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May 2007 Archives

Discussion of Lawsuit Costs

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ad About "Lawsuit Abuse" Is Misleading WASHINGTON, DC -- May 25, 2007 -- Recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce ads falsely claim that families pay an extra $3,520 per year for products and services due to so-called "lawsuit abuse." The Chamber derived that number from a report...

Defective Stoves May Tip Over

Defective Stoves Can Cause Serious Injuries WASHINGTON, DC -- May 25, 2007 -- Millions of freestanding gas and electric ranges are prone to tipping over, according to consumer groups that met last month to discuss the "killer stove" problem. From 1980 to 2006, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) documented...

OxyContin® Is Addictive

OxyContin® Manufacturer Deceived Public; Ordered to Pay $600 Million ABINGDON, VA -- May 18, 2007 -- Purdue Frederick Co., the manufacturer of the painkiller OxyContin®, pleaded guilty to felony charges of misbranding the drug and misleading people about its addictive properties. Under a plea bargain agreement reached with the U.S....

Cell Phone Complaints

Are You Ready to Hang Up on Your Cell Phone Company? ARLINGTON, VA -- May 18, 2007 -- Problems with cell phone companies topped the list of consumer complaints sent to the Better Business Bureau (BBB) last year, ahead of those for over 2,500 other businesses, including automobile dealerships. The...

Morgan Stanley Also Paid Out a Large Settlement in 2004

Morgan Stanley Sex Discrimination Case Settled for $46 Million NEW YORK, NY -- May 4, 2007 -- The Wall Street giant, Morgan Stanley, has set up a $46 million fund to settle a sex discrimination lawsuit (Augst-Johnson v. Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc., 06-CV-1142, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia)....

Defective Consumer Products and the CPSC

Boombox Silenced WASHINGTON, DC -- May 4, 2007 -- Are you tired of hearing other people's blaring boomboxes on the beach, or are you a music fan who thinks they are great inventions? Either way, silence now ensues, at least for 13,800 Coby brand USB/MP3/CD boomboxes. They have been recalled...