August 2016 Archives

Law calls for more "guardians" against defective medical devices

A bill currently under consideration by Congress is calling for more guardians against defective medical devices. The term "guardians" refers more specifically to "covered device users", a legal term defined within the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. These users include those who are legally required to report defective devices to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Premises liability when an injured person is partly to blame

New Yorkers who are partially at fault for their slip-and-fall injuries may still be able to recover damages from the property owners or managers who were in control of the premises where the injuries happened. If a person shares some of the blame, his or her damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault he or she has for the accident's cause.

Spices recalled from New York stores for lead contamination

Some of the most delicious foods of India, Jamaica and Thailand make use of various configurations of curry powder. New York residents fond of the spice mixture should check the labels on curry powder containers after the recall by a Florida spices company of more than 188 tons of the seasonings the company says are contaminated with lead.

Frustrated regulators trying to increase vehicle recall awareness

The frustration is perhaps understandable. It is a struggle for the federal government to get automakers to cooperate with recalls of potentially dangerous vehicles. So when a recall is issued and consumers are alerted to safety defects, the frustration sets in among regulators when relatively few Americans take their cars to dealers for needed repairs.

Would black boxes on cranes prevent accidents?

Imagine walking down the street in New York City and seeing a dinosaur-sized construction crane lurch at an unnatural angle, gathering speed as it crashes to the ground. Your first thought would likely be: has anyone been hurt? The second: how did this happen?

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