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  • Sen. Braley, Congress Weigh-In at Toyota Oversight Hearings

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Feb-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner This week Congressman Bruce Braley (Iowa) participated in the Toyota recall Oversight and Investigations Hearing. I think you will find his questioning particularly illuminating. Click here to view his questioning of Toyota’s Chief Operating Officer. What’s becoming clearer as the hearings progress is that Toyota’s business ...
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  • Congress Deals With Radiation Safety, Doctor Kick-Backs

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 26-Feb-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The New York Times, in a front-page report, announced, "To help ensure that medical radiation is safe, Medicare insists that certain highly technical cancer treatments be administered only when a patient’s radiation oncologist is present or nearby." Federal officials say physicians who fail to adequately supervise technicians during ...
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  • KV Pharmaceutical reaches $27 million settlement with Justice Department

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 26-Feb-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The AP reported that "Drugmaker KV Pharmaceutical Co. says it will shut down its Ethex generic division, plead guilty to criminal charges" that the company failed to immediately notify "regulators of safety hazards." The embattled company will "pay $27.6 million to resolve government investigations," according to the ...
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  • June ’09 Metro Crash Potentially Caused By Mixing Equipment Brands

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 25-Feb-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The Washington Post reports that Metro’s "decision to mix different brands of signaling equipment — despite a warning from one of the manufacturers — could have caused the June crash that killed nine people, a senior engineer with the company," Alstom, "said Wednesday at a federal safety hearing." Information ...
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  • Why We Need Trial Lawyers

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 24-Feb-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner I have been blogging a lot about the recent problems facing Toyota. In response to these problems, the Wall Street Journal has published an opinion piece, titled “Why We Need Trial Lawyers.” To better understand the work we do as trial attorneys, please click here to view the full WSJ article. There are many who wish to strip Americans ...
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  • Avandia Linked to Heart Attacks, Death Per Senate Report

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Feb-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The front page of the New York Times reported that "Hundreds of people taking Avandia [rosiglitazone], a controversial diabetes medicine, needlessly suffer heart attacks and heart failure each month, according to confidential government reports." A Senate Finance Committee review cites internal FDA documents that highlight a dispute among ...
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  • New Wand Detects Surgical Instruments Left In Patients

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Feb-2010

    By Catherine D. Bertram According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, a company called RF Surgical Systems of Bellevue, Wash., created the RF Surgical Detection System which is essentially a scanning wand that can be used by surgeons to find any tagged items remaining in a patient. Tags (or seeds) about the size of a rice grain are imbedded in gauze, sponges and the like. One wave of the wand ...
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  • Toyota Officials May Have Put Profits Over Safety

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Feb-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner According to several news sources, Toyota officials apparently boasted about becoming subject to merely a limited recall in 2007 concerning defects in its automobiles. Per the CBS Evening News, the AP reported that "Toyota officials boasted last summer they saved $100 million back in 2007 when negotiating a limited recall of certain models with ...
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  • Toyota Acceleration Defect Linked to 34 Fatalities, Says NHTSA

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Feb-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner NBC Nightly News reported that "Federal safety officials said today the number of deaths that could be linked to sudden acceleration of Toyotas is now up to 34, based on consumer complaints they’ve received. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says it’s normal for complaints to increase after people get word of ...
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  • Toyota Recalls 400k Defective Prius and Other Hybrid Cars

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Feb-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Earlier today Toyota announced a global recall of more than 400,000 Prius and other hybrid vehicles due to defects in the braking system of the vehicles. "Toyota President Akio Toyoda used extraordinary language at a press conference here to apologize for quality and safety issues that have led to the recall of more than 7 million vehicles in ...
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