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National Legal News: Justices clash in emotional argument over lethal injection challenge.

Posted on April 30, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Amarillo, TX: ABC World News (4/29, story 11, 0:25, Muir) reported that on “an unusually emotional day at the Supreme Court,” the justices heard “a case on lethal injection, arguing a drug linked to several botched executions in Oklahoma amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.” With “tensions rising on both sides,” Justice Samuel Alito called … Continue reading National Legal News: Justices clash in emotional argument over lethal injection challenge.

National Legal News: Baltimore police won’t release report on Gray’s death Friday, as promised.

Posted on April 30, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Amarillo, TX: In a move that “suggests criminal charges are expected against at least some of the six” Baltimore police officers who were suspended following Freddie Gray’s death, the Washington Times (4/30, Morton) reports that the Baltimore Police Department said Wednesday, that its internal investigation into Gray’s death “will not be released Friday, as had … Continue reading National Legal News: Baltimore police won’t release report on Gray’s death Friday, as promised.

Product Liability: Hy-Vee recalling pasta salad amid listeria concern.

Posted on April 30, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Amarillo, TX: The AP (4/30) reports that West Des Moines-based grocer Hy-Vee Inc. “says it is recalling Hy-Vee Summer Fresh Pasta because of a potential listeria contamination” in the frozen vegetables contained in the salad. At this time “there are no known listeria infections linked to the recall.” Food Safety News (4/30) and the Food … Continue reading Product Liability: Hy-Vee recalling pasta salad amid listeria concern.

National Legal News: Black & Decker settles allegations of late defect reports with US for $1.6 million.

Posted on April 30, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Amarillo, TX: CBS News (4/30, Liptak) reports in its “MoneyWatch” blog that the Justice Department and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Wednesday that Black & Decker “agreed to pay a $1.58 million penalty to settle allegations the company purposely didn’t report safety issues with its cordless electric lawnmowers.” The settlement, “in which … Continue reading National Legal News: Black & Decker settles allegations of late defect reports with US for $1.6 million.

National Legal News: DOJ seeking criminal charges against Lumber Liquidators.

Posted on April 30, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Amarillo, TX: The AP (4/30) reports that the Justice Department “is seeking criminal charges against Lumber Liquidators in an ongoing investigation over imported products.” The company revealed the Justice Department “push in a regulatory filing Wednesday while also posting a surprise loss for the quarter and announcing the departure of its chief financial officer.” CBS’s … Continue reading National Legal News: DOJ seeking criminal charges against Lumber Liquidators.

Product Liability: GM recalling over 1.2 million vehicles due to fire risk.

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

The Edmunds (4/28, Lienert, 399K) reports that General Motors is “recalling 1,207 2004 Buick Regal, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet Monte Carlo sedans due to a fire risk,” according to the NHTSA. “The valve cover gasket may leak,” said NHTSA in its recall summary. “The leaking engine oil can drip onto the hot surface of the … Continue reading Product Liability: GM recalling over 1.2 million vehicles due to fire risk.

Product Liability: FDA issues warning about illegal stimulant in dietary supplements.

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

Reuters (4/29, Clarke) reports that the FDA has issued a warning to supplement makers to stop selling products that contain DMBA, a stimulant. The warning is the latest in a series of moves intended to better regulate potentially harmful weight-loss and body-building products. If you have any questions or need legal advice, feel free to … Continue reading Product Liability: FDA issues warning about illegal stimulant in dietary supplements.

Consumer watchdog files class-action lawsuit against Cigna alleging discrimination against people with HIV, AIDS.

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

The AP (4/28, Kennedy) reported that on April 26, the consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog “filed a class-action lawsuit against Cigna saying a new policy discriminates against people with HIV and AIDS and violates the federal health law by requiring them to get their medications from its mail-order pharmacy.” The suit, which was filed in … Continue reading Consumer watchdog files class-action lawsuit against Cigna alleging discrimination against people with HIV, AIDS.

National Legal News: US judge approves jury trials for medical lawsuits over BP oil spill.

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

NBC News (4/29, Johnson) reports that on Monday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled “that cleanup workers who develop serious medical problems after a 2012 court settlement are entitled to jury trials.” On Tuesday, BP released a statement saying it “disagrees with the Court’s ruling and is considering its options.” Also covering the story is … Continue reading National Legal News: US judge approves jury trials for medical lawsuits over BP oil spill.

Amarillo 18 Wheeler Accidents: Some companies forcing truckers to exceed legal driving limits.

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Jesse Quackenbush, Attorney

On its website, WLUK-TV Green Bay, WI (4/28, Leland, 23K) reports “federal rules limit the number of hours a driver can work.” However, some “drivers say getting around the law is easy.” The DOT requires drivers to fill-out handwritten sheets “to verify the number of hours a driver works.” Veteran truck driver Gary Bakley says … Continue reading Amarillo 18 Wheeler Accidents: Some companies forcing truckers to exceed legal driving limits.