Jalapeño Lawsuit Loses Heat

Jalapeño surprise

When consumers have food allergies, there is always a risk in dining at a restaurant.  About two years ago, on May 8, 2018, a patron of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa received both a poor dining experience and a trip to the hospital. As a result of her less than pleasurable dinner, Rochelle McCoy filed a lawsuit on May 4 in Woodbury County District Court.  Since then, the lawsuit has been dropped, but the specifications or terms of a potential settlement have not been disclosed to the public.  The culprit that convinced McCoy to take legal action may be described as rich and mild. Read more

A Sweet Decision Benefits Farmers

Safe harvest

Due to a lack of standing, a recent sugarcane personal injury lawsuit has been dismissed.  A group of three plaintiffs, consisting of one resident of Clewiston, FL and two residents of Belle Glade, FL, are afforded the opportunity to refile a second amended complaint against the sugarcane farming companies.  The filing must be completed by May 22, and one stipulation from the judge dictates that only three of the original seven accusations may be included in the new complaint. Read more

Cruising for Compensation

Avoid the wobble

Most of us have witnessed motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic on the highways and cruising through neighborhoods.  While some love the acceleration and adrenaline, others worry about the safety aspect.  A recently filed lawsuit may push people in the middle to the side of the latter.  A North Carolina motorcycle owner, William Rouse, is taking legal action against well-known Harley-Davidson, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for injuries sustained after his bike crashed. Read more

Consumers at a Loss for Words

Natural hair beware

As hair style trends shift every couple of years, we find ourselves replacing our hair care products with ones that are tailored toward the new norm.  Founded in 1994, DevaCurl is one such brand that is appealing to the relatively new craze of sporting natural, semi-untouched hair.  In the early- to mid-2000s, almost every middle school girl straightened their natural wave or locks to a pin-straight point. As was the style of the day.  Now consumers are flocking to the retail store shelves to buy DevaCurl, the company that produces a formula to volumize and accentuate curly textures.  While the promise of the product was widely accepted by consumers, the alleged result of its consistent use is alarming. Read more

Patients May be Pumped for a Lawsuit

Insulin issue

Individuals with Type 1 diabetes, beware.  A recall was just announced by the Food and Drug Administration concerning the Medtronic MiniMed 600 series insulin pumps.  Owners of this type of pump are at risk of receiving either more or less than the required insulin dosage.  The reason? The pumps are being used with missing or broken retainer rings, which are necessary units that lock the cartridges into place in the reservoir compartment.  If not locked into place, an incorrect level of insulin will be delivered.  Type 1 diabetes patients rely on their insulin pumps to survive.  If the pumps are not of sound construction, their lives may be in danger.       Read more