A proposed class action against a company that touts its coconut oil as “healthy,” claims the company misleads consumers into thinking the product is good for them when it is almost entirely made up of saturated fat.
A California woman claims that labels on Carrington Tea Co. LLC’s Carrington Farms extra virgin coconut oil and coconut cooking oil have deceived consumers since the products came on the market in 2013, Law360 reports. The label includes health claims that violate U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines and the state’s False Advertising Law, Unfair Competition Law, and Consumer Legal Remedies Act, the lawsuit alleges. Continue reading
A construction crane with a boom nearly 600 feet high killed a 38-year-old pedestrian when it crashed onto Worth Street on Friday, February 5. David Wichs was killed on his way to work and three others were injured by the falling crane.
Workers were attempting to secure the crane’s tower during a snowstorm with winds of about 20 mph., the New York Post reports. The collapse occurred just before 8:30 a.m. Continue reading
Honda has added an additional 2.23 million vehicles in the U.S. to the list of vehicles recalled over Takata airbags that could explode.
On Wednesday, February 2, the automaker said that certain Honda and Acura vehicles from the 2005 to 2016 model years are being recalled to replace the Takata-manufactured driver-side front airbag inflators, USA Today reports. Continue reading
A new study published online in the journal Chest, says New York firefighters exposed to toxins in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks lost, on average, 10 percent of lung function after 9/11, and they experienced little recovery over the first six years.
The article’s authors—public health, pulmonary, and epidemiology experts—say that follow-up into the next decade allowed them to determine the “longer-term exposure effects and the roles of cigarette-smoking and cessation on lung function trajectories.”Now, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, most firefighters continue to show a lack of lung function recovery, the authors say.
The advocacy group Citizens for Extension of the Zadroga Act reports that more than 200 New York police officers and firefighters have died from 9/11-related illnesses and about 33,000 responders and survivors suffer a variety of ailments, including chronic respiratory conditions and gastric reflux. Medical researchers have identified more than 50 types of cancer linked to toxins released when the towers fell. While some responders and survivors became ill soon after 9/11, many of the 9/11-related illnesses took years to emerge. Tens of thousands of people were exposed to toxins and health experts expect illnesses to continue to develop.
The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, reauthorized by Congress in December 2015, provides health care, health monitoring, and compensation to 9/11 responders and survivors who suffer illnesses and injuries related to the September 11, 2001 attacks. These programs are crucial for many responders suffering from serious medical conditions as a result of toxic exposures on 9/11 and during the subsequent cleanup and recovery operations.
The reauthorization extends the World Trade Center Health Program, which had expired in October 2015, through 2090, the New York Daily News reported. The Victim Compensation Fund would have expired in October 2016, but the reauthorization extends the fund for another five years to provide benefits to first responders too sick to work. To be eligible to file a claim, individuals must register with the VCF by the applicable deadline, and the registration deadline depends on the individual claimant’s circumstances. The new deadline for filing the claim itself (and all supporting documents) is December 18, 2020.
The extension of the Zadroga Act was the work of a bipartisan group of legislators, led by members of the New York congressional delegation, including Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, and Reps. Caroline Maloney and Gerald Nadler. Gillibrand was a leader in passage of the original legislation in 2010 and she led the coalition working for the extension. She called the Zadroga reauthorization, her “proudest day in Washington.”
A lawsuit alleging Johnson & Johnson talcum powder caused ovarian cancer is going to trial in Saint Louis Missouri state court. Talcum powder is most commonly found in baby powder to prevent and treat rashes. Some women also use talcum powder for personal hygiene; products such as J&J’s “Shower to Shower” is marketed for this purpose. There are some 1,200 lawsuits nationwide alleging that talcum powder led to ovarian cancer.
The trial, which is expected to last two to three weeks, is considering a lawsuit filed on behalf of woman who died of ovarian cancer last year at the age of 62. Her lawsuit alleges J&J knew its product could increase the risk of ovarian cancer but failed to warn the public. Plaintiffs claim internal documents show J&J continued to market talcum powder for feminine hygiene despite being aware of studies linking it to ovarian cancer. The lawsuit does not contend that the talcum powder was the only cause of cancer; it alleges it was a contributing factor. Continue reading
The bellwether trial over injuries allegedly caused by the DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implant continues in the Northern District of Texas. For the past four weeks, jurors have been hearing arguments over whether the hip replacements are to blame for painful complications, such as metal poisoning. Federal Judge Ed Kinkeade is presiding over the case; the outcome could affect other Pinnacle lawsuits.
Metal-on-metal hip implants have become associated with high rates of failure. Even though hip replacements are supposed to last over a decade, some metal hip recipients have suffered complications much sooner and undergone a revision surgery to remove the device. DePuy came under fire in 2010 after it recalled its ASR metal-on-metal hip implants worldwide due to a high failure rate. Since then, other brands and models have been recalled. In 2013, DePuy Orthopaedics opened a settlement program to resolve ASR lawsuits. Continue reading
Arkray USA, which makes products for diabetes management, has announced the recall of SPOTCHEM II Basic PANEL-1 Reagent Test Strip and SPOTCHEM II Glucose Reagent Test Strip used to test blood sugar (glucose) levels in patients with diabetes because these test strips may give falsely low blood glucose levels.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this action as a Class I recall, the most serious recall category. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Continue reading
Microsoft has recalled about 2.25 million power cords for Microsoft Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 computers that can overheat, posing fire or shock hazards.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says an additional 190,000 cords were sold in Canada, which joins in the recall. Continue reading
Food recalls appear to be more prevalent now than ever before. According to Forbes, there have been 25 food recalls in January 2016 alone. On January 26th, Whole Foods/North Atlantic Kitchens recalled roughly 73,898 pounds of frozen pepperoni pizza products due to improper labeling. On January 22nd, Giant Food Stores LLC recalled packaged Dole salads due to a listeria contamination found in other salads produced at the same facility in Ohio. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified salmonella in macadamia nuts, prompting Mahina Mele Farms, LLC to recall several brands including Izzie Macs! Macadamia Nuts and Baby Bruddah’s Mac Nut Buttah. Trader Joe’s also issued a recall last month, after testing identified salmonella in a lot of Raw Cashew Pieces.
Food recalls are increasing. “We have seen an uptick in recalls due to bacterial and viral contamination. In 2015 alone, 120 companies faced recalls due to food contamination, with 11 of them experiencing multiple recalls.” said Kevin Pollack, vice president of recalls at Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS to Forbes. The company helps brands manage food recalls. “We are less than a month into 2016 and this issue continues to challenge the food industry.” Continue reading