NutriBullet Proposes 10 million Settlement

NutriBullet Class Action Proposes $10 Million settlement

After several years, NutriBullet has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by consumers because of exploding blenders.

A class action was filed alleging that NutriBullet blenders were defective. After reports that NutriBullet canisters exploded without warning, consumers filed the class action in California.

The class action contains claims that NutriBullet blenders are defective because the blades create tremendous heat when they spin, causing pressure to build up inside the canisters. The result is the expulsion of the canister and its hot contents. The blades also become exposed, causing an even more dangerous situation.

The NutriBullet class action is against Homeland Housewares, LLC, NutriBullet, LLC, and Capital Brands and claims these parties knew about the defective design of the blenders and did nothing to make them safer or warn consumers.

In a settlement agreement yet to be approved by the court, NutriBullet has agreed to set aside 10,000,000 to settle claims of people who purchased NutriBullet blenders. NutriBullet admitted no wrongdoing in the proposed settlement but agreed “to add disclosures to the exterior of the 600-watt and 900-watt NutriBullet Blenders’ packaging informing consumers that the Blenders should not be operated continuously for more than one minute or be used to blend hot or warm ingredients.”

The settlement, if approved, will provide eligible consumers with partial refunds or credits toward the purchase of a new NutriBullet blender.

The class action does not address any liability for claims by victims across the country that NutriBullet blenders caused them serious injuries.

NutriBullet Blenders Explode and Cause Injuries

Injuries from exploding NutriBullet blenders have ranged from minor to severe. Reported NutriBullet injuries include:

  • 1st-degree burns
  • 2nd-degree burns
  • 3rd-degree burns
  • Lacerations
  • Nerve damage
  • Mobility issues
  • Bruising
  • Eye injuries
  • Facial injuries
  • Disfigurement

People who have suffered these injuries have required medical treatment, including surgeries, stitches, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and more. The costs of these treatments can be in the 10s of thousands of dollars. They will not receive any compensation from the NutriBullet class action settlement.

Victims Injured by NutriBullet Blenders File Individual Lawsuits

Since individuals injured by exploding NutriBullet blenders are not part of the class action lawsuit or a proposed settlement, what can they do? Some victims across the country have opted to file individual lawsuits against NutriBullet, seeking compensation for their injuries. Are you eligible to file a NutriBullet lawsuit?

Did your NutriBullet blender explode during use?
Did you suffer injuries from the NutriBullet explosion?

If the answer to these questions is “yes,” you might qualify for a NutriBullet lawsuit.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP To Find Out if You Can File a NutriBullet Injury Lawsuit

Call our lawyers today at (800) 403-6191 for a free evaluation of your NutriBullet lawsuit.

There are time limits to filing these claims. We can’t determine how much time you have until we hear the facts of your case– so don’t wait. If you were injured in a NutriBullet blender accident, call Alonso Krangle, LLP. Let us help you collect the maximum amount of compensation allowed by law.



NutriBullet Settlement

NutriBullet Class Action Lawsuit to Settle

Perhaps you recently heard that NutriBullet has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit for $10 million. Plaintiffs from across the country participated in the class action lawsuit and might be eligible to collect partial refunds for their NutriBullet blenders or receive credits toward new ones.

NutriBullet is also dealing with individual lawsuits brought by some victims who suffered serious harm when their blenders unexpectedly exploded.

Near the end of 2020, Fox11, a Los Angeles news station reported on some of these serious injuries and the allegations that evolved from what victims call “defectively designed” products.

Plaintiff and Her Daughter Cut and Burned by NutriBullet

Chrissundra Hall and her daughter claim that they both suffered injuries using the blender. Hall claims that they were using the product according to directions at the time of the incident. Hall told reporters that she tried to stop the blender after 35-45 seconds and it would not turn off. She unplugged the machine so it would stop.

At the time she unplugged it, the cup blew off the blender, hitting the ceiling and even cracking it. Hall said the contents of the blender became scalding hot, spewed everywhere, and caused third degree burns on her daughters’ body, eyes and face. Hall herself, suffered second degree burns on her arms.

Other victims have reported experiencing lacerations from the blades, burns, nerve damage, and pain because of exploding NutriBullet blenders.

NutriBullet Blames Consumers for Misuse, Consumers Claim Defective Design

NutriBullet continues to hold the position that the blenders are safe, and that extensive testing has proven this. The company stands firm in its belief that when used according to instructions, which state the content of the blenders will get warm but will not explode. What are those instructions? Do not blend anything for more than 60 seconds and do not put any warm liquids in the blender.

Injured victims, however, claim that their NutriBullet blenders exploded well before the 60 second mark and that the contents they used were not warm. Many claim that NutriBullet blenders are defectively designed and that a pressure safety valve would make the products safer for consumers.

