Product Liability | Orlando Accident & Injury Blog
Personal injury and product liability lawyers from all over the country are currently facing a concerning uptick in the amount of clients calling to inquire about paraquat exposure lawsuits, the correlation between paraquat and Parkinson’s disease, and the different avenues of legal action they can take against the corporate manufacturers who distributed the toxic and deadly herbicide for decades.
On March 25, 2021, one of the first in a long line of personal injury and product liability lawsuits to be brought against Switzerland-based Syngenta Group and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC was filed in the Northern District of California on behalf of former agricultural worker Paul Rakoczy who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015 after he was “exposed to and absorbed, ingested and inhaled paraquat while applying the herbicide in Long Beach, California” between 2013-2017, the lawsuit states.
As of January 19th, 2021, more than 950 product liability injury claims have been filed by current and former firefighters throughout the state of South Carolina against manufacturing giants 3M, Dupont, and Chemours, alleging that these particular companies were aware that their aqueous film-forming foams – a fire suppression system commonly used by firefighters and the United States military – contained extremely toxic, cancer-causing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, but still chose to produce the foams and continued to do so for decades.
The Hyundai Corporation is experiencing a rough start to their new year after announcing a recall over the weekend for over 471,000 of its well-known Hyundai Tucson model due to a dangerous electrical short in the SUV’s anti-lock brake system computer which can malfunction internally and cause a fire within the cab of the vehicle. Owners have been told to park outside until they’re able to have the defect repaired by a certified mechanic.
In a massive blow to consumer confidence, General Motors recently issued a massive recall of nearly 7 million pickup trucks and SUVs throughout the world. Reports from numerous agencies say that the recall was issued only after the automotive manufacturer was told directly by the U.S. government that the recall was needed.
There is no doubt that this year the holidays will be a little different. With state governments and healthcare providers pleading with people to stay home, with hundreds of thousands of families mourning the loss of loved ones due to the pandemic, with a nation more vocally divided than at any point in recent history it can often feel as though there isn’t a shred of what was once thought of as “normal.” Thankfully, this is where the organization WATCH (World Against Toys Causing Harm) enters the picture, releasing, as always, its annual top 10 list of worst toys.
On November 23rd, 2020, in a ground-breaking decision by the United States Government, automotive industry giant General Motors (GM) was ordered by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall nearly 7 million pickup trucks and SUVs due to their ongoing issues with defective and deadly airbag inflators produced by Takata, a now-defunct Japanese car parts manufacturer.
Vacationing on a cruise ship in an experience unlike any other. From family-friendly activities, to bars and comedy clubs, there’s a little bit of something for everyone aboard these “cities at the sea.” And after a long day of picking and choosing what experiences you’d like to participate in, there’s certainly one thing you won’t want to forget…the glorious food. Beautiful buffet lines sprawled across spectacularly designed dining halls will have you feasting like a king. Unfortunately, these types of environments are breeding grounds for foodborne illness outbreaks.
On Wednesday, April 1st, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an urgent recall to drug manufacturers regarding a complete removal of all over-the-counter and prescription drugs containing ranitidine. Most commonly referred to by its brand name Zantac, this widely popular medication is commonly used to treat heartburn and stomach ulcers.
In a landmark move by the Swedish furniture mega-company Ikea, the family of a child who died after a dresser fell on them will be receiving $46 million as a settlement. Spokespeople for Ikea indicated that they understood there was no amount of money that could make up for the tragic removal of a child. The massive settlement is currently the largest wrongful death involving a child settlement that has occurred in the history of the United States.