Author Archives: Michael Bennett

About Michael Bennett

Michael Bennett is Editor-in-Chief of Consumer Since 1999, he's worked across a multitude of areas of consumer protection including defective products, environmental issues, identity theft, predatory lending and more. If you find his articles helpful please share them with your readers.

Can You Can Sue for An Airbag Not Deploying?

We all assume that our seatbelts will protect us during a motor vehicle accident. Just the same, it is reasonable to expect that when in an accident, the airbag will deploy and prevent serious injuries. But this does not always happen. Sometimes the airbag will fail to deploy when it should, or it may deploy… Read More »

Big Pharma Getting Slammed With Opioid Lawsuits

As the opioid addiction epidemic continues to take thousands of lives across America each year, more states and local jurisdictions are taking legal action against the companies that they say are largely causing the crisis: pharmaceutical companies. These multi-million dollar lawsuits typically argue that drug companies are intentionally misleading the public about the dangers of… Read More »

The Great USA Opioid Epidemic with Expert Insight

Opioid Epidemic Overview In September 2017, the White House declared that the opioid drug crisis was a national emergency. This statement came on the heels of the release of a presidential commission report that described the opioid epidemic death rate as ‘September 11th every three weeks.’ After the declaration, the White House instructed federal authorities… Read More »

Consumer Group Sets New Rule Making it Possible for Groups to Sue Banks

A consumer group announced a new rule making it easier for groups of individuals to sue financial service providers for wrongdoing. In the past, banks and credit card companies were able to protect themselves against class action lawsuits by including arbitration clauses in contracts which blocked people from creating or joining group lawsuits. This means… Read More »

Did Lumosity Scam Consumers?

This question is still up for debate, but findings from a recent study show there was no more improvement in memory and reasoning (cognitive skills) in young adults who used commercial cognitive training offered by Lumosity over those who spent the same amount of time playing video games. According to results from the study, which… Read More »

Takeda Airbag Death Poll Climbing

According to reports, a Florida woman who died in a car crash on July 19 may be the 19th person that has died as a result of Takeda’s defective airbags. While the exact cause of her death is still unknown, the National Highway Safety Administration said her car was equipped with an original Takeda airbag… Read More »

Proton Pump Inhibitors Linked to Early Death Study Suggests

Results from a new study suggest proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium may increase the risk of premature death. According to the study, risk for death is even increased in patients who use PPIs and who do not suffer from gastrointestinal problems; the risk for early death increases the longer a person uses a… Read More »

Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. to Pay $1.55 M for Marketing Fraud

Jessica Alba’s company Honest Co. agreed to pay $1.55 million to settle a nationwide marketing fraud lawsuit for allegedly making false claims that its products are all-natural, plant-based and chemical-free. Customers are entitled to recoup $2.50 for each product purchased. Customers with no proof of purchase can seek compensation for up to ten products. There… Read More »

How Billions of Consumers are Being Poisoned from the Friendly Skies

The airline industry likes to portray flying as the safest way to travel. However, some experts recently have issued dire warnings that airlines could be slowly poisoning passengers with contaminated air that they breathe during flight. The potential problem, these experts claim, is that jets require a regular supply of warm, compressed air for passengers… Read More »

Acid Reflux Drugs Should Carry Cancer Risk Argues ECAN

A cancer group asked makers of heartburn drugs such as Nexium and Prilosec to include a safety warning that long-term acid-reflux may lead to the development of esophageal cancer.. According to reports, esophageal cancer rates have increased 600 percent over the last 20 years, coinciding with use of antacid medications. While heartburn medications have not… Read More »

Statute of Limitations Associated with Talcum Powder Lawsuits

If you have been affected by the use of talcum powder or someone you know has been, contact us for a FREE case review your case and file a claim. There may be substantial compensation available. There is no charge or obligation attached to case reviews. Over the last few years, many medical experts have expressed… Read More »

GM Defective Ignition Switch Lawsuit + Recall Facts

General Motors (GM) has received a ton of negative attention lately for allegedly delaying the recall of 2.6 million vehicles with defective ignition switches. According to the recall, the faulty ignition switch could cause the engine to stall, resulting in a loss of vehicle control as well as loss of power steering, power brakes and… Read More »

Nexium Dropped from Tricare’s Preferred Drug List

Effective today, Tricare will no longer list the gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) medication Nexium as a preferred drug. This means some 338,000 patients must switch to another heartburn/acid reflux medication as it will no longer be available via Tricare or in military hospitals and clinics. Removing Nexium from the preferred drug list will save approximately… Read More »

Takata Corp. Files for Bankruptcy After Airbag Recalls

Weighted down by airbag recalls and personal injury lawsuits, the Japanese airbag maker Takata Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection on June 26 in both the US and Tokyo. The airbag manufacturer stated that is was the only option it had for continuing to produce replacements for defective airbag inflators that caused the deaths of at… Read More »

J&J to Pay $110M in the Latest Baby Powder Ovarian Cancer Claim

Last month Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay more than $110 million to a Virginia woman over claims that she developed ovarian cancer as a result of decades of using Johnson’s Baby Powder for feminine hygiene. The verdict, which came out of a state court in St. Louis, is the largest so far in… Read More »

Fiat Chrysler Recalls 300,000 Minivans for Airbag Flaw

Fiat Chrysler reported this week that it plans to recall approximately 300,000 minivans because the driver-side airbags may deploy inadvertently. This airbag malfunction has been linked to 13 minor injuries, although there have been no accidents. Fiat Chrysler has stated that it wants to get these vehicles repaired as soon as possible to avoid any… Read More »

FDA Requests Market Removal for Opioid Painkiller

Last week FDA for the first time requested that a pharmaceutical company take an opioid drug off the market due to allegations of abuse. FDA stated that it determined that the benefits of the drug – Opana ER made by Endo Pharmaceuticals – outweighed the risks. FDA stated in its announcement that Opana ER is… Read More »

FRAUD ALERT: Robo Calling Laws & Complaints

Robocalls are becoming increasingly common, and also increasingly annoying. As the number of robocalls goes up, the number of complaints people have put in against them has risen as well. Complaints have been received by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), including the local and state law enforcement agencies, as well as a variety of nationwide… Read More »

Fiat Chrysler Recalls More Than 1 Million Over Airbags

Fiat Chrysler recalled in mid-May more than one million Ram pickup trucks in the US market and 200,000 in Canada due to a computer issue that could affect side airbags and seat belts. The automaker reported that there had been one death, two injuries and two accidents that could be related to the safety issues.… Read More »

J&J Loses 3rd Multimillion Dollar Lawsuit Over Baby Talc

If you have been affected by the use of talcum powder or someone you know has been, contact us for a FREE case review your case and file a claim. There may be substantial compensation available. There is no charge or obligation attached to case reviews. Johnson and Johnson has lost another lawsuit over its talcum… Read More »