Tag Archives: personal injury

Setting the Sweet Bar

Metal content sours consumers

Considered one of the largest chocolate companies in the world, Hershey is known for its quality, variety, and most recently, lead content. By acquiring Lily’s brand chocolate, in 2021, the chocolate manufacturing giant expanded its empire. Now, specific dark chocolate products from both Hershey and Lily’s are under scrutiny, as high concentrations of metals have been detected. The results of scientific testing indicate that Hershey’s Special Dark bar and Lily’s 70% bar were elevated in lead; and Lily’s 85% bar was high in lead and cadmium. A class action is seeking $5 million in damages, including $500 per transaction. Continue reading

Tackling a New Lawsuit

Football fumble

Following a sideline injury sustained in Game 6 of the regular season, Denver Broncos linebacker, Aaron Patrick, has filed a lawsuit. In the argument, Patrick alleges that the decision to cover media wires on the sideline with a cheap mat created a dangerous situation for players and was the primary cause of his injury. While a majority of NFL injuries take place on the field, Patrick tore his ACL after trying to avoid the media. His cleat became lodged in a carpet that has been compared to mats used in restaurant kitchens. Continue reading

Fire Up a New Claim

Fried

The efficiency and convenience of a relatively new small appliance may not outweigh the potential hazards it poses. First invented in 2010, air fryers have hit the market as a popular item for weekly meal preparations in kitchens across the US and Canada. In addition, consumers have enjoyed the healthier benefits to air frying their food over cooking in oil. Allegedly, consumers may intake fewer calories and fat. The potential downside to cooking with an air fryer is the possibility for the appliance to overheat and cause burn and fire risks. Continue reading

Brewing Up a Solution

Coffee conundrum

Following an incident that involved a customer suffering from a dizzy spell, nausea, incessant coughing, and a burning sensation in the mouth and stomach, Starbucks may be liable to pay a $75,000 claim. The lawsuit, which was filed this month in Connecticut District Court, details the August 2021 injury and the punitive damages sought by the plaintiff. In addition to the physical injuries sustained, the Starbucks customer alleges that the ordeal triggered a prior diagnosis of PTSD, depression, and anxiety. He has also pointed out the failure of the company to properly handle prior instances of chemical ingestion and claims appropriate measures were not set in place to prevent similar circumstances from occurring. Continue reading

Bye Baby Products

Infant recall

Within the past month, consumers of infant products have been warned of the dangers of using certain types of powdered formula and baby loungers. The US Food and Drug Administration has urged parents to review their purchased Similac, Alimentum, or EleCare containers for specific lot numbers and expiration dates, which fall under the Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, Michigan facility voluntary recall. In addition, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has warned parents to stop using Leachco, Inc. items that include the Podster, Podster Plush, Bummzie, and Podster Playtime (the “Podsters”) infant loungers. Continue reading