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May 2006 Archives

June Spotlight: Injuries

Each month FindLaw for the Public highlights a legal topic. To commemorate National Safety Month 2006, the topic for June is Injuries and Safety -- with information on causes and costs of injury in the U.S., safety tips, and much more.

NHTSA Reports on Seatbelt Use

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately 48 million people do not wear seat belts when traveling in motor vehicle. In 2004, the majority of passenger vehicle occupants killed in motor vehicle crashes were not wearing seatbelts. The proportion of those fatalities was higher among males, on rural roadways, in pickup trucks and SUV’s, in single-vehicle crashes, and in the age group of 8 to 44 years old.

Although many credit counseling organizations provide valuable services to persons who find themselves in debt, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is concerned that some have used their tax-exempt status to circumvent consumer protection laws and take advantage of those who are already in financial distress.

ReNu with MoistureLoc manufacturer Bausch & Lomb and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a permanent worldwide recall of the contact lens solution, based on the increased risk of Fusarium fungal eye infection associated with the product's use. According to Bausch & Lomb Chairman and CEO Ron Zarrella, "there may be some aspect of the MoistureLoc formula that might increase the risk of Fusarium infection in rare circumstances."

May Spotlight: Estate Planning

Each month FindLaw for the Public highlights a legal topic. The spotlight topic for May is Estate Planning, with information on the basics of estate planning, the advantages of different estate planning tools, the results of a survey showing that most Americans lack proper estate planning, and more.

On April 17, 2006, a class action complaint was filed against Bausch & Lomb, manufacturer of "ReNu with MoistureLoc" contact lens solution, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The suit was filed on behalf of all users of the contact lens solution, and is intended to provide a legal remedy for anyone who may have experienced a fungal eye infection (known as "fusarium keratitis") as a result of "ReNu with MoistureLoc" lens solution use. In Miami, a federal lawsuit filed against Bausch & Lomb seeks class action status (and $75,000) for seven plaintiffs, and a number of former users of "ReNu with MoistureLoc" may soon join the litigation.