NutriBullet Does Not Admit Wrongdoing in Settlement

In the proposed settlement agreement, NutriBullet has agreed to set aside $10 million for to pay partial refunds for NutriBullet Blenders. The settlement also offers the opportunity for consumers to receive credits toward the purchase of new NutriBullet blenders.

NutriBullet does not admit to any wrongdoing in the agreement. The settlement agreement does not require NutriBullet to make its blenders safer or issue any recall of the exploding blenders.

The court must approve this settlement before the NutriBullet class action lawsuits are truly resolved.

Our Lawyers are Reviewing Individual NutriBullet Lawsuits

People who suffered serious injuries from exploding NutriBullet blenders, might wish to seek damages for their injuries. The class action does not involve personal injuries.

If you were injured by an exploding NutriBullet blender, you might be entitled to file a lawsuit to collect monetary damages. If you suffered burns, lacerations, nerve damage or disfigurement you might be able to obtain substantial compensation from NutriBullet.
Call our NutriBullet lawyers at (800) 403-6191 to learn more about your legal rights when you are injured by a consumer product.

Alonso Krangle, LLP can help you enforce those rights and collect compensation for your injuries when they are caused by negligence. Call us today at (800) 403-6191 for a free evaluation of your NutriBullet lawsuit.

Leachco Podster Lawsuit

Consumer Product Safety Commission Sued Leachco Over Dangerous Baby Loungers

According to Consumer Reports, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has filed a lawsuit against Leachco, the manufacturer of baby loungers. The loungers, according to CPSC, are dangerous to infants because they are a suffocation hazard.

The lawsuit, filed on February 9, 2022, comes after Leachco refused to recall its products. The CPSC asks in its suit that Leachco be forced to notify customers that these loungers can result in suffocation and to offer them a refund.

CPSC Asked Leachco To Recall Its Loungers – Leachco Refused

The CPSC had previously asked Leachco to recall its baby loungers after receiving reports of accidental suffocation. Leachco refused, claiming its baby loungers were safe when used according to instructions.

In response to its refusal to recall its dangerous products, of which approximately 180,000 have been sold, CPSC issued its own warning to consumers about Leachco baby loungers.

In its warning, CPSC told parents to stop using immediately:

  • Leachco Podster
  • Leachco Podster Plush
  • Leachco Podster Playtime
  • Leachco Bummzie

Why? Because two infants died after being put on a Leachco Podster. The infants’ position changed, causing their noses and mouths to be obstructed, resulting in suffocation. One victim was 4-months old, and the other was 17 days old. Both infants died from “accidental complications from asphyxia.”

Leachco Rejects CPSC Claims that Loungers Are Dangerous

On the company website, Leachco makes it clear that it does not agree with the CPSC’s claims that its infant loungers are dangerous.

Leachco firmly believes that when used correctly, its products are completely safe.

Leachco points out that its baby loungers are not meant for unsupervised sleep or play, which is made clear on its packaging. The company states, “Leachco has always had clear warnings on the product and its packaging not to place it in a bed or crib or use it for unsupervised sleep. The CPSC is wrongly telling consumers to stop using the Podster altogether instead of explaining that no lounger should be used in a crib or bed and no lounger is safe for unsupervised sleep.”

You can find more information on Leachco’s position at

CPSC Hopes Lawsuit Will Compel Leachco To Act

The CPSC can file complaints like this one when a manufacturer refuses to respond to its safety concerns. Chair of the CPSC Alex Hoehn-Saric said that it is a “last resort” employed when “in the interest of protecting consumers we are left with no other options.”

The CPSC has strong feelings about the dangers of infant loungers like the Leachco Podsters. It has issued repeated warnings never to leave a baby unattended or asleep on an infant lounger or nursing pillow. The risk of suffocation is too great.

In 2021, Boppy company voluntarily recalled more than three million baby loungers because they were connected to the deaths of 8 infants. Although Boppy, like Leachco, claimed that when used according to instructions, Boppys were safe. Boppy, like Leachco, also claimed that its products contained adequate warnings about the risks of suffocation. However, Boppy, UNLIKE Leachco, decided to recall the products because of the dangers.

At the time, then-Chair of the CPSC Robert S. Adler stated, “Since we know that infants sleep so much of the time – even in products not intended for sleep – and since suffocation can happen so quickly, these Boppy lounger products are simply too risky to remain on the market.”

What, if anything, Leachco does in the wake of the CPSC lawsuit, remains to be seen.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP, if Leachco Podster injured your Baby

Call our dangerous product lawyers today at 800-413-6191 to determine if you have a claim against Leachco for injuries to your infant. We offer free consultations and can determine if you are entitled to collect compensation for your baby’s injuries. Call Alonso Krangle LLP now.



DigitDots Recall – Dangers Announced by CPSC

Consumer Product Safety Commission Announces Recall of HD Premier DigitDots Magnets

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of HD Premier DigitDots magnets. On March 17, the CPSC shared news of the recall and a warning that these tiny, strong, rare-earth magnets are dangerous if swallowed. DigitDots can cause severe, life-threatening injuries.

