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October 2012 Archives

Halloween Dangers Lurk in the Shadows: Liability Risks

Halloween is almost here, so it's a good time to discuss potential injury concerns at Halloween.

For one, Halloween costumes can be a major cause of injury. Halloween costumes can be made with very cheap fabric. These are costumes that are not made for daily use, so it should come as no surprise that sometimes, there isn't a great deal of attention paid to the safety of these outfits.

Often, the glitter you see on the costumes is sprayed on instead of sewed on. This spray-on glitter can be flammable. This is a huge problem if there are crowds with people smoking or lighting cigarettes, and potentially near jack-o-lanterns as well.

Of course, flammable Halloween costumes aren't the only concern when talking about Halloween costumes. Masks can pose potential dangers for children, especially small children. Masks pose a suffocation risk. They also pose visibility risks for children.

UPMC, Maxim Staffing Sued by Victims of Hepatitis C Outbreak

A medical staffing company is being sued for negligent hiring in a class action lawsuit involving a lab technician who allegedly infected patients with hepatitis C, reports the Baltimore Sun.

While a negligent hiring case sounds like something that would belong on our Philadelphia Employment Law Blog, this particular case is actually more in line with a personal injury lawsuit.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the estate of a man who died after exposure to hepatitis C at UPMC Presbyterian, the man's surviving wife, and 15 others, accoridng to the Sun.

Son of Leesport Mayor Hemdal Sues School over Sex Tape

Here's the story of a sex tape gone wrong and the lawsuit that came from it.

The son of Leesport mayor Niklas Hemdal is suing his Schuylkill Valley school for suspending him after he complained that a sex-tape showing him and his girlfriend had been distributed, reports The Associated Press.

Anders Hemdal, 16, claims that the school didn't do enough to stop the tape from circulating. Rather, they punished him for the violation of school policy, namely, for the fact that the tape depicted him having sex while on a school trip to Morocco last April.

Hemdal was suspended for four days, writes the New York Daily News.

Pennsylvania Boy Scouts Leaders Implicated in 'Perversion Files'

Pennsylvania is having a bad year, when it comes to sex-abuse, nonprofits and young boys. First, we had the Sandusky trial, where the former Penn State coach abused young boys he met through his charity, The Second Mile.

Now, we're hearing that the Boy Scouts scandal involved the Philadelphia chapter as well. According to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, several unsavory details have emerged in the wake of the "perversion files" release yesterday.

Sandusky Accuser Sues Penn State for Emotional Distress

We promised to keep you up to date on any Sandusky-related lawsuits. So here we go:

Most recently, one of Jerry Sandusky's accusers has come forward to file a civil lawsuit. The suit names Jerry Sandusky, The Second Mile (Sandusky's charity for troubled youth), Penn State and former university officials, says The Associated Press.

New England Family Sues Trader Joe's for Peanut Butter Salmonella

Peanut butter recall lawsuits are starting!

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued an alert, warning citizens to steer clear of Trader Joe's Valencia Creamy Salted Peanut Butter made with sea salt.

Mouth watering?

It shouldn't. The peanut butter might be tainted with salmonella. We brought you this story several weeks ago, but now the lawsuits are starting.

6 Charged With Fraud For Faking SEPTA Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you’re going to file a personal injury lawsuit, there are some basic things you need to know.

We’re talking really basic.

For example, if you’re suing for injuries you sustained in a bus accident, you should at least have been on the bus. But six Philadelphia residents weren’t on the bus, when they sued SEPTA for injuries they sustained when the bus nicked a Loomis armored truck.

Meningitis Outbreak: Drug Reportedly Shipped to Pennsylvania

The Center for Disease Control is warning people in several states, including Pennsylvania, to be on the lookout for meningitis symptoms.

The meningitis outbreak has been linked to The New England Compounding Center (NECC) in Framingham, Mass., reports The Boston Globe.

This after a Boston-area pharmacy was under fire for its link to a recent meningitis outbreak.

Patrick Gallagher Sues Strip Club for Pole Dance Gone Wrong

Let's start our Monday off with an oddball lawsuit. This morning, our "weirdest lawsuit of the week" comes from Philadelphia, where a man is suing a strip club for an injury he sustained at his bachelor party, The Associated Press reports.

The man, Patrick Gallagher, injured himself at the Penthouse Club when a stripper landed on him while sliding down a pole. He had been invited to lie on the stage during the act and, according to the AP, the stripper slid down the pole with such force that she slammed into him, rupturing his bladder.

Car Accidents: FindLaw Mini Guide Offers Crash Course for Drivers

Yet another auto recall was announced this week. Nissan is recalling three models, the Pathfinder, Xterra and Frontier, MSN Autos reports. Some of those vehicles have faulty front wheel hubs which could cause steering problems and potential crashes.

On the topic of automobile accidents, what is the right thing to do if you find yourself in an auto accident?

Breakdown of Mike McQueary's Defamation Suit Against Penn State

The drama continues in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. After the ex-Penn State football coach was convicted of child molestation, the school is now facing another lawsuit.

This lawsuit comes from Mike McQueary, the graduate assistant who testified that he caught Sandusky abusing a boy in a Penn State locker room shower. McQueary is suing Penn State for defamation, saying that he was treated not as a whistleblower, but rather as a scapegoat, reports The Washington Post.

What is defamation?

Honda Recalls 600,000 Accords for Faulty Steering

Earlier this year, Honda recalled several cars from its luxury Acura line. Now, the automaker has announced a similar recall for some of its Accord models. According to The Associated Press, Honda is recalling 600,000 Accords.

The issue that's triggering the recall appears to be the same: The power steering fluid could leak and cause a fire. While there have been no reports of injury yet, the potential is nevertheless scary for Honda, as even one accident could lead to serious legal consequences for the company.