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Family files lawsuit against Lenovo for allegedly causing fire

Dmitri Voloshchuk, Villela Rosa Tosca, Varvara Voloshchuk, Alexander Voloshchuk, and Daniel Felix Voloshchuk filed a lawsuit on Friday, July 1 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Morrisville, North Carolina-based Chinese multinational technology company Lenovo Group Ltd., claiming negligence, product liability, and product recall expansion.

In their lawsuit, the family said their Lenovo Thinkpad laptop had caught fire while it was charging in their place of residence on June 5, 2016, causing damage to their apartment and physical properties.

The family is holding the tech company responsible for the incident, saying it should be liable for not being able to detect defects in the products that it sells to consumers.

If you or someone you love has incurred some expenses, not to mention physical or emotional trauma, damage to property, or even missed days of work due to a personal injury accident that happened through no fault of your or their own in San Diego or other areas in California, get in touch with our attorneys at Ritter & Associates by calling our offices today at (619) 296-0123. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team as soon as you can.

Listeria outbreak causes expansion of massive recall of frozen fruits & vegetables

Pasco, Washington-based food packaging company CRF Frozen Foods has expanded a voluntary recall, from formerly just 11 products to almost 360 various organic and non-organic frozen fruits and vegetables that may be possibly contaminated with fatal Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

The Unites States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday, May 3 made it publicly known that the Listeria outbreak has caused the hospitalization of eight people in three different states. The CDC noted that two of those patients, one from Maryland and the other from Washington, passed away, although it was said that listeriosis was not the main cause of the deaths. The other cases originated in California.
The recalled frozen fruits and vegetables belong to 42 different brands and were sold at well-known grocery stores, such as Trader Joe’s and Costco, in 50 U.S. states and some areas of Canada.

At Ritter & Associates in San Diego, we make sure to do our best to ensure our clients are fairly and properly represented in a court of law. Our goal is to help our clients attain justice and financial compensation for their troubles caused by negligent and irresponsible parties. Call our offices today at (619) 296-0123 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team today.

Woman files lawsuit against Foster Farms

West Covina, California resident Ruth Rivera is currently on the process of suing Livingston-based Foster Farms for selling poultry that made her sick, according to latimes.com.

Rivera claimed that she became infected with campylobacter, a bacterium that usually grows inside chicken intestines, after ingesting Foster Farms chicken in December 2011, causing her to develop Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disease that causes numbness of the limbs.

New USDA rules, scheduled to take effect March of this year, seeks to prevent the spread of such illnesses by testing raw chicken parts including breasts, legs, and wings, instead of just the whole chicken as the agency is currently mandating. Failing to examine chicken post-processing can be perilous because salmonella and campylobacter levels can increase when chicken is processed into parts, public health officials said.

If you have been a victim of a manufacturer’s negligent packaging or products, our attorneys at Ritter & Associates can be counted on to help you fight for the financial compensation you deserve. Call our San Diego offices today at (619) 296-0123 to consult with a member of our legal team.

Teenager dies after drinking two Monster energy drinks

California resident Paula Morris is suing Monster Beverage Corp. for wrongful death, product liability, negligence, and fraudulent concealment after her 19-year-old son Alex died of a heart attack after ingesting their product.

Morris is suing the makers of Monster Energy drinks because the drinks supposedly contained “massive amounts of caffeine,” which can cause a host of health problems including but not limited to heart arrhythmia. Furthermore, she said that the manufacturers hid the risks associated with drinking its products through assertions in advertisements and promotions that their drinks are safe.

According to the autopsy report, the teenager died due to “cardiac arrhythmia due to cardiomyopathy.”

Morris added that “had Monster properly disclosed and warned of the significant risk of suffering adverse cardiac episodes” if one exposes oneself to too much of their product, then her son would not have drunk two Monster Energy drinks every day for three years.


California Schools Announce Recalled Peanut Butter Will Be Thrown Away

The California Department of Education has announced that they will be destroying all of the peanut butter products that were involved in the Sunland, Inc recall earlier this month.

The peanut butter was distributed to schools in the state after being purchased by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and the  National School Lunch Program. Officials with the state department have said that no students have reported illness.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall and put a hold on the products on October 5 when the agency began to look into the possible salmonella contamination. Nearly 2,072 cases were recalled as a result and 320 school districts were notified about the contaminated food product.

Once the products were held, the agency then gave the word to get rid of the product and school  officials destroyed them. The recalled product was first thought to just be products from Trader Joe’s, but it was later expanded to include multiple stores as well as other nut products.

Health officials stated that nearly 30 people have become ill in 19 different states from consuming the product. Each of these illnesses has been linked to the Trader Joe’s product, but the other products involved in the recall were made using the same equipment.

Fresh & Easy market recalls baby spinach

The Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has announced the recall of Organic Baby Spinach after a random sample tested the product positive for listeria monocytogenes.

The Food and Drug Administration conducted the random test sample and found that one bag tested positive for the bacteria. There have been no illnesses reported because of the product at this time.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious infections in babies, elderly or those with weakened immune systems. Other symptoms include headache, nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain.

The recall involves the bags of salad with a ‘Use By’ date of August 1. Consumers can return the product or bring a receipt to the market in order to receive a full refund.

If you or a loved one has become ill after consuming a contaminated food product, contact the San Diego product liability lawyers of Ritter & Associates by calling 619-269-0123.

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