Wednesday, October 21, 2015

October 20, 2015 Tampa FL VW Recall Lawyers

There  is lots of talk across the south about VW and how it rigged its cars to test emissions lower.  Volkswagen has admitted to lying to government agencies and the people who bought or leased their diesel cars. By now, it's almost impossible to read about this on the Internet and read "class actions" filed. 

Is a class action case in Florida the best or only way to go. NO. So where does the anaylsis start? It starts with who claims to be first in line. 

VW has said they will pay for their illegal activity and false marketing claims. Who will be compensated?
  1. Federal and state governments. In similar cases, the mandatory penalties are paid first.
  2. VW Diesel Owners and Leasees. VW has already broken the trust their customers had in them. Prepare to stand in line.
Don’t forget about the VW Shareholders, who want to make sure their dividends stay intact. Bottom line: If you bought or leased a diesel-fueled 
Volkswagen JettaGolfBeetle,Passat, or Audi A3 sedan manufactured between 2009 and 2015, you need to be represented to fully and fairly recover losses from your devalued vehicle and other potential damages. The list of the named vehicles include:
  • VW Jetta TDI (model years 2009 – 2015)
  • VW Jetta SportWagen TDI (model years 2009-2014)
  • VW Golf TDI (model years 2010-2015)
  • VW Golf SportWagen TDI (model year 2015)
  • VW Beetle TDI and VW Beetle Convertible TDI (model years 2012-2015)
  • VW Passat TDI (model years 2012-2015)
  • Audi A3 TDI models using the 2.0L 4-cylinder TDI engine (model years 2010-2013)

    VW Diesel Owners -Florida Law Protects You

    The only way affected customers can help ensure they will be fully compensated for their losses is to sue Volkswagen.  What can one person claim - outside of a class action?
    • Overpayment of up to $6,000 for their vehicles.
    • Substantial loss of value in their vehicles.
    • Great difficulty in reselling their vehicles.
    • Potential loss of fuel efficiency and/or performance as the result of “fixing ” their vehicles.
  • contact us at 813-513-1381

Dietary Supplements Send 23,000 to ER Yearly

From Study: 

On the basis of 3667 cases, we estimated that 23,005 (95% confidence interval [CI], 18,611 to 27,398) emergency department visits per year were attributed to adverse events related to dietary supplements. These visits resulted in an estimated 2154 hospitalizations (95% CI, 1342 to 2967) annually. Such visits frequently involved young adults between the ages of 20 and 34 years (28.0% of visits; 95% CI, 25.1 to 30.8) and unsupervised children (21.2% of visits; 95% CI, 18.4 to 24.0). After the exclusion of unsupervised ingestion of dietary supplements by children, 65.9% (95% CI, 63.2 to 68.5) of emergency department visits for single-supplement–related adverse events involved herbal or complementary nutritional products; 31.8% (95% CI, 29.2 to 34.3) involved micronutrients. Herbal or complementary nutritional products for weight loss (25.5%; 95% CI, 23.1 to 27.9) and increased energy (10.0%; 95% CI, 8.0 to 11.9) were commonly implicated. Weight-loss or energy products caused 71.8% (95% CI, 67.6 to 76.1) of supplement-related adverse events involving palpitations, chest pain, or tachycardia, and 58.0% (95% CI, 52.2 to 63.7) involved persons 20 to 34 years of age. Among adults 65 years of age or older, choking or pill-induced dysphagia or globus caused 37.6% (95% CI, 29.1 to 46.2) of all emergency department visits for supplement-related adverse events; micronutrients were implicated in 83.1% (95% CI, 73.3 to 92.9) of these visits.

More than a quarter of the ER visits documented in the study involved young adults between the age of 20 and 34 years.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Sunset Natural Products ordered to stop making or selling dietary supplement products

A Florida judge has barred a Florida dietary supplements maker from doing business until it cleans up its act.

The consent decree of permanent injunction was issued against Sunset Natural Products Inc. and its two owners, Teresa Martinez (a.k.a. Teresa Martinez-Arroyo) and Elsy Cruz, for manufacturing and distributing adulterated dietary supplements at its facility located in Miami, Florida.

The decree was entered by U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on the strength of a complaint filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, which alleged the company operates under conditions that do not meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) requirements.

Under the terms of the consent decree, the company will not be allowed to manufacture or sell dietary supplement products until the FDA has determined that the business is in compliance with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Novartis issues voluntary recall of ADHD drug manufactured in Georgia

Novartis  has issued a voluntary recall of more than 10,000 bottles of a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that were manufactured at a plant in Georgia.
According to a FDA enforcement report, the Class III recall was for 10,767 bottles of prescription-only 10-milligram dexmethylphenidate HCI extended-release capsules that were manufactured by Alkermes Gainesville in Gainesville, GA. 

