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November 2006 Archives

December Topic Spotlight: Tips for Travelers

Each month FindLaw for the Public highlights a legal topic.  For December, the spotlight is on travel.  Visit the Tips for Travelers page for information and resources on all types of  travel - including guidelines for specific types of carry-on items when flying, tips on what to do if you encounter problems when you're traveling, and much more.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) identified 13 vehicles that have earned the organization’s “Top Safety Award” for 2007. According to the IIHS, this award "recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, and rear crashes based on ratings in Institute tests." This year's list of winners includes 4 standard cars, 2 minivans, and 7 sport-utility vehicles (SUVs).

4.4. Million Magnetic Toys Recalled After Numerous Injuries

Reports of serious injury have prompted the worldwide recall of Mattel, Inc.'s "Polly Pocket" magnetic playsets, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced. The playsets include plastic dolls and accessories that have small magnets, and CPSC has received 170 reports of these magnets coming off, including three cases of serious injury to children who swallowed more than one magnet. CPSC advises consumers to immediately take these recalled toys away from children, and to contact Mattel for information on returning the toys and receiving a voucher for the value of the toy.

On Monday, November 13 a groundbreaking ceremony took place in Washington, DC for the national Martin Luther King, Jr. memorialPresident Bush and former President Clinton spoke at the event, along with members of the King family and members of Congress.  The memorial will be built on a four-acre site near the Lincoln Memorial, where King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963.

Over-the-Counter Painkiller Recalled Nationwide

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the recall of acetaminophen caplets manufactured and distributed under various store-brands, because of small metal fragments found in a small number of these caplets. Approximately 11 million bottles containing varying quantities of acetaminophen 500mg caplets are affected by this recall. The recall was initiated voluntarily by Perrigo Company of Allegan, Michigan. According to the FDA, no illnesses or injuries have been reported in connection with this product, and no consumer complaints have been reported to the FDA or Perrigo. Consumers can determine if they are in possession of this recalled acetaminophen by locating the batch number printed on the container label. FDA has released a List of Stores that carry store-brands potentially affected by this recall, and a list of the Recalled Batch Numbers. The FDA advises consumers who are in possession of the affected products to discontinue use immediately and call Perrigo's Consumer Affairs Department, 877-546-0454 for further instructions.

November is National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month.  The following links from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Child Welfare Information Gateway (CWIG) and FindLaw for the Public provide more information on National Adoption Month and legal issues related to adoption.

November 2006 is National Adoption Month (CWIG)

Presidential Proclamation (CWIG)

Guide to Adopting a Child (FindLaw for the Public)

Adoption: State-Specific and National Resources (FindLaw for the Public)