USDA Investigating Massive Beef Recall

Beef RecallOne of the largest recent recalls of tainted beef is under investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) after evidence emerged that a foreman at the ranch responsible for the recalled beef had been romantically involved with a government inspector.

The recall, which affects more than 9 million pounds of beef, was issued after evidence came to light suggesting that Rancho Feeding Corporation had processed cancerous cattle when government inspectors were not at the site. Federal investigators believe that Rancho purposefully purchased diseased dairy cattle in order to lower prices, hiding the evidence from investigators by trimming off diseased parts or placing fake seals of approval on the sick animals.

Criminal charges have already been decided – though not announced – against the former owners of Rancho Feeding Corporation. However, in a strange development, the USDA has also opened an investigation into an apparent romantic linkage between one of the investigators tasked with vetting the site and an employee of Rancho. Though the relationship has not yet been linked to the recall, the U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco continues to investigate any possible ties it may have had.

The dedicated legal team at the Law Offices of Paul Levin understands the serious impact that tainted beef and other recalled products can have on consumer health and safety. That’s why we are committed to fighting for consumer rights in these circumstances. If you have been impacted by a recalled product, contact us today at (860) 322-5302 to learn more about how we can help.

Ford Trucks to Be Recalled

TailLightsMore than 4000 Ford Trucks are set to be recalled after concerns about a software error impacting indicator lights when shifting from reverse to drive. The recall, which affects Ford F-250s, F-350s, F-450s, and F-550s built between September 13, 2013 and March 31, 2014 at the company’s Kentucky plant, will go into effect as soon as possible, with customers who have purchased one of these vehicles being informed via letter of the potential risk to their vehicle.

According to Ford, the problem was discovered at the plant that produced the vehicles, and to date, no accidents or injuries have been associated with the problem. However, in light of the serious issues that this particular problem has the potential to cause, motorists are recommended to respond to the recall letter as soon as possible in order to avoid any potential complications.

At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, our dedicated legal team takes seriously any and all cases of automotive defects, and we are always prepared to help those who have suffered harm as a result of these problems to pursue justice. Contact us today at 860-322-5302 to learn more about how we can help you.

Lawsuit against GM Helps Expose Vehicle Dangers, Prompts Further Investigation

After learning that their daughter Beth had been killed in a car accident in her Chevy Cobalt, Ken and Beth Melton decided to take action and file a lawsuit against the car’s manufacturer, GM. They hired reliable experts who confirmed the malfunction and which led to the disclosure of GM’s prior awareness of the defect and its failure to order a voluntary recall. The absence of effective oversight by the highly regarded National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in this particular instance where over a dozen similar reports of catastrophic vehicle failure was disregarded has also become evident. So How did the truth come out? It was the very Court system and the Trial Lawyers toiling in their work of seeking answers for a grieving family that brought this to light, resulting in a life saving recall and testimony before Congress.

Michael Smerconish at CNN stated, “We know what we know today only because of the Meltons’ pursuit of justice, their willingness to file a lawsuit. Our civil justice system, it’s often maligned. But, you know, it remains a great check on our free enterprise system. Often, it serves as a more vigilant force than the government itself.”

The clip in its entirety can be viewed here.

As Smerconnish noted, the next time you get a summons for Jury duty, consider the importance of that task instead of looking for ways to avoid the service. Its not only about the convenience any more than cases involving defective products or sub standard medical care is about the money due in compensation for what sometimes can’t even be measured adequately.

Contact the Law Offices of Paul Levin, today by calling (860) 560-7226 to learn more about this case or if you have any questions about how vehicle defects may have played a role in your accident.

Number of GM Vehicles Recalled Tops 3 Million

GM recently announced the recall of over 1.55 million SUVs, minivans, and sedans citing concerns with the vehicles’ airbags, seat belts, and brakes. This recall comes just days after the company announced the recall of approximately 1.6 million Chevy Cobalts and Pontiac G5s due to faulty ignition switches in the vehicles that could result in the vehicle suddenly losing power and airbags failing to deploy.

GM has faced considerable criticism regarding its recall of the Chevy and Pontiac vehicles, as evidence shows that the company received complaints about these vehicles as early as 2003 and failed to recall the vehicles for over a decade.

In Connecticut, case law suggests that a product seller has a duty to warn about a potential defect on a post sale basis. The failure to advise and perhaps conceal known potential defects affecting certain classes of cars may also give rise to liability for punitive damages under a recklessness theory pursuant to Conn. Gen Stat. Sec. 52-240b (http://cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap901.htm#Sec52-240b.htm). In Connecticut, like other civilized jurisdictions, people should not have to die before a product seller initiates an effort to warn consumers, even if a general recall may not be yet warranted.

If you or someone you love has suffered injuries because of a defective GM vehicle, you may be eligible for compensation. To learn more, contact Law Offices of Paul Levin today at (860) 560-7226.

216,000 Britax strollers recalled due to reports of amputation and lacerations

strollerBritax Child Safety Inc., a company located in Fort Mill, S.C., has recalled about 216,000 single and double juvenile strollers after receiving reports of lacerations and partial fingertip amputations, a Huffington Post report stated on Thursday, January 30.

