Retailers and Airlines Ban Hoverboards

Lithium batteries pose fire hazard Hoverboards are one of the 2015 holiday season’s most sought after gifts. And Amazon, one of the world’s largest retailers, is playing the part of the Grinch. Amazon is pulling many models from its U.S….

Bankruptcy Judge Rules on GM Ignition Recall

Punitive damages can be awarded in some cases A while back we posted on the 2014 recall of 2.7 million cars. This recall resulted from 42 deaths, 58 injuries, 13 years of errors and a cover-up by General Motors. GM…

State-to-State Variability of Product Liability Laws

When a retailer can be sued as a manufacturer I often hear different business tell me of their belief that, as a product distributor, they have less liability than the manufacturer.  The truth is that this is correct in most…

A Strong Case for Having a Product Recall Plan

Better safe than sorry I just read about Graco’s recall of six million car seats. It’s possible they’ll be subject to punitive damages because they may not have notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration within the required five days. Punitive damages…

Are Nanobots Really Already Here?

The effects of rapid technological advancement I read an article on the Next Big Future about nanobots currently being used to treat a terminally ill leukemia patient.  Without the DNA nanobot treatment, the patient would only be expected to live…

5 Risk Management Steps to Prevent Product Liability Claims

Being proactive lowers the risk of costly claims Step #1:  Design with safety in mind The first and most important step for risk management is during the product design phase.  During this phase you should take into account how your product…

Dietary Supplement Industry is Its Own Worst Enemy

Fallout from ongoing negative reports The dietary supplement industry’s gaffs continue to add up. I have written several blog posts about the dietary supplement industry and, unfortunately, nothing has been very positive. One of my first posts was about how testing…

How Negligent Was GM on Ignition Problems?

Negligence in terms of product liability It took 42 deaths, 58 injuries, 2.7 million cars recalled and 13 years of errors and a cover-up before  any definitive action, a product recall, was taken to prevent GM’s vehicles from killing more…

Drop Shipping and Quality Control

What are the importer’s responsibilities? The term drop shipping often has two very different meanings to the business owner and the insurance underwriters. Most business owners will tell you drop shipping means they are not responsible for the products. Many business owners…

Solar and Hydrogen Energy Finally Coming of Age

What it means for your business Solar energy currently represents only one percent of the world’s energy supply. But what if I told you that within the next 15 years solar energy could supply 100 percent of the world’s energy…