Products Liability Newsletters
Criminal Sanctions against Companies for Defrauding the Government and Selling Adulterated Foods and Drugs
Federal law prohibits a company, its officers, or its management from making false statements to the federal government or defrauding the government. In addition, various laws allow federal agencies to ask the U.S. Attorney General to bring criminal prosecutions against companies, their officers, or their management.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates medical devices. This includes the development, marketing, and monitoring of medical devices. Medical devices are classified into three categories.
Foodborne illness is fairly common in the United States. The main cause of foodborne illness is the improper handling of food, which allows it to become contaminated by bacteria, parasites, fungi, or viruses. This can happen when the food is being manufactured or packaged. It can also occur at a restaurant where the food is being prepared and served. Under products liability law, a consumer who is injured as a result of eating contaminated food can take legal action to recover money damages for any injuries.
Multi-piece truck wheels or rims have caused numerous serious injuries and deaths to tire mounters since they were introduced to the market. The rims can explosively separate from the wheel and cause injuries by striking tire installers and others standing nearby. Referred to as "widow makers" by those in the tire mounting industry, the rims have been the subjects of many lawsuits.
Pharmacists have a duty to store, prepare, and dispense prescription drugs properly. If the dispensing pharmacist fails to perform any of these duties, the patient could have a claim against the pharmacist. If the pharmacist's actions caused the injuries, he/she could be held liable for the patient's drug-related injuries. This article examines the defenses that are available to a pharmacist if a patient files a negligence lawsuit against the dispensing pharmacist.