Commentary on defective tires, cars, recalls and litigation.

Rich Newsome is an accomplished personal injury and products liability attorney who represents consumers who have been injured by defective tires, cars and other products. As Past President of the Florida Justice Association and current member of the Executive Committee of the National Trial Lawyers Association…MORE

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Japanese airbag supplier Takata has cut a deal with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to conduct “a regional field action” in Florida, Puerto Rico and other states to replace airbag inflators that may explode in hot, humid climates.

But the NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation has not yet closed an investigation into Takata airbag inflators – wisely, given that exploding airbags have resulted at least two deaths, and more than 20 injuries when occupants were lacerated by flying shrapnel. They have also caused eight auto manufacturers to launch 17 recalls since February 2001.

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  • Testosterone Therapies May Be Linked to Increased Cardiac Injuries

  • “A man on TV is selling me a miracle cure that will keep me young forever. It’s called Androgel… for treating something called low T, a pharmaceutical-recognized condition affecting millions of men with low testosterone, previously known as getting older.”

    Stephen Colbert (October 3, 2012)

     

    FDA Investigation

     On January 31, 2014, the FDA announced an investigation to evaluate the risks of cardiovascular complications associated with FDA-approved testosterone products. According to the FDA, the investigation was issued in response to several studies that show an increased risk of stroke, heart attack and death in men using the therapy.

    Pharmaceutical Companies and Testosterone Therapy

    In recent years, men have increasingly turned to testosterone therapy in hopes of improving lowered sex drives and energy levels, among other symptoms that are often associated with low...

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  • Tomorrow is the Last Day to Comment on the Proposed Changes that will Eviscerate Your Ability to Conduct Discovery in Federal Lawsuits

  • The civil discovery process is one of the fundamental pillars of the modern American justice system. What makes the current process so great is the underlying goal of ensuring that each litigant has the ability to acquire the relevant evidence to prove his or her case. This is accomplished through the liberal standards which currently guide the process. Of course, this was not always the case. The old rules of procedure afforded a far less liberal standard of discovery and, as a result, “[i]nquiry into the issues and the facts before trial was narrowly confined and was often cumbersome in method.”1 In recognition of these problems, the United States Supreme Court heralded the modern age of liberal discovery by proclaiming that: “civil trials in the federal courts no longer need be carried on in the dark. The way is now clear, consistent with recognized privileges, for the parties to obtain the fullest possible knowledge of the issues and facts before trial.”2

    Sadly, we may once again find ourselves in a position where...

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