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Jun
11

Recalls in the Era of Fake News

Fake product recalls – unlike other claims of so-called “fake news” – are exceedingly rare. But they are not without precedence. Just last year, a car dealership in Washington, D.C., was heavily fined by the Federal Trade Commission for sending fake recall warnings to car owners in the hopes of drumming up more business for the dealership’s repair shop. The dealership sent out bright red mailers that mimicked official recall notices from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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May
14

Pointing Fingers: Who’s Liable When a Defective Product Causes Harm

PA swift and thorough product recall is the best way to mitigate any legal liability risk from a defective product, removing inventory from the market before problems become pervasive. But in many cases, product defects or dangers aren’t discovered until after harm has occurred and liability cannot be avoided. Product liability laws enable consumers to sue those parties responsible when a product causes property damage, injury or death.

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Apr
23

Birth of a recall

When a consumer’s smartphone spontaneously combusts, the word-of-mouth news spreads to millions within days if not hours. If a certain blood pressure medicine is contaminated with a potentially cancer-causing agent, it could take months before routine testing uncovers the defect, and weeks more before the news and notifications slowly trickle.

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Apr
16

How Emerging Technologies Can Both Improve and Exacerbate Product Recalls

Advances in technology tend to be mixed blessings for product recalls. They often introduce new product safety vulnerabilities while, at the same time, may offer new capabilities that improve recall efficacy. The impact of technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, big data, and others on product recalls are slowly unfolding, but emerging patterns give us some sense about how these technologies might affect product safety and recall management in the future.

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Apr
09

FDA Playing Catch-Up As Growers and Manufacturers Wait to See How CBD Will Be Regulated

In December of 2018, Congress passed the farm bill, which, among other things, broadened the ways in which hemp can be cultivated and transported. While hemp can be used to create a variety of products, the market for cannabidiol, a hemp extract commonly known as CBD, is attracting the most attention by far. CBD is said to promote relaxation without the psychoactive effects of the THC compound found in marijuana, and manufacturers have been adding the compound to everything from beverages to shampoo since the bill passed.

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