In this issue, we’ll tackle two cases filed over products that may be in your home – and putting you and your children at risk. Lawsuits have recently been filed over unsafe crib bumpers and fiery cooktops, and we have the full rundown for you below. Unfortunately, those who live on military bases are not exempt either, as reports have surfaced that on-base housing is not as safe as it should be. Plus, we’ll take a look at cases filed over hospital data breaches. Let’s get into it.
Attorneys are investigating whether lawsuits can be filed in light of reports of mold and other hazardous living conditions in privatized military housing. One lawsuit has already been filed against the companies responsible for building and managing military homes on MacDill Air Force base. The suit claims that the companies responded to complaints by simply “painting over” moldy or wet areas or improperly sanding mold spots, which allowed mold spores to become airborne and contaminate the entire living space. Unfortunately, MacDill is not the only location reported to have these problems. If you lived on a military base and were exposed to mold, share your story with us.
Several hospitals have fallen victim to ransomware attacks, which occur when an unauthorized third party holds a facility’s files hostage and demands a ransom be paid. Because these attacks can expose patients’ medical information and severely disrupt their care, attorneys are now investigating whether lawsuits can be filed. A successful lawsuit could help patients recover compensation for time and money spent mitigating the effects of the breach, as well as for fraudulent charges and damage to their credit. For more information and a list of affected hospitals and medical facilities, we have you covered.
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If you bought one of several refrigerators manufactured by Whirlpool (or one of its subsidiaries, like Maytag) with a bottom-mount freezer between 2009 and 2018, you may be included in this settlement.
Pottery Barn and parent company Williams-Sonoma are facing a proposed class action lawsuit claiming they continued to sell baby crib bumpers as “safe crib accessories” despite numerous reports of infant injuries and deaths. The complaint states that baby bumpers have been implicated in “at least 77 infant deaths and at least 25 non-fatal injuries” between 1985 and 2012. A number of those infant deaths, according to the case, were linked to suffocation on a crib bumper itself or strangulation from the ties that hold the bumper to the crib. Despite these reports, baby crib bumpers sold at Pottery Barn stores fail to disclose that they expose infants to a significant risk of harm. The full story can be found here.
A proposed class action is claiming that Whirlpool Corporation, KitchenAid, Inc. and Jenn-Air Corp. manufactured and sold electric cooktops with glass cooking surfaces and touch controls that can turn on by themselves and pose a serious fire hazard. Whirlpool promised to replace the faulty cooktops after a recall was issued, but never actually did so, according to the suit. The case goes on to claim that many consumers, to date, remain unaware that their Whirlpool-made glass cooktops are defective and pose an unreasonable risk of harm. For more information on the case, head over to our blog.
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