Despite the company's protests, lawsuits continue to loom on the horizon
Kellogg announced yesterday on their website that they're recalling 10,000 cases of Eggo waffles due to a possible contamination of listeria monocytogenes. The recall affects 25 states - including Illinois, Missouri and New York - and it specifically names the Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles.
When Johnson & Johnson announced a settlement to compensate victims of defective DePuy ASR Hip Systems in 2013, it was estimated that 8,000 patients would participate. The $2.5 billion settlement was open to patients who had their ASR hips replaced in a procedure known as a revision surgery by August 31, 2013. Johnson & Johnson has now agreed to expand the settlement, adding $420 million and extending the settlement offer to patients who filed claims as late as January 31, 2015. The expanded coverage could add 1,400 patients to the list of those receiving a settlement. Between the earlier settlement and this latest addition, J&J will have resolved roughly 90 percent of the claims involving hip removal procedures for defective ASR implants.
If something you have purchased is found to be defective or dangerous, how would you find out about it? Companies invest substantial time and money into reaching consumers. They are aggressive and determined when it comes to selling you a product. They use the latest technology and research to find the best ways to get you to make the purchasing decision they want. Unsurprisingly, many of those same companies show far less initiative in telling their customers that a product has been recalled.
Every few years, a new fad arises in herbal products. Echinacea, ginseng, St. John's wort, guarana, Acai berries and other "remedies" have been sold to the public as cures for depression, excess weight, high blood pressure and countless other medical conditions. These products are sold as herbal supplements because those products do not have to go through the same testing standards as real medications. They do not have be proven effective to be packaged like a medicine and sold to the public. As dubious as the benefits of these supplements are, the Food and Drug Administration has little authority to police them until after they prove dangerous.
When a company sells a product it is giving consumers the expectation that the product is safe to use. Unfortunately, there are many products that are sold that contain defects. Using a defective or dangerous product can result in serious injuries or even death.
When you are headed into a surgical procedure in an Illinois hospital, the last things you want to worry about are the products that will be used during the surgery. Will they work properly? Are they defective? Will they leave you in even more pain than you experienced prior to the surgery?
As the investigation into GM’s knowledge of the ignition switch defect that has been linked to several accidents moves forward, some settlements that GM made with families of those killed may be reopened. Illinois residents and those around the country have most likely been keeping an eye on this ongoing national story, which continues to grab headlines.