If you or your child suffered injuries from DigitDots, call our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP today.

What Products Are Part of This Recall?

The voluntary recall announcement on states, “All genuine 3mm and 5mm DigitDots Magnetic Ball have been recalled and are no longer for sale.”

The recall involves close to 120,000 sets of Premier DigitDots magnetic sets. The recalled items were sold online at on Amazon and other websites from March 2019 through January 2022. The price range for the recalled items is $20 to $30.

HD Premier’s recall includes 3mm DigitDots and 5mm DigitDots. The 5mm magnets come as a set of 222 silver balls or 224 multi-colored balls. The 3mm magnets come in sets of 512 multi-colored balls. The recalled items are sold in clear packaging and come with a plastic carrying case. Both of these display the name and logo “DigitDots” on them.

Why Are DigitDots Dangerous?

If two or more DigitDots are accidentally swallowed, the strong magnets can attach to each other or another piece of metal that might be in the victim’s body.

Once they attach, all types of problems can follow. Injuries from DigitDots can include:

  • Perforations along the digestive tract
  • Twisting of intestines
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Bowel blockage
  • Blood poisoning
  • Infection

Surgery is often required to remove DigitDots from the body and repair the damage.

HD Premier has acknowledged that it knows of four children who swallowed DigitDots and required surgery to remove them.

CPSC claims that there are many additional reports of children and teens ingesting similar magnets (made by other companies) who required surgery. The CPSC states that it knows of at least two deaths related to ingesting small, high-powered magnets.

What Should You Do If Your Child Has HD Premier DigitDots Magnetic Balls?

Consumers should stop using these products immediately and take them away from children. HD Premier has information about returning the recalled products and receiving a refund on its website. You can access that information here

Small Magnetic Balls Have A Controversial History

The types of magnets recalled by HD Premier have a controversial history. The magnetic sets were originally marketed and sold to adults- as a way to exercise creativity at your desk or relieve stress. The colorful magnetic balls could be shaped into various forms and also provide a tactile experience that can ease anxiety and be very satisfying.

Unfortunately, the magnets were and are also attractive to children. They are shiny, colorful, and tiny – all the things kids love. Even teenagers, especially girls, found ways to enjoy these magnetic ball sets. Despite reports of children becoming severely injured because of swallowing the magnetic balls, they were all the rage.

The CPSC spent years warning the public about the dangers of small magnetic balls and negotiated with several toy manufacturers to place warnings on the products. The CPSC eventually implemented policies that essentially banned the sale of similar products. However, the US Court of Appeals overturned policies, paving the way for the re-introduction of rare-earth magnets into the marketplace.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP If Recalled DigitDots Caused Injuries

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP today if HD Premier DigitDots magnetic balls injured you or your child. Once we hear the facts, we can determine if you are entitled to seek compensation from the manufacturer of this dangerous product.

Call our DigitDots recall lawyers at 800-403-6191 for your free case evaluation.



Pressure Cooker Explosions Lawsuits

Pressure Cooker Explosions Lead to Lawsuits

A May 2021 National Law Review (NLR) article calls into question the safety of some of America’s favorite pressure cookers. Pressure cookers combine high heat and high pressure to save time cooking meals.

Pressure cookers, insta-posts, and similar kitchen devices have become quite trendy in recent years. Unfortunately, as their popularity grows, more and more people are suffering severe injuries because of pressure cooker explosions.

Some injured victims of pressure cooker explosions have filed lawsuits against manufacturers, alleging they were defective and dangerous. If you suffered serious injuries from a defective pressure cooker, you might be entitled to file a lawsuit and collect substantial damages for those injuries.

How Do Pressure Cookers Work?

Pressure cookers work by using pressure and heat to quickly break down and flavor the foods that are cooking inside the pot. They cook under high heat and high pressure.

Pressure cookers have various safety features that are supposed to prevent accidents and injuries. Because of the high pressure, however, if any of the safety valves or other parts do not work properly, the result can be a dangerous explosion that propels the scorching contents and parts of the pressure cooker in all directions, causing serious burns and other injuries.

How Can Pressure Cooker Explosions Cause Injuries?

When a pressure cooker explodes, the lid blows off the top, sending extremely hot contents into the air. Anyone nearby can suffer severe burns when it with hot food and liquid.

The lid itself can cause also injuries when it flies into the air, hitting innocent victims in the eyes, head or other body parts. Pieces of debris can become embedded in the victims causing severe lacerations and other injuries.

According to NLR, the people have allegedly suffered some of the following injuries and required medical treatments because of exploding pressure cookers:

  • Third-degree burns
  • Second degree burns
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and concussion
  • Amputation
  • Broken bones
  • Permanent scarring
  • Skin grafts
  • Painful debridement
  • Eye injuries, including temporary and permanent loss of vision
  • Blood loss
  • Lacerations

These injuries can happen to the person using the pressure cooker as well as others in a vicinity when an explosion occurs.

