Families File Product Liability Lawsuit Against Boat Manufacturer and Designers After Accident at Sea Kills Two Navy Pilots.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans are injured due to defective products. When consumer products are not made for safe consumption and use, they may cause serious injuries or even wrongful deathWhile product designers, manufacturers and distributors all have a legal duty to ensure that a consumer product is constructed safely and properly, this responsibility is not always carried out.  When a legitimate product liability claim exists, all companies and entities involved in the chain of distribution of the product are potentially liable for personal injury damages or wrongful death damages that have been suffered.  Hiring an expert Massachusetts product liability attorney to help is always a wise idea.

In September 2013, Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan Gibson were landing their MH-60 helicopter on the San Diego destroyer, William P. Lawrence, which was stationed in the Red Sea.  The two Navy pilots had just landed the helicopter when a wall of ocean water hit the helicopter and broke the chains attaching it to the flight deck.  Both the aircraft and the two pilots were washed overboard and the two men died.

The families of the two Navy pilots have filed a lawsuit against: the Navy; the Veterans Affairs Department; Cmdr. Jana Vavasseur, the ship captain; Bath Iron Works, a designer of the ship; Gibbs & Cox, a designer of the ship; and Shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls, the manufacturer of the ship.  The lawsuit alleges that Bath Iron Works and Gibbs & Cox are liable because they built a ship with unsafe specifications.  The families allege that the ship had a “low freeboard,” a term used for when the stern of the ship sits too low in the water.  Moreover, the lawsuit alleges that the ship captain was negligent, as she allegedly should have used better judgment when guiding the ship through rough seas.  Since the accident, the Navy has retrained ship crews on how to properly and safely handle helicopter landings at sea.

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Proctor & Gamble To Settle Lawsuit Over Using Oversized Packaging.

The state of California has what is known as a slack fill law, which prohibits companies from using packaging that includes so much empty space that it makes an item appear larger than it is. This mirrors Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which defines nonfunctional slack-fill as the difference between the actual capacity of a container and the volume of product that is within that container. If the empty space serves no useful purpose, the product may be deemed to be misbranded. Therefore, in California, if a consumer is unable to view the contents of a product, but the container contains non-functional slack-fill, consumers may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.

The consumer goods company Proctor & Gamble Co. was recently sued for using oversized packaging for its Olay beauty products, allegedly making them appear to contain more of the product than the containers actually did. According to the LA Times, the company was sued by district attorneys in four counties in California, including Riverside, Yolo, Fresno, and Shasta counties. The company has decided to settle the lawsuit, agreeing to pay $850,000 in fines without admitting wrongdoing. Furthermore, the company, which is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, must change the packaging of these products by January 1, 2018. After launching a company-led review of their products, Proctor & Gamble has announced that it will change the packaging on the entire Olay product line.

The district attorneys who filed the case claim that they did so to protect the average consumer, who has the right to know what they are actually spending their money on. However, Proctor & Gamble maintains that their packaging conforms with all requisite laws. Nevertheless, each of the four district attorney offices will receive $194,000 in civil penalties and $12,000 for attorney’s fees.

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San Diego, CA Woman Files Product Liability Lawsuit Against Apple Alleging Its MagSafe Power Adaptor Isn’t Safe.

Most burns are only minor injuries that can be treated at home using over the counter gels and creams. More severe burns, however, including some second-degree burns and all third-degree burns, require emergency medical attention and treatment. Second-degree burns are characterized by blistering and redness, and are especially dangerous when they appear on the face, hands, feet and groin. Third-degree burns are characterized by white discoloration, charred skin, and a leathery appearance.

Last February, Heather Henderson’s husband was working away on his Mac laptop computer. The device was plugged into the wall using an Apple MagSafe power adaptor. They were both in bed when she dozed off. About forty minutes later, she awoke feeling strange. When she had fallen asleep, her arm had been resting atop her husband’s power adaptor. During those forty minutes of rest, the device had severely burned her. She woke up the next morning feeling pain, stinging, and throbbing. On her arm, she found a one-inch boil.

According to ABC 10 News, the second-to third-degree burn will likely leave a permanent scar. After speaking with friends, she realized just how dangerous the MagSafe adaptors can be. Despite previous lawsuits by other customers complaining of burns from the adaptor, Apple has reportedly refused to include a warning sticker. With “safe” right in the name of the device, customers have every reason to assume the product is, in fact, safe for normal use. When Henderson told her friends about the burn, they revealed that they often slept with their MagSafe power adaptor in or near their bed.

Henderson took her friends’ stories to heart, and realized she needed to do something to prevent accidents like hers in the future. She hired attorney Stephen Morris to file a lawsuit against Apple. Henderson is seeking an unspecified amount in personal injury damages.

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