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BP Announces Massive Gas Recall in the Face of Class Action Lawsuits

With national gas prices reaching an average of $3.75 for regular and $4.04 for premium, Americans would certainly favor any relief that they can get at the pump. So imagine the surprise felt by thousands of people who recently filled up their tanks only to learn that the gas they had pumped into their cars was “bad.” Most drivers probably aren’t even familiar with the term “bad” gasoline, so they certainly wouldn’t expect to deal with it from supposedly high-quality gas at their local station.

But that is exactly what happened in at least three states, as BP has announced the recall of more than 2.1 million gallons of gas due to increased levels of a polymer residue, according to the Associated Press. Through this week, BP has received more than 6,500 complaints of engine damage and repair costs from consumers, and at least two lawsuits have already been filed against the oil giant. The AP reports that the lead plaintiffs in each case have provided evidence of at least $1,000 in repair bills each, and as BP begins to submit reimbursements for these repairs, it is believed that it could develop into a class action lawsuit.

The Dangers of Bad Gasoline

Our automobiles’ engines operate smoothly when they have a combination of high-quality gasoline and air, but they react poorly and can face significant damage when they receive bad gasoline like that which was being sold at the BP stations in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Engine damage from poor-quality gas can lead to a variety of serious issues, including a constant knocking sound (known as “pinging”) or a rattling after the car has been turned off that gives the false impression that the car is still running.

Additionally, when a person is operating a vehicle and depends on it for everyday use, bad gasoline can cause dangerous engine stalls that could put the driver and passengers at serious risk. Decreased engine power can lead to poor performance and the car may not start or, even worse, it can stall out while the driver is operating the vehicle at high speeds.

The Real Cost of Bad Gasoline

Drivers in Illinois and Wisconsin – two of the three states that have been affected thus far by the poor-quality gasoline sold by BP – already face high gas prices as they rank in the Top 10 of the highest average costs in the country. Currently, drivers in these states are paying between $3.86 and $4.28 per gallon, depending on the grade. Having $1,000 in engine repairs tacked on is essentially adding insult to injury.

 

Depuy Class Action Lawsuits Have International Reach

An article in the Irish Times earlier this month reported that a growing number of Irish citizens affected by the recent Depuy ASR Hip Recalls have been considering filing lawsuits against the company. Patients and many legal teams across the US already involved in the Depuy ASR Lawsuit claim the company has known about the defects in its products for years before the recall initiated two months ago.

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Alleged Valve Stem Defect Leads to Class Action Lawsuit Against Fiat Chrysler

Vehicle Recalls, Vehicle Recall Alerts, NHTSA National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Fiat Chrysler

Alleged Valve Stem Defect Leads to Class Action Lawsuit Against Fiat Chrysler Seven consumers from four states (NY, NJ, OH, MI) have collectively filed a putative class action lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) over an alleged defect in some of their vehicle’s tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The suit, filed in the United States […]

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Fentanyl Patch Lawsuits Highlight Pain Killer’s Dangers

 Throughout the past decade, numerous manufacturers have been forced to recall fentanyl patch products because of a host of adverse side effects. These side effects include possible overdose and major respiratory issues, which have sometimes proven fatal.

Fentanyl is a prescription pain reliever that can be administered through a skin patch, injection into a vein, or orally in the form of a table.  One fentanyl patch is usually designed to provide two to three days of medicine and pain relief at varying levels.

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Judge Rules Toyota Must Face Class-Action Suits

A U.S. judge has ruled that Toyota Motor Corp. must face the class-action lawsuits car owners have filed against the company, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. This decision finalizes “a tentative ruling issued Nov. 19,” the article explains.

U.S. District Judge James V. Selna made the ruling, rejecting Toyota’s request to have the case dismissed, Bloomberg reports. The car company sought this dismissal by claiming “the plaintiffs failed to plead specific losses or identify an actual defect,” according to the news source.

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New Class Action Suit Claims DePuy Deceived Patients

On September 30, 2010, a new class action lawsuit was filed against DePuy in the U.S. District Court for the Northen District of Ohio. The most recent suit alleges that the company is deliberately deceiving patients and misleading them to believe they will be refunded the price of surgery and the hip replacement, as well as other associated medical costs.

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DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuits On the Rise

Over a dozen individual and class action lawsuits have been filed in federal and state courts across America over DePuy’s defective recalled hip replacement systems. Lawyers for the plaintiffs filed a motion in September 2010 to consolidate the lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation in a New Jersey Federal Court. Depuy attorneys filed an objection to the motion, preferring to stage the trials closer to company headquarters in Indiana, a Wisconsin Law Journal website reports.

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Bayer Launches New Birth Control Despite Yaz Lawsuits

After facing legal and public scrutiny over its Yaz and Yasmin brands of birth control pills, Bayer Pharmaceuticals Inc. has announced the arrival of its new oral contraceptive, Natazia. Natazia combines an unusual dosing regimen that involves four different combinations of hormones and placebos. The drug features an estrogen hormone that has not previously been used in oral contraceptives.

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South Florida Residents File Class Action Lawsuit Against BP

Tar patties and tar balls washed up on the Florida Panhandle shoreline recently, indicating that BP PLC’s latest attempt to seal off its ruptured wellhead wasn’t as effective as the company had hoped. The British Broadcasting Company reported that Admiral Thad Allen, the U.S. Coast Guard’s national incident commander, stated approximately 1,000 barrels of a day were currently being captured, but the total flow of leaking oil was approximately 12,000 to 19,000 barrels each day.

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BP Lawsuits Continue as Fishermen Claim Losses

As British Petroleum, the U.S. government and other various entities continue to determine an effective way to stop the steady daily flow of hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Florida fishermen are continuing to mount lawsuits against BP as well. Claiming the spill is cutting their catches in half and ruining their livelihoods, the fishermen filed their class action suit on the same day the government started shutting down prime fishing locations.

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