Pressure Cooker Lawsuits are Being Filed By Victims Who Suffered Serious Injuries

There is, according to the NLR, quite a long list of lawsuits that injured victims have filed against the makers of pressure cookers. The writer states, “in many of these lawsuits, claimants have argued that some design or manufacturing defect led to the explosion and its subsequent injuries.”

Some individuals claim the combination of built-up pressure and faulty safety features caused their injures. Others suggest that the manufacturers should be liable for selling defectively designed pressure cookers. Some lawsuits claim that the defective pressure cookers that caused their injuries were the result of negligence.

There have been lawsuits filed related to some of the following pressure cooker brands:

  • Presto
  • Sunbeam
  • Crock Pot
  • Instant Pot
  • Cuisinart
  • Wolfgang puck pressure cooker
  • QVC electric pressure cooker
  • Tristar power pressure cooker
  • NuWave

Under various laws, manufacturers must ensure that their products are safe for their intended use. When a person uses the product as instructed, and injuries result, the victim often tries to prove that the manufacturer was negligent by making and selling a defective product. The injured victim might be able to collect compensation for their injuries.

These lawsuits are personal injury claims but can be more specifically referred to as product liability claims, defective product lawsuits, or design defect cases.

Are You Eligible to File a Pressure Cooker Lawsuit?

Ask yourself some questions:

  • Did my pressure cooker malfunction and cause injuries?
  • Was I burned by my insta-pot?
  • Did my crockpot explode?
  • Did I use my pressure cooker properly and get hurt?
  • Did the instructions warn me about the dangers of using the pressure cooker?
  • Have my injuries required medical treatments, caused me to lose income, and caused physical and/or emotional pain and suffering?

After answering these questions, consider seeking legal counsel to find out if you are entitled to file a lawsuit against the maker and manufacturer of the pressure cooker that caused your injuries.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP. Our Pressure Cooker Injury Lawyers are Reviewing Claims

If you or someone you love suffered burn injuries or other serious injuries because of a pressure cooker, call our lawyers today to schedule a free consultation. We can help you collect the maximum damages the laws allow. Financial compensation can include lost wages, medical expenses, and more.

If you suffered severe burns because of one of the many popular pressure cookers on the market, call us at 800-403-6191. Our law firm is reviewing pressure cooker lawsuits now.



CPAP Recall Lawsuits

Philips CPAP and BIPAP Recall Leads to Lawsuits

Philips recalled millions of CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) and BiPAP (Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure) machines because of the potential adverse health effects of their noise-abatement foam. The recall has left many people without replacements or refunds, and some are seeking justice and compensation through lawsuits.

Why Did Philips Recall Millions of CPAP, BIPAP, and Ventilator Devices?

Philips issued recalls for several versions of its mechanical ventilator and sleep apnea machines, some of which patients need to support life. The machines that were recalled contain polyester foam to minimize the noise emitted by the devices. The company found that the foam- called PE-PUR foam can degrade, causing irritation to the airways and lungs of its users.

Philips alerted the public about the dangers of its CPAP and BIPAP devices, telling everyone to stop using them right away and consult their doctor about whether the benefits of using the devices outweigh the potential health risks.

Patients who used the ventilators for life-support were advised to continue using the recalled machines and speak to their doctors about what steps to take next.

Philips issued a warning after the recall saying that long-term exposure to the foam and particles could cause cancer and other toxic effects.

Lawsuits Have Been Filed Against Philips Over CPAP, BIPAP, and Ventilator Recall

Philips is now the defendant in several lawsuits that stem from the ventilator, CPAP, and BIPAP recall.

In one Massachusetts Philips CPAP class action, Sleep Review Magazine reports that the complaint “alleges that Philips knew about these substantial and material risks from its CPAP machines long before the recall. The complaint also alleges that patients who used the affected devices have complained to Philips about black particles in their machines for many years, but Philips did not warn the public about the hazards until late April and did not recall its machines until June 14.”

The class action aims to recover all damages related to the recall and any injuries caused by the dangerous CPAP machines. The class action also seeks the free replacement of the recalled devices with safe and effective CPAP, BiPAP, and Ventilators. It specifically accuses Philips of “negligence, breach of contract, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranties, and breaches of various state consumer protection laws,” among other things.

There is another class action related to the CPAP recall filed by a professional truck driver in Oregon. The driver claims that he had to stop using his Philips sleep apnea machine because of the recall. Philips has not reimbursed him or replaced his CPAP, and a new one is allegedly not readily available to him.

The plaintiff claims that he cannot work because of his sleep apnea which is no longer being treated because he has no safe device. Because of his diagnosis of sleep apnea, he is in danger of falling asleep at the wheel, experiencing heart problems, and more if it goes untreated. Obstructive sleep apnea can be life-threatening.

