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April 2016 Archives

Can You Sue If You Find out Your Pilot Was Drunk?

This week a Jet Blue pilot was federally charged for violating airline safety regulations after random testing revealed high levels of alcohol in his blood following a flight from Florida to New York. The complaint against Dennis Murphy Jr. states that his co-pilot saw him drinking before the flight and the tests showed Murphy to be at nearly three times the legal limit for an airline pilot.

Murphy’s case highlights what may be a relatively common habit of drinking and flying by pilots. Let’s look at the data and whether there is anything you can do if you find a pilot on your flight was drunk or high.

Tips for Spotting Online Scams

If a thing sounds too good to be true, then chances are good that it is. But who isn't sometimes tempted by the promise of an easy win or a quick buck? Who wouldn't love to know the secret to luck?

There are plenty of people trying to make fast money off you with scams that purport to deliver the impossible and give you the secret scoop. Do not fall prey to con artists. Get wise to the wise guys online and learn to spot a scam using these tips from US News and World Report.

Product Liability Lawsuit Timeline

Product liability law exists to protect people who are hurt by defective products. It allows them to recover for injury by seeking damages from the product manufacturer or other parties in the chain of distribution.

More than just the manufacturer is responsible for the safety of a product and sometimes a seller can be held liable for putting a defective product in a customer’s hands. But of course there are also important time limits and other considerations that restrict a case. Let’s take a look at initial issues impacting the timeline of a product liability lawsuit.

Warning: Dangerous Stimulant Discovered in 14 Dietary Supplements

Fourteen dietary supplements on the market contain a stimulant banned by major sports organizations and known to be dangerous, according to Food Safety News. Use of the stimulant oxilofrine is reportedly not accepted by the World Anti-Doping Agency, Major League Baseball, the National Football League and others, yet it is available for widespread consumption in food supplements.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this month sent warnings to seven companies producing 14 different dietary supplements that are not labeled properly. The products containing unlisted oxilofrine are available widely where muscle and nutritional supplements are sold, and consumers would have no way of knowing that they are taking a health risk buying them. Adolescents should be especially careful.

GM Recalls 1M Trucks on Defect Impacting Seatbelts

General Motors last week announced a recall of more than a million trucks due to an issue with a cable connecting the seatbelt. The cable reportedly can bend while drivers are in the seat and eventually cause the belts to loosen, reports GM; but it said no one has been hurt from this defect.

Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks from 2014 and 2015, distributed in the US, Canada, the Middle East, and Latin America, are all affected. The company has reportedly warned dealers not to sell these vehicles until the cables are repaired, providing instruction on their replacement.