The Japanese automaker, Toyota, announced that it will recall more than 2.4 million hybrid cars over a defect that could cause crashes. This recall comes in the wake of another recall made by Toyota in September 2018 that recalled more than one million hybrid cars globally after uncovering a technical problem that could cause fires. The Japanese car giant Toyota has sold more than 12 million hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles globally, including the Prius, since 1997.
A lawsuit filed in Houston federal court in August claims that at least 15 gas stations scattered throughout the Houston area have been selling pills packaged as over-the-counter "sexual enhancement" supplements that actually contain a number of prescription drugs. Although the pills are marketed with statements like "all natural," "no harmful synthetic chemicals," and "no prescription necessary," the lawsuit alleges that independent lab testing has detected drugs including sildenafil, tadalafil, desmethyl carbodenafil, and dapoxetine-otherwise known as Viagra, Cialis, Priligy, and Westoxetin, respectively.
The Center for Auto Safety filed a petition with the federal government to have the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigate potential non-collision fires in 2.2 million Hyundai and Kia vehicles. Kia is an affiliate of Hyundai and together they are the world's 5th largest automobile-manufacturer.
Honda is adding 1.4 million cars, SUVs, and trucks to its list of vehicles that should have their Takata airbags replaced. Included in the airbag recall list are vehicles branded as Acura, Honda's luxury brand, according to the automaker.
On April 29, 2018, Russell Lane Mattison Jr. tried a liquid nitrogen-infused cereal called Dragon Breath at a kiosk inside a mall. After several bites, he experienced sudden and intense pain and his mouth filled with blood. Over the next several weeks, Mr. Mattison had difficulty eating and drinking due to sores on the inside of his cheek. Mr. Mattison filed suit.
On July 19, 2018, 31 people were aboard a duck boat tour on Table Rock Lake, in Branson, Missouri, when a severe thunderstorm brought near-hurricane-strength winds and five-foot waves, which caused the amphibious vehicle to capsize and sink. Seventeen out of the 31 people died in the incident. The survivors were taken to a nearby Branson hospital, and afterwards discharged.
Zofran (ondansetron) is an antinausea drug originally developed to help cancer patients with the nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The drug works by preventing a certain type of nerve receptor from sending signals that the brain interprets as nausea. As doctors started noticing how effective it was, they began to prescribe it to pregnant patients for morning sickness "off-label," which means that the Food and Drug Administration never approved it for that use. It became the most commonly prescribed morning-sickness treatment in America, but now hundreds of mothers are filing lawsuits against Zofran's manufacturers, claiming that it caused severe birth defects, including heart defects, cleft palates and lips, kidney malformations, skull deformities, and club foot.
On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers not to use Dr. King's homeopathic and other drug products. This comes after King Bio Inc., the Asheville, North Carolina company that makes Dr. King's, expanded a voluntary recall to include all aqueous, or water-based drug products marketed for human or animal consumption. The FDA warned that Dr. King's products "may pose a safety risk to people (especially infants, children, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems), as well as pets due to high levels of microbial contamination identified at the manufacturing site." The FDA urged "that consumers stop using and dispose of these products immediately."
Dwayne Johnson, 46, sued Monsanto at the Superior Court of California, alleging that the popular weed killer Roundup gave him terminal cancer. Johnson applied Monsanto's Roundup weed killer 20 to 30 times per year while working as a groundskeeper for a school district near San Francisco. He testified at trial that while using the product he had two prior incidents in which he was soaked with the product. In 2014, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The suit alleged that harmful contact with Monsanto's product caused the underlying cancer. After three days of deliberations, the San Francisco jury awarded Johnson about $39 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages.
The Environmental Protection Agency scrutinizes chemicals before approving their use for the public, but when the manufacturer deliberately provides falsified data or hides the known hazards as a California jury recently decided, the results for the public are tragic, and the judgment against the manufacturer is costly. DeWayne Johnson is the first of hundreds of litigants nationwide to be heard in court for their claims against Monsanto, the manufacturer of RoundUp, and is currently dying from his Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL). Years of exposure to RoundUp were found to be a significant contributing factor. The cost to uninformed consumers significantly exposed to RoundUp has been the development of cancers including NHL and Multiple Myeloma (a bone cancer). This verdict has paved the way for what promises to be years of contentious litigation for Monsanto and potentially extreme costs for their product.