This class action seeks to include all individuals in similar situations.

Individuals Are Filing CPAP Recall Lawsuits

There are also countless individuals across the US who have filed personal injury lawsuits against Philips. These plaintiffs have suffered injuries they claim are the result of the foam in the recalled devices. The PE-PUR foam can degrade and cause a slew of ailments ranging from a cough to cancer. Other illnesses that can be caused by recalled CPAP devices and their sound abatement foam include:

  • upper airway irritation
  • sinus infection
  • health problems related to untreated sleep apnea
  • chest pressure
  • other effects of chemical exposure such as headaches or dizziness
  • lung cancer
  • respiratory health problems

If you experienced any of these health problems because of a recalled Philips CPAP machine, you might be entitled to file a Philips CPAP lawsuit. Remember, Philips recalled these CPAP and ventilator devices due to potential health risks. Using them can cause permanent impairment and serious health problems.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP If You Have Been Injured by A Recalled Ventilator or CPAP

If you were injured by a recalled CPAP, BiPap machine, or ventilator, call our dangerous medical device lawyers for a free consultation. Find out if you are entitled to collect damages from Philips for your CPAP injuries.

We are reviewing Philips CPAP recall lawsuits today.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP, at 800-403-6191 to learn about your rights to collect compensation related to the Philips CPAP, BIPAP, and ventilator machine recall.



US JPML to Hear Motions Related to Johnson & Johnson and Philips Recalls

The US Judicial Panel On Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to Hear Motions On Consolidation

The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML; “the Panel”) will soon be considering motions to consolidate in several important cases. The Panel released a Hearing Session Order stating that it will convene on September 30, 2021, in St. Louis to determine whether to transfer “any or all of the actions in those matters to any district or districts.”

The actions under consideration for consolidation include two litigation matters that have garnered national attention. One matter involves the recent recall of Philips CPAP and Bi-Level PAP and mechanical ventilators. The other is related to the recall of Johnson & Johnson (J&J) aerosol sunscreen products.

JPML Will Consider Consolidating Philips CPAP Lawsuits

MDL-No. 3014 involves recalled Philips CPAP, Bi-Level PAP, and mechanical ventilator machines. Philips recalled millions of these products, which are used to help people who suffer from sleep apnea and other breathing disorders, after learning that the devices posed health risks.

The motion to consolidate these product liability cases against Philips requested that the Panel review ten lawsuits that have been filed in five different districts. The motion filed by attorneys for Plaintiff, Thomas R. Starner, asks that the matters pending in the District of Massachusetts, Middle District of Georgia, Middle District of Florida, and the District of Delaware all be transferred to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The Panel will consider several things in making its determination. For example, do all of the CPAP lawsuits contain similar causes of action? Are the facts similar? Do they involve the same issues of law? What about the alleged injuries? Does it make sense to consolidate the lawsuits before one judge in one district to avoid duplicating efforts for discovery?

The Panel might also consider its expectation of how many additional lawsuits might be filed against Philips in the coming weeks and months. The recall of the CPAP, Bi-Level PAP and mechanical ventilators has affected consumers across the nation, leaving many with no alternative way to get the relief they need. It is not unreasonable to expect that more Philips CPAP lawsuits are on the horizon.

Philip Recalled CPAP, Bi-Level PAP, and Mechanical Ventilators Because of Health Risks

The recalled CPAP and other devices contain sound abatement foam called PE-PUR. Philips
learned that the foam is prone to degradation under certain circumstances.
Consumers who use these devices can inhale particles of foam as well as chemicals, leading to potentially dangerous consequences.

The recalled Philips CPAP, Bi-Level PAP, and mechanical ventilators reportedly can cause adverse short-term and long-term effects, including:

  • Respiratory irritation
  • Coughing
  • Skin irritation
  • Asthma
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cancer
  • Airway inflammation
  • Organ damage

The lawsuits allege that Philips should be liable for damages because their devices were defective and dangerous and did not come with warnings about the health risks of using them.

JPML Will Consider Consolidating Lawsuits Against J & J for Dangerous Sunscreen Products

On September 30, 2021, the JPML will also consider consolidating litigation filed recently against J & J after they recalled several aerosol sunscreens. The sunscreens were recalled because they contain benzene, a dangerous carcinogen.

The motion to consolidate (MDL-No. 3015) seeks to move eight recalled sunscreen lawsuits filed against J & J in various districts in Florida, New York, and California to the US District Court for the District of New Jersey.

As stated above, the Panel will consider whether the lawsuits contain similar facts, allegations, and causes of action and whether consolidation will prevent the unnecessary duplication of effort, time, and money.

J & J Recalled Sunscreen Because of Benzene Contamination

The lawsuits against J & J came after the company recalled several lines of its aerosol sunscreens, including some under the Neutrogena and Aveeno brands. Why?
Because of benzene, a known carcinogen.