Britax is recalling single and double strollers B-Agile, Agile Double, and BOB Motion sold for between $250 and $450 in major retail outlets and online stores across the country. The recalled strollers were sold in different colors, including sandstone, navy, orange, black and red.

Suffering from an injury caused by a defective product such as this can cause physical, emotional, and financial harm. Our lawyers from the Law Offices of Paul Levin know what it takes to assist Connecticut residents who have suffered harm from such products in seeking justice and financial compensation. Call us now at 860.560.7226 to find out how you may be eligible to file a product liability claim.

Five Baxter IV solutions recalled due to particulate matter contamination

sodium chlorideOne lot of 5% dextrose injection and four lots of 0.9% sodium chloride injection have been voluntarily recalled by Baxter International Inc. on December 27 after the company found that its intravenous solutions are contaminated with particulate matter, which may potentially cause blood vessel obstruction.

IV solutions being recalled were distributed in the United States between May 2012 and October 2013. Lots being recalled are:

  • 5% Dextrose Injection (100 mL) with Lot No. P285288 (Code: 2B0089)
  • 0.9 % Sodium Chloride Injection (50 mL) with Lot No. P297283 (Code: 2B1308)
  • 0.9 % Sodium Chloride Injection (100 mL) with Lot No. P292326 (Code: 2B1302)
  • 0.9 % Sodium Chloride Injection (100 mL) with Lot No. P293993 (Code: 2B1302)
  • 0.9 % Sodium Chloride Injection (100 mL) with Lot No. P293514 (Code: 2B1309)

Our lawyers from the Law Offices of Paul Levin are ready to help Connecticut residents who have been injured by defective products such as these. Call us at 860.560.7226 to know how we can help you possibly file a lawsuit.

Thousands of sunscreen lotions with harmful contaminants recalled

sunscreenThousands of sunscreen lotion tubes for babies and kids have been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer – W.S. Badger Co. Inc. – due to possible microbial contamination that may harm users. NBC News broke news of the recall on Wednesday, September 25.

The recall affects 30,000 tubes of 4 oz. SPF 30 baby and kids’ sunscreen lotion that may contain harmful Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida parapsilosis, and Acremonium fungi. The contaminants in the recalled sunscreen lotions may cause illnesses to humans and animals.

Though the products passed the required test before its release, its manufacturer said the preservatives used in the lotions “had been compromised” when it was routinely tested again. There have been no reports of illnesses as of yet.

The firm assured the public that they will conduct further testing of the recalled products to prevent the problem from happening again.

Fortunately, no one is reported to have been harmed by this dangerous product. However, at the Law Offices of Paul Levin, our lawyers know that many adults and children in Connecticut suffer serious losses as a result of negligent manufacturers and dangerous products. Call 860.560.7226 to talk with us if you have gone through such a situation and need legal help.

Dehumidifiers that can cause fire recalled

Over 2 million various electric dehumidifiers that were manufactured by Gree Electric Appliances are being recalled due to risk that theydehumidifer may overheat and cause fire, according to an article published by USA Today on Thursday, September 12.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the recalled dehumidifiers, which have various brand names and weigh anywhere between 20-70 pints, have reportedly caused 46 fires and over $2 million properties to be damaged, but no injuries.

The affect dehumidifiers were sold in major stores in the U.S. and in Canada from 2005 through August 2013. The manufacturer said in a press release that consumers should stop using the recalled product immediately and call 866-853-2802 to obtain a refund. Other details regarding the defective dehumidifier are listed on the CPSC’s website.

If you’ve been injured due to this defective product or another unsafe product in Connecticut, a lawyer from the Law Offices of Paul Levin might be able to help you pursue compensation. Learn more about filing a product liability claim by calling us at 860.560.7226 today.

Jaguar to recall 2,929 cars in United States

autonomous carsAutomaker giant Jaguar recently recalled two of its models in the U.S. for possible stalling issues and a defective power window that may injure occupants, according to a report published on Thursday, August 15.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the first recall affects 940 XF 2-liter GTDi 2013 models, which may stall or loss braking and power steeling assistance if the hose clamp of the charge air cooler is detached. The second recall affects 1,989 XK 2011-2014 model convertibles with a defective switch that may activate the power window and injure its occupants when controlling the roof. NHTSA said Jaguar will address the issues by either repairing or replacing the concerned parts of the recalled vehicles, beginning on September 27.

Unfortunately, defective vehicles can lead to serious accidents, harming innocent people in Connecticut. If this has happened to you, talk with a lawyer from the Law Offices of Paul Levin by calling 860.560.7226.

Kawasaki to recall Ninja 300 due to electrical problems

11,097 recent Ninja 300 models will be recalled by motorcycle maker Kawasaki to address an electrical issue.motorcycle

According to the recall, the 2013 model of the Ninja 300 is affected by an “improper setting in the Electronic Control Unit (ECU)” that may cause the motorcycle to stall if the driver reduces its speed. The agency found out about the issue after complaints from affected owners were posted in forums and through formal complaints.

Kawasaki said they will ask dealers to change the ECU of the affected motorcycles beginning in mid-August.

Riding a defective motorcycle may cause you severe injuries should a crash occur. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident due to inherent defects with the vehicle in Connecticut, our legal team at the Law Offices of Paul Levin can help you explore your legal options for pursuing compensation. Call 860.560.7226 today to find out how we can help you.