Red Bull Settles False Advertising Suit, Offers Refunds

Energy drink maker Red Bull has settled a class action lawsuit by consumers alleging deceptive advertising. The group of consumers alleged in the lawsuit that the company lied in its advertising by claiming that the drinks contained only caffeine to provide energy, and not guarana, taurine and or other ingredients. The class action lawsuit also alleged that the company falsely advertised by claiming that the drink was a superior source of energy. As part of the settlement, Red Bull is offering a reimbursement for any consumer purchases over the last 10 years.

Candles Sold at Hobby Lobby Recalled Due to Fire Hazard

A recall has been issued on DD brand candles, sold exclusively at Hobby Lobby, due to a fire hazard. The recall states that the high flame on the candles has the potential to ignite the surface of the wax, posing a hazard to consumers. CoScentrix, the maker of the candles, has received 29 reports of the candle’s surface igniting. The reports have included nine instances of property damage and one injury. The recall includes 256,000 of the candles, which were sold at Hobby Lobby stores from June 2014 through October 2014.

Know your bike laws in Alabama!

Fall is a great time of year in Alabama to get out on your bike and enjoy the cooler weather.  Whether you’re the serious cyclist or the weekend warrior, it’s important that you know the Alabama laws that apply to bicycles.  So here are a few of the important laws to know when riding your bike during this fall season.

  • The Rules of the Road that apply to Motor Vehicles also apply to bicycles, including traffic signals, speed limits, etc.
  • If you’re under 16, you have to wear a helmet
  • If riding at night, you must have a white headlight and a red back light
  • You must stay on the right side of the roadway and use designated bike paths when provided on the road
  • You are not allowed to cling to vehicles
  • You cannot carry a package that would prevent you from having one hand on the handlebars

These are some of the important bike laws to know in Alabama.  Violating any of these laws can result in a costly ticket and may put you in harm’s way.  So follow these laws and enjoy your bike rides while you take in the beautiful outdoors that Alabama has to offer!

Update: Love for Ansley

We have had an outpouring of support and concern for Ansley, the little girl that is so bravely fighting a very rare and very serious medical condition.  People called and wanted to donate, wanted to help with fundraisers, and wanted to know more about her.  Ansley is really doing well especially considering her circumstances.  We continue to keep her in our thoughts and prayers.

We also want people to know that a local business, Yard Garden Hammocks, saw our newsletter and wanted to help with its own fundraiser.  If you have been looking for hammocks, outdoor furniture, and yard decor please go to www.YardGardenHammocks.com and use the promotional code HELPANSLEY when you checkout.  Yard Garden Hammocks is donating thirty (%) of the proceeds directly to the family to help offset the financial costs they are facing.  See Facebook.com/HodgesTrialLawyers for more information.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Over Legionnaires Outbreak

A lawsuit has been filed over an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease at a medical facility in South Whitehall Township in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. The families of two men who contracted the disease, along with one of the men who survived, have filed a lawsuit against the medical facility alleging wrongful death and negligence. The lawsuit also names as defendants Integrated Health Campus, the management company which operates and maintains the potable water system at the campus, and a property management company. 

UM/UIM Coverage is SUPER IMPORTANT!

We were recently retained to represent a very nice lady that was catastrophically injured in a car wreck caused by a drunk driver.  We sent letters of representation to the tortfeasor’s insurance carrier and our client’s automobile liability insurance carrier.  We have just been informed by the liability insurance carrier that our client allegedly rejected UM/UIM insurance.  Make sure you understand the ramifications of being catastrophically injured by a driver with no insurance or not enough insurance.

No one wakes up in the morning expecting to get seriously injured in a car wreck.  Worse yet, those that get hurt in an automobile accident expect that the other driver will have adequate liability insurance.  Unfortunately, this is often not the case.  Protect yourself by carrying $250,000.00 in UM/UIM coverage on each of your vehicles.  If you cannot do that, make sure your UM/UIM limits match or exceed the liability coverage that you carry on your car.  Do not wait until it is too late!

Pool Safety: Protecting your children

The weather is finally starting to heat up and that means the summertime pool parties have arrived.  We’re providing you with some pool safety tips to help prevent injuries from happening this summer.

 1.       How to prevent children from drowning.  Drowning is the most obvious danger and children age 1-4 have the highest drowning rates.  Here are some easy ways to prevent that.  When small children are swimming, an adult with CPR training should be no more than arms length away from the child and actively supervising the child.  A large percentage of drowning events occur in with parents nearby where adults are simply not paying.  Contrary to how it’s depicted in television, drowning is a silent event that does not include the splashing and thrashing that we have come to see.  It is also important to clear the swimming area of pool toys once you are done swimming to prevent temptation for the child to go back in the water on his/her own.  As anyone with kids knows, they can disappear in an instant, and the last place you want them to go alone is in to the deep end of a pool to retrieve an inflatable raft or other pool toy.

 2.       Pool chemical safety.  The Poison Control Center receives as many as 10,000 reports of exposure to chlorine in pool chemicals annually with two in every five cases involving children under the age of 6.  Another 4,000 cases are reported for respiratory and eye irritation, usually from improper storing, mixing or use of pool chemicals.  The solution: Store pool chemicals separately in a dry location away from heat or sunlight (a top shelf of a kitchen cabinet is a safe location out of the reach of children).  Also, do not mix chlorine-based products because any mixture with an acid can release a deadly chlorine gas.  Also, consider a “natural swimming pool” which disinfects a pool without the use of dangerous chemicals such as chlorine.

 3.       Learn and teach basic lifeguard techniques.  You don’t have to become a certified lifeguard to keep your children safe in a pool.  However, it is worth your time to learn how to spot drowning, how to perform basic lifesaving techniques, and how to perform CPR on children and adults.  If you’re swimming at a neighbor’s pool, there is no lifeguard on duty.  So the burden to protect young swimmers falls on you.  Once you are confident in your abilities to perform these basic techniques, train others.  The more adults that learn this valuable skill set, the safer your children will be.

 The summertime is a great time to play outside.  These basic safety tips can help keep your children safe around the pool during this exciting time of year.