J & J claims that benzene is not an ingredient in the sunscreens but is possibly a by-product of the manufacturing process.

Benzene is in crude oil and is a by-product of oil manufacturing. It is a chemical often used as a solvent and in the synthesis of making other chemicals.

Benzene is a known human carcinogen that increases the risk of developing blood cancer.

Exposure to benzene can have short-term and long-term effects, including:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia
  • Confusion
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Anemia
  • Myeloma
  • Vomiting
  • Irregular menstrual cycles

The lawsuits under review for consolidation claim that J & J’s marketing and sales practices regarding these sunscreens were unlawful and misleading. The lawsuits also seek to hold J & J liable for selling defective and dangerous products.

Alonso Krangle, LLP is Reviewing Philips CPAP and J & J Sunscreen Lawsuits

Our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP are currently reviewing claims for people who may have been injured by recalled Philips CPAP, Philips Bi-Level PAP, Philips mechanical ventilators, and recalled Johnson & Johnson sunscreens. If you used these products, you might be eligible to file a lawsuit against the makers of these defective and dangerous products.

Call Alonso Krangle, LLP today at 800-403-6191 for a free evaluation of your claim.

Lawyer Requests Multi-County Litigation in Strattice Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Multi-County Litigation Requested For Strattice Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

On September 9, 2021, Robert Sandoval filed a lawsuit against LifeCell Corporation, Allergan, Inc., and Allergan USA, Inc., alleging he suffered injuries as a result of Strattice Hernia Mesh.

The lawsuit alleges that the Strattice Hernia Mesh product his doctor used during his surgery was defectively designed and manufactured. The lawsuit also claims that the defendants should have known the mesh was dangerous and had a duty to issue warnings about the risks and problems associated with the medical device.

To date, this is just one of many lawsuits victims have filed related to Strattice Hernia Mesh. In April 2021, the lawyers for Sandoval submitted an MCL application (multi-county litigation) requesting the court to centralize the similar lawsuits into one New Jersey State Court Litigation. At the time the application was submitted, there were at least 21 plaintiffs with cases pending in Morris County, NJ.

The attorneys submitted the MCL request based in part on the expectation that hundreds of additional cases will be filed against the defendants. According to the lawyers for the Sandoval, the “actions filed in New Jersey involve plaintiffs from a number of different states, including but not limited to Arizona, Ohio, California, Wisconsin and Texas. This geographical diversity makes centralized management necessary for the efficient handling of this litigation.” As people file more cases, centralization can ensure the parties do not waste time or money duplicating their efforts.

What is Strattice Hernia Mesh?

Doctors use surgical mesh in many procedures, including the repair of hernias. Hernia mesh is a surgical implant, the purpose of which is to support and strengthen weak tissue or muscle when a hernia breaks through it. There are many different types of hernia mesh. The Strattice Hernia Mesh involved in this litigation was designed to be an alternative to purely synthetic mesh.

LifeCell’s Strattice Hernia Mesh is biologic, meaning it contains materials made from animal or human cells. The Strattice Hernia Mesh is made from pigskin and is called a “cross-linked graft device.” The mesh and the tissue surrounding it are supposed to grow together, strengthening and reinforcing the area that was torn. The process is supposed to be seamless.

Why is Strattice Hernia Mesh Dangerous?

According to the lawsuits, cross-linked grafts can generally cause an increased risk of painful, dangerous infections and rejection of the implanted device. As of September 2020, the Food and Drug Administration received at least 450 Medical Device Reports linked to such problems caused by the Strattice Hernia Mesh. There were six reports of patient fatalities, approximately 340 reports of injuries, and more than 100 reports that indicated malfunctions of the mesh.

How Does Strattice Hernia Mesh Cause Injuries?

Because the mesh is a foreign object, your body might not accept it as readily as you are led to believe. Rejection of the device is only one potential complication from the Strattice Hernia Mesh. The mesh is also prone to breakage, erosion, and migration, all of which can result in painful injuries.

Some Strattice Hernia Mesh complications that have been reported are:

  • organ punctures
  • internal bleeding
  • rejection of the device
  • relocation or migration of the mesh away from the implantation site
  • obstructions
  • gastrointestinal distress
  • severe pain
  • fever
  • infection
  • painful intercourse
  • nerve damage
  • abdominal swelling
  • abscess
  • death

What Do Strattice Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Allege?

All of the Strattice lawsuits against Lifecell and Allergan seek to hold these companies responsible for the injuries caused by their Strattice Hernia Mesh. The plaintiffs in these lawsuits claim that these companies acted unlawfully by placing dangerous and defective products on the market and failing to warn of the dangers and risks of using Strattice Hernia Mesh.

