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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Philip Morris Over Smoker’s Death

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 8:19 am    

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against PhilipMorris Inc. by a Massachusetts woman whose husband died of lung cancer 11 yearsago.

The lawsuit was filed in Worcester Superior Court by BrendaL. Haglund over the death of her 51 year-old husband Stephen. Jury selectionwas scheduled to begin Monday. Testimony is expected to begin next week.

The lawsuit alleges that Stephen Haglund began smokingcigarettes in the 1970s, when Phillip Morris could have employed technologythat extracted addictive nicotine from the tobacco in cigarettes. Attorneys forPhilip Morris claim the technology to extract nicotine from cigarette tobaccodoes not totally remove nicotine. The company says its efforts to market alower-nicotine cigarette were not successful.

The wrongful death trial is expected to continue for aboutfour weeks.

If you need assistance with a wrongful death lawsuit, pleasecontact the Wausau wrongful death attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® by calling 800-242-2874.

7 Million Candles Recalled for Burn Hazard

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:40 am    

The government announced Wednesday a recall of more than 7million tea lights due to burn hazard.

According to a statement issued by the Consumer ProductSafety Commission, tea lights imported by Pacific Trade International featureclear plastic cups that can melt and even ignite, posing fire and risk buns.The company has received one report of a melting cup while the candle was inuse, the statement said. No damage or injury was reported in the incident.

The affected tea lights were sold under the Chesapeake Bay Candleand Modern Light brand names, according to the CPSC. The candles come invarious colors and in sets or with tea light containers. The candles were soldnationwide at Fred Meyer, Home Goods, Marshalls, Super Value, Target, TJ Maxx,and Wegmans stores from July 2009 to February 2011.

Consumers should return the tea lights to the store wherethey were purchased for a store merchandise card equal to the purchase price.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a defectiveproduct, please contact a Wausau Personal Injury Attorney of Habush Habush& Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.

Slip and Fall Lawsuit Filed Against Tennessee Homeowner

Posted on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 8:03 am    

A sheriff’s deputy in Tennesee has filed a premisesliability lawsuit against the owner of a house where he allegedly slipped on aramp.

According to Madison County Circuit Court documents, MadisonCounty Sheriff’s Department deputy Timothy J. Hernandez filed the premisesliability lawsuit against Eileen Hoppes on April 1, 2011. Hernandez claims hewas injured when he responded to a call at a house in Collinsville in September2009.

According to the complaint, the rental property whereHernandez was injured is owned by Hoppes. Hernanez claims he was visiting withthe tenant at the Richter Hill home when he slipped on a wooden ramp andinjured his right knee. The lawsuit claims Hoppes was negligent for failing tomaintain a safe entrance ramp and not providing a warning about the potentialdangers of the ramp.

Hernandez is asking the court for $50,000 in damages formedical bills, lost income, and court costs.

If you need assistance with a premises liability lawsuit,please contact a Wausau slip and fall lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier,S.C. ®, by calling800-242-2874.

NHTSA: Ford F-150 Airbag Recall Not Broad Enough

Posted on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 at 8:01 am    

National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator DavidStrickland said Tuesday Ford Motor Co. should expand its recall of F-150 pickuptrucks.

Strickland told reporters Tuesday the National HighwayTraffic Safety Administration, which regulates U.S. auto safety, is discussingthe matter with the Michigan-based automaker. Ford issued a recall in Februaryof 144,000 F-150 pickup trucks in the U.S. and Canada over air bag defects.

“We would like to see something larger,” Strickland said ofthe recall.

Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood confirmed that the company wasin talks with the government agency, but declined to comment on whether theautomaker agrees the recall should be expanded.

The February recall was prompted by air bags that may deploywhen not needed. The recall applies only to trucks built at Ford’s Norfolk,Virginia assembly plant.

“We are committed to safety and handling this matter in anopen and transparent manner,” Sherwood said.

If you have been injured by a similar automobile defect,please contact the Wausau defective airbag lawyers of Habush Habush &Rottier, S.C. ®,at 800-242-2874.