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Department of Justice Investigation

Following the worldwide recalls and ban by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of antacid medicine Zantac, the Department of Justice announced it is investigating GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Sanofi for potential violations of the False Claims Act. The False Claims Act (FCA) is also known as the “Lincoln Law”.  It is a federal law of the United States that that imparts liability on people and companies (usually federal contractors) who defraud government programs. It is the primary tool of the Federal Government to combat fraud. The probe related to Zantac relates to an alleged failure of the drugmakers to properly and/or accurately report information about a potential carcinogen in the drugs to the federal government.

U.S. Department of Transportation Child Heatstroke Prevention 

On July 1, 2020, which is designated as Heatstroke Awareness Day, Elaine Chao, U.S. Transportation Secretary, announced that a $3 million public safety campaign was set to launch with the goal of reducing vehicular heatstroke deaths among children across the nation. The campaign is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) effort to educate the public and project a unified message about the dangers that a hot car can pose to children.

California Road Trips: Summer 2020

While many California counties are gradually opening up to tourism, they are doing so with precautions and hope that road trippers will abide by the coronavirus restrictions present within each county.  Now more than ever, when embarking on California road trips, we should make an effort to do so respectfully and responsibly.

Natural Pain Relief

As COVID-19 continues running its course through California and the rest of the United States, some of us are examining natural ways to remain healthy and strengthen our immune systems.  Pain patients are often particularly susceptible to viruses for a number of reasons, one of which is that uncontrolled pain affects our bodies systemically.  Some traditional pain medications may adversely affect a person fighting off a respiratory/vascular virus such as COVID-19 because they lower the rate of respiration (in other words, they cause breathing to slow).  There are natural pain relief options that may work for certain chronic pain sufferers.

Prevent Back & Neck Pain While Working from Home

The year 2020, as we all know, has brought about many changes.  One of the biggest societal shifts we have seen is in the number of people now working from home.  Companies have realized that workers remain efficient while working remotely, and they have reconsidered whether they need to retain the same amount of real estate.  Given the huge cost-saving potential, the working from home trend will likely continue even when Covid-19 becomes less of a concern. 

SUVs Still Kill More Pedestrians, Despite Changes

Last month, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) issued a press release informing the public that one of their recent studies revealed that despite design changes over the past 20 years, late-model sports utility vehicles (SUVs) are still more likely than cars to result in pedestrian fatalities.  

Recall: Harbor Freight Jack Stands

At the end of May 2020, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued an advisory press release announcing that Harbor Freight Tools was recalling over 1.5 million Pittsburgh three-ton and six-ton jack stands.  The jack stands were found to have a risk of collapsing under normal use, which could lead to serious personal injury or death to a user under a lifted vehicle. 

Jeep Cherokee Safety Recall for Rollaway Risk

A safety recall has recently been issued by Chrysler (FCA US LLC) for 67,248 Jeep Cherokee SUVs for an increased risk of an injury or crash from unintended vehicle rollaway.  The safety concern was found in vehicles equipped with a two-speed Power Transfer Unit (PTU). Movement in the PTU between the transmission output shaft and the differential input splines may cause wear on some input spline teeth. This may later cause a loss of engagement between the differential inside the PTU and the transmission. When this happens, power will not be transferred between the transmission and the front wheels, resulting in a loss of parking function while stationary and a loss of drive while the car is being driven.

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