Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding member and partner.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone has been the subject of several safety concerns following issues with the phone batteries overheating or catching fire. On September 2, 2016, Samsung issued a global recall of an estimated 2.5 million phones, after admitting knowledge of about 35 incidents involving phone batteries. Previously, three Australian airlines had restricted passengers from using or charging them during flight. On September 8, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recommended that passengers not use or charge the smartphones while on planes, nor carry them in stowed luggage.
On September 9, 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning that the lithium batteries can explode or catch fire. The public is advised to stop using all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones immediately.
“CPSC and Samsung are working cooperatively to formally announce an official recall of the devices, as soon as possible. CPSC is working quickly to determine whether a replacement Galaxy Note7 is an acceptable remedy for Samsung or their phone carriers to provide to consumers.
We advise all consumers to report product safety incidents involving lithium-ion batteries in smartphones to us via www.SaferProducts.gov.”
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About the author:
Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. The association recently named him “Trial Lawyer of the Year”. Super Lawyers recently named him among the “Top Ten” lawyers in the Metro Area (out of more than 80,000 attorneys) (2014 and 2015). He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 100″ lawyers in the entire metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best – most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (2016 edition) and has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine – national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.