The reason cited for the recall was an "out of specification (above specification) result obtained at 6-hour dissolution time point during the 12-month stability testing."

VW Recall Information

Trying to get to the full understanding of the VW scandal. VW's problems have continued to escalate in recent days, and even as prosecutors in both the U.S. and Germany look into the scandal, the automaker's top U.S. executive has been summoned to Capitol Hill, where he will testify before a congressional oversight panel on Oct. 8.

"The American people want to know why these devices were in place, how the decision was made to install them, and how they went undetected for so long. We will get them those answers," said Rep. Tim Murphy, the Pennsylvania Republican who serves as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Only Diesel Vehicles are Subject to the Recall & Subject to Possible Compensation for Owners/Lessees:

  • 2010 - 2015 Audi A3
  • 2012 - 2015 Volkswagen Beetle
  • 2012 - 2015 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
  • 2010 - 2015 Volkswagen Golf
  • 2009 - 2015 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 2009 - 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
  • 2012 - 2015 Volkswagen Passat

Friday, October 02, 2015

Some Brain & Workout Supplements Contain Unapproved Drugs

The Study is here:

The newly developed UHPLC-PDA method facilitated the detection of vinpocetine and picamilon. This method exhibited excellent performance in terms of sensitivity and is a suitable method for rapid analysis of vinpocetine and picamilon in dietary supplements. The developed method was validated for all the parameters tested and successfully applied to the identification of vinpocetine in authenticated plant samples and dietary supplements.
As expected, vinpocetine was not detected in 2 authenticated samples of Vinca minor. Of the 23 vinpocetine dietary supplements tested, 17 contained vinpocetine and the quantity of vinpocetine in these supplements ranged from 0.3 to 32 mg per recommended daily serving. No vinpocetine was detected in 26% (6/23) of the sampled supplements. Vinpocetine was sold as if it were a constituent of lesser periwinkle in 13% (3/23) of the supplements. In summary, 39% (9/23) of the vinpocetine supplements were misbranded, and 74% (17/23) of vinpocetine supplement labels did not provide any information on the quantity of vinpocetine.
Of the 31 picamilon supplements tested, 30 contained picamilon and the quantity of picamilon ranged from 2.7 to 721.5 mg per maximum recommended daily serving. In the supplements providing a specific quantity of picamilon on the label, actual quantity of picamilon ranged from 99.6 to 157.9% of labelled quantity.

New York Advisory Position Regarding Juror Research and Social Media

Definitely worth a read:

TOPIC: Jury Research and Social Media
DIGEST: Attorneys may use social media websites for juror research as long as no communication occurs between the lawyer and the juror as a result of the research. Attorneys may not research jurors if the result of the research is that the juror will receive a communication. If an attorney unknowingly or inadvertently causes a communication with a juror, such conduct may run afoul of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The attorney must not use deception to gain access to a juror’s website or to obtain information, and third parties working for the benefit of or on behalf of an attorney must comport with all the same restrictions as the attorney. Should a lawyer learn of juror misconduct through otherwise permissible research of a juror’s social media activities, the lawyer must reveal the improper conduct to the court.
RULES: 3.5(a)(4); 3.5(a)(5); 3.5(d); 8.4
Read more here:

Imported Dietary Supplements Recalled for Elevated Lead and Mercury Levels

Butala Emporium Inc., of Jackson Heights, NY, is voluntarily recalling 11 Ayurvedic (dietary) supplements (listed below) because the products were found to contain elevated lead and mercury levels which, if consumed, may cause health problems to consumers, particularly infants, small children, pregnant women, and those with underlying kidney disorders.
The products were distributed in NY through retail stores and to consumers as single-unit purchases via the firm’s Internet site within CA, CT, FL, HI, MA, NJ, OH, PA, VT, Washington, D.C., and PR.
Butala EmporiumThe recall was initiated after it was discovered that the products contain high levels of lead and mercury based on testing by the New York City Department of Health laboratory and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). No complaints or illnesses have been received to date.
The concentration of lead exceeds the recommended daily lead exposure for children younger than 6 years of age and women of childbearing age and would likely be injurious to health. If a child or a pregnant woman is exposed to lead for a protracted period of time (e.g., weeks to months), permanent damage to the central nervous system, learning disorders, developmental defects, and other long-term health problems can occur. The problems that might occur are dependent on the duration and degree of exposure.