In Robert Sandoval’s case, he had his initial hernia repair surgery in 2008, and his doctor implanted Strattice Hernia Mesh. In 2019, Sandoval returned to the hospital and was diagnosed with infected mesh. Sandoval was forced to endured another surgery to remove the infected Strattice Hernia Mesh. Sandoval is seeking damages for his pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, physical injuries, and economic losses.

Some of the specific allegations in Sandoval’s complaint include:

  • That Strattice hernia mesh is defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous.
  • That the defendants failed to adequately and properly warn the Plaintiff and the Plaintiff’s doctors about the risks and proper use of the Strattice hernia mesh
  • That all the defendants were negligent in various ways
  • That they all made negligent misrepresentations
  • That the defendants engaged in fraud by intentionally misrepresenting and omitting information about the safety of the hernia mesh

If all the complaints filed thus far contain similar allegations and facts, the court will likely centralize the litigation in a single NJ county.

Alonso Krangle, LLP is Reviewing Claims for People Injured by Strattice Hernia Mesh

Did you have surgery to repair a hernia? Did your doctor use hernia mesh? Did you suffer pain or other injuries and have to have more surgery to remove the mesh or fix the damage it caused?
If so, call Alonso Krangle, LLP today to find out if you are eligible to file a lawsuit against LifeCell or Allergan, the makers of these defective medical devices.

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Cancer Caused by Benzene Poisoning and Exposure

Benzene: Substance in Sunscreen and Other Products Causes Cancer

Why are people suddenly talking about benzene? Because recently, the independent research company Valisure found this cancer-causing solvent in many sunscreens, the very products we slather all over bodies to prevent cancer. Valisure has asked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recall the benzene-containing products for two reasons:

  1. Because some of the sunscreens it tested contain more than allowable levels of benzene, and
  2. Because benzene is not necessary to making effective sunscreen, it should not be in there at all.

Let’s take a closer look at benzene and why it is dangerous to humans.

What is Benzene?

Benzene is a chemical solvent. According to the American Cancer Society (ACC), it is a colorless, flammable liquid with a sweet smell and evaporates quickly when exposed to air. Benzene is found in nature, forming after volcanoes or forest fires. Most human exposure to benzene, however, comes from its industrial use.

Benzene is a commonly used solvent in the US that is usually used to make other chemicals and substances. It is widely used to make plastics, rubber, lubricants, dyes, drugs, detergents, and pesticides. Benzene is also a byproduct of cigarette smoke, as well as crude oil and gasoline.
Benzene is, therefore, also part of car emissions or exhaust.

Many organizations have established that benzene causes cancer in humans. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Toxicology Program (NTP), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) all classify benzene as “carcinogenic to humans,” known to be a human carcinogen, and a “known human carcinogen,” respectively.

The FDA regulates the use of benzene when it is an ingredient in food, drugs, and cosmetics.
In a nutshell, the FDA allows benzene in drugs and cosmetics when it is unavoidable. However, when using benzene is unavoidable, it must be limited to 2 parts per million (ppm).

What Types of Cancer Does Benzene Cause?

Studies involving humans and animals conclude that benzene can cause cancer. Most research on the connection between benzene and cancer has focused on blood cancers.

Evidence shows a link between benzene exposure and the following cancers:

  • Leukemia
  • AML – acute myeloid leukemia
  • Childhood leukemia, childhood AML
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Blood cancers caused by benzene can affect the lymphatic system, plasma system, and bone marrow. All blood cancers adversely affect your body’s ability to fight infections.

  • For people with leukemia, cancer in your bone marrow and blood causes a very fast increase in the production of abnormal white blood cells. This results in an inability to fight infection as well as an inability to produce platelets and red blood cells.
  • Lymphoma involves the growth of cancer cells in your lymphatic system. Abnormal white blood cells form, and healthy lymphocytes become lymphoma, pooling in your lymph nodes and other tissues.
  • Myeloma affects your white blood cells and prevents your body from producing needed antibodies.

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), approximately 1.2 million people living in the US are either in remission or living with blood cancer. Unfortunately, someone in the US dies from blood cancer about every 9 minutes. Many blood cancers are caused by smoking, radiation, and exposure to chemicals like benzene.

Does Benzene Cause Other Health Problems?

Benzene has short and long-term effects in addition to cancer.

In the short term, breathing in benzene can cause dizziness, headaches, confusion, unconsciousness, drowsiness, and tremors. Ingesting food or water containing benzene can cause vomiting, convulsions, a rapid heartbeat, and even death. Skin exposure to benzene can result in blisters and redness. The presence of benzene in the air can also irritate the eyes and throat.

Long-term benzene exposure can cause blood disorders that are not cancerous but dangerous nonetheless.

Anemia, low platelets, and low white cell counts can occur. These can severely decrease your body’s ability to fight off infections and can lead to death.

There is also some evidence, although it is not conclusive, that long-term exposure to benzene can affect the reproductive organs of women. Research found that women exposed to benzene had irregular menstrual cycles and shrunken ovaries. It is unknown whether benzene affects a fetus or male fertility.

