Blog Posts in September, 2014

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  • Protect Yourself From Smartphone Bill Cramming

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 29-Sep-2014

    The term "cramming" might be new to you, but it could serve you well to familiarize yourself with the expression. Federal regulators coined the term to refer to the practice of wireless providers sneaking erroneous charges onto consumers' bills. The Federal Trade Commission has been heading up an on-going investigation which has recently singled out T-Mobile as another culprit. How ...
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  • 2014 Could be Record Year for U.S. Drug Recalls

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 28-Sep-2014

    Pharmaceutical recalls have skyrocketed in recent years, and 2014 is shaping up to be a record year. Contamination, packaging imperfections, safety issues, and inadequate testing are the most recurrent reasons for recalling, or removing, a drug or medical device from the market. Recalls for last year totaled 1,225. So far this year the industry has already seen 836 recalls. Recalls are categorized ...
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  • Red Bull to Settle Class Action Lawsuit

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 25-Sep-2014

    Although it denies any wrong-doing, Red Bull has agreed to pay $13 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging the company falsely promoted its line of products. If the Court approves the settlement, it will mark the largest food industry settlement since Dannon paid $35 million in 2010 to settle claims against its Activia yogurt products. Red Bull is expected to pay an additional $5 million ...
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  • FDA Issues Recall of CMF Distraction System

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 24-Sep-2014

    The FDA has issued a recall for some Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) Distraction Systems manufactured by DePuy Synthes. The device is used to stabilize and gradually lengthen the lower jawbone in an effort to correct birth defects in infants or disfigurement in older patients due to traumatic injuries. The implant is attached to either malformed or fractured areas of the jawbone with the purpose of ...
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  • Bean Bag Chairs Recalled Due to 2 Fatalities

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 23-Sep-2014

    More than 2 million bean bag chairs have been recalled nationwide in the wake of the deaths of two children. Faulty zipper designs allow children to open the cover and suffocate on the foam beads that fill the interior. These kinds of tragedies are completely avoidable, but when a company chooses to neglect its responsibility to ensure consumer safety, the consequences can be deadly. The United ...
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  • Bank Overdraft Fees Can Drain Account Balances

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 23-Sep-2014

    Consumers may have been mistaken when they thought overdraft protection would help them save money and manage their checking accounts better. Allegations have been made that certain banks misrepresented customers' account balances and reordered debits and credits purposely forcing customers into overdraft so the banks can collect overdraft fees. An overdraft occurs when a customer makes a ...
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  • Multistate Force-placed Insurance Class Action to Move Forward

    Posted By Golomb & Honik, P.C. || 19-Sep-2014

    An extensive force-placed insurance class action lawsuit spanning 40 states was slated to advance by a U.S. Magistrate earlier this summer. The suit alleges U.S. Bank profited from bribes by place-forcinglenders insurance through American Security Insurance Company (ASIC). Plaintiffs claim the coverage was expensive and activated unnecessarily. Stephen Ellsworth is the chief plaintiff in the ...
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  • FDA Warns Mixing Supplements with Prescription Meds can be Dangerous

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 18-Sep-2014

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that it may be dangerous to take certain vitamins and/or dietary supplements while also taking certain medications. The FDA’s announcement, which was published on October 27 and titled Mixing Medications and Dietary Supplements Can Endanger Your Health, stresses the fact that dietary supplements have the potential to either ...
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  • Amerisave Ordered to Pay Retribution

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 16-Sep-2014

    In August, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Amerisave Mortgage Corporation to pay sanctions for its conduct in illegal bait-and-switch lending schemes that cost borrowers millions of dollars. The Bureau discovered the Atlanta-based nationwide online lender, its subsidiary, Novo Appraisal Management Company, and the proprietor of both companies, Patrick Markert, had been ...
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  • The Hidden Dangers of Talcum Powder

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 13-Sep-2014

    We typically associate talcum powder with sweet-smelling, clean babies, and all the innocence surrounding them. Yet, talcum powder actually has a menacing nature that could pose health risks, of which many people are unaware. In 1883, Johnson & Johnson began marketing their talcum powder to the public as a way to control moisture and prevent rashes on babies, and by World War I, it was the ...
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  • GM Board Criticized for Slow Reaction to Safety Issues

    Posted By Golomb & Honik || 10-Sep-2014

    Even after months of recalls and negative press in the wake of the vehicle safety debacle at General Motors, the GM board remains woefully out of touch and indifferent to the lives affected by their defective vehicles. Unfortunately, this is a glaring example of how safety all too often comes second when corporate executives prioritize profits. According to a recent article in the New York Times, ...
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