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2 GSK antidepressants contaminated, FDA says

Posted on Thursday, April 10th, 2014 at 6:11 pm    

paxilThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that the drug ingredient paroxetine used in two GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) anti-depressants has been contaminated by a material from the waste tank of a GSK plant in Cork, Ireland, according to a report published by Reuters on Tuesday, April 1.

The FDA also stated that the pharmaceutical giant failed to conduct a follow-up investigation after a controller found some irregularities at the company’s Cork plant. The agency added that the company was not able to inform consumers about the concern.

GSK already suggested a wholesale recall of some of the batches of the drugs in question.

At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, our legal team believes that Connecticut residents who have suffered from a defective product such as this deserve justice and compensation. Call us at (860) 560-7226 if you have been harmed by an unsafe product and want to explore your legal options.

Lawsuit against GM Helps Expose Vehicle Dangers, Prompts Further Investigation

Posted on Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 at 4:55 pm    

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.

Man charged with DUI and other offenses

Posted on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 at 1:32 pm    

car accidentA 25-year-old man from New Britain was charged with multiple offenses after his car hit a police cruiser at an intersection in Middletown on Sunday, March 16.

At around 1 a.m., Middletown Officer Patrick Keily was driving near the intersection of Washington and High Streets when a car driven by Christopher Griffiths hit the rear of his police cruiser. Keily was rushed to Middlesex Hospital for non-serious injuries. Griffiths’ 24-year-old passenger Rudy Lockhart, however, was rushed to Middlesex Hospital for minor injuries.

Griffiths, who did not sustain any injury, was charged with DUI, driving with a suspended license, and driving too fast. Meanwhile, his passenger was found in possession of less than four ounces of marijuana and was charged.

Far too many injuries and deaths have been the result of driving under the influence of dangerous drugs and/or alcohol. If you are one of those who has suffered from such recklessness in Connecticut, seek the legal guidance of an attorney from the Law Offices of Paul Levin. Call us now at (860) 560-7226 to learn more about filing a lawsuit after being involved in an accident.

Number of GM Vehicles Recalled Tops 3 Million

Posted on Monday, March 17th, 2014 at 11:23 pm    

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.

Fitness tracker Fitbit Force recalled over reports of adverse skin reactions

Posted on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 8:26 pm    

fitbit forceAn online report published on Monday, February 24 revealed that Fitbit voluntarily recalled its fitness tracker the Force wristband over reports of skin irritation on February 20.

Fitbit CEO James Park said in a statement that almost 2% of Force wristband users experienced skin irritation. He further stated that the rashes might be the skin’s adverse reaction to certain substances found in the product’s strap or adhesives.

The company also announced it has created a website for users who want to return the Force wristband for reimbursement.

Our legal team at the Law Offices of Paul Levin has years of experience serving Connecticut residents who have been harmed by a defective product such as this. If you too have been suffering from an injury or harm as a result of a defective product, call us at (860) 560-7226 to discuss the possibility of filing a legal claim.

Paul Levin Appeared in Recent Issue of Connecticut Magazine

Posted on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 at 11:08 pm    

Paul Levin appeared in the February 2014 edition of Connecticut Magazine, a publication highlighting arts, news, and culture throughout the state of Connecticut. To view the feature, click here.

Construction accident kills two

Posted on Saturday, March 1st, 2014 at 7:45 pm    

A business owner and his employee were killed in an electrical accident on the morning of Wednesday, February 19.

Lloyd Folsom Jr., the owner of the South Windsor-based Folsom Construction, was on company-owned property at 140 Rye Street with Connor Betts when the tragic accident happened. Betts lifted the big rig of a dump trailer to dredge the snow that had amassed when it suddenly touched a live war on its way up. Betts was immediately electrocuted. Folsom got out of the car to assist Betts, but he, too, touched the charged trailer.

Both men were rushed to the hospital but, unfortunately, were pronounced dead before 2 p.m.

The lawyers from the Law Offices of Paul Levin extend their heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of the men lost in this construction accident.

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

Posted on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at 7:58 pm    

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.

Tyson Foods recalls chicken products due to Salmonella contamination

Posted on Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at 5:04 pm    

tyson chickenCBS News reported on January 13 that Tyson Foods Inc. has announced a recall of approximately 33,840 pounds of chicken products due to the possibility of Salmonella bacteria contamination.

Tyson Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling its mechanically separated chicken products after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the company found that seven people have suffered an infection from a strain of Salmonella in a Tennessee correctional facility.

The FSIS stated that the products bear an establishment number of P-13556, found inside the Department of Agriculture’s inspection mark. The recalled products were manufactured between November 29 and December 5, and have been available for institutional use throughout the country.

If you believe your health has been affected due to contaminated food products such as this, you may consider filing a product liability lawsuit to hold the manufacturer accountable for all the consequences you have subsequently faced. Our lawyers from the Law Offices of Paul Levin know what it takes to help people in Connecticut get the justice and compensation they need, so call (860) 560-7226.

Five Baxter IV solutions recalled due to particulate matter contamination

Posted on Sunday, January 5th, 2014 at 4:34 pm    

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.