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March 2015 Archives

Tylenol settles for $25 million for manufacturing contaminated children's medication

McNeill PPC Incorporated, the maker of Tylenol and a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, recently pleaded guilty to a federal misdemeanor concerning the manufacturing and sale of contaminated children's medication. The case ended in a settlement with Johnson and Johnson paying out $25 million dollars in fines.

Shark Recalls Motorcycle Helmets for Not Complying with Safety Standards

With the weather getting warmer, many people like to spend time outdoors. This also means many more motorcycles are on the road. As a motorcyclist, safety is imperative. New York and New Jersey state laws require the use of helmets for both drivers and passengers to avoid fatalities or serious head injuries in the event that an accident should occur. In fact, nearly 5,000 motorcyclists were killed nationwide in 2012.

Spring Bicycle Safety Tips

As the spring season approaches and the weather begins to warm up, many people like to bicycle for exercise and recreation. Here at Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, we would like to share with you some ways to protect yourself from serious injuries that can result from bicycling.

Should we continue to push for tougher traffic laws in NYC?

Mayor de Blasio's "Vision Zero" initiative is a frequent topic of discussion in the media and on this blog. It is perhaps the most comprehensive and ambitious traffic safety plan that New York City has seen in the last several generations. And while critics may be skeptical that New York can truly reduce traffic accidents and fatalities to zero, it is certainly a goal worth striving for.

NYC apartment tenants sue landlord for dangerous lead exposure

There are countless renters in New York who have problems with their landlords. Many of these complaints have to do with maintenance requests and repairs that take too long to be completed or frequent problems with building heat and hot water.

Fatal East Harlem explosion occurred one year ago this week

New Yorkers are used to an ever-changing city. Usually such changes are planned and positive, but not always. As an example of the latter, this week marks the one-year anniversary of a devastating explosion that leveled two buildings in mere minutes.

"Vision Zero Great Streets" Aims to Make City Streets Safer for Pedestrians

Mayor de Blasio announced his "Great Streets" initiative program at a City Council transportation committee budget hearing on Thursday, March 5. As part of the "Vision Zero" project, the program will spend $250 million on making some of the city's most dangerous streets safer for pedestrian traffic. Improvements will be made to the Grand Concourse, Atlantic Avenue, Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, and Queens Boulevard. Between 2009 and 2013, there were 34 fatalities and 215 serious injuries as a result of the dangerous conditions found on these four roadways. The De Blasio administration believes that increasing space for pedestrian traffic and cyclists will reduce such tragedies in the future.

New York continues to lead most states in pedestrian deaths

New York leads the country in many categories, although not all are positive. One of these categories is pedestrian accident fatalities. Each year, the Governors Highway Safety Association releases a report entitled "Spotlight on Highway Safety: Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State."

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