Can You Avoid Benzene?

Benzene is found in the air and many products, and it might be impossible to eliminate it from your life. For example, you might have a job that exposes you to benzene.

But, there are steps you can take to try to limit your exposure to benzene. For example, don’t smoke and avoid second-hand smoke as much as possible.

Try to avoid being around idling cars.

Avoid exposure to products containing benzene as much as you can. Know what is in the products you are using on your skin.

Call Our Benzene Cancer Lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP, If You Think Benzene Exposure caused your Cancer

If you or someone you love was exposed to benzene and diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma, call our lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP. You might have the legal right to collect compensation for your injuries.

Call us today at 800-403-6191 to schedule a free evaluation of your benzene cancer claim.

Will FDA Recall Contaminated Sunscreen?

Valisure Asks The FDA To Recall Sunscreen Due To The Presence of Carcinogen

After conducting tests, the independent research company Valisure, LLC determined that 78 sunscreens and aftercare products contain benzene, a dangerous carcinogen. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies sunscreen as a drug subject to their regulations. The FDA also regulates aftercare products such as lotions under the category of cosmetics.

Some of the products tested contained high levels of benzene, which is an industrial chemical known to cause cancer. Valisure has sent a citizen petition to the FDA, asking the agency to recall the contaminated batches of sunscreen. Valisure would also like the FDA to revisit its guidelines regarding benzene in cosmetics and drugs.

What is Benzene?

Benzene is an industrial chemical solvent widely used in the US. According to the CDC, it is one of the top 20 chemicals for production volume.

Benzene is often used to create other chemicals, which are then used to make resin, plastics, nylon, and synthetic fibers. Benzene can also be used to make pesticides, lubricants, detergents, dyes, rubber, and drugs.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health identifies several types of exposure to benzene that can be harmful: inhalation, digestion, skin absorption, eye contact, and skin contact.

Exposure to benzene can cause cancer, Leukemia, in particular. The chemical damages the bone marrow and decreases your body’s ability to make red blood cells. Anemia, cancer, and infections can result. Studies have also shown that exposure to benzene can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle and ovaries. Studies of animals indicate that inhaling benzene while pregnant affected the growth and bone marrow of animal fetuses.

Why is Benzene in Sunscreen?

Valisure has asked the FDA this very question. The rules about benzene state that it is a:

“Class 1 solvent” that “should not be employed in the manufacture of drug substances, excipients, and drug products because of their unacceptable toxicity … However, if their use is unavoidable in order to produce a drug product with a significant therapeutic advance, then their levels should be restricted,” and benzene is restricted under such guidance to 2 parts per million (“ppm”).”

This means that the FDA allows benzene in sunscreen if using benzene is unavoidable to produce the product. If it is unavoidable, benzene must be limited to 2ppm.

According to Valisure:

  • many of the sunscreens it tested and aftercare sun products contained benzene levels significantly higher than 2ppm.
  • many of the sunscreens it tested contained NO benzene, which suggests benzene is NOT necessary to the production of sunscreen. Using benzene is avoidable.

Valisure Asks the FDA to Recall Dangerous Sunscreens

In its petition, Valisure has asked the FDA to recall the batches of sunscreen and after-sun products containing high levels of benzene, a known human carcinogen. Valisure claims these products are “misbranded” and “adulterated.”

Valisure also wants the FDA to:

  • Investigate the manufacturing and process and documentation regarding sunscreen and aftercare products and adjust their labels accordingly.
  • Share information with the public about sunscreens not adulterated with benzene and the importance of using safe sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.
  • Develop guidance to analyze the use of benzene in sunscreen and related products
  • Revisit and revise and clarify its guidance regarding the use of benzene in drugs and cosmetics, including sunscreen, that does not require benzene for manufacturing.
  • Work with the Environmental Protection Agency to develop an initiative to address benzene contamination.

Will the FDA Recall Contaminated Sunscreen?

Valisure presented its petition to the FDA on May 24, 2021, and set forth what seems to be a logical argument supporting its request for a recall.

The FDA recommends the daily application of sunscreen to protect people from harmful UV rays. The FDA also prohibits the use of benzene in drugs unless it is unavoidable. If unavoidable, benzene must not exceed 2ppm. There is no controversy regarding the danger of benzene, and according to Valisure, it is unnecessary to use benzene in sunscreen products.

The frequency of sunscreen application and its absorption into the skin makes the presence of benzene in any amount particularly worrisome. Valisure has requested the FDA act promptly “given the high potential risk to public safety.”


Our Lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP represent victims injured by dangerous drugs and consumer products. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after possible exposure to benzene, call our office to schedule a free case evaluation and learn about your legal rights.
You might be entitled to collect compensation. Call Alonso Krangle, LLP today at 800-403-6191.