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HTMLConsumers Report Smoking Batteries in Baby Toy
James P. Nevin; Brayton Purcell, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 19, 2014, previously published on February 18, 2014
The Ocean Wonders Soothe & Glow Seahorse has been dubbed 'the perfect companion for your little one'. With a soft glowing light and long­play music to calm baby and help create a peaceful environment perfect for bedtime. While there are hundreds of satisfied customers who purport that the...


HTMLProduct Safety Round-Up from the States
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2014, previously published on February 13, 2014
(Updated Feb. 13, 2014) Over the past month, our blog posts have focused on the product safety activities of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and U.S. Congress, and even within the EU and Australia. However, product safety developments within the States must not be overlooked. On many...


HTML$100 Million NuvaRing Settlement
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 13, 2014, previously published on February 11, 2014
Merck & Co., maker of the NuvaRing, has agreed to pay $100 million to settle thousands of lawsuits over the safety of its intrauterine contraceptive device. Allegations that the device causes potentially fatal blood clots which may lead to heart attacks, strokes or sudden death may have fueled...


HTMLWhat Every Person Wishing To Sell a Structured Settlement for Cash Should Know Before Deciding To Sell a Structured Settlement Annuity
Ahtirski Law Offices;
Legal Alert/Article
January 16, 2014, previously published on August 16, 2011
Both as a result of the recession, and changing financial needs, many individuals with structured settlement payment annuities have decided to sell and/or convert their structured settlement payments into a single lump sum cash payment. For many people it is also a very smart decision to enter...


HTMLFTC Announces Several New Initiatives to Target Deceptive Advertising Claims for 'Fad' Weight-Loss Product
Justin J. Prochnow; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
January 10, 2014, previously published on January 8, 2014
On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) held a press conference to announce “Operation Failed Resolution,” a new initiative as part of the FTC’s ongoing effort to combat misleading claims for products promoting easy weight loss and slimmer bodies. The FTC...


Microsoft WordIPR Protection In Taiwan
Deep Far;
Legal Alert/Article
December 27, 2013
The development of IPR in Taiwan is generally discussed.


HTMLFake Snow Made From Asbestos
Katie Nealon; Brayton Purcell LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 18, 2013
Remember when we took a closer look at some of the products that asbestos could be found within throughout our history? In the past, asbestos fibers had been worked into 3,000-5,000 consumer products. It seems only fitting that we would find some of this toxic substance within vintage holiday...


HTMLFinal Prepaid Card Regulations and New Consumer Protection Code Announced
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 18, 2013, previously published on December 16, 2013
In the first week of December 2013, the Canadian federal government announced the final publication of the Prepaid Payments Products Regulations (the “Regulations”) concurrent with its launch of consultations on the development of a new financial consumer code (the “Consumer...


Adobe PDFPunitive Damages Based on Gross Negligence: Massachusetts Bucks the Trend
Christopher P. Flanagan, Christopher J. Seusing; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2013, previously published on December 2013
In the recent decision in Aleo v. SLB Toys USA, Inc., 466 Mass. 398 (2013), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) found that an $18 million punitive damages award based on gross negligence was not grossly excessive or violative of due process. As one of eight states that permit punitive...


HTMLPersonalized Products Companies and the Consumer Product Safety Act
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 16, 2013, previously published on December 6, 2013
We have previously blogged about the sometimes difficult decision that companies face when classifying their products as “children’s” or “general-use” products and the uncertainty of predicting whether the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) will...


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