Injuries to Consumers

All that & a Can of Soup: AHA and Campbell Soup Co. Face Lawsuit Over “Healthy” Fraud

Elise Sanguinetti, Esq. Last week, Kerry O’Shea of Huntington Beach, filed a lawsuit against the American Heart Association and Campbell Soup Co. (CPB) for fraudulently certifying and marketing the company’s soup as healthy. According to the suit, more than 30 of Campbell’s Healthy Request soups actually contain up to six times the AHA’s recommended portion intake of sodium—and nearly add up to an entire day’s recommended consumption. AHA and Campbell Soup Co. are also accused of another scheme, that, for a fee, Campbell’s Soup Co. bought the “heart healthy” certification. O’Shea is attempting to sue under the New Jersey Consumer …

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Prescription for Meningitis? Unsafe Pharmaceutical Practice Linked to Nationwide Death and Illness

Mark Zamora, Esq. Last fall, the outbreak of fungal meningitis, which spanned across at least 20 states and took as many as 63 lives, was not an isolated event nor entirely unexpected. The outbreak joins the ranks of many other adverse events caused by the shady practices of drug manufacturing—practices the Food and Drug Administration has failed to gain authority over for nearly 15 years. At the center? Lives lost and some injured for life. Traditional compounding is still a vital part of the drug industry today. What started as a way for local pharmacists to prepare tailor-made medicine made …

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Robo-surgeon da Vinci faces lawsuits

more than 2500 of the $1.7 million da Vinci robots are at work in hospitals worldwide, taking part in nearly 1.5 million operations in the past decade. Most patients go home with smaller scars, and the firm that makes da Vinci, Intuitive Surgical of Sunnyvale, California, claims post-operative pain and recovery time are also reduced. But reports of adverse events have risen recently, prompting the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to survey surgeons about the system in January. There have been reports of at least 10 product liability lawsuits filed against da Vinci’s makers in the past 14 months. The lawsuits, …

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Specialized Bicycle Components Recalls Bicycles Due To Fall And Injury Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.   Name of Product: Bicycles Units: About 12,000 Distributor: Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., of Morgan Hill, Calif. Manufacturer: Kinesis, of China Hazard: The front fork can break, posing fall and injury hazards to riders. Incidents/Injuries: Specialized has received four reports of front forks breaking, resulting in facial fractures, head and shoulder injuries and cuts. …

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