Posts Tagged ‘Consumer Law’

Aequitas Investors in LO and West Linn Taking Action to Recover Losses

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Local company Aequitas has been sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  But what about the local investors right here in Lake Oswego and West Linn who may have lost money?  Investors have legal rights and options for trying to recovery their investments.

Summer Travel Almost Here – Tips on Child Travel Safety

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

The summer travel season is almost here.  Whether traveling by automobile or airplane this summer, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) provides a lot of useful information for parents traveling with young children.  Here is where to find the NTSB website.  Keep kids safe, avoid injury, and have a great summer!


Defective Drain Covers Not Protecting Swimmers

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

The heat of summer is in full swing.  As our children head into the pool to cool off, keep in mind that modern pool and spa drains generally contain direct suction.  Powerful suction can trap swimmers under water causing serious brain injury and death.  According to statistics reported in the Los Angeles Times, “Between 1999 and 2008, 12 people were killed in pool and spa entrapments and 72 were injured, according to a CPSC report released Thursday.”  Fortunately, at the end of 2008, federal legislation went into effect to prevent powerful suction from trapping swimmers at the bottom of pools and spas. In response, public and private pool owners invested in drain covers intended to mitigate the dangerous effects of direct suction drains.  However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a massive voluntary recall just as the summer swimming season starts to heat up.  As reported by the Los Angeles Times on May 27, 2011, “About 1 million covers made by eight manufacturers, some among the largest, were being voluntarily pulled after a confidential report revealed the products had failed safety tests. Officials with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said public pools and spas with direct suction systems and recalled covers should close until replacement covers could be installed.”,0,5231496.story.

Major Safety Recall of Infant and Toddler Products

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Today, Fisher-Price announced a safety recall of more than 11 million products sold for use by infants and toddlers.  This giant in the world of manufacturing products for millions of young children worldwide was clearly under pressure from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, which warns parents to “immediately” stop using products due to risk of significant harm.  For more information about the recall, here is an article posted on

Recall of Infant and Children’s Medication Issued Late in the Day Friday

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Today’s news outlets are buzzing with warnings about a massive recall of infant and children’s over-the-counter medication.  However, the company’s “voluntary recall”  occurred late Friday afternoon–too late for many parents to notice before shutting off computers and televisions to embark on weekend plans.  If you are one of the unsuspecting parents who gave a child recalled medication, please note any changes in behavior or other symptoms and report immediately to your pediatrician or emergency physician.

When a large-scale recall occurs, there is a lot of information that becomes available on the internet.  As an attorney and parent concerned with obtaining accurate information about recalls, I always start by reading the original recall notice published by the regulating government agency, which in this case is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Frequently, the government will issue updates as new information becomes available.  With this particular recall, the government’s notice refers consumers to the recall notice issued by the medication manufacturer for additional information.

U.S. Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Students

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of consumers in a student loan bankruptcy case. In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court held that a private lender could not come back years later to try to collect part of an unpaid loan that was fully disclosed in the student’s bankruptcy plan, yet not objected to by the lender.