugged for two hours. Mrs. Vasquez was allegedly severely burned by the scalding hot contents and steam. The plaintiffs allege that Tristar failed to use reasonable care in designing and manufacturing the device and failed to adequately warn consumers of the device's dangers, among other allegations.

Dallas Couple Seeking $1 Million for Negligently Repaired Car Roof

A seriously injured Dallas couple is suing for negligence, malice, intentional acts, and fraud, seeking monetary relief of more than $1 million from John Eagle Collision Center and John Eagle Imports. According to the lawsuit, the couple alleges that the certified collision repair shop conducted unsafe repairs to their Honda and never disclosed those repairs prior to the sale.

Ten-Year-Old Boy Crushed by Driveway Security Gate

On February 18, 2017, Aiden, then ten-years-old, was visiting his friend at 5500 Shoal Creek Boulevard. He slid into a gap between the home's security gate and a stone wall. His finger triggered the gate, which opened and crushed him between the gate and wall. Ultimately, Aiden was choked until he was brain dead. He was transported to the hospital, where he died five days later. The autopsy report detailed the cause of death as asphyxiation. Aiden's parents, Jennifer Rodriguez and Manual Criado, have filed suit against several parties, including the gate's manufacturer and the homeowner. They are claiming over $1M in damages.

10-Year-Old Boy Killed When Crushed Between Driveway Gate and Wall

In February of this year, a 10-year-old boy, Aiden Rodriguez, was killed when a driveway security gate crushed him and caused fatal injuries. Aiden's parents have filed a lawsuit against the gate's manufacturer and the homeowner, seeking damages in excess of $1 million.

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