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Linda Chalat

Product Liability Selectively Advocated

Along with all manner of personal injury claims, defective product claims have suffered numerous attacks by tort reformers. In 2003, Colorado’s product liability statute was amended,…

Linda Chalat

Do You Have a Gas Bomb at Home?

Consumer Product Safety Commission data shows that about 3 children under age 5 die and more than 2,000 are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year from a variety of incidents…

Linda Chalat

Sub-Standard Conditions Responsible for Listeria Outbreak

Federal investigators have revealed sub-standard conditions at Jensen Farms that led to the deadly listeria outbreak, saying the company’s unsanitary cantaloupe handling ignored industry norms…

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Colorado Woman Victim of Dangerous Pool Slide

A Massachusetts jury awarded $20.6 million to a man who sued Toys R Us over fatal injuries suffered by his wife on a swimming pool slide. The Salem Superior Court jury returned the award last week…

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Cantaloupe Listeria Outbreak Shows Need for Food Safety Laws

America has suffered much from food poisoning over the past few years, from sources as disparate as contaminated eggs, peanut butter, and ground turkey. And now, the source is Colorado…

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Even at the Best Labs, Safety May be Lacking

Last April, a piece of lab machinery killed a Yale University student when it ensnared her hair, and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has determined that the equipment was…

Linda Chalat

Grill the Burger, Not the House

Every year, outdoor home grills cause approximately 8,000 house fires, resulting in $80 million worth of property damage. Just this past month, at least a half dozen house fires caused by grills…

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House Committee Votes to Not Fund CPSC Database

In March of this year, the Consumer Product Safety Commission launched a Web site database that allows the public to search for complaints about the safety of everyday products. Called…

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National Poison Prevention Week

In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, President Obama observed that each day, emergency rooms treat nearly 2,000 Americans for accidental poisonings, and dozens die as a result of…

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REI Loses Liability Suit for Defective Bike Part

Recreational Equipment Inc. is responsible for a defective bicycle part manufactured by another company and sold under the REI brand, a Washington appeals court ruled, just days after the plaintiff…