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Tour Operator Negligence Claims – Recent Court Case Affirms Victims’ Rights

The United States District Court in Massachusetts recently affirmed the rights of victims of tour operator negligence to pursue legal claims. The plaintiffs, personal representatives for the Estate of Harvey Marron, sought to hold accountable a tour operator and Massachusetts travel agent for their actions

3300 Gas Leaks in Boston

According to a new Boston University study, there are more than 3,300 leaks in Boston’s underground pipelines. Leaks releasing natural gas pose an explosion hazard, as well as environmental damages resulting from aging road and rail networks under city streets. So far, Boston has not

Compounding Pharmacy Update

According to the Boston Globe, on at least two occasions in the past decade, Massachusetts pharmacy officials have displayed indifference in their supervision of a concerning Framingham compounding pharmacy (The New England Compounding Center) that is linked to the nationwide meningitis outbreak that has killed

Massachusetts Pharmacy Dodged Reprimand Years Before the Outbreak

In 2004, Massachusetts health regulators proposed a formal reprimand for the pharmacy that is currently linked to the deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak – the New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Massachusetts. Health officials never delivered the reprimand, however, after the company protested the reprimand

Firm probed in Meningitis Outbreak

On October 10, an agreement with the Department of Public Health’s Board of Registration in Pharmacy was signed, stating that Ameridose and its distribution partner, Alanaus Pharmaceuticals, are voluntarily shutting down operations until October 22 to allow inspectors the access needed to conduct an investigation.

H&M Recalls Children's Water Bottle Due to Choking Hazard

  On September 18, 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that retailer H&M is voluntarily recalling Children’s Water Bottle after a reported hazard. The incident involved the water bottle spout, which allegedly broke in a child’s mouth while the child was drinking.

Papa Bear Loungeabouts Recalled for Flammability

 The playful papa bear loungeabouts have been recalled due to flammability standard failure. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (UPCPSC) claims that about 10,000 of these pajamas have been recalled as they pose a burn injury risk to the kids who wear them. Fortunately, no

Obama Makes Nomination for the Fifth CPSC Commissioner

President Obama has presented Marietta S Robinson as his nominee as a commissioner with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If confirmed, Ms. Robinson would be in place as the fifth commissioner now leading the government agency. The CPSC oversees the quality and safety

Costa Cruise Line Faces Charges

It has been two weeks since the disastrous cruise ship accident that occurred off Giglio Island in Florence. Since then, there have been estimates of up to 16 casualties.  Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise-line owner, was sued for at least $100 million for its

Consumer Product Safety Information Database Due to Launch in March 2011

In March 2011, during Consumer Protection Week, a new online database from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) will launch. This Consumer Product Safety Information Database will be a place for consumers to submit reports of harm as well as search for reports of harm.

Drop-Side Cribs Banned Due to Safety Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has approved new mandatory standards to address the hazards of cribs. In the last five years alone, the CPSC has announced recalls of over 9 million drop-side cribs due to hazards of strangulation and suffocation. According to the