Some of the healthiest, fittest people in the country live in Southern California. Many California residents go to the gym, watch their weight and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Contaminated Bagged Salad Mix But what if that healthy salad you just ate is contaminated? That's what happened recently in Nebraska and Iowa, where food safety officials have traced an outbreak of the intestinal illness cyclospora to a packaged blend of lettuce, cabbage and carrots. The bags ... read more >>

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a number of new product safety recalls during the last two weeks in June. If you purchased one of these products, you should immediately stop using it. If you suffered an injury caused by defective product, you should not throw it away. It might be evidence in a legal case.  Do not discard any receipts or documentation which came with the item. New product recalls The frames on Tern folding bicycles ... read more >>

Southern California is blessed with some of the most beautiful weather on the planet. There are times, however, when summer heat can lead to severe illness from food borne pathogens. Summer statistics According to the US Department of Agriculture, food borne illnesses increase every summer. Food borne bacteria thrives on temperatures ranging from 90° 210° F, and people cook and eat outside more often at barbecues and on camping trips. Safety tips Many food borne illnesses can be prevented ... read more >>

June has been a busy month for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, with the federal agency announcing six product recalls during the first week of this month: A signaling device that scuba divers use to indicate they are in trouble was recalled because it reduces the diver's air flow and creates a drowning risk. IKEA recalled a jumbo teacup that breaks when you pour hot liquid into it. A knife maker recalled a machete that was so sharp, ... read more >>

Nearly 80 people in California and six other states are now suffering from Hepatitis A after eating contaminated berries sold at Costco Wholesale stores. The outbreak triggered a national product recall of Townsend Farms frozen berries and pomegranate, which are packaged in Fairview, Oregon, and marketed as an "Organic Antioxidant Blend." Costco and an east coast grocery chain, Harris Teeter, sold the berries as early as February 2013. Consumers who shop at these stores should promptly ... read more >>

Today, the Wall Street Journal covered the litigation our firm has been involved in against St. Jude Medical for their defective heart devices. The article entitled "St. Jude Hit by New Suits, Cases Challenge Liability Protection Enjoyed by Device Makers" covers lawsuits filed today on behalf of thirty Plaintiffs represented by TorkLaw. A version of the article appeared April 5, 2013, on page B4 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: St. ... read more >>

After several years of litigation against Johnson & Johnson following the massive recall of their DePuy ASR hip implant, the first trial in the country is set to begin in Los Angeles, California.  Earlier this week, the court unsealed several damaging documents that showed internal knowledge and data that Johnson & Johnson had regarding the DePuy ASR hip implant. The problems with the hip implant are widespread and have been reported in nearly 40% of all ... read more >>

While St. Jude Medical, Inc. has been the subject of major recalls,  investigations and lawsuits over its defective Riata Leads, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report today questioning the very testing, reporting and oversight that the company has been using over its new Durata electrical wires that uses Optim to insulate the wire that connects its implanted defibrillator to the patient's heart. 11/20/2012 FDA REPORT:  FDA St. Jude Report on the reporting ... read more >>

UPDATE: 4/4/2013: TorkLaw Files Lawsuits On Behalf of 30 in State and Federal Courts The Torkzadeh Law Firm (TorkLaw) is currently involved in pursuing damages on behalf of their clients who have been injured by the defective St. Jude Riata defibrillators that have been installed in over 80,000 patients.  As the litigation continues across the country, information that is already public is shining a bright light on what St. Jude Medical, Inc. knew years before the ... read more >>

On October 4, 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement that all products that are produced by New England Compounding Center (NECC) should be avoided by all medical professionals.  Such products are to be contained and secured.  A few days later, the NECC voluntarily recalled all of its products at their Framingham, Mass. facility.  To date, 25 deaths and more hundreds of illnesses have been directly related to the fungal meningitis ... read more >>