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April 21, 2020

News to Know: Substandard Senior Care, Defective Products, and Medical Errors

At Hurley McKenna & Mertz, we pride ourselves on being informed when it comes to current news that affects our clients. Once a month, we round up a list of articles that impact our practice areas, including but not limited...

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July 18, 2016

Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder: Suffering For Softness?

CBS TV CHICAGO It didn’t take long for the Chicago Archdiocese’s release of confidential files on pedophile priests to lead to a new lawsuit, this one accusing a former priest and a former boy scout leader of molesting boys at...

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March 7, 2016

Scientists Find the Cause of Takata Airbag Explosions

Automakers increasingly tout the safety of their closely regulated and high-tech vehicles, often targeting families with younger, more vulnerable passengers. Advertisements show adoring parents buckling in small children, yet fail to acknowledge the fact that many backseat passengers face continual...

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February 5, 2016

Cough Syrup Recalled Due to Contents of Undisclosed Morphine

A cough syrup distributed by Master Herbs, Inc. is being recalled because it contains undisclosed morphine. Made in China, the licorice cough syrup was distributed in 100 ml bottles at Chinese grocery stores in California, New Jersey, Hawaii, Illinois, Ohio,...

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December 21, 2015

Product Liability: WATCH Lists 10 Most Dangerous Toys of the Holiday Season

The following letter to the editor by ITLA President Christopher T. Hurley appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times on February 23, 2017. In his budget address, Gov. Bruce Rauner said Illinois should emulate Massachusetts workers' compensation system. However, following its lead...

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December 17, 2015

FDA Orders Recall of Ultrasonic Medical Scope Cleaning Machines Due to Risk of Infection

Doctors and surgeons rely heavily on medical devices to ensure patient safety. Unfortunately, there is an alarming number of defective medical devices out there. When physicians learn the truth, they are often disturbed and upset, but it is the patients...

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September 25, 2015

Consequences of Tort Reforms: How Minimizing Negligence Penalties for Defective Products Creates Too-Big-to-Care Corporations

There was a time when corporations cared about their products and the effect they had on the general population. It was a time when companies worked hard to prevent the distribution of defective products; when the system failed and a...

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July 28, 2015

Asbestos Risk Is Still Present: Study Finds Asbestos in Children’s Crayons

The public has feared asbestos for quite some time, and for good reason. It has been linked to a number of serious conditions, and it is thought to kill up to 15,000 Americans every year. Yet this carcinogen was recently...

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