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Product Liability Archives

The Food and Drug Administration States That the Use of At-Home COVID-19 Tests Poses Serious Risk of Harm and Cautions Against At-Home Test Use

The Food and Drug Administration, or "FDA," is cautioning consumers against the use of COVID-19 tests designated for use at home. The FDA states that it has not authorized any form of COVID-19 diagnostic tests for at-home use, nor has it endorsed any prevention or treatment claims made by U.S. companies. Further, the FDA has actively prohibited many companies from marketing their at-home test kits in an effort to safeguard the public, including Austin, Texas' Everlywell, and San Francisco, California's Nurx.

FDA Issues Warning about Malfunctioning EpiPens

On March 24, 2020, the FDA issued a warning alerting patients, caregivers, and health professionals that the auto-injectors in the EpiPen 0.3mg and the EpiPen Jr. 0.15mg, and the authorized generic versions, may have injection problems that can cause serious injury or death due to delayed treatment.

Ford Recalls over 250,000 Vehicles for Defective Door Latches

Ford recently issued a safety recall for approximately 250,000 vehicles in the United States to address defective door latches. The affected vehicles are the 2014-2015 Ford Fiesta, 2014-2016 Ford Fusion, and 2014-2016 Lincoln MKZ. Ford says the vehicles have door latch designs that can crack and fail, especially in areas with high ambient temperatures, including Texas. Cars in the following states are affected by the door latch recall: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

Pharmaceutical Recall Due to Medication Possibly Causing Seizures

Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S., Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for two specific lots of Phenytoin Oral Suspension USP, 125 mg/5 mL both in 237 mL bottles. The two lots included in the recall are numbers: 327874 and 327876, both of which carry an expiration date of December 2020. The medication is used to treat conditions typically found in epileptic patients: grand mal and psychomotor seizures.

Patient Receives $12.75M after Device Breaks during Brain Surgery

Michael Brassloff was 71 years old when he underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. During the procedure, the two-millimeter tip of a carbon dioxide-cooled laser probe snapped off after it was inserted through a hole in Mr. Brassloff's skull. As a result, the pressurized carbon dioxide drilled directly into Mr. Brassloff's brain. The force was eight times more powerful than that of a nail gun.

Suit Filed Against Hyundai after Airbags Fail to Deploy

A La Porte woman was severely injured when the airbags on her 2013 Hyundai Genesis failed to deploy after being struck in an auto collision. The lawsuit arises out of the events that took place in September 2019. Plaintiff, then 68, was traveling on W. Fairmont Parkway in Harris County, Texas, when she was struck by a driver who ran a red light. The impact of the collision caused her vehicle to spin out of control, coming to rest only after hitting a concrete light pole. As a result, Plaintiff sustained serious injuries and was transported to Clear Lake Regional Hospital via EMS.

Nissan Recalls 346,000 Vehicles for Defective Airbags

Nissan recently issued a recall for around 346,000 vehicles to replace defective Takata airbags. Takata airbags were first recalled in 2014, yet Nissan did not announce these vehicles contained defective airbags until January 2020. Authorized Nissan Dealerships began replacing the airbags on February 10, 2020.

Ikea Recalls 820,000 Dressers Due to High Risk for Tip Over Injuries and Fatalities

Ikea is recalling its dangerous dressers, again. This time it is a three-drawer Kullen dresser that puts small children in danger of being crushed due to the dresser's high risk for tip over. There are at least 9 known cases where a child was fatally injured after one of these dressers tipped over. Dozens of children have been injured as well.

Austin Woman Files Lawsuit Against Firearms Dealer After Defective Pistol Causes Permanent Injuries

On February 18, 2020, a woman filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas Austin Division against J&G II, Inc. d/b/a J&G Sales LTD, a firearms dealer, after suffering permanent injuries because the pistol sold by the dealer spontaneously discharged. The woman alleges causes of action for products liability, negligent marketing, and breach of implied warranties, among others in her complaint.

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    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

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    